The author of the best-selling Harry Hole series now gives us an electrifying stand-alone novel set inside Oslos maze of especially venal, high-level corruption. Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonnys been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They dont know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habitor where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that hes serving time for other peoples crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priestall of them focused on keeping him high and in jail. And all of them under the thumb of the Twin, Oslos crime overlord. As long as Sonny gets his dope, hes happy to play the criminal and the prisons in-house savior. But when he learns a stunning, long-hidden secret concerning his father, he makes a brilliantly executed escape from prisonand from the person hed let himself becomeand begins hunting down those responsible for the crimes against him . . . The darkly looming question is: Who will get to him firstthe criminals or the cops?