""As always, Jo Nesbo delivers an exciting story..." "
Sonny is in prison for killing two men. He is a model prisoner whom the other inmates believe has healing hands. After his father died admitting to be a corrupt police officer, Sonny became a drug addict and in prison he is kept supplied by prison officers in return for favours, the latest of which is to take the blame for a murder committed whilst he was out on day release.
Simon Kefas is a police officer nearing retirement but still active and determined to seek out criminals. He was a friend of Sonny's father and mother. Their history together is the beginning of the trail of disaster that led Sonny to prison. Now Kefas is happily together with Else, but he is distraught by the fact she is slowly losing her sight.
When Sonny discovers some of the truth about his past he carefully engineers his escape from prison to hunt down the mole who betrayed his father. He has to hide from those both official and unofficial, whilst drying himself out and adjusting to the outside world which has moved on since his incarceration. Bit by bit the truth emerges - and it is devastating.