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Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

Headhunters (2008)

by Jo Nesbo

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3.5 stars because it's by Nesbo. Totally different from Nesbo's Harry Hole series, but if you like his writing, you'll like this too. The main character is very unlikable in my opinion and never shows any positive development. I kept wondering if I wanted him to succeed or fail in his endeavors. As a "headhunter" who matches job-seekers to executive positions, Roger Brown can't afford his luxurious lifestyle, so he supplements his income with art thefts. He runs across some unsavory characters, horrible situations and the police before the end of the book. There were enough twists and turns to keep this reader reconsidering her predictions as to the outcome. ( )
  terran | Oct 16, 2017 |
Roger Brown goes through quite a lot in this book! He is a corporate headhunter (hence the title!)by day, art thief by night (and day). He gets into trouble, survives an outhouse (blech) and a car accident (strange air bags)and being pursued by a different kind of headhunter! It's a really good read, and I loved the way it wrapped up, with all of the twists and turns! I also liked that Roger went to a hotel that is also in Nesbo's "The Snowman", which I had just read. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Oct 15, 2017 |
OK...I guess ( )
  clarkland | Apr 28, 2017 |
This is a stand-alone crime novel by the creator of Harry Hole. Roger Brown is a headhunter for upper, upper corporate executives. He is also an art thief, and uses his interviews with potential clients to learn if they own art, where the art is located, whether their homes have burglar alarm systems, whether anyone is at home during the day, whether they have a dog, etc. etc. All goes well until he interviews Clas Greve, and learns he owns what may be a Rubens painting missing since the Nazis confiscated it during WW II. The book then becomes a game of cat and mouse between Brown and Greve, with the reader wondering who is scamming whom. This is a book in which a criminal is hunted by a worse criminal. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Apr 18, 2017 |
My favourite Jo Nesbo - more subtle than the others ( )
  BridgitDavis | Apr 11, 2017 |
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If you thought Scandinavian crime fiction couldn’t get better than Steig Larson and Henning Mankell, you’re wrong.. Norway’s Jo Nesbo is better than either and this book is far and away his finest. Already a best-selling film in Europe and just sold for a U.S. version, Headhunters is smart, skillful, perfectly cast and full of twists that will keep you spinning.

Nesbo has given his stalwart Oslo cop Harry Hole a rest. The headhunter is Roger Brown, the most successful in Norway. Everyone vies for his skills and pays plenty. But Roger is living way beyond his considerable means. One problem is his gorgeous and expensive wife, Diana. But not to worry, dear. Roger’s profession takes him into the mansions of the richest and most cultivated, so he has a second income. He’s an accomplished art thief.

Then comes his golden opportunity. He learns of the location of a priceless painting by Rubens, stolen by the Germans, and currently on the wall of one of his clients. But when he arrives to steal the painting, he discovers there’s far more happening with his darling wife than he suspected. When his partner in crime is murdered, Roger knows that he’s in someone’s crosshairs. There’s a hunter on the trail of the headhunter and Roger is going to need all his wit and speed to save his own skin.

Smart dialogue, intricate plotting, brilliantly conceived characters, perfect pacing. This novel should put Nesbo at the top of any reader’s must-have list.
added by VivienneR | editThe Globe and Mail, Canada, Margaret Cannon (Oct 12, 2011)

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Roger Brown is a headhunter and art thief living beyond his means and when he meets Clas Greve, a corporate candidate who reveals that he owns a priceless Rubens painting, Roger breaks into his apartment, initiating a series of events which puts Roger's life in danger.… (more)

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