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Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

Headhunters (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Jo Nesbo (Author), Don Bartlett (Translator)

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Authors:Jo Nesbo (Author)
Other authors:Don Bartlett (Translator)
Info:Vintage Canada (2011), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Review Copies
Tags:arc, randomhouse, crime, thriller, psychological suspense, art theft, read2012

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Headhunters by Jo Nesbo (2008)


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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 |
Another great Nesbo read. Plot a bit far out, but still good.
Even made a decent movie. ( )
  PaulRx04 | Apr 15, 2016 |
An older Nesbo story but the first time I've read it. Not similar to the Harry Hole stories more like his latter novellettes. A real page-turner about the duel of two headhunters (a corporate and a real one). If I have to say something negative about it, it seems a bit unrealistic to make such a big open bloodbath to get a company. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Feb 9, 2016 |
As a note of interest, this book was made into a movie in Norway (with English subtitles) by Norway's Nordisk Film. Netflix has it. I gave the book a 3 star rating because, for me, it wasn't as thrilling as the other Nesbo books I have read. A Newsday reviewer had written "Chance are you'll be hooked..." The reviewer did not write, You will be hooked. But for those who like crime stories, it should satisfy, meaning it is definitely not a waste of time. ( )
  phillipfrey | Nov 19, 2015 |
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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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