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Headhunters (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (original 2008; edition 2011)

by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator)

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Title:Headhunters (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Other authors:Don Bartlett (Translator)
Info:Vintage (2011), Edition: Tra, Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:Norway, human resources departments, headhunters, satire, crime fiction

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Headhunters by Jo Nesbo (2008)

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  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 |
Started out well, fast paced and entertaining, a little OTT. Didn't really like that the venal Roger got away with it... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Another great Nesbo read. Plot a bit far out, but still good.
Even made a decent movie. ( )
  PaulRx04 | Apr 15, 2016 |
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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.
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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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