With Headhunters, Jo Nesbø has crafted a funny, dark, and twisted caper story worthy of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers.
Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night, he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft. But when he breaks into Greve’s apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to Roger Brown.
©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio
“If you don’t know Nesbø, it’s time to get with it.” (USA Today)
“Like [Stieg] Larsson, Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them. . . . [and] his novels are maddeningly addictive.” (Vanity Fair)
“Chances are you’ll be hooked ... as Nesbø lays down a trail rich in Nordic atmosphere and in character-driven development ... Ultimately, though, what sets Nesbø apart is his ability to keep the pages turning with such intellectual dexterity.” (Newsday)
I've read other novels by Jo Nesbo and this one is unlike the others.This book was frightening without being gory. The darker side of human nature is shown The characters are all unlikeable but compelling. The story is beautifully developed and suspenseful. I highly recommend it as a literary thriller.
The plot was pretty unbelievable. The Headhunter character....well--I don't want to read any more about him....It lacked the strength of Nesbo's other books and characters and plots. Disappointing.
I almost gave up on this book several times. The lead character is not a likeable guy and he is presented by the narrator as being arrogant and condescending. Turns out that these are both necessary for the plot. Don't give up on it and you will be pleased.
I love mysteries and thrillers the most, sometimes non-fiction business books. Mom, wife, yada, yada, yada...
This book and its premise about professional headhunters, people who recruit high level professionals for employment, got off to a great start with a great character. Then came a nice, well-placed twist. So far so good. Then, the main character begins an adventure that lasts the majority of the book and requires a HUGE amount of suspension of disbelief. The ending is mildly entertaining but I did not care for Nesbo's methods of exposition through a lot of the book. He's written better ones. I will say the narrator was excellent in all respects.
I have read all the Harry Hole books pending the next one soon to be released Narrator was fine.
Just read the book. Sounded just like it would sound in my head reading the print edition. No overdone drama and exclamation.
No. The protagonist is not an action hero, liking for his next conquest (although he's portrayed that way at some points).
Too many narrow escapes and far too much toughness from a "regular guy" character--understand it is his desperation propelling him to all these feats of strength and skill, but not believable. It's also too much luck that he finds a razor in the car.
Watch the movie (after reading the book) ! (It's on Netflix.) Rarely seen a film so faithfully follow the plot details of the book (subject to certain things being chopped to keep it feature film length).
This disgusting book is entirely about dysfunctional, abominable people. I was hoping that the protagonist (the head hunter) would meet his come-uppance at the end; but the author was not even kind in that regard. I cannot imagine how it came to be highly regarded by others.
I loved this book but it was very complicated. The twists and turns were so surprising I had to listen to some several times.
I'm a fan of Nesbo's series involving Harry Hole, and was curious to read more of his work. The first hour of this book was great, but the story went downhill from there and meandered from gross to boring and back again. Not recommended.
I love Jo Nesbø books. I even have the book in Norwegian.
The number of twists and turns is insane. I am absolutely stunned by
Jo's ability to pull all the threads together at the end.
Any Harry Hole novel by the same author.
Roger - the protagonist.
There already is a Norwegian film of this.
The translation is very good and the narrator is excellent.
Yes. I thought that it delivered a finely crafted story line with so much suspense that I was almost afraid to keep driving while listening to certain parts.
I wanted to compare this with the other Jo Nesbo books (I've read them all!) I thought I would miss Harry Hole, but I didn't. Nesbo broke new ground by introducing fascinating and flawed characters, none of whom got a free pass. There was not a single "good guy" in the bunch. I liked the way the action was organized by stages of a perfect interview by which a head-hunter engages a candidate. In this setting, it became the stages by which a person becomes a murderer.
He read it with the perfect degree of snobbery and disdain. At first, one thought that Roger would never dirty his hands with foul deeds. But, layer by layer, he became the sinister character that became more deeply involved in murderous crimes.
The fall of the white queen.
My friends and I can't decide if Nesbo killed Harry Hole at the end of the last book. I hope not, but...sigh....even if that proves to be the end of my favorite character, I will stick with this author. Nesbo is the best out there.
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