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)
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.
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 read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
I miss Jo Nesbo. I miss the way his quiet prose would unsettle you. I miss his subtlety. I miss the characters I could care about and follow. I miss his unerring plotting. I miss how he could always surprise me. I hope he comes back soon. But he did not show up for this novel.
Headhunters is the story of a corporate headhunter who steals a client's priceless work of art. Then the client starts hunting him. I know, it sounded fun and I know Jo Nesbo has produced some of the best fiction of the last decade with his Harry Hole novels. But this is a dry, rambling, experiment of a novel without significant twist or plot. The characters were wholly unlikable and the writing repetitive. The narrator was ok, without deep emotion but also without much to work with.
Please read Jo Nesbo - just not this.
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 have read all of Jo Nesbo's books, and enjoy the continuity of characters. This book is a deviation from his other books. I did finish the book, but I did not enjoy it nearly as much as his others. It is written in first person from the main character, who is a "headhunter" in the business world, and a shady character who delves in illegal work to provide additional money for his adored wife. It is a mystery, and developed fairly well, but just not up to his normal standards.
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.
Narration is perfect for this story's perspective. Good plot, twists- liked the cocky & interestingly complex headhunter character. The only negative is the bit about the abortion. It was just unbelievable that a woman who wants children so badly would do that.
The outhouse scene is the best...
I love Jo Nesbo's style and the narration really shines- just the right amount of a-hole for this character! Love it!!
I had a wonderful time listening to Headhunters, and Steve West does a terrific job keeping the listener in perfect suspense. He brings across all the charm and wit that is necessary for the lead character. And the story definitely had me at the edge of my seat for long stretches.
It was just at the very end that I realized... all that action, and for what? The motivations for the characters on a scene by scene basis are highly understandable, this is a proper thriller with lives in the balance. But looking back at it, it all rang a bit hollow. I was at the edge of my seat because I cared about the character's life... it wasn't until later that I realized, that's all the character cared about, too. This wasn't James Bond, with a world to save. Would have loved a grander set up, a more fundamental motivation, something bigger at stake.
Headhunters is a tremendously well written, suspenseful thriller. It's just not one of the truly great ones.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
The emotions I felt while listening to this audio book are exactly what I look for in a mystery / thriller. As soon as you start to think you know what will happen next, a new twist has the story going in another direction. Jo Nesbo is absolutely the master of of unique villians, violent situations and heart-stopping pace. I was not disappointed with the story at all.
OK, here is where my review goes in a different direction. You will be hard-pressed to find a character in this story that you like or care anything about. Many of the characters are, at the least, sociopaths. This is strange since I find Nesbo's Harry Hole series full of characters I care about very deeply.
Slow - plodding - mediocre
The last twist and the epilogue. My jaw dropped -- literally.
If you love fast paced, heart-stopping thrillers, this is your next pick.
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