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Random House, Inc.
With Headhunters, Jo Nesbø has crafted a funny, dark, and twisted caper story worthy of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers. FIRST TIME PUBLISHED IN THE U.S. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM MAGNOLIA PICTURES.

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.

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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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780307948687
Branch Call Number: Fiction Nes
Characteristics: 265, 21 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don


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Mar 13, 2016

Roger Brown is a highly successful corporate headhunter in Oslo, but not successful enough to sustain his wife's lavish lifestyle. So, he uses the information he gleans from his clients to steal their valuable art, replacing them with fakes. When he learns of a priceless Rubens recently discovered by a client, he expects a big payoff, but things don't go as planned. "Nothing is as it seems" in this "deliciously plotted" novel, says Booklist; heist readers will enjoy the multiple twists and turns.

Nov 19, 2014

Nov13 2014, My brother-in-law and I always recommend books to each other. He is a real Jo Nesbo fan, and gave me this one, and also a Harry Hole episode, and he was very keen that I give them a go. Seeing as I am at the end of the Dark Tower Series, (Stephen King) and also 2 books into the Outlander series, and also had Shantaram (a good 900 pager) on my waiting list, I wasn't too keen to indulge him. However, this looked like a quick and easy read, and as I am listening to Shantaram the audio book as I read along, which sort of ties me to the computer, (again, just too lazy to dig out the mp3 player, charge it up, load it up, and re-learn how to use it without pushing a thousand buttons to get to the right part,) I decided to give this a go when I went to bed. I was not impressed at first, found it boring and confusing, but gave it to the first 100 pages before setting it aside. I hit the 100 page mark, and it took off running.....fast! I have barely noticed the next 100 pages fly by. I am now looking forward to ole Harry Hole. Alas, I hope I live long enough to get through my for later list on this site! Happy reading everyone, give this one a try....you'll probably like it!.......Nov 20, just finished it.....I got a little confused again at the end, I think I am just not used to this writing style. I am going to give Phantom a try, let's see if I have any trouble with that!

Jul 12, 2014

enjoyable, unexpected

Dec 23, 2013

A slow start, I had trouble immersing myself as I do with Nesbo's Harry Hole series, but the tension slowly starts to build midway through the book, and becomes gripping by the finish.

JCLMelodyMK Jun 06, 2013

This is an adult thriller with lots of twists and turns. It not only delves into the psyche of the main character but has some wonderful plot twists that I didn't see coming in the end. a good read for someone who likes a bit of blood in the story.

Mar 02, 2013


Jan 02, 2013

Enjoyed this story - headhunter is definitely an unexplored occupation in novels. All sorts of twists that keep the story interesting and moving along, but many hints dropped along the way for the perceptive reader.

MBSL500 Dec 22, 2012

This is one of the best novels I've read in ages! Suspense, intrigue, deception, murder, double-crosses, everything written as only Jo Nesbo can. A page turner!

We just watched the movie also - glued to the TV! Followed the book very well and was also very entertaining. Don't miss it. It is sometimes listed in its Dutch (?) title with "headhunters" as a subtitle.

Oct 28, 2012

a real page-turner. exciting.

Oct 28, 2012

Well written, interesting twists and surprises, another very enjoyable book by this author. After reading the first one of his novels, I was hooked.

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