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Roger Brown le sait, il est le meilleur chasseur de têtes de Norvège. Utilisant les questionnaires du FBI, il fait subir aux candidats de véritables interrogatoires et ne laisse aucune place au hasard. Mais Roger a une faiblesse : sa splendide femme, Diana, qui lui coûte très cher... Voiture de luxe, vêtements de marque, loft immense, galerie d'art et vernissages au champa ...more
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Published October 21st 2011 by Random House AudioBooks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Doug Gordy I saw the movie before reading the book also, and read the book primarily because I had some niggling questions about what happened in the film (e.g.,…moreI saw the movie before reading the book also, and read the book primarily because I had some niggling questions about what happened in the film (e.g., why Roger would call Diana in the middle of a robbery!). The film is fairly faithful to the book, except the book provides much more psychological underpinnings to the happenings... and provides some details that were better left on the cutting room floor (for example, a much more graphic 'outhouse' scene!) ... and in itself is a quick, fun read. If you enjoyed the movie, I'd still recommend reading the book.(less)
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Steve
It’s check your brain at the door time. If this actually won best novel in Norway in 2008 (Norwegian Book Club Prize), it must be more a commentary on the sad state of Norwegian literature in that particular year. Although, perhaps out of sentimentality for Nesbo, I am still recommending it. A good beach or airline read. Nothing more. It pretty much relies on one plot twist, some rather unbelievable developments and collusions, not one character is likeable, and there is no real character develo ...more
Michael
A clever and elegant portrait of the dark excesses of our corporate culture as revealed through a desperate cat-and-mouse game between figures reaching for the top of the heap. My moderate rating reflects only my personal level of pleasure, in the same way that I can admire a painting such as Munch’s “The Scream” without wanting to dwell with it very long.

Roger Brown is an effete, manipulating cad who strives to be the best as his executive headhunting agency, Alfa, in Oslo. You can’t appreciat
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Lisa Sansone
Typical Nesbo (of late). Why have two or three plot twists, when you can have five or six (indeed, as usual, the last twist may have been one way-too-many). I personally thought it was more engaging before it turned into a corporate espionage thriller (i.e., when it was just about a cocky man being cuckholded by an even cockier man). I still prefer thrillers that are either 1) more connected with "real" issues and themes (see le Carre, Menking, Larsson, Steinhauer), or 2) are more satisfying as ...more
Nan
Okay, I did like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I love Kenneth Branaugh in PBS' Wallander, and I like shopping at IKEA, but that doesn't mean everything from Scandinavia is equally good. Headhunters is Exhibit A. It IS a fast-moving, competently written mystery, but the first-person character is unlikeable (which he knows! and trades on!), and the scene in the outhouse is among the most disgusting I've ever read. The ending? Unbelievable--and I mean that in a bad way.
Luanne Ollivier
What a great cover eh? Take a second look at it....creepy and clever. And so is the author Jo Nesbo. I picked up Headhunters thinking that it would feature Nesbo's recurring series character Detective Harry Hole. I started reading, realized that it wasn't and felt slightly disappointed. But I lost that feeling about 10 pages in. Nesbo has written an ingenious, intricately plotted stand alone thriller that had me hooked from start to finish.

Roger Brown is a professional recruiter, a 'headhunter'
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Lesley
I liked this book, but not because I liked a single one of the characters in it. In fact, I was about 50 pages in when I decided that the protagonist is a despicable person who deserves whatever’s coming to him. And yet, I didn’t stop reading. Within the next 50 pages, I became hooked. I still didn’t sympathize with any of the characters, but I was enthralled by the drama that played out, compelled to find out what twisted, messed-up thing was going to happen next. Although some parts are ridicu ...more
Lobstergirl
Mar 16, 2015 Lobstergirl rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Cotton

When you create a character who looks like a manga figure (as the author asserts), you make her favorite artist Damien Hirst, and "Damien" is her choice for passcode to a home security system, and also the name of the would-be child her husband forced her to abort, common sense says that this is the bottom of the barrel. Things can only go up from here. Nesbø contravenes this dictum, giving us characters we suppose are human, even though they act like no humans anyone has ever seen anywhere, and
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Kristin
I love the Harry Hole series, but this book was waaaaaaaaay too gross for me. Objectively I can definitely see the skill required to write this plot with style, but subjectively... yuck. I think someone blurbed it saying it was a witty caper in the vein of Tarantino or the Coen brothers, and that is EXACTLY what it reminded me of. So if that's your sort of thing, you'll probably love it. Me, I'm sticking with Inspector Hole.
Maria João Fernandes
Em primeiro lugar quero dizer que quem não gosta da ideia de ser manipulado por um escritor não deve, definitivamente, ler o livro "Caçadores de Cabeças".
Jo Nesbo faz com que todos nós, incluindo os leitores mais experientes, nos apaixonemos pelo seu protagonista. Protagonista este dotado de um sentido de moral completamente invulgar para o mais comum dos mortais, tornando-se mesmo, em algumas ocasiões, merecedor de desprezo.

Roger Brown é um caçador de cabeças de sucesso. Apesar de ter 1 metro e
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Anachronist


“An artist who maintains that he has been misunderstood is almost always a bad artist who, I’m afraid to say, has been understood.” (loc. 773)

“The world is full of people who pay serious money for bad pictures by good artists. And mediocre heads on tall bodies.” (loc. 518)

“Noble, loyal souls are often handicapped by loyalty to even the basest of individuals. Well, especially the base individuals.”


Synopsis:

Roger Brown, the narrator of this novel is one of the best Norvegian corporate headhu
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Paul
Jun 06, 2014 Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paul by: Shelf Awareness
The central character in this thriller is not Nesbo’s Harry Hole, but rather a headhunter named Roger Brown. He claims that he has never nominated a candidate for a job that was not, in the end, offered. So he’s quite good at his game. But Roger doesn’t play just one game. He lives a lavish lifestyle and his wife is a struggling gallery owner who relies on him for financial support. So Roger must supplement his income – which he does by dabbling in art theft. This is another role in which he exc ...more
Ellie
The "hero" in Headhunter, Nordic Noir master Jo Nesbo's stand alone crime fiction, is Roger Brown. Brown is a manipulative, cruel, greedy, successful corporate headhunter-who is hunting more than symbolic trophies. He subsidizes his lavish lifestyle with a secondary career as an art thief. His one virtue is his love for his wife Diana: not that he loves her enough to give her the one thing she deeply wants, a child. Instead, he gives her an art gallery (which ties in nicely with his second caree ...more
Alex Sheldon Savva
Corporate headhunters is an interesting premise for this plot.
Perhaps more so to me as I have a love/hate relationship with the corporate lifestyle.
I love the tailor made designer suits, the grand office buildings, the elegant lifestyle and prestigious status.
And yet, I despise the greed, power, arrogance and apathy that accompanies it all.
For they are society's elite, and often villains in disguise.

So it was with great pleasure that I got to read from the perspective of such an individual. Not
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Linda
I recently discovered this author and up to now have enjoyed his books. The others I have read were from the Harry Hole series. This book is a stand alone. Nesbo, a Norwegian, wrote the book in 08 but it has just recently been translated and hit the bookstores in the US. It has supposedly been made into a major motion picture, but I am not sure if Omm this happened in Norway or not. It might make a good movie but the book was just stupid. Not even close to believable. It started out pretty good ...more
Sarah
Brilliant. 10 star read.
What clever writing to make the protagonist (who initially is quite loathsome for all his social climbing, his cheating and love of material wealth no matter the cost to achieve it)... someone that one roots for and finds empathy with halfway thru the novel. One cannot help but want the young man to succeed once one is introduced to far worse characters during the course of the book. Better to stick with the devil one knows .....His greatest weakness and therefore the mo
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Jody
Eh. I'm a big fan of Nesbo's Harry Hole series (I almost typed that name without giggling like a fourteen-year-old boy ... but not quite), and I was excited to see how Nesbo handled a first-person stand-alone narrative.

Not very well, apparently. His writing lacks the crisp tension I'm used to from his other books, which I might blame on the translation were it not the same translator. The main character, Roger Brown, is fairly well drawn, but none of the other characters are. It's hard to see wh
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Marialyce
This was my first time reading a Nesbo book and I did enjoy it. With its many twists and turns, it became a novel of intrigue and a good bit of mystery and daring do. I enjoyed the interplay of the intelligent characters trying to outwit one another in a game of high stakes and art theft.

The main character, a man whose thoughts we are privy to us throughout the book, Roger Brown is a very successful headhunter who seems to have it all together. He makes a ton of money, has a gorgeous wife, and i
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Goge
Another amazing story by Nesbo. Not my favorite Harry Hole, but Headhunter did his job just as well. I love the way his mind was clinical but emotions so very human. Thriller all the way. Smart, morbid, raw at times, filled with people dead or about to, with twists that turned everything around ones again. Loved it. A whole new look on quiet and polite people of Norway. Who knew.
Naomi
Wow, Wow, Wow...this book is good. I agree with some of the reviewers who don't think it is as good as the Henry Hole series. I like the main character in those series more than I liked the characters in this one, but I did think that this book moved quicker than the "Hole" series.
Obožavatelj Knjiga
Roger Brown ima sve: novac, sretnu ženu i posao. Sve izgleda idealno, ali ništa nije ni približno. On je lovac na glave, ali njegov drugi tajni posao je kriminal.
Clas Greve je nedavno napustio nizozemsku firmu HOTE te sad se želi odmoriti. Roger ga smatra najboljim kandidatom za mjesto u velikoj norvešoj tvrtci.
Sve je lijepo zamišljeno, ali sve se mijenja i život Rogeru Brownu se promjeni iz temelja.

Ovo je prva knjiga za odrasle koju sam pročitao od poznatog norveškog pisca Jo Nesbøa. Na počet
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Katerina
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Teri
Headhunter Roger Brown is the narrator, and immediately you know he feels shortchanged by his... um.. lack of hight. For his interviews with clients he relies on Imbau, Reid & Buckley techniques of interrogation (used by law enforcement). Also during the interviews he brings up art collections and thus also is able to gather intel needed for his other career as art thief. This novel and Roger Brown are a good deal grittier that The Good Thief's Guide series by Chris Ewan which have a lighter ...more
Michael
Creating a shallow and unlikeable protagonist and then setting him up as your hero makes for a tough challenge, even as he's being cuckolded and targeted for murder, and I don't think Nesbo ever quite gets there. I love the Hole books and all their byzantine plot threads, but this is the first Nesbo where I wondered if the translation was creating some static. A lot of the blurbs talk about this being some sort of black comedy and I didn't really get vibe either.

After a wandering start where we
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Merril Anil
Lost in Translation....perhaps??

Jo Nesbo has been an author that i have been long wishing to read and i finally settled down with HeadHunters to be the first ever work that i would read from his house of works.

Jo Nesbo's HeadHunters is originally in Norwegian and the english version is actually a translated version by Don Bartlett and because of which i am not sure whose work i will be actually referring to but lets just say that whether it was the classic case of "lost in translation" or that
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Graham
I come to this in a slightly different position to the other reviewers, having watched the film adaptation before I read the actual novel. Therefore my view is coloured by the differences to the film.

I have to say that I think, as a movie, HEADHUNTERS is superior to the book. That doesn't happen very often, but when it does it really impresses and that's what happened with the movie. It's a slick, engaging, edge-of-the-seat thriller that builds suspense as few can, while carrying with it a level
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bookczuk
What a well-choreographed dance of duplicity, malice and mistrust, with Machiavellian overtones. It read like a screen-play, which means the recently released movie based on the book must be pretty good. The movie probably will never get to Charleston, but hopefully will hit our radar at some point. The main character is despicable and unlikeable, yet I found myself sort of rooting for him, since everyone else was worse. I'd never have made it in the high-power business world.

It's only looking a
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Erik
More like 2 1/2 Stars

I feel like I am missing something. This book was highly acclaimed and won two big Norwegian Book Awards but despite the accolades, it was just good not great. Not the witty, suspenseful, chock full o twists thriller that reviews would have led one to believe. The aggression from Greve seemed waaaay over the top and totally unnecessary. He went through so much trouble to get someone else to suggest him for the CEO job of a rival company? There are some books (and movies for
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Larissa
Reviewed for Reviewing the Evidence in September 2011:

***

Norwegian author Jo Nesbø has made a name for himself worldwide with the success of his crime thrillers starring the down-and-out detective Harry Hole. Arguably, most of the appeal of these novels is not in the creatively gruesome crimes and criminals that Nesbø creates, but in Harry Hole, whose raging alcoholism and determined self-destruction cannot completely obstruct the fact that beneath it all, he's really, as Nesbø himself has said
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Saoirse Sterling
"Roger Brown has it all."

I suppose he thinks that. This is such a weird road Nesbø has taken I'm really not sure what to make of it. I'm going to mark it down as an "experiment gone wrong" and forget it ever happened.

First-person narrative usually puts me off and I wish I'd listened to my gut, as Harry would have said. The protagonist is an utter arse with no redeeming qualities whatsoever: he even managed to convince his wife to have an abortion for no apparent reason whatsoever: except that sh
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Ângelo
Um policial no bom estilo nórdico que não dececiona. Joe Nesbo cria um enredo muito bom, historias cruéis repletas de emoções gélidas.
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt ...more
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“When I propose a candidate for a job I don't do it because the person in question is the best but because he is the one the client will employ. I provide them with a head that is good enough, placed on a body they want. [...] The world is full of people who pay serious money for bad pictures by good artists. And mediocre heads on tall bodies.” 11 likes
“They had studied law, information technology and art history as part of their beauty treatment, they had let Norwegian taxpayers finance years at university just so that they could end up as overqualified, stay-at-home playthings and sit here exchanging confidences about how to keep their sugar daddies suitably happy, suitably jealous and suitably on their toes.” 5 likes
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