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Headhunters

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  19,403 Ratings  ·  1,617 Reviews
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
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Paperback, Movie Tie-In, 265 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published January 1st 2008)
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Steve
Dec 04, 2013 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Negativni
Dec 18, 2015 Negativni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Malo sam se umorio od kompleksnijih (znanstveno fantastičnih) romana, pa sam u posljednjem pohodu u knjižnicu birao što tanje knjige. A na ovaj roman Joa Nesbøa me nagovorio Goran sa svojim zabavnim osvrtom.

Knjižničarka se samo nasmijala kada sam pitao da li ima što za posuditi od Joa Nesbøa. No ipak sam našao baš ovaj roman među izloženim knjigama metar i pol od nje. Rekoh: a šta je ovo? A ona: da, dobro, ima taj.

Uglavnom, Jo je onda strpljivo čekao da konačno dovršim Iain M. Banksov "Surface D
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Lisa Sansone
Sep 30, 2011 Lisa Sansone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 16, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nan
Sep 05, 2012 Nan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: once-was-plenty
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.
Marko Radosavljevic
Retko koja knjiga me kupi od prve stranice.Ova je to uspela.Savršen krimi roman,drugi Nesbeov koji čitam,i definitivno je na mojoj worship listi pisaca.Preporučujem svakome ko voli inteligentni visokooktanski teiler.Nesbe na mojoj polici zauzima počasno mesto i rado ga preporučujem za čitanje
Goran Gluščić
Nov 16, 2015 Goran Gluščić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Nesbø pravio mi je probleme odmah u startu. Ne svojim tekstom, već činjenicom da je njegove knjige gotovo nemoguće pronaći u gradskoj knjižnici. Barem je meni tako bilo. Dvoumio sam se između dvije knjige 'Sin' i 'Lovci na glave', ali usprkos tome što riječka knjižnica ima pet ili više primjeraka obje knjige - sve su bile vani! Isto važi i za ostale njegove stvari!

Naravno, to me još više zaintrigiralo jer, pas mater, ako je čovjek baš TOLIKO čitan ili je žešći triler pulp koji kućanice stvar
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sweet jane
Nov 23, 2015 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Οι Κυνηγοί Κεφαλών, ένα από τα λίγα βιβλία του Nesbo που δεν πρωταγωνιστεί ο ιδιαίτερος επιθεωρητής Χάρι Χόλε, είναι ένα ολιγοσέλιδο δροσερό αεράκι στα πρόσωπα των αναγνωστών. Ο Ρότζερ, κυνηγός επιχειρηματικών ταλέντων στο Όσλο, ζει μια πολυδάπανη οικογενειακή ζωή, χορηγός της οποίας δεν είναι η νόμιμη εργασία του. Για να μπορέσει να καλύψει τις ανάγκες του κλέβει πανάκριβα έργα τέχνης και τα μεταπουλά στην μαύρη αγορά. Στην τελευταία του κλοπή όλα θα πάνε στραβά και θα αναγκαστεί να παλέψει για ...more
Vaso
Jan 14, 2016 Vaso rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is written in a fast pace, with mystery and a couple of twists in the end. I didn’t actually liked the main character and his actions/beliefs, but I enjoyed how the story went. I think that most of the readers (including myself), chose it because of its author, Jo Nesbo.
Paul
Jun 06, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  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
Lobstergirl
Mar 16, 2015 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok  ·  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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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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Lesley
Oct 09, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
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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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
Fatima
Dec 23, 2015 Fatima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente he leído " Headhunters”; la primera novela de Jo Nesbo que no pertenece a la saga de Harry Hole y la única que me quedaba por leer de las publicadas en español. Se trata de un thriller trepidante, narrado en primera persona por el protagonista; un atractivo e inteligente personaje, con una desahogada posición debida a su brillante labor como “caza talentos” (headhunter) para empresas de alto nivel, pero que sin embargo nos sorprende con otra rara habilidad, menos ortodoxa, pero igualm ...more
Sarah
Jul 10, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Oct 23, 2012 Maria João Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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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Tol21
Jul 26, 2016 Tol21 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, mystery, adventure
Κυνηγοί κεφαλών...
Είναι από τα λίγα βιβλία που το έχω παρατήσει αρκετές φορές γιατί η αρχή είναι ελεεινά βαρετή. Ξεκινάει με αναλυτική λεπτομέρεια για το επάγγελμα του πρωταγωνιστή και για τους τρόπους λειτουργίας των επιχειρήσεων καθώς και τις στρατηγικές που ακολουθούν κλπ κλπ... μπλα μπλα εμένα αυτά με κάνουν να βαριέμαι... δε με ενδιαφέρουν καθόλου (δεν υποτιμώ αυτούς που ασχολούνται με αυτό το κλάδο για να μην παρεξηγηθώ, απλά δε μου αρέσουν.) Λοιπόν, από τη μέση αποκτά ενδιαφέρον γιατί συμ
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Barbara
FYI: This book is a standalone, with no connection to Jo Nesbo's "Harry Hole" series.

Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter in Oslo, Norway who prides himself on being the best in his profession. He wears expensive designer clothes, drives a classy car, and lives in an elegant home. To top it off, Roger - who's self-conscious about being short - is thrilled to be married to tall, beautiful, blonde Diana. To keep Diana happy (and to make up for the abortion he convinced her to have) Roger recentl
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Goge
Jun 07, 2013 Goge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Klinta
Oct 29, 2015 Klinta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review.
I saw the film when it came out (and really liked it) and when I found out that there’s a book too from Madara, I had to read it. It didn’t disappoint, although sometimes it seemed like the chapters didn’t really fit together and the switch from one scene to a different one didn’t happen completely smoothly. There were also some small hiccups with the credibility, but nevertheless I liked the book.
It had somewhat slow start, but as I new that all the excitement is coming, I didn’t
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Obožavatelj Knjiga
Jun 25, 2015 Obožavatelj Knjiga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
Jul 23, 2015 Katerina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Teri
Oct 31, 2011 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Councillor
This was the first novel by Nesbø I have read and my first by a skandinavian author in general. Along with its interesting character dynamics, it immediately caught my attention, but still has so many plot holes that I sometimes thought about abandoning it. I never did, though. The protagonist was very likeable (err, no) which made me like the book better, since reading about such an arrogant asshole as a protagonist was a somehow new experience for me. But if I talk about plot holes, I didn't i ...more
GreekReaders
Aug 15, 2016 GreekReaders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Άλλος ένας αντιπαθητικός ήρωας; Ε και; Έχω συναντήσει και αντιπαθητικότερους, μην αφήσετε αυτό το γεγονός να σας πτοήσει. Ήταν το πρώτο βιβλίο του κυρίου Nesbo που διάβασα και μάλιστα ήταν το πρώτο βιβλίο του 2016, ξεκίνησε την Πρωτοχρονιά και τελείωσε 2 μέρες μετά.

Λοιπόν, μέχρι τη σελίδα 100, περίπου, διάβαζα απλά για να το διαβάσω, μπας και ανακαλύψω κι εγώ αυτό το φοβερό φαινόμενο Jo Nesbo για το οποίο μιλούσαν όλοι. Όχι, δεν έβλεπα φως. Μέχρι τη σελίδα 100. Από εκεί και μετά ήταν σα να άρχι
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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.” 15 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.” 6 likes
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