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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
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published 2008 by Aschehoug
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Steve
Nov 06, 2011 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
Saša
Jan 26, 2017 Saša rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dakle, kako je prosao moj prvi susret sa Nesbø?
Vrlo dobro, mogu reci i prilicno sam zadovoljan.
Nesbø pise lako i jasno, odlican storyteller, stranice lete, a ni karakterizacija mu ne ide lose.
Glavni lik u knjizi je odlicno odradjen, njegova razmisljanja su vrlo zabavna, a ni ostali likovi ne zaostaju mnogo.

Vec posle nekoliko stranica uvucen si u pricu (zaplet), i nema pustanja do samog kraja.
I jedino me taj kraj nije bas odusevio, Jo je malo vise iskomplikovao nego sto je trebalo cini mi se,
a
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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 17, 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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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
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.
Lisa Sansone
Sep 23, 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
Evangelia
*3,5 αστέρια* (πραγματικά πρέπει να αρχίσουν να μπαίνουν και μισά αστεράκια.)
Δεύτερη επαφή με το Nesbo, αλλά δε νομίζω ότι έγινα ακόμη νεσμπομανιακιά. Ίσως δεν έχω βρει ακόμη το σωστό βιβλίο του που θα πω ουάο. Οι κυνηγοί κεφαλών ωστόσο, είναι ένα βιβλίο που έχει στοιχεία έκπληξης και καλής γραφής. Είναι μικρό, με γρήγορη δράση και διαβάζεται εύκολα. Από το γεγονός ότι σκεφτόμουν πότε θα πάω σπίτι να το συνεχίσω, συμπεραίνω ότι ναι μου άρεσε. Το κολπάκι στην αρχή του βιβλίου με την αποκάλυψη ενό
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Lobstergirl
Mar 14, 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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Krbo
Aug 20, 2014 Krbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
da, bio sam u pravu, stvarno jako zabavan i lagan krimić.

ako ste prvo pogledali film (kao ja) malo će vam pokvariti doživljaj prvog čitanja jer će vam stalno glumci i scene filma biti pred očima no s druge strane film je jako vjeran knjizi i jako dobro napravljen.

takvima kao ja knjiga će dopuniti unutarnje dijaloge, a neki su nezamjenjivi jer vrve crnim humorom.

o čemu razmišlja osoba koja roni u septičkoj jami vanjskog WC???

saznajte :)


sve preporuke i knjizi i filmu
Bettie☯
Read by Seán Barrett

Description: 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: Gre
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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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Goran Gluščić
Nov 08, 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
Sep 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.
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.
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
Sep 16, 2011 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
Lesley
Jun 05, 2012 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
Emily
Τον καταλαβαίνω πολύ καλά τον συγγραφέα...
Έχεις δημιουργήσει τον ήρωα σου, τον Χάρι Χόλε.
Ο ήρωας σου έχει ανοδική πορεία.
Ο εκδότης σου, μαζί με τις επιταγές, σου ρίχνει και μερικά τηλέφωνα για να δει πώς τα πας με την επόμενη περιπέτεια του συμπαθούς ήρωα.
Περνάς τη μέρα σου στίβοντας το μυαλό σου, μεταξύ πληκτρολογίου και κουζίνας.
Συν, ενδεχομένως η μαμά σου που παραπονιέται ότι δεν έχεις πάει καιρό να τη δεις, ο γείτονας που θέλει το τηλέφωνο του οδοντιάτρου σου και η μικρή σου κόρη που θέλει
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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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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
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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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
Jun 09, 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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Sarah
Jul 09, 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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Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Ο Jo Nesbo αποτελεί ένα από τα πιο επιτυχημένα ονόματα στο χώρο της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας. Τα βιβλία του Νορβηγού συγγραφέα, όχι μόνο γίνονται best-sellers με την πρώτη κι όλας μέρα κυκλοφορίας τους αλλά, χαρακτηρίζεται από μια μεγάλη μερίδα κριτικών και αναγνωστών ως ο νέος Stieg Larsson, ένας άνθρωπος με ζωηρή φαντασία, εξυπνάδα αλλά και εφευρετικότητα, στοιχεία που αν θέλετε τη γνώμη μου είναι απαραίτητα, όχι μόνο για να οδηγήσουν σε μια εφήμερη επιτυχία αλλά, σε ένα έργο ουσιαστικό, εμπνευ ...more
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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Fatima
Dec 17, 2014 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
Linda
Oct 03, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok
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 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 but ...more
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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.” 12 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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