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Et beskidt job

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,644 ratings  ·  251 reviews
57-årige Alain Delambre er arbejdsløs på fjerde år efter at have været HR-chef i en stor virksomhed. Han befinder sig i midten af sit livs største nedtur - både økonomisk, socialt og menneskeligt. Derfor er Alain villig til at gå til ekstremer for at skaffe sig et ordentligt job.

I "Et beskidt job" svarer Alain en dag på en jobannonce og ender som en af de fire kandidater,
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 20th 2016 by Lindhardt & Ringhof (first published February 3rd 2010)
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Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated from the French, this is an extraordinarily dark and twisted satirical novel with a rather different take on the usual crime genre. Pierre Lemaitre specialises in the odd and the strange, and here he walks into this territory with style and panache. 57 year old Alain Delambre, ex-Human Resources executive, has been down on his luck and his self esteem has taken a battering for some time as he struggles with the poorly rewarded part time jobs he has been forced to take. Delambre is ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I would like to thank the Author, Quercus Books
I would like to thank the Author, the Publisher and Netgalley for generously providing me with ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
This is a story of a man, Alain Delambre, who is in his late fifties, an ex-HR specialist, who, after losing his position, works for peanuts doing some menial jobs, gets fired after an incident with his supervisor and seeks to find employment in the field he worked previously. Very intelligent and desperate, Alain
I read Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre a couple years back and I absolutely loved the craziness that was that book and devoured every word in record time. When I saw Inhuman Resources being offered on NetGalley I didn't even hesitate to request it.

This book starts off strong and Mr. Lemaitre's humor and wit is immediately evident.

Alain Delambre is a 57 year old man that had once been in charge of HR for a large company but has since been out of work for the last 4 years after being laid off.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Multi award winning author Pierre Lemaitre has been a feature of my bookshelf for more years than I care to remember. Always a sucker for a well told tale, I also admired that he followed his own direction rather than the ones demanded of him. The pun in the title had me thinking this would have a satirical slant, and I wasn't far wrong, but it is also so much more! Heartbreak and personal struggle is lightened by some excellent black humour. This is very different from any of his previous ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Briefly - I enjoyed some parts of this a lot - I found the book rather slow overall.

In full
I'd read a couple of books by this author in his Verhœven series which I really enjoyed. I was pleased to be able to read something different from him. This one is about Alain Delambre, an approaching 60 ex HR manager. The only jobs he has had for the past 4 years have been low paid positions and there seems to be no way out of his dilemma. And then he has an interview for a job that he would really like.
"It only takes a couple of seconds for a man to become a maniac."

Alain Delambre, 57-years-old and unemployed for 4 years, is a desperate man. When he receives word that he may finally get an interview for an HR position at a prestigious company, he's totally elated and prepares for the "test" with total focus. He takes extraordinary risks in the days leading up to that big day. He can't stop lying either. The main problem at hand, however, and the issue that his wife objects to, is that this
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The very strange tale of Alain Delambre, a 57-year-old former Human Resources executive who was made redundant 4 years ago. Since then he has been in a variety of low-paid, part-time jobs, while he seeks to return to his career in management.

One day, his supervisor at his dead-end job kicks him in the backside and Alain retaliates by headbutting the man, breaking his nose. Colleagues tell him not to worry, but soon he is being threatened with court action and Alain expects the worst.

Out of the
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As well as producing one of the finest crime series, and a collection of unique standalones, Lemaitre once again demonstrates the reach and depth of his literary skill in this dark, cynical and twisted tale, which provides a perfect allegory of the daily struggle of the downtrodden individual against the power of the few…

Quickly, I was struck by how Lemaitre’s use of the absurd in the book, mirroring in style the venerable Pascal Garnier, becomes a powerful literary tool to cast an unflinching
My thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Inhuman Resources.

I was excited to receive an early copy because I'm a fan of the author's Commandant Trilogy.

Inhuman Resources is a satirical, dark look at our economy, the employment rate, the scarcity of qualified jobs, and the desperation of an aging man who will do anything, and I do mean anything, to get a job.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

Alain Delambre has been unemployed for four years after being laid off from his executive human resources
Poor Charles!
A satirical thriller about Alain an unemployed HR middle manager who after four years of job hunting is almost broke and almost at breaking point. He is 57 years old and his age reduces his attractiveness to employers. An opportunity to participate in one last selection process that involves a fabricated hostage situation takes Alain down a dark path where he gets to display all of his management theory and HR experience.
The book provides news snippets of white colour crime, mass layoffs and
Alan Taylor
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pierre Lemaitre’s Inhuman Resources was originally published in France in 2010 just two years after the financial crash but its story, of a man driven to extreme measures by lack of work opportunity, resonates just as well today. Alain Delambre, a fifty-seven year old former Human Resources Manager, was made redundant four years previously and works in menial, part-time jobs to survive. When an altercation with his superior in a packing depot leads to his dismissal, Alain becomes increasingly ...more
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
This was an interesting and entertaining novel by the French author Pierre Lemaitre, whom I know from the Camille Verhœven series. This book is a lot different and in my opinion, it transcends genre categorization as it can be seen as a social commentary on unemployment, a political thriller, a dark comedy or simply a crime novel as every other. The story is absorbing and the story unfolds while the reader follows multiple points a view in different time spaces (before, during, after), the ...more
This is the first novel I have read by this author and it will not be the Last.
Alain Delambre is fifty seven years old and once upon a time he was an HR EXECUTIVE . Now he has four years of unemployment. What work he gets is menial and low paid. It is putting a strain on his marriage and family.
He feels useless, over the hill and has no self worth. Alain has applied for so many jobs and has been refused. Until one day he receives a letter, when he opens it he is both shocked and surprised. He
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a thrilling suspense novel once I was finally able to immerse myself back into it. (Life happens sometimes).
I have enjoyed all of this author's other books I have read, and so I always look forward to reading any of his I can get my hands on, because they need to be translated from French to English...and that can be a wait.
This pretty much sums up this book in a sentence,.."Desperate people do desperate things", this was a bit of a slow starter, but by the middle, the pace picks up big
Alain Delambre lost his job four years ago. He is a fifty-seven-year-old former HR Executive, who now finds himself stuck in the world of unemployment. These days the only job offers he is receiving are for low-level, manual labor positions, which are far outside of his comfort zone. Alain finds himself at the end of his rope of mental sanity. He hates having to rely on his wife to be the breadwinner and not being able to help his adult children with their financial concerns.

On the edge of
Roxanne Michelle
I received an eARC of Inhuman Resources via Netgalley a while ago, I requested this title based on my enjoyment of Lemaitre's detective series - Alex/Irene/Camille. I diligently made notes throughout reading and was sure to be posting my review on time to schedule.

I didn't.

Even now, months later, I can't bring myself to properly discuss what I consider to be an absolute train wreck of a novel. Instead I will leave you with my bullet points, make of them what you will!


First 30% hopeless,
Andy Weston
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big Lemaitre fan and this is another good book from him. French noir crime is amongst the very best, and Lemaitre continues in the tradition of Simenon, Dard,
Leamitre’s recent novels have all been very different to each other, and this is no exception. It concerns an out of work 57 year HR manager who hasn’t been able to find work for several years, and the lengths he goes to to succeed at an interview he manages to get selected for. It’s a novel of three thirds... The first third is told
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"If you want to kill a man, start by giving him what he most expects. In most cases, that's enough"

A magnificent book, although at first it seems slow and does not go anywhere, as the story progresses it becomes intriguing and very suspenseful. To be the first book I read by this author, I was fascinated. A genius in creating the most tense situations and culminating moments, with a touch of humour.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pierre Lemaitre weaves a complex and very twisted thread ensuring that the reader is never bored and never really sure where they stand (in fact never sue what position they are in).
Full of emotion and contemporary issues there is no room for boredom as the author, once again, treats with every possible shade of grey
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 to 4 stars. A very good description of what it's like to be unemployed, and unemployable, past a certain age.

Head and shoulders above the usual thriller. I think I will remember this book.

Tzu-Mainn Chen
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up “Inhuman Resources” solely based on its title and cover flap: a HR hostage simulation gone terribly wrong, a desperate man willing to do anything to win a job. I assumed that the book was a lurid thriller, the equivalent of a low-budget action movie that gives you a few hours of entertainment before passing entirely out of your mind.

What I got was something very different: a dark critique of corporate culture whose core conceit is apparently based on a true story. It’s also difficult
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated into English from the French novel Cadres Noirs.
Funny but also made some good points about corporate culture, capitalism and unemployment.
Originally published in Lemaitre's native France in 2010, Inhuman Resources is the story of a man who, through lack of work opportunites, is driven to extreme measures out of sheer desperation.

Formerly a Human Resources Manager who was made redundant four years previously, fifty-seven-year-old Alain Delambre has since taken part-time menial jobs in order to survive. After an altercation with his boss at a packing depot leads to his dismissal, Alain becomes increasingly desperate.

When a potential
* I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. *

Inhuman Resources is a thriller about Alain Delambre, a middle-aged man who has been unemployed for so long he has become desperate. Once an HR high-flyer, Alain now works in a dead-end job from which he is unjustly sacked and then sued for damages. As he approaches a crisis he sees an ad for an HR executive. The role is very different - to run a simulated hostage situation to determine which of the
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride! Holy shit, did I just watch a movie?! The pacing of this book is...faster than a whip. It is sophisticated writing style, however, the plot is raw and smart. Then, where any author would have ended the story about 4 plot twists less than Lematire's, the author keeps you speeding in this twisty-turny road. Oh man, I just love this book. Round characters with depth, a hate-love feeling towards them. And the ending! I wished it ended different but it ended just the way it needed to for ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I’ve never been a violent man. For as long as I can remember, I have never wanted to kill anyone. The odd flare of the temper, sure, but never any desire to inflict proper pain. To destroy. So, when it did happen, I suppose it took me by surprise. Violence is like drinking or sex — it’s a process, not an isolated phenomenon. We barely notice it settle in, quite simply because we are ready for it, because it arrives at precisely the right moment. I was perfectly aware that I was angry, but I ...more
While lots of people consider this novel to be satire I have to say I do not see it as such. Reason is I have come across people with characters as those portrayed in this novel and trust me these types of personality are more common in real world than one would admit. As a matter of fact not a single character in this novel is exaggeration of any sort. For me this makes novel very real one (and very sad one).

Alain - mid-level manager (although he likes to say he is working man with no
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, arc
Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive who has been out of work for four years. He started out hopeful of returning to a suitable job, but the years have taken their toll as only menial jobs present themselves and he is faced with daily reminders of the life he once had in the faces of his wife and adult daughters and all around his not-quite-paid-off apartment. When he is called in for an HR position at a major company, Alain prepares for the interview as if his life depended on ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifty-seven-year-old Alain Delambre, the central narrator of Pierre Lemaitre’s “Inhuman Resources,” (ably translated from the French by Sam Gordon), is a hot-headed Frenchman who is sick and tired of trying to land a decent job. He is frustrated that the CEOs of top corporations make millions, but few of them are interested in their employees’ well-being. Many high-ranking executives order the layoff of thousands of men and women in order to shore up their companies’ bottom line. Lemaitre ...more
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Pierre Lemaitre is a French novelist and screenwriter.

Awards: Prix du premier roman du Festival de Cognac 2006 pour Travail soigné - Prix Le Point du polar européen pour Cadres Noirs - Meilleur polar francophone 2009 au Salon de Montigny pour Robe de marié.
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“I've never been a violent man. For as long as I can remember, I have never wanted to kill anyone. The odd flare of temper, sure, but never any desire to inflict proper pain. To destroy. So, when it happened, I suppose it took me by surprise. ( English Translation - Inhuman Resources)” 0 likes
“The moment people start wearing their morals on their sleeves, you can be positive there's something unmentionable going on behind closed doors.” 0 likes
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