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Madness, greed, love, obsession, Machiavellian plotting and a great train robbery in a captivating Victorian ...
A fantastic standalone thriller from the number 1 bestselling author, Jo Nesbo
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Published: 01 September 2011
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Crime & mystery
Roger Brown has it all. He's the country's most successful headhunter. He has a beautiful wife and a magnificent house. And to maintain this lifestyle, he's also a highly accomplished art thief. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position with one of Roger's high-profile clients, he is also in possession of 'The Calydonian Boar Hunt' by Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in the world.Roger sees his chance to be rich beyond his wildest dreams and starts planning his boldest heist yet. But soon, he runs into trouble - and this time money is the least of his worries...
A relentless and breakneck tale that keeps the reader hungrily turning the pages for more
With echoes of The Thomas Crown Affair, spectacular storytelling and a beautifully judged super-twist, it confirms Nesbo's place at the pinnacle of thriller writers and, inevitably, a film version will be with us next year. It's that good.
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
A gripping read... I got lost in this book and hours skipped by as the chapters got shorter, more tense and the pace quickened to an almost unbearable crescendo... A thoroughly satisfying read
A darkly funny and cleverly plotted tale of greed which will further Nesbo's reputation
Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4
Nesbo is a master storyteller, gripping the reader from the first page and ratcheting up the suspense in a thrilling finale with several satisfying twists. Any readers coming to Nesbo for the first time will find this a cracking, if slightly far-fetched read while his fans will find plenty to entertain them
Nesbo is a master storyteller, gripping the reader from the first page and rachetingup the suspense in a thrilling finale with several satisfying twists.
Jon Coates, Sunday Express
A masterclass in obfuscation and psychological parrying ... Nesbo has that rare talent for turning the tables on readers, confounding expectations and revealing only what is intended.
Christian House, Independent on Sunday
With echoes of The Thomas Crown Affair, spectacular storytelling and a beautifully judged super-twist, it confirms Nesbo's place at the pinnacle of thriller writers and, inevitably, a film version will be with us next year. It's that good
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
This book is one you absolutely have to read... The outrageous storytelling is so stimulating, it makes James Ellroy look like a boy scout and Bret Easton Ellis like a sunday school boy
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)
It's no surprise that a successful film has already been made of the novel (the first of his books Nesbo has allowed to be filmed), as the cinematic quality of Headhunters makes it a particularly invigorating read.
Barry Forshaw, Independent
Headhunters is a stand-alone thriller, but just as well executed as his regular police procedurals...Written in the Norwegian author's typical no-nonsense prose, and plotted with precision to create a relentless and breakneck tale that keeps the reader hungrily turning the pages for more.
Doug Johnstone, Big Issue
He keeps the twists and shocks coming hard and fast before dumping us, breathless, into a head-scratchingly neat conclusion... an intriguing foray into the mind of a man you'd hope never to meet
Siobhan Murphy, Metro
A gripping read...This books opens Nesbo to an even bigger readership than before...A thoroughly satisfying read.
Edel Coffey, Irish Independent
An accomplished novel from a first-rate author.
Liverpool Daily Post
Jo Nesbo is the hottest thriller writer to come out of the Scandinavian north since Stieg Larsson.
Alison Rowat, The Herald
Norwegian Jo Nesbo, lauded as the new Stieg Larsson, delivered the goods in The Leopard and The Snowman, and in Headhunters serves up a new hero... more plot twists than a country house garden maze... An accomplished novel.
Nesbo's wily way with a manipulative plot is no less strong without Hole, and nor is the intoxicating Scandinavian atmosphere.
Alex Heminsley, Independent on Sunday
The godfather of Nordic noir
Alison Rowat, The Herald
Not to be confused with the Harry Hole crime novels, Headhunters is a slick and stylish standalone thriller from the brilliant Norwegian writer. A former economist, Nesbo offers a satiric peek behind-the-scenes of the corporate world of headhunting, where Oslo’s most successful headhunter – the vile and fascinating Roger Brown – has a sideline in art theft. In the course of the novel he is hunted, shot, stabbed, savaged by a dog, driven off a cliff and forced to camouflage himself in human excrement... a brilliant, absurd, thrilling ride!
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Jo Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Modle, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore crucial ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three ...