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Headhunters by Jo Nesbø

Headhunters - Don Bartlett, Jo Nesbo, Jo Nesbo


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: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II—and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft. But when he breaks into Greve’s apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to Roger Brown.

Perfect satire on employment agencies, corporate bullshit, corruption, and the heinous side of capitalism, all couched behind a life-changing art theft.

"Platform Shoes, darling!"
Mr Brown is a sociopathic squirt with a Napoleon complex and I loved every little knock down he received in a 'reap as you sow' way. Unlike Highsmith's Mr Ripley, Brown is detestable - he even hates dogs. The psychological unease increases when Roger decides to 'play' the Dutch psychopath Clas Greve. Twisty fun right there: Game On!

The Brooch - Munch

Calydonian Boar Hunt - Rubens. I smelt a double cross coming when this painting was introduced, clued by the picture's subject matter, and the mention of Curare.

Chapter 14 was ludicrous and lost a star into the cesspit right there, perhaps Nesbø became confused and thought he was writing one of his Fart Powder stories.

Another fallen star for chapter 17 where we were treated to some memories of domestic violence, current violence, and a convenient wallet enables the story to carry on.

So to sum up - the first dozen chapters were as engrossing as a good Robert Goddard, then slid down rapidly to a two star.

I cannot recommend this.

TR The Bat (Harry Hole #1)
4* The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)
3.5* The Redeemer (Harry Hole #6)
3.5* The Snowman (Harry Hole, #7)
TR The Leopard (Harry Hole #8)

5* The Son
2* Headhunters
WL Blood on Snow
WL Jo Nesbø's Fart Powder Series