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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,005 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jo Nesbø Narrator: Steve West Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780449009161
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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 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This stand-alone gives us a brilliant array of variously flawed human beings involved in a tale of intricate plotting, excellent characterization, made-for-the-movies effects and images, and a multifaceted surprise ending. . . . A true thriller from start to finish. Library Journal
     
  • A twisty, plot-driven Hitchcockian thriller. . . . Nesbo delivers one shock after the other, culminating with a doozy of a switcheroo at the finish. It’s gripping reading. Booklist
     
  • Nesbø takes a break from his Harry Hole detective series . . . with this stellar stand-alone caper.. . . . The dizzying reversals of fortune and situations that would be over-the-top in lesser hands make for a delightful roller-coaster ride. Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard fans will be delighted. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • If you don’t know Nesbø, it’s time to get with it. USA Today
  • Like [Stieg] Larsson, Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them. . . . [and] his novels are maddeningly addictive. Vanity Fair
  • “Chances are you’ll be hooked . . . as Nesbø lays down a trail rich in Nordic atmosphere and in character-driven development . . . Ultimately, though, what sets Nesbø apart is his ability to keep the pages turning with such intellectual dexterity. Newsday
  • “Nesbø has a horrormeister’s flair for transforming natural scenes into ominous situations. The New York Times Book Review
  • Irresistibly addictive. . . . This is reading as you experienced it in childhood, without any gap between eye and mind, but with the added pleasures that adult plots and adult characters can bring. . . . Brilliantly conceived, carefully worked out, and complicatedly satisfying. Slate
  • Nesbø’s books have a serious, socially significant heft, as well as a confident (even cocky) narrative stride that is unmatched. Richmond Times-Dispatch
     
  • Nesbø’s pace is unerring, and the way he builds up suspense will incite Pavlovian page-turning. Time Out New York
     
  • With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction. . . . I hesitate no longer. [Nesbø] wins. . . . This is crime writing of the highest order. The Times (London)
  • A mind-blowing story that captivates the reader from the very first page. … [Nesbø] has found a delightfully laconic, hard-boiled tone in Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett’s tracks, which triumphs exactly where it should: when circumstances are the worst, the bullets zing by and the corpses pile up. . . . Entertaining, sharp and suspenseful. Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
  • 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)
  • A highly entertaining, first-rate crime novel, where Nesbø uses his entire register of narrative techniques and tricks to tell a story that is wilder and more zany than anything he has ever written before. Dagbladet (Norway)
  • Nesbø can out-write most of his Scandinavian colleagues. . . . Cleverly written and effectively composed, and you can easily devour it in one ravishing read. Nordjyske Stiftstidende (Denmark)
  • Headhunters has everything that makes a good crime novel: Strange murders, inventive disappearing acts and above all brilliant fraud for all you’re worth. Bogrummet (Denmark)
  • The reader is glued to the pages like gum to the street. . . . With Headhunters, Nesbø has accomplished [a] . . . brilliant and elegant thriller. Dagsavisen (Norway)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corny | 2/19/2014

    " Nesbo has written a crime novel without Harry Hole! The plot is convoluted as always but very involving especially when you reach the second half of the book. Do not be discouraged by the opening chapters and the rather long setup. The payoff is fast and furious and a lot of fun. I am hoping that we will see a little more of the large detective who plays only a small role in this story but is another unique Nesbo creation. I understand the movie of this book will be shown in New York City at the end of April 2012. I look forward to seeing how they will dramatize this very complex crime story. Without giving anything away, the plot is built around some very interesting technology and the villain is, as always with Nesbo, a real monster. This is another example of the flawed hero facing overwhelming odds and somehow managing to pull through. Very entertaining and highly recommended whether you are a Nesbo fan or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Donahue | 2/10/2014

    " Intricate mystery from Norwegian Jo Nesbo - not just another "next Steig Larson!" Nice thriller mystery without the typical trope of grizzled detective/investigator... I like Nesbo's other works (Harry Hole series,) but this is totally different. I understand a movie is in production. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart Spitalnic | 2/9/2014

    " Good mystery-suspense story without all the tedium of "the girl with..." trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín | 2/7/2014

    " This is a clever book. I didn't enjoy it as much as the Harry Hole series by the same author which I have recently finished reading. It is a compelling story nonetheless, and has a lot of twists and turns especially at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/5/2014

    " 3.5 stars... This is a quick read with a few good twists. If you like books where people hide in outhouses, then this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/15/2014

    " This was a very good Nesbo book, it's a stand-alone, separate from his Harry Hole books. Story had lots of twists and turns and definitely went in a direction I wasn't expecting. The only complaint I have is it bothers me to read a book where a person has committed multiple crimes, including murder, but then at the end of the book life goes on as if nothing happened. Just doesn't seem right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 funkgoddess | 1/14/2014

    " awful. simply awful. women don't come off well in this story. i think i might have lost a little bit of respect for jo nesbo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayland Hubbart | 12/23/2013

    " A very clever story of a headhunter/art thief, with many twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Rush | 12/22/2013

    " Different to the Harry Hole series of books is the book Headhunters which I was engrossed in from the very first pages. Not your typical Headhunter. I wish for a follow up book to delve more in to the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hetta | 12/6/2013

    " Nowhere near as good as the Harry Hole series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antoinette | 11/30/2013

    " This is a stand alone I believe. He's written a series with Harry Hole (pronounced Hooley) as main policeman. But I read this one first and thoroughly enjoy edit. Funny smart (but bloody) and completely surprising at the end. The movies fun too but read the book first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rashmi | 11/30/2013

    " Loathsome protagonist who almost, almost gets written into a corner ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linus | 9/26/2013

    " Bra bok. Kort og fengende. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 7/21/2013

    " Fantastic! I'll give it 4.5 because it is short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 4/20/2013

    " Il libro e' piacevole anche se preferisco la struttura dei romanzi con il personaggio principale di Nesbo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Bergh | 9/13/2012

    " Short but brilliant. One of my favourite Jo Nesbo reads yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Odeen | 5/29/2012

    " A fantastic book. Thrilling, suspenseful, and fast paced. Great book! Highly recomended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvette | 4/9/2012

    " I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as other Nesbo books I have read. I was not gripped by the story, although i feel that I should have been as it was a clever plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 12/29/2011

    " Not his best. Stilted, contrived and disappointing. I've heard the movie is much better. "

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About the Author

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.

About the Narrator

Steve West, the winner of ten Audiofile Earphones Awards for narration, is an actor of international standing. He is known for his appearances on London’s West End Stage in Mamma Mia!, contemporary plays, and Shakespearean classics. He has appeared in Hollywood movies and on television screens in the United States and the United Kingdom and performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. His work has also been screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.