“Headhunters” by Jo Nesbo
(Tense Murder Mystery)
Genre: Thriller / Mystery
Roger Brown is Norway’s top headhunter.
When he recommends someone to a client, the company knows he or she is the right person for the position.
Roger Brown is also an art thief.
When he interviews people for jobs, he finds out if they have valuable art in their homes. If they do he and his partner, Ove Kjikerud, collaborate to steal the art when the client is being interviewed by Roger’s assistant. Kjikerund then fences the art and they share the bounty.
Interviewing clients for a CEO position at a high tech GPS company, Pathfinder, Roger has not yet found the perfect individual. His wife, Diana, however, has, and recommends Roger interview Clas Greve. Greve is the former CEO of a Pathfinder competitor and knows about advanced technology that Pathfinder needs. He is also an ex-military operative.
Roger is intrigued and interviews Clas.
As he is stealing the most valuable painting of his career as an art thief, “The Calydonian Boar Hunt” by Rubens, Roger finds his wife’s cell phone in Clas’s apartment. Diana is cheating on him!
With this new information, Roger decides NOT to recommend Clas for the job, and all hell breaks loose.
Eight murders later the book ends.
“Headhunters” is brutal, tense, and gory with a complex, surprising, ending.
Jo Nesbo is terrific. Raw, gritty, eloquent.
Oh yeah….this book was made into a movie starring Jamie Lannister….errr, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Clas.