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From the No.1 bestselling author of the Harry Holes series comes Headhunters - fraud, double-crossing and murder in a thriller where nothing is what it seems....


Clever, wealthy, married to a beautiful woman: Roger Brown has it all. And his sideline as an art thief keeps him busy when his job as a corporate headhunter gets dull.


Then his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Ambitious and talented, he’s the perfect candidate for a top job Roger needs to fill – and the priceless painting he owns makes him the perfect target for a heist.


But soon Roger finds out that there’s more to Greve than meets the eye, and it’s not long before the hunter becomes the hunted…


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.

Sunday Express

Keeps the twists and shocks coming hard and fast


A relentless and breakneck tale that keeps the reader hungrily turning the pages for more

Big Issue

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

Irish Independent

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)

The reader is glued to the pages like gum to the street... Nesbo has accomplished an easily digested, but nevertheless brilliant and elegant thriller

Dagsavisen (Norway)

Don't miss this thriller from the UK's second biggest-selling fiction author about an ambitious art thief


A masterclass in obfuscation and psychological parrying... Roger is a well-crafted, morally dubious character who remains oddly likeable owing to a nifty line in bitter observations... After recent events, no one can be in any doubt of Norway's dark side and Nesbo wisely juxtaposes Oslo's shiny veneer with its rotten elements. Equally, the parallels between artistic worth and corporate value are neatly levied... Nesbo has that rare talent for turning the tables on readers, confounding expectations and revealing on what is intended

Christian House, Independent on Sunday

An accomplished novel from a first-rate author

Liverpool Daily Post

The central character in this standalone novel is (on first impression) an unpleasant, manipulative piece of work, and it is a measure of the author's skill that we find ourselves thoroughly on his side... 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...a sizeable measure of sheer entertainment is on offer. Nesboites might like the change of pace

Barry Forshaw, Independent

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

Press Association

I am the world's greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesbo] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pit bull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him

James Ellroy

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 1, 2015


    384 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Paperback


    February 1, 2012


    384 pages

    RRP $26.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook


    September 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

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