Perfectly disturbing tale of double life

January 24, 2013

Headhunters, by Jo Nesbo (Harvill Secker, RRP $38):

If you are looking for a one-off Jo Nesbo novel to kick off your addiction, Headhunters is a good place to start.

Released late in 2011, this is the story of Roger Brown, a short man with great hair and even better instincts.

Roger is a headhunter for a top recruitment agency. He has a beautiful wife, a beautiful house, money, a flash car, fancy suits and did I mention the hair?

He also has a double life: in his spare time he likes to steal valuable works of art.

When he sees the chance to get rich beyond even his wildest dreams, thanks to the man his beautiful wife introduces him to as a potential candidate for a position with Roger’s biggest client, it all comes crashing down in a violent mess.

This is an easy read and also a little disturbing (especially the part about the fake dog bite on a dead body). Perfect.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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