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Headhunters (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Having read all the Harry Hole novels, I approached "Headhunters" with some trepidation. The blurbs seemed to take Nesbo out an environment in which he had been fairly comfortable in the Hole series. I read the opening chapters and wondered about the slickness and smugness of it all. As this book got gorier and more twisted, I wondered if Nesbo had written a sick prank to punk the readers. Perseverance not admiration got me through the book, and I would not it recommend to anyone. I hope this was a one-time aberration on Nesbo's part because I have enjoyed the Hole books immensely. A disappointing waste of time as there are too many good Nordic mystery writers to choose from: Hakan Nesser, Helene Tursten, Jussi Adler Olsen, Leif G W Persson, Ake Edwardsson, or Camilla Lackberg, just to name a few.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
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Contrived, unrealistic plot that is extremely tedious and boring. I was glad to reach the end and never bothered with the epilogue
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2013
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Because I enjoyed SNOWMAN and THE LEOPARD, two of Jo Nesbo's later books, I decided I wanted to read them all in correct sequence. Picked up HEADHUNTERS, a stand-alone novel, and extremely disappointed. It was hard going and I got halfway through and gave up, decided to check out the end. Not a satisfactory conclusion at all. As a previous reviewer stated, the main character is detestable and I wanted someone to put a bullet through him. A tedious read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
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I am an enormous fan of Jo Nesbo's books, BUT,"Roger Brown",the main character in Headhunters, is such an irritating egotist, that I wished someone would kill him! I had to force myself to finish the book.Don't waste your money. Jo Nesbo, please stick to Harry Hole.
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on July 4, 2014
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poor read,plot thin,characters likewise.struggled to finish the book
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on January 2, 2015
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Jo Nesbo missed the mark on this book. The daunting details were painful and I skimmed most pages filled with irrelevant content. The main character lacked depth and the story line was unrealistic. Nesbo should stick to what he does best.....Harry Hole stories.
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on November 13, 2014
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Too contrived.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2014
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While I really am a Nesbo fan... read most of his book and thoroughly enjoyeds .. this one did not appeal . Jo sought for a change of direction in his writing but it was predictable, boring and most unlikely. Very disappointed. A great writer struggling for a new direction that brings his novels back to less than an average author
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2012
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Another reviewer mentions that the book begins with an incorrect statement about the physics of the crash of two vehicles. About 25 pages later, one of the characters asserts, "In a sequence of five consecutive numbers one of the odd numbers has to be divisible by three." This, too, is wrong as shown by the five consecutive numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. There are several other instances where better research would have avoided making claims or creating scenes that are implausible. Two examples: In one scene near the end of the book, the principal character expects the police to believe his bite marks on the neck of a one-day old corpse could pass for dog bite marks which had been treated at a hospital. For another scene to work, a toilet tissue tube would have to be at least seven inches long. Perhaps TP tubes are that long in Norway, but I doubt it. I've read four other books by this author, all of which are much, much better written. I was very disappointed in Headhunters.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
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I've not read any Jo Nesbo stuff before and picked this up to read on the plane to Croatia - which is a two hours and forty minutes flight. I'd tired of it and shut my eyes about half way through the journey. I have no idea where this book is supposed to be going at all, or its intended audience. Comedy thriller? Bad day at the office? Satire? It isn't funny, it isn't exciting, it isn't plausible and none of the characters remotely lifelike, likeable or interesting. I got to the bit where Brown woke up in the hospital and found myself wishing that Greve would just stop talking and shoot him, shack up with his wife and put an end to the whole sorry charade. Not sure if I'll finish this. Certainly not enjoying it.
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