Sunday, 15 January 2012
Jo Nesbo's Headunters and pending Melbourne visit
Just finished reading Jo Nesbo's Headhunters. I initially missed 'Harry Hole' as this is a stand-alone novel and found the first fifty pages or so less than riveting. But then.....Nesbo brings his trademark 'dark' imagination to this story of Roger Brown. At the pinnacle of his profession, once Roger has decided on the best candidate for a job, no company will refuse his recommendation. His life is very good, not least because of his healthy ego and side line of art theft. When the tables are turned on Roger and all his plans are turned on their head, he is forced into bizarre and extreme actions. Oslo is the backdrop as Roger's life unravels and takes unexpected twists. By the end of this novel, I was once again interested in how Nesbo's mind comes up with such original and graphic situations in which to place his characters. And, I was thoroughly engaged by the peppering of some very dark humour through the text. I am excited to add that we have the great honour of hosting an evening with Jo Nesbo in Melbourne, Thursday 1st March 2012. Go to www.crimeandjusticefestival.com and click on "Events" for full details.