You can’t win them all. Whomp whomp.
Headhunters is my least favorite Nesbo. I am a huge fan of his so it pains me to say that I really didn’t like this book very much.
Sometimes when you read a stand alone book from an author who has a great series (Harry Hole), it’s natural to have mixed feelings. This went beyond that. There were things that I actually hated in this story. My primary issue is that Nesbo was unnecessarily graphic in certain scenes. I’m not talking about sexy times or even really violence. It’s more of a physical graphicness that was just kind of disgusting. Honestly, I think it was intentional as he seemed to be going for something a little different with Headhunters. While I didn’t like these descriptions, I can admit that it takes talent to paint such a vivid picture; even if it is vomit-inducing.
What saves Nesbo from a 1 or 2-star rating is his character development which isn’t surprising. Roger Brown, the headhunter, is a fascinating character that keeps you on your toes. His nemesis, Clas Greve, is also well written (even if a little over the top). The secondary characters add a lot to the story and give us little to complain about.
While not my style, this book will appeal to readers with different tastes. 3/5 stars.