by Jo Nesbo

(published 2008)

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Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. He has it all: he is clever and wealthy and at the very top of his game.

But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. Soon, Roger sees his chance to become rich beyond his wildest dreams, and starts planning his biggest theft ever.

At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II—and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

But when he breaks into Greve’s apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to Roger Brown.