The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen

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10 Critic Reviews

A fast-moving debut thriller with enough twists to fill a pretzel bag... Let’s hope Laukkanen writes more thrillers like this one.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Four friends, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it’s no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise works like a charm—until they kidnap the wrong man.
 

Now two groups are after them—the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized crime outfit looking for payback. As they crisscross the country in a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: The real professionals, cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice everything.
 

About Owen Laukkanen

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After graduation, OWEN LAUKKANEN answered a Craigslist ad—and for the next three years, he was the tournament reporter for a poker website, traveling from the luxurious casinos of Monaco and Macau to the sketchiest card rooms of Atlantic City. A resident of Toronto, he is now at work on a second book featuring Stevens and Windermere.
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Berkley. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Professionals
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Dec 19 2011

A fast-moving debut thriller with enough twists to fill a pretzel bag... Let’s hope Laukkanen writes more thrillers like this one.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 09 2012

A few developments strain credulity, but the story’s breakneck pace will carry most readers along.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Apr 22 2012

His prose is fighting-weight lean, and the pace is relentless. In 370 pages, he zips through 93 short, cliff-hanging chapters.

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BuffaloNews.com

Excellent
Reviewed by McClatchy Newspapers on Apr 18 2012

Laukkanen’s action-packed plot delivers finely honed characters we care deeply about, even when their behavior is despicable.

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By the Book @ Rogers Memorial Library

Excellent
Apr 10 2012

Sharp writing and snappy dialogue elevate this crime novel into a delicious cat and mouse game

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Sun Sentinel

Excellent
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Apr 08 2012

...touted as Putnam’s top book of the season. Laukkanen’s fresh voice and original storytelling deserve it.

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Crimespace

Below average
Reviewed by Kittling: Books on Mar 30 2012

Splitting focus between two sympathetic groups meant that none of the characters were as finely drawn as they could have been and my loyalty was with none of them.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth White on Mar 23 2012

Owen Laukkanen has crafted The Professionals with such attention to character that the reader will find a connection on some level with everyone involved.

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Curious Book Shop

Good
Reviewed by Ray Walsh on Apr 05 2012

Laukkanen's outstanding effort features likable, well-developed characters, excellent storytelling and a corkscrew plot.

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The Mystery Starts Here Blog

Good
Reviewed by Carlene on Apr 02 2012

A finger burning page turner filled with twists, turns and memorable characters you’ll remember long after reading, The End.

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