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The Professionals (A Stevens and Windermere Novel) Paperback – October 2, 2012
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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.
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“Fasten your seat belts, Owen Laukkanen’s The Professionals is one heck of a wild ride.”--John Lescroart
“Smoothly written, with a slam-bang ending.”--John Sandford
“A coiling plot, insightful characters, and a tale fraught with dangers…top-notch.”--Steve Berry
“A high-octane, adrenaline- and gunpowder-fueled rocket ride.”--C. J. Box
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- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425250490
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425250495
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.95 x 7.51 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Four former college students decide to make their fortunes through kidnapping bankers in a way that the police won’t be involved. It works well, until they kill one mark, the husband of a mobster. Now they have both the mob and the FBI hunting them down.
Sometimes a debut book can be enjoyable, yet somewhat painful to read. This was such a book.
The premise was actually quite clever, although not recommended as an employment opportunity. The four students were appropriately naive and, as often happen in a group, one makes a disastrous decision that changes the course of everything. The result is going stupid, but not violent crimes, to the criminals being hunted. This does crease a drastic increase in the tension and suspense of the story, yet you also know that thinks cannot possibly end well.
There is a nice reversal of roles; the male cop being afraid to fly, while the female calms him down; the male being a local cop—“Police work. Sometimes it made Stevens want to be a long-haul trucker.”-- the female is an FBI officer; the male having an understanding wife, whereas the female does not.
One, however, really has to question whether the FBI fly their own agents all around the country, rather than use local agents in each location, as well as a local cop. And would a local cop really be released from all his other cases—I just don’t believe they only work one case at a time—to fly around with the FBI. Fiction is great, but some semblance of reality is also nice.
“The Professionals” has a plot that really is far-fetched and elements of the non-professionals actions are hard to believe. I mean, really hard! Still, it is an exciting book with a twisty plot and action that keeps one reading all the way to the end.
THE PROFESSIONALS (Pol Proc-Stevens/Windermere-Illinois-Contemp) – Okay
Laukkanen, Owen – 1st in series
G.P. Putnam & Sons – Oct 2012
Four twenty-somethings put their heads together and decide to do a few kidnappings. Clean white-collar crime... abduct a business man with a hefty bank account on his way home...and have his wife deliver in used twenty bills a modest ransom of $60,000. Clever. And safe for two years until they abduct the wrong guy...a guy married to a woman with organized crime connections. And suddenly they, our youthful kidnappers, are on the run from the cops and the mob.
State investigator Kirk Stevens has a dream job. Not much crime in Minnesota...plenty of time with the wife and kids. Until he's drawn into investigating a local businessman's kidnapping complaint. As the clues lead to other similar crimes in other states, he joins with hotshot FBI agent Carla Windermere crisscrossing the USA in search of students turned abductors. And following the law...is a mobster hit man or two bent on revenge.
Owen Laukkanen's debut novel THE PROFESSIONALS is also the first Stevens and Windermere thriller. Before you start this exciting read, make sure you have the second Stevens/Windermere Criminal Enterprise on hand.
And don't take these books on vacation. You won't see a sandy beach or mountainside full of green trees for several days...and there goes your week!
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Nice storyline, believable characters, I even felt sympathy for the baddies, well written and checked, I thoroughly recommend this writer, buy all four books and be really entertained.
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