The Professionals Hardcover – Apr 3 2012
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His debut novel is slambang that is virtually impossible to put down. His characters live and breath and make you wonder how you would go about kidnapping someone if your back was against the wall.
Arthur Pender, Marie McAllister, Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere shine in a strong cast of characters.
Although the novel is action-packed it raises some interesting questions about the growing divide in the U.S. between the upper 1% and the rest of the country. The Professionals serves as a warning shot for young, ambitious people who are tired of seeing the big fish continue to suck all the money out of the U.S. economy.
A+, a must-read.
A four person kidnap crew has been touring the country, snatching affluent men and holding them for ransom. Why? Well, it's the economy. Their university degrees are practically worthless. What started out as an offhand comment has mushroomed. Now they're working the Pender Method - nothing too big - sixty grand - enough that the family can easily raise the funds and won't call the cops. In and out clean - very professional. A few more and they can retire to somewhere nice and warm. Next stop - Minnesota.
Minnesota - where Kirk Stevens has worked for the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) for ten years. "He caught his reflection in the patrol car';s rear window as he waited and he stared at it a moment, a forty-three-year-old career cop with thinning hair and a paunch, his tired eyes betraying a mounting fatigue....Another botched robbery, Stevens thought to himself. Another day in the glamorous life." Just another professional on the job.
Until the crew hits the wrong man in Minnesota - a husband with connections to organized crime. And his wife sends in her professionals to track down the crew. Stevens is now on the case and it balloons. Then the FBI sends in Agent Carla Windermere and Stevens is called up to help these professionals.
And where things go from there is a non stop, action packed, read 'til your eyeballs hurt ride.Read more ›
I've never wanted both the cops and the criminals to win at the same time, I was torn the whole way through. This is a book you'll end up recommending to all of your friends.
I can't wait for Laukkanen's next work.
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Gear Action and Suspence. I've never read a book so fast. I just could not put it down.Published 10 months ago by Dennis
The prose seems as if it were written by somebody who got a c+ in a college creative writing course (which this author probably did) and, spurred on by some overly enthusiastic... Read morePublished on July 23 2012 by yardbird