Friday, February 3, 2012

The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen

Four twentysomething friends have spent the last couple of years making a career out of kidnapping wealthy businessman for small amounts rather than huge payouts, figuring that the businessmen can afford the tens of thousands of dollars and will just forget about the incident and move on. But when Pender, Marie, Sawyer, and Mouse kidnap Donald Beneteau they neglect to discover that he's the husband of mob-connected Patricia Beneteau. Knowing they're in deep trouble, they begin to panic and find themselves on the run from both the Mafia and the team of Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens and FBI agent Carla Windermere. With the odds stacked against them, one wonders if they'll make it out alive. The Professionals is page turner that reminds me of Robert Crais recent novels, Thomas Perry's standalone books, and The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey. It will be published in March and is slated to be a series with Stevens and Windermere as the series characters.

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