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The new Stevens and Windermere novel from one of the most dazzlingly acclaimed new writers in crime fiction

The billionaire picked a heck of a way to die.

On a beautiful Saturday in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, state investigator Kirk Stevens and his occasional colleague FBI special agent Carla Windermere witness the assassination of one of the state’s wealthiest men. The shooter is a young man, utterly unremarkable—except in his eyes. There is something very wrong in his eyes.

And it’s only the beginning. The events of that sunny springtime day will lead Stevens and Windermere across the country, down countless blind alleys, and finally to a very flourishing twenty-first–century enterprise: a high-tech murder-for-hire social media website. But just who has the dead-eyed shooter targeted next? And who is choosing his victims? That’s where things get complicated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laukkanen’s fast-paced, no-frills style is brisk, blunt, and fueled entirely by adrenaline.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An insightful look at amorality and greed…[Laukkanen’s] fresh storytelling keeps Kill Fee on target.”

    Associated Press

  • “[Kill Fee is] further proof that Laukkanen is one of the best young thriller writers working today. His pace is relentless, his plots are satisfyingly intricate, and his prose is cut-to-the-bone lean…Perhaps as importantly, his books boast social relevance. Like David Baldacci, a veteran of the thinking man’s thriller genre, Laukkanen understands the value of tying an exhilarating adventure back to the pressing concerns of the real world.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Just two books in [The Professionals and Criminal Enterprise] and Laukkanen is a master at elevating stakes and keeping those prize pages turning. Book number three in the Stevens and Windermere series, Kill Fee, is even better.”

    National Post

  • “Blistering pace and a stomach-turning homicide-for-hire scheme…Laukkanen keeps readers engaged with a serpentine plot that writhes through high-tech and low-life corruption.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Minnesota state cop Kirk Stevens teams up once more with the FBI’s Carla Windermere to put a ruthless murder-for-hire scheme out of business…Pulse-pounding…you won’t put this third installment down unfinished.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Laukkanen creates intense, tough, amoral characters…{with an] adrenaline-like pace.”

    Library Journal

  • “Someone is selling murder on the Internet, and FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota State Investigator Kirk Stevens must stop him. Narrator Edoardo Ballerini rises to the challenge of portraying a varied cast of characters, starting with Windermere, Stevens, and a series of mentally unstable killers. Additional characters include Stevens’s wife, a killer’s girlfriend, and sundry cops and FBI agents. Whether Southern or Midwestern, white or African-American, male or female, Ballerini nails each character and captures the urgency of the manhunt. When he portrays the terrifying visions of assassin Malcolm Lind, Ballerini’s voice becomes smoother to reflect the nightmare world of the killer’s mind. This book is bolstered by Ballerini’s outstanding performance.”


  • A March 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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