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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (729 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Owen Laukkanen Narrator: Edoardo Ballerin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stevens and Windermere Series Release Date:
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Four friends, recent college graduates, 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—quick, efficient, low risk—works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man.

Now two groups they’ve very much wanted to avoid 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 all crisscross the country in deadly pursuit and a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: The true professionals, cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice … everything.

A finger-burning page-turner, filled with twists, surprises, and memorably complex characters, The Professionals marks the arrival of a remarkable new writer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This well-written debut crime novel features a chillingly postmodern amorality and well-developed protagonists on both sides of the law who will have readers rooting for them. Thriller fans will be chomping at the bit for the next Stevens and Windermere novel in the planned series.”

    Library Journal

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

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[A] clever debut…The story’s breakneck pace will carry most readers along.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2013 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers
  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2013 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2013 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginny | 2/15/2014

    " This was a terrific debut novel by Owen Laukkanen. I was hooked from the beginning and found myself relating to both the good and bad characters. Of course, I was on the side of the good guys but sad for the poor choices the bad guys made that escalated out of control. I will look for future books by this talented author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kay | 2/4/2014

    " Nothing special, but a nice crime thriller. Exciting climax. Can see this making a good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 1/16/2014

    " Very fun read. Good for the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diana | 1/1/2014

    " Why find a job!! These four college people decide to go into the kidnapping business. They do this for two years and then kidnap the wrong person . This is way the book really keeps your interest. First time author. A real good read. "

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