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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Owen Laukkanen Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stevens and Windermere Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781101538739
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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

  • “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

  • “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 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Shelby | 12/18/2013

    " Wow. Great, great book. Reminded me of Chuck Hogan's Prince of Thieves in a lot of ways. Great characters, great tension, great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/17/2013

    " Fast-paced and well plotted, this is almost a classic. However, the writer tries a bit too hard to make us like the various characters, which is not all that possible in the brief time span of the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 12/11/2013

    " Like his protagonist, Arthur Pender, Mr. Laukkanen leads his readers through a series of increasingly dangerous and fortunate conflict but in the end finds himself backed into a corner of his own downfall, unable to provide a satisfying or plausible conclusion to a sometimes thrilling story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Spano | 11/30/2013

    " Original & excellent - can't wait for more from Owen Laukkanen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris Luther | 9/12/2013

    " I wanted both sides to win. Loved this book and highly reccommend it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne O'connor bach | 2/2/2013

    " Fun premise. Enjoyed the whole idea of just a quick way to make a few bucks Robin-Hood-style. What could possibly go wrong? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pris | 12/2/2012

    " A nice start, but it fell apart in a very annoying way about midway through the story. Darn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/6/2012

    " Good characters and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glennie | 9/17/2012

    " Fabulous first novel! Highly recommended. Action-packed. Looking forward to Owen's next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam's | 8/11/2012

    " Premise was great. Good read. "

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About the Author
Author Owen Laukkanen

Owen Laukkanen’s 2012 debut, The Professionals, earned rave reviews from critics and readers alike. The story of four recent university graduates who turn to kidnapping in a failing job market was hailed by Mystery Scene Magazine as one of the year’s best debuts, while Kirkus Reviews named it one of the top 100 novels of the year. A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program, Laukkanen spent three years in the world of professional poker reporting after answering a Craigslist ad before turning to fiction. He currently lives in Vancouver, where he’s hard at work on the third and fourth installments in the Stevens and Windermere series.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.