Kill Fee : Stevens and Windermere

  • by Owen Laukkanen
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Series: Stevens and Windermere
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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’s choosing his victims? That’s where things get complicated.


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Laukkenan and Ballerini: what a combo!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, and particularly to fans of Edoardo Ballerini, who is the best narrator alive, IMHO. This is the third book in the carla Windemere-Kirk Stevens series, and I think Mr. Laukkenan can continue to draw from this well for quite a while.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Fee?

The ending, Im think, is just right. Often authors cannot create excellent endings for their books, but here the author keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat, and wraps the novel in a very satisfying conclusion. We know that Carla and Kirk are never going to cross over the line, but Laukkenan tantalizes us with just enough buzz to keep that going.

What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

I like absolutely everything this man does. At one point I thought that no one would ever surpass Frank Muller, but now I think the case is closed. Listening to Mr. Ballerini's narration is soothing in the best possible way, even when he is reading a thriller. He is a unique talent, and we are lucky to have him reading for a long (I hope) and illustrious career. He is just the best.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think that the pathos of the young men who return from Iraq and are trained to become murderers for hire; this concept may have been done by others, but it rings particularly true here. These young men have been ruined, and then the villain brainwashes them into consciousless killers.

Any additional comments?

The book is quite long. 250 chapters is way too many, even if many of them are very brief. I didn't feel that there was much wasted narrative, even so. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, I recommend them very highly. There is talent in abundance here.

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- Richard Delman "I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get."

Preposterous drivel

Of the three books of his on Audible, Owen Laukkanen has written one that's terrific ("Criminal Enterprise"), one that's OK ("The Professionals") and this one, which will be my last.

Looking for a distraction, I was willing to accept the ridiculous plot about a murder business employing brainwashed ex-combat soliders (zombie killers), but the story's too dreary, limp and dead. I was rolling with it, more or less willingly, until Laukkanen got to the basement prison scene of a new recruit learning to kill on command who is practicing on a cat.

The bad guy produced the purring cat, and I hit the off switch.
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- Regina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-20-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio