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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.
©2014 Owen Laukkanen (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By David Shear on 03-27-14

Great, though not as good as the first two

I'm really enjoying this series. It has just enough twists to keep it interesting and make it different and surprising compared to other cop series.
As expected, in this book, the relationship between Stevens and Windermere gets more complicated. There is good tension without taking away from the action and the story.
The bad guys were good in this one. The mastermind and minions kept me guessing and kept it interesting. The action, complexities, and level of badness in the criminals were great. The pace of the story and action were good too.
The thing that dropped it to four stars was the continuous attempts to try to describe the mental illness of a couple of characters. It was too abstract, filled with hyperbole, and was repeated way too many times which made it tedious.

The first two in this series were both based on amateur and almost reluctant criminals which I really, really liked, but maybe that's not scalable in a series.

I don't like the narrator's voice and accent sometimes for Windermere, that's why he only gets for stars.

I recommend this book and I'll listen to the next one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 05-09-16

A letdown after the first two of the series.

Although The Professionals was quite good, and Criminal Enterprise was even better, this third book in the series was a letdown for me. The story was predictable, and far-fetched. I realize that most mysteries are far-fetched and require some level of acceptance of the unbelievable, but this novel went too far.

Mr Laukkanen has a theme where he takes people in normal situations, with normal families and makes them turn to crime. That doesn't bother me as I actually think this often happens in the real world. What does bother me is that they go suddenly, without any prelude, to gleeful hands-on murderers. In book number one Pender sacrifices his friends and partners and takes on bigger and bigger crimes all for more money. In book number two Tomlin starts out as a desperate man who has lost his job and has a family to provide for. He turns to robbing banks. He is timid and tries to make his robberies small and has no desire to hurt anyone but in the end he is a cold-blooded killer. And here again, he takes a businessman with a loving family and creates a monster. I just find the changes to be too much.

I don't know if I will come back for book 4. There are too many books and too little time to choose average.

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