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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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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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