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.
“Fasten your seat belts, Owen Laukkanen’s The Professionals is one heck of a wild ride. A first-class thriller by a terrific new voice.” (John Lescroart)
“Really terrific – characters that live and breathe, a just-right story, and chills aplenty. Highly recommended." (Lee Child)
“Smoothly written, with a slam-bang ending, The Professionals is a brutally beautiful piece of work. Owen Laukkanen takes us straight into the hearts of the bad guys, and what we find there is something very complicated and still very bad. The cops are just as complex as the villains, and Laukkanen nicely captures the personal and sexual tension between Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere as they track down the gang: this is a pairing that will wear well.” (John Sandford)
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Pretty Good Start of a new series
I think this one falls somewhere in the middle. I've listened to much worse (The Lock Artist) and too many better to name. I do think this was good, implausible at times, main characters were slightly immature for their ages but... This is fiction rather then fact so it was completely enjoyable.
This is the first time I have ever heard him narrate. He did a good job and I would listen to h again.
I really liked this plot. I think the main theme (4 college grads who could find employment) is so applicable to today's job market. I think it is worth your time and does entertain.
Above average story; great narration
It was exciting. I found myself sitting in the driveway trying to finish a chapter in my car.
Pender--flawed, but interesting.
Ballerini is now in my top three narrators--the others being Scott Brick and Dick Hill. A great find!
The ending was sad, but just and inevitable!
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