The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen

The Professionals

This debut book will be released on March 29.  It has a unique storyline where four college graduates with no jobs turn to kidnapping to make ends meet.  Their scheme works for two years and they never hurt anyone one and don’t ask for a lot of money.  But then they kidnap the wrong man.

“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

The Author

Mr. Laukanen has had an unusual career.  He answered a craigslist ad after graduating and became a tournament reporter for a poker website.  This allowed him to visit casinos in Monaco, Macao and the card rooms of Atlantic City. Currently living in Toronto, he is now at work on a second book featuring protagonists Stevens and Windermere.

Collecting the Book

The current rating for the book is 45.  The book has two starred reviews.  Mr. Laukkanen will be on a book signing tour later this month and next.   He will be at Book Passage, Poisoned Pen and Murder By the Book where I will get a signed book.  Check out his web site for other locations.

The first printing is on the high side at 75,000.   Signed first editions will definitely be the books to collect.

Owen Laukkanen’s web site is at

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