The Professionals

By Owen Laukkanen
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Putnam Adult, (3/29/2012)
Language:English



Average Rating:
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3.67 out of 5 (3 Clubie's ratings)


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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.

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Nick's thoughts on "The Professionals"
updated on:5/1/2012

Whether it's a TV show, a movie, or a book, there are times we want to be enriched and challenged and there are times we just want to sit down, be entertained and not have our minds blown. I think The Professionals fits that mood very nicely. It moves along smoothly and is well enough written to keep the reader engaged. The story is one that's been told about 5,000 times, but there is just enough depth given to characters like Pender and Marie to keep things interested. I did find myself caring what would happen to them and it was interesting to see how they each adapted to the ever-growing pressures of a situation gone horribly wrong. Both probably wished they had a chosen a more "normal" life, but one dove deeper into the life of crime and one moved a bit further away. I didn't much buy the "will they or won't they" vibe between Stevens and Windermere, and that subplot really didn't seem to go anywhere, but it wasn't really enough to put me off. Overall, I think this is perfectly acceptable, light summertime reading and a solid caper story.

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Ceci's thoughts on "The Professionals"
updated on:4/30/2012

“We don’t have to make a career out of it.” How many times have I spoken similar words to soothe a sense that I’m about to step into something that isn’t quite right? The main pleasure of THE PROFESSIONALS is seeing this spin out in the extreme. Will this kidnapping “profession” actually work out as planned, or end an epic fail? Just enough twists and shocks are included to keep you from feeling certain you know the answer. Although the characters are essentially preset for this kind of story (the brain, the beauty, the cop, the mobster), they are given just enough heft, flaws, and humorous dialogue to rise above the level of cliché.  As for the story . . . there are, possibly, some lessons to be learned. Maybe it’s that my boring desk job isn’t so bad after all? However, this book doesn’t really scream “deep thoughts.” It is simply a quality, fun read – perfect for plane travel or summer reading.

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Book Junky's thoughts on "The Professionals"
updated on:4/30/2012

Give it an "Unleash It" or a "Very Unleashable" rating is the question I am pondering for this book… It was good writing that just zipped along. Seriously, this was a super fast read & enjoyable, but not earth shattering or that stimulating either. (A good vaca-don't-really-need-to-think book.) It kept me interested. I wasn't really a mystery since you knew what was going on the whole time by being inside everyone's head. The question was more of "what is going to happen"… actually, I think the main thought that was running through my mind as I read this was, "who am I routing for?" Which I think was only answered by the fact that I did not like the ending. But I only got to that conclusion at the end. I think the fact that you are really allowed to get in all of the character's heads was the best part about this book. You got to sympathize with all of them and feel their real and vulnerable selves. Which is why I think it will make for a pretty decent book club discussion. And now that I have reach the end of the review, I think I have decided to go with the "Very Unleashable" rating - don't expect to contemplate it for years to come, but have a fun fast read and light-hearted discussion with your clubies over it. 



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"The Professionals"
By Owen Laukkanen

Average Rating:
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3.67 out of 5 (3 Clubie's ratings)


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