The Professionals

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Penguin, Mar 29, 2012 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Four friends, 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 works like a charm—until they kidnap the wrong man.

Now two groups 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 crisscross the country in a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: The real professionals, cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice everything.


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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

Four friends have graduated college and find that their degrees are getting them nowhere near the professions and monetary compensation they had envisioned. What to do? Well, the answer is quite ... Read full review

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User Review  - RDHawk6886 - LibraryThing

Definitely a mixed bag. The book starts out strong, shifting between multiple view points in an Elmore Leonard fashion; however, the book looses serious momentum before the halfway point. It feels ... Read full review



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 After graduation, Owen Laukkanen answered a Craigslist ad—and for the next three years, he was the tournament reporter for a poker website, traveling from the luxurious casinos of Monaco and Macau to the sketchiest card rooms of Atlantic City.

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