The Professionals

The Professionals - Owen Laukkanen 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 obvious. Start a kidnapping ring! Better than working at McDonald’s? They kidnap affluent individuals, demand a surprisingly low ransom, collect it from the spouse and move on to the next target. How easy is that? Until they kidnap someone that has mob connections, and then things go very, very wrong.

In Mr. Laukkanen’s debut novel he keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This book is part thriller, part crime drama and part suspense. Mr. Laukkanen not only displays the writing ability to keep the suspense building to the last page, but also to make his characters so interesting that the reader (for about 2/3 of the book) is rooting for both the good guys and the bad guys. Sounds unlikely, but you’ll have to read the book to see for yourself.