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Posted July 31, 2013
Posted July 2, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I believe it far exceeded "The Professionals". There was just enough mystery and suspense for me. The only negative I have with this author is that he tries really, really hard to build up the suspense towards the end of the book and then it just crashes and burns.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Overall though, it was a fast read and was very good.
Posted May 1, 2013
I had trouble putting this book down. It was a very fast read.
I had trouble putting this book down. It was a very fast read. I read his first book, The Professionals, and loved it, so I knew I had to read this one as well. I'm eagerly awaiting the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2013
I devoured Owen Laukkanen's debut novel The Professionals last
I devoured Owen Laukkanen's debut novel The Professionals last year - it was one of those page turning thrillers that I love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
And you always wonder after such a strong debut, can the author repeat that success? I have to tell you, Laukkanen did - and actually, I think he did an even better job with this second novel - Criminal Enterprise.
Carter Tomlin is one of those guys living the 'good life'. Beautiful family, good job, big house, big car, all the toys and more. Until the economy takes a downswing....and Carter's job is no more. But, all the bills are still his. And he has a lifestyle to maintain for his family. With the pressure to keep up the façade, Carter does the unthinkable. He robs a bank. And then another.
And then "It wasn't just about the money anymore. Not even close. It was about the excitement, the power, the quick jolt of electricity he felt when the pretty tellers wilted at the sight of his gun.....It was power. Control. Robbing banks filled the void while he pad off his mortgage. And nobody had figured him out."
Someone is trying to figure it out though. Laukkanen brings back the two protagonists from his first book - FBI Agent Carl Windermere and Minnesota BCA detective Kirk Stevens. I was really glad to see this pair return - I really liked them both. They're opposite in personality and each brings a different outlook and set of strengths to the table. And there's a delicious tension between the two.
The plotting is tantalizingly clever, with several twists that had me nodding my head in appreciation many times. The ending of one chapter just fueled me to quickly start the next. From Carter's thoughts to the progress of the cops on his trail, the storyline just grabbed me and didn't let go. Note: make sure to start this book when you've got a full day to yourself - you won't want to put it down.
Suspense novels are one of my favourite genres and Laukkanen has firmly planted himself on my must read author list. Fans of authors Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay would love Laukkanen. So does John Sandford, who provided a cover blurb: " Laukkanen is slam-bang brilliant." I wholeheartedly agree!
Posted March 29, 2013
Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen is a fictional crime
Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen is a fictional crime book which asks what happens when ordinary people take a shortcut to making money because they perceive it as their only option.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Carter Tomlin has been fired from a high powered job but is still trying to maintain his high style of living which his wife and kids came to expect. However, Carter can’t find a job and constantly feels like a failure. One day Carter decides to rob a bank, the ease of making money is sweet and he gets hooked. Carter realizes that the thrill of easy money is nothing compared to the thrill of power when he is armed and dangerous.
On Carter’s trail are Agent Windermere of the FBI and Agent Stevens of the BCA. The two agents are very different and have to deal with bureaucracy and family issues which simply help Tomlin continue on his rampage.
Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen is an entertaining thriller which provides a gripping read. The plot is engrossing and the action scenes are fast paced while keeping characterization a priority.
The interesting character in the book was protagonist Carter Tomlin. The reader can see how Tomlin went down a slippery slope and started justifying his anti-social behavior to himself and others using circular logic. Tomlin discovers he gets a thrill from having power over other people and even has to pretend to rape his wife in order to bed her. The way Laukkanen weaved this part of the man’s psychology into the story was fascinating and gave the story multidimensional angles.
While I enjoyed the story very much, the relationship of the two heroes, Agent Windermere of the FBI and Agent Stevens of the BCA, seemed forced and didn’t flow as smoothly as the rest of the book. Maybe because I didn’t read the first book in the series, The Professionals, I missed something which happened even though the author does a good job re-introducing the characters.
Criminal Enterprise has excellent writing, an interesting story and exciting characters. While the book might seems big, the chapters are short and the language is easy and readable.
Posted March 25, 2013
To say I was impressed with Owen Laukkanen¿s CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE
To say I was impressed with Owen Laukkanen’s CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE might be a bit of an understatement. Maybe it’s my love of all things financial, or maybe it’s my desire to explore what would make a straight-shooting family man slip over the edge to a life filled with crime. Either way, I devoured this book the way I might consume a fudge-covered sundae, and with just as much as pleasure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
For me, this book was firing on all cylinders, the way a stock car might at the Daytona 500. The plot moved nearly as fast as the late Dale Earnhardt; the characters exploded off the page; the bite-sized chapters were easily consumable; and the twists and turns moved in an oval-shaped fashion around the track. If you are looking for a new financial fiction author, Owen Laukkanen is certainly worthy of your attention.
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