The new Stevens and Windermere novel from Owen Laukkanen, author of the dazzlingly acclaimed The Professionals—“one of the best debuts of the year" (Mystery Scene).
Accountant Carter Tomlin has a secret. He’s lost his job, the bills are mounting, and his perfect life is hanging by a thread. Desperate, he robs a bank. Then he robs another.
Reuniting for the first time after their first case, FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere homes in on Tomlin from one direction, while Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens picks up the trail from another.
Because Carter Tomlin likes robbing banks. And it’s not because of the money anymore. Tomlin has guns and a new taste for violence. And he’s not quitting anytime soon.
Praise for Owen Laukkanen
"Puts readers in mind of what a collaboration between John Sandford and Elmore Leonard would be like...a master storyteller."Bookreporter.com
"Really terrific."Lee Child
"Fans of crime thrillers shouldn't miss this one or anything else with Laukkanen's name on the cover."Kirkus Reviews(starred review)
About the Author
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. A resident of Vancouver, he is now at work on a third book featuring Stevens and Windermere.
What People are Saying About This
“Laukkanen is slam-bang brilliant.”—John Sandford
“Owen Laukkanen is a writer to watch.”—Thomas Perry
“A terrific new voice.”—John Lescroart
Praise for The Professionals
“Really terrific—characters that live and breathe, and chills aplenty.”—Lee Child
“Like waking up on a roller coaster, just as the car plunges down a steep fall. Laukkanen’s prose is fighting-weight lean, and the pace is relentless.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A page-turning blend of classic suspense fiction and chillingly postmodern amorality. Ingenious plotting, perfect-pitch characterization, and evocative sense of place combine to create an impressive debut.”—Jonathan Kellerman
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent summer read. Better then his first book.
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. Overall though, it was a fast read and was very good.
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.
I devoured Owen Laukkanen's debut novel The Professionals last year - it was one of those page turning thrillers that I love. 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!
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. 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.
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. 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. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator