Criminal Enterprise by Owen LaukkanenCriminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen

Criminal Enterprise

byOwen Laukkanen

Paperback | December 3, 2013

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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."

"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)
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.
Title:Criminal EnterpriseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 1 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:042526470X

ISBN - 13:9780425264706


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Criminal Enterprise I love this series, the second was a great as the first.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another hit ! This Owen Laukkanen's second book, is as good if not better than his first (The Professionals). It's a page turner that kept me up through the night. The characters are vivid and the plot thickens. I look forward to the next book.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This time out, Laukkanen gives his two protagonists a larger cut of the story than in their first outing (The Professionals). A wise move, given that Carter Tomlin, the accountant turned bank robber whose crimes bring FBI agent Windermere and Minnesota investigator Stevens back together is an ugly man who only gets uglier as the book progresses. In his entertaining and smart debut, The Professionals, a compelling band of university educated, underemployed kidnappers run afoul of the mob, and the resulting action-filled escapade made you feel for the young criminals, clearly out of their league. With Criminal Enterprise, you just want Carter Tomlin to get his. His turn from family man to homicidal mastermind was a stretch, but there were some solid character moments with Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere, as well as a few good action set-pieces that kept this novel from falling apart completely.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Second Book in the Series In The Professionals FBI Agent Windermere and BCA Office Stevens found they worked well together to bring down the bad guys. Despite promises to keep in touch, other than a cup of coffee once, they went their separate ways. When the prime suspect in a string of bank robberies beeps on Agent Windermere’s radar and that same person happens to coach high school basketball with Officer Stevens their paths cross once again. But Officer Stevens can’t help but wonder if possibly she is off the mark on this once. After all, why would a man who has everything going for him – big house, good job, nice family – resort to robbing banks? The Professionals was an excellent page-turner, and with his second novel Mr. Laukkanen proves that was not a fluke. Even better than his first, this story moves along smoothly and quickly. His “bad guy” is once again a normal person, through unforeseen circumstance (and really bad judgment), finds himself in an unusual situation. I hope to read more from Mr. Laukkanen.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent thriller 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!
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read !!! This guy puts Patterson to shame. I read Patterson's newest "bestseller," and Laukkanen makes it look boring. Both writers build suspense with short chapters but Laukkanen keeps the writing tight too, clippy, staccatto, fast, relentless. It is his second novel with the police team of Stevens and Windemere. The cop duo is night and day as a team, but the yin-yang relatinship-personalities works making the story move along at a brisk spiralling pace. Great read !!!
Date published: 2013-04-02

Editorial Reviews

“Laukkanen is slam-bang brilliant.”—John Sandford“Owen Laukkanen is a writer to watch.”—Thomas Perry“A terrific new voice.”—John LescroartPraise 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