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March 13, 2012 / schulerbooks

Trailer Tuesday: The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen!

Debut author Owen Laukkanen has been getting fantastic reviews for his debut thriller The Professionals , available on March 29th.We’re extra pumped about this release, since Owen will be at our Okemos store for a Get-A-Clue mystery group event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4!

Just a few of the solid author blurbs it’s gotten:

“Really terrific – characters that live and breathe, a just-right story, and chills aplenty. Highly recommended.” —Lee Child

“A first-class thriller by a terrific new voice.” —John Lescroart

“A brutally beautiful piece of work.”—John Sandford

“Ingenious plotting, perfect-pitch characterization . . .classic suspense fiction.”
—Jonathan Kellerman

 I hate trying to sum up thrillers without giving too much away, so here’s the publisher description:

In The Professionals, Owen Laukkanen serves up a fast and furious chase to find four friends – three men and one woman – recent college graduates, who have brazenly concocted the ultimate kidnapping plot.  Disillusioned and frustrated with collapsing economy and faced with the post-meltdown job market, the gang decides to strike back at the only people who seem to be thriving: the stockbrokers, hedge fund managers, and bank vice presidents. For two years, the strategy they devise-quick, efficient, low risk-works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man.

Now two groups they’ve very much wanted to avoid 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 all crisscross the country in deadly pursuit and a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: The true professionals cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice . . . everything.

A finger-burning page-turner, filled with twists, surprises, and memorably complex characters, The Professionals marks the arrival of a remarkable new writer.

Check out the author trailer and let us know what other thrillers you’re looking forward to!


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