Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review - The Professionals

The ProfessionalsThe Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four young people, disillusioned by the job market after graduation, come up with a supposedly foolproof way to make a fortune. Kidnapping, involving relativly small sums of money that wealthy families can pay quickly and forget. They criss-cross the country, researching potential victims, taking the time to build up a next egg and plan to retire in a few years.

Then they discover that no plan is really foolproof.

Hunted by the Mob, state investigator Stevens and FBI agent Windermere, they learn their only hope of survival is to become as professional as their adversaries. And that means people have to die.

As i read this book I alternatly sided with the investigating team plodding through nearly invisible clues (is there really a crime if no one reports it), the mob queen our for revenge, the kids who discover that having a conscious and caring for each other might be fatal, and the crazy rich girl who decides to tag along thinking a life of crime could be fun.

Who lives and who dies were questions that kept me turning pages right to the end.

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