Criminal Enterprise

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Criminal Enterprise The new Stevens and Windermere novel from the author of the dazzlingly acclaimed The Professionals one of the best debuts of the year Mystery Scene From the outside Carter Tomlin s life looked perfec

  • Title: Criminal Enterprise
  • Author: Owen Laukkanen
  • ISBN: 9780399157905
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The new Stevens and Windermere novel from the author of the dazzlingly acclaimed The Professionals one of the best debuts of the year Mystery Scene From the outside, Carter Tomlin s life looked perfect a big house, pretty wife, two kids a St Paul success story But Tomlin has a secret He s lost his job, the bills are mounting, and that perfect life is hanging by aThe new Stevens and Windermere novel from the author of the dazzlingly acclaimed The Professionals one of the best debuts of the year Mystery Scene From the outside, Carter Tomlin s life looked perfect a big house, pretty wife, two kids a St Paul success story But Tomlin has a secret He s lost his job, the bills are mounting, and that perfect life is hanging by a thread Desperate, he robs a bank Then he robs another As the red flags start to go up, FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere homes in on Tomlin from one direction, while Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens picks up the trail from another The two cops haven t talked since their first case together, but that s all going to change very quickly Because Carter Tomlin s decided he likes robbing banks And it s not because of the money, not any Tomlin has guns and a new taste for violence And he s not quitting anytime soon.

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    1. James Thane on said:

      Two books in, this is rapidly becoming one of my favorite new series. In their first outing, The Professionals, Minnesota BCA agent Kirk Stevens, and FBI agent Carla Windermere joined forces to track down an especially clever band of kidnappers. They then returned to their respective law enforcement agencies, expecting never to work together again. Happily, though, at least for the reader, the two are teamed up again in a case that strikes particularly close to home for Stevens.Carter Tomlin, a [...]

    2. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" on said:

      This is a great way to spend a weekend, or a week. Once this story got cranking, I liked it better than the first one because this felt more tautly paced. Once you get about 3/4 of the way through, there's no good stopping point. You'll just want to keep reading right on through to the end to see how everything turns out.Laukkanen's style is somewhat similar to John Sandford's, with lots of action and quick scene changes delivered in chapters of 2 to 4 pages. He's thrown in some good sub-plots a [...]

    3. Robert on said:

      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 m [...]

    4. Jeffrey on said:

      When most people lose their job, they revise their resume, fire the lawn mower guy, cut family dinners out and get rid of HBO.Not Carter Tomlin. He cannot tighten the reins. He has a McMansion. Droves a jaguar.Instead, he robs a bank with a note. He starts out small, but there's a problem. Its not that its wrong. He is just not making enough money. So, like MacDonald's, he super sizes. He robs someone and gets an assault rifle, a shotgun and a pistol. Now he can get bigger scores, and with his t [...]

    5. Zora on said:

      1.5 stars. I am terribly disappointed with this, after the fine debut novel by this author. What was great about that first novel is largely missing here. In The Professionals, the criminals are sympathetic and interesting. Here, the main criminal is a spoiled rich white guy with a Jaguar and McMansion who, when he loses his job, isn't willing to temper his ludicrous lifestyle or forgot about buying a wii for the kids or diamonds for the wife, and so he turns to violent crimes for income. While [...]

    6. Fred Forbes on said:

      Actually a 3.5 and one of the stars is earned just for being a page turner that keeps one wondering between reading sessions just what is going to happen. Some interesting plot twists that took me by surprise were a plus. On the minus side, the characterization tended to be a bit weak and the depiction of the main villain reaching unimaginable depths of evil based on his new "occupation" (I think those traits would have surfaced long before the events told here.) and the self sacrificing decisio [...]

    7. Ed on said:

      Solid crime fiction about Carter Tomlin, a downsized upper management accounting executive who stars robbing banks to support his family's expensive lifestyle. FBI agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota BCA agent Kirk Stevens inadvertently team up again to identify the bank robbers and stop the madness. I became invested in these very likable characters who form an unlikely but ultimately successful ad hoc partnership. Probably best to read the first book in the series: "The Professionals" for con [...]

    8. Hobart on said:

      As much as I enjoyed The Professionals, I was unsure I wanted to read a follow-up. How tortured would the contrivances needed to bring these two investigators back together be? I was figuring pretty tortured. Would we be in for another group of criminals allllmost smart enough to get away with it all? Laukkanen pulled it off, though -- by taking pretty much everything about The Professionals and turning it on its head -- the criminals aren't nearly as professional (no pun intended); Stevens and [...]

    9. Luanne Ollivier on said:

      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 down [...]

    10. Ware on said:

      Barbra Streisand once crooned the 1932 classic "Sam You Made The Pants Too Long."Owen Laukkanen should have listened. No matter how perfectly fitted is the waist or seat, the trousers are still too long.Stevens and Windemere return in an otherwise sensational thriller that runs too long. Like The Professionals (A STEVENS AND WINDERMERE NOVEL) the villains are high functioning sociopaths. They live perfectly normal lives until some internal or external crisis unleashes the animal within.In this c [...]

    11. Linda on said:

      “Criminal Enterprise” is a second book about the team of Windermere and Stevens by Owen Laukkanen. “The Professionals” is the first in the series. It is a story of qualified but unemployed individual who loses his job and turns to kidnapping-for-ransom when he cannot get another job that supports him in the way that he is accustomed. Because of the tight job market and his need to acquire money, he turns to crime. FBI agent Windermere and Minnesota State Investigator Stevens are in charg [...]

    12. Becca on said:

      I won this book in a First Reads giveaway.I loved this book. I like how it went from character to character. My ultimate favorite character was Tomlin. Not because he was a bad guy, but because he was strategic in not getting caught in the first robberies. I like how he could cover up his tracks. When Tricia found his stash of drugs and money, I thought she was gonna turn him in. Then she decided to take him to one of her friends and sold the drugs. I was surprised that she did that, but in a w [...]

    13. Cheryl on said:

      So I got this book a long time ago. I never picked it up and kind of forgot about it. Recently, I was going through my shelves on something to read and decided that I would try to make a little dent in my TBR pile. I say "little" as it will take me a long time to make a "big" dent. I would need about a year off from work to do this. Not kidding. I picked up this book and started reading it. I did finish it in one day. It moved fairly quickly and had plenty of good dialect and action to keep the [...]

    14. Diana Donnelly on said:

      This was a win. I'm sorry I didn't get to this one sooner. The book was ranked one of the best 100 novels of the year and I can see why. It's 408 pages of excitement. The author kept me totally captured. The main character appears to have it all from a prestigious job to the gorgeous family. Then one day he's out of a job. He was raised believing a man was supposed to take care of his family and did not want to change their present lifestyle. His wife suggested down sizing and selling some unne [...]

    15. Bob on said:

      I have to say that this book pretty much knocked my socks off.A fairly average, successful guy finds himself living above his lifestyle, especially after some financial setbacks. Not wanting to be seen as a disappointment or wanting his family to suffer, he starts doing simple bank robberies. But as they progress, and he discovers the joy of killing, he becomes one of the most terrible killers in crime fiction, loving the power of murdering.(Why only four, not five stars? I hated one nagging wif [...]

    16. Janett Wawrzyniak on said:

      Tomlin is unpredictable and driven in his need for crime, he has little remorse. He analyses his progress with tension calculating every move for control without loss. Situations are created by Tomlin while repercussions and investigations swirl into his path. In their investigation, Carla and Kirks suspicions of Tomlin’s responses bring him closer to wrongdoing. This character driven thriller has suspense building at every turn of events. I recommend this book to fans of crime thrillers.

    17. Chuck Slack on said:

      A great, light page turner. Perfect for a holiday. I enjoyed the evolution of the psychopath. How desperation breeds a lust for power, thrills, and the "wild-side".Highly recommended for what the book is. Entertaining!

    18. Henry on said:

      Starts out well; sympathy with bad protagonist -accountant gone wrong because he must support family; echoes of gone girl and Mr. Ripley. Then things go south rapidly in a very unlikely and I just have to say sophomoric way.

    19. Katherine Decker on said:

      Another great thriller from Laukkanen. I enjoyed Criminal Enterprise even more than The Professionals. Can't wait for the next adventure

    20. Martha on said:

      These books by Laukkanan are like candy. Before you know it you've eaten the entire box and the sugar high is great! Accountant turned bank robber is not your usual crook, and he's thoroughly despicable, but who ever said a white collar job does anything to bleach a black heart? By some strange twists and turns, BCA agent Stevens and FBI agent Windermere are back together on the job and it's a heavenly match in spite of a couple of squabbles along the route of solving a series of crimes that are [...]

    21. Samuel Tyler on said:

      We all have bills to pay and many of us have felt that shiver down our spine as we realise we may be a little short this month. What we don’t do is take a scribbled note saying you have a gun into a bank and force money out of the till. For one out-of-work accountant, Carter Tomlin, this is the option he chooses over bankruptcy and one crime leads to another. Will spiky FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere and laidback local cop Kirk be able to catch this white collar criminal before his cuffs b [...]

    22. J Edward Tremlett on said:

      Meet Carter Tomlin. Once, he was a hardworking and successful businessman who was proud to be able to provide for his family. He had a wife, kids, a nice house, a good track on a senior position, and things were great.But then he lost his job, courtesy of recent harsh economic realities, and his life started coming apart. And that’s because Carter was too proud to declare bankruptcy, and with the severance package money dwindling, and bills coming due, he made a bad decision that changed every [...]

    23. Teena in Toronto on said:

      Carter Tomlin's life falls apart when he is laid off from his job. He has a family and a nice life in St. Paul that he has to support but no one is hiring. In desperation, he spontaneously robs a bank one day. That got him a couple thousand dollars, not enough to even pay his mortgage, but it gave him an alternative to declaring bankruptcy. As he robs more and more banks to support his life and family, he sets up a small accounting firm to hide what he is really doing for a living. The robberies [...]

    24. Tom Donaghey on said:

      CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE is a fast paced, intriguing look into the ramp up of a man with too much to lose but not enough determination to do the right thing. Several years ago there was a Michael Douglas movie called "Falling Down" about a man who just couldn't take modern life any more, flipped out with a gun and went on a rampage. This book has a similar theme but is much deeper in scope and broader in depth. This is his second Stevens and Windermere novel and it involves a white collar guy who get [...]

    25. Michael Martz on said:

      'Criminal Enterprise', Laukkanen's 2nd in the series, is a very good action story that reprises the pairing of FBI agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state policeman Kirk Stevens. Unlike 'The Professionals', in this one they weren't officially on the case together- circumstances just sort of made that happen. The short plot summary is that a fairly young professional is having money problems and on a whim decides to rob a bank. The payoff isn't very much but he gets a rush from the action, esc [...]

    26. Mihir on said:

      OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: This is the second Stevens and Windermere book after last year's The Professionals. This book for me was the better of the two simply because while the last book focused on a variety of characters, the protagonists Stevens and Windermere didn't feel like the protagonists. This book changes that dynamic and gives us a deep look at both of them thereby squarely sharpening them in the reader's minds.This book begins quite some time of the first book and it has Carter Tomlin as th [...]

    27. Timothy on said:

      Owen Laukkanen's 2nd entry in the Stevens and Windermere series proves that The Professionals (Stevens and Windermere #1) was no fluke. The writing is assured, the plot well thought out and fast moving. Laukkanen is quickly making his mark in crime fiction and is a welcome addition to other great Twin Cities standbys such as Sandford's Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers. This series is a wonderful companion and will be a worthy successor once Sandford decides to hang it up. Which I hope is years [...]

    28. Beth on said:

      I initially read CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE only because its author, Owen Laukkanen, is to be part of a panel of authors I will be seeing at a book festival later this month. Turns out, though, this book is very good; I enjoyed it so much it made me put off doing things, such as sleeping, in favor of reading. I even suspect that Laukkanen kept the book's chapters short so that his readers could convince themselves they could read just one more little chapter.Seriously, Laukkanen's two- and three-page c [...]

    29. Rob Brunet on said:

      Owen Laukkanen writes blister-fast page turners. If his debut, THE PROFEESIONALS, left any doubt, CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE seals the case. From the opening scene, where we're dropped in media res mid-bank robbery to the adrenaline-fueled finish, the pace rarely lets up.(Full disclosure: I have met Owen Laukkanen at crime fiction events and benefitted from his professional support. For me, five stars means: I'd reread this.)The second Stevens and Windermere novel reprises Laukkanen's portrayal of a re [...]

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