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Criminal Enterprise

af Owen Laukkanen

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From the outside, Carter Tomlin's life looks perfect: a big house, pretty wife, two kids. 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. FBI special agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens reunite to solve the case.… (mere)
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Will not be buying the third book. I agree with another reviewer that the action does not begin until 3/4 of the book has passed. After the great first book, my expectations were that the main characters would work together solving crimes. Not so, one of the characters spends almost the whole book trying not to participate and we are spectators to his inner dialogue berating himself.

Another reviewer pans the bad guys in the book and I have to agree. There are almost too many bad guys for one story. For those new readers who want to struggle with the boredom of a long build-up, I will not say anything further than there is one bad guy who could have easily been written out with no cost to the book overall. For the discriminating reader, I urge you to give this a miss. ( )
  Omegawega | Mar 31, 2018 |
Carter Tomlin looks like a man with everything. He has a job with a huge salary, a beautiful wife and two daughters, he drives a Jaguar, he and owns a huge house in a great neighborhood. When he gets laid off from his job, he makes a snap decision to rob a bank. When he realizes how easy it is to do, he gets a few guns and a couple of partners and turns it into a full-time business. Before long he's doing it because he enjoys the power he feels every time he holds a gun on someone. Of course, it's not long before terrorizing bank tellers isn't enough and his behavior escalates.

Criminal Enterprise has excellent writing, an interesting story and exciting characters. The book has a lot of chapters, but they are quite short and very easy to read. This proves to be a good way to keep the story moving at a fast pace, as well as approach the story from the point of three different narrators: Stevens, Windermere, and Carter Tomlin. Criminal Enterprise is a very entertaining thriller with an engrossing plot and fast paced action sequences. The characters are well written and it's especially fascinating to see the way Carter Tomlin changes throughout the book.

I really enjoyed the first book in the Stevens and Windermere series, the Professionals. Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere work for different agencies but successfully teamed up in the prior book. In this one they are not in contact and seem to work the case from their own angles until halfway through the book. I really like their chemistry and hope they work more together in the next book, Kill Fee. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
'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, escalates his activities to get more money and bigger rushes, and the police begin to track him down.

Since this book was good enough to entice me to knock it out in a couple days, I suppose I liked it pretty well. (SPOILER ALERT!) However, as with his earlier effort, Laukkanen leaves me wondering about the plausibility of a few things: How likely was it that a bland, almost middle-aged 'good guy' would turn into such a monster? How did he so quickly develop the expertise to use the weapons he acquired? How big a coincidence was it that his family life intersects that of the state cop? Had he not ever seen the movie 'Heat' (re: difficulty in pulling off armored car robberies....), and, finally, why did one of the 10 kids in the house at the end not pull out a cellphone (which I can guarantee they all had) and texted or called someone to alert police to the fact that armed bad guys were in the house? (END SPOILER)

So, in conclusion, this was a fine police thriller, well-written with good characters, that had a few holes in its story but was otherwise a good addition to his series. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
Fun. Quick read. Not too deep. ( )
  mgriel | Jan 18, 2016 |
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 chapters added to the feeling that so much was happening in a really short time. A regular guy turned bank robber to preserve his family's swank lifestyle, then turned murderer, and finally turned psycho. He is pursued first by Carla Windermere of the FBI. Then, by coincidence, Kirk Stevens, a state investigator, gets involved. Apparently, the same two characters are also partners in an earlier book, THE PROFESSIONALS.

But, although CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE is the second book in a series, it can be read as a standalone (one sign of good writing). I had no trouble. I did, however, wish I had read the first in this series simply because I enjoyed the second so much. ( )
  techeditor | Sep 3, 2015 |
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From the outside, Carter Tomlin's life looks perfect: a big house, pretty wife, two kids. 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. FBI special agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens reunite to solve the case.

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