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Criminal Enterprise was nominated for
an International Thriller Writers 2014
Thriller Award for Best Hardcover.
"Laukkanen has clearly avoided the sophomore slump, deftly alternating taut narratives and building toward a grand climax that’s completely organic to the story. Windermere, Stevens, and Tomlin are strikingly realistic characters sharing varying degrees of dissatisfaction with their lives, and readers will identify with their struggles to reconcile their own needs with their responsibilities to others."
"In Laukkanen’s fine sequel to his impressive debut, The Professionals (2012), laid-off Minneapolis accountant Carter Tomlin starts to rob banks once he realizes he can no longer pay his mortgage or support his beautiful wife and two kids. But his secret life as a bank robber is more addicting than he anticipates, and he’s making money faster than ever before. The hard-boiled narrative moves at a quick clip, and the tension between Windermere and Stevens adds spice to the intrigue."
"Owen Laukkanen is a thriller writer clearly destined for greater things, having already set the bar awfully high so early on in his career."
"It’s not just a case of working a formula—constant action, crackling dialogue, short chapters with cliff-hanger endings. Laukkanen builds that framework and populates it with flesh and blood, offers outsider insights into the economic decay of urban America and spins plots that build from an everyday premise into spiralling disaster."
"Laukkanen, one of the best thriller writers to emerge in the wake of the Great Recession, has a keen understanding of what readers expect in a crime thriller. His pace is relentless, and he shifts expertly between his characters’ perspectives, short chapter by short chapter, as he hurls readers toward an inevitably explosive finale."
"Criminal Enterprise illustrates quite beautifully how adrenaline can be just as addictive as – and perhaps even more destructive than – any illicit substance on the market."
""Criminal Enterprise" showcases Laukkanen's original storytelling. We can't wait to find out which everyman-turned-criminal Carla and Kirk tangle with next."
“If you’ve ever wanted to write a terrific crime novel, Criminal Enterprise could well be the blueprint.”
"This book may be a chilling allegory for our disturbing economic times, but it's also a slick cinematic thriller that kept me reading long into the wee hours."
"Criminal Enterprise is a page-turner, to be sure; Owen Laukkanen never stop raising the stakes, and his protagonist-turned-villain, Carter Tomlin, never stops pushing the envelope. But the thing that makes this story great is just how at home Laukkanen makes the reader feel inside Carter’s head—and then just how guilty and twisted he makes you feel for ever having gotten comfortable in such a thoroughly disturbing place."
"Make sure to start this book when you've got a full day to yourself - you won't want to put it down."
"This high-voltage thriller practically deserves a warning label on its cover... the writing is so crisp you can almost hear it crunch between your teeth, and the action builds to a jaws-clenching finish."
"Fast, furious, and all-too-timely, CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE proves that THE PROFESSIONALS was not a one-off success. The dynamic between Agent Windermere and Kirk Stevens is electrifying, and the tragic story of Carter Tomlin may just haunt you well after you’ve finished the book"
"The Professionals was excellent and [CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE] is even better...Laukkanen is THE new crime writer on the block and his work is phenomenally good!"