Novelist Owen Laukkanen made a big splash with his debut book, The Professionals. That story follows four college friends who, faced with a dreadful job market, turn to kidnapping mid-level business executives. With a state investigator and an FBI agent on their trail, they kidnap an executive who happens to be married to a woman from a mob family, and it goes all to hell. Now Laukkanen is back with Criminal Enterprise. This time state investigator Kirk Stevens and FBI agent Carla Windermere are after Carter Tomlin, a seemingly nice guy who robs a bank. As with The Professionals, readers are torn between hoping the criminal gets away and hoping he gets caught.
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Fri., March 22, 6:30 p.m., 2013