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»I think that a group of kidnappers who were disciplined and realistic about their expectations could carry out a string of successful kidnappings without drawing much attention.«
J. Kingston Pierce took the opportunity to ask Owen Laukkanen, a 29-year-old resident of Vancouver, Canada, about his inspiration for The Professionals, his obvious attachment to its characters and why he chose a writing career over life as a card sharp. Read his interview at and additional questions and answers at The Rap Sheet.

»But let’s keep these caveats in perspective: There’s absolutely nothing to criticize about the knockout stories inside the book — or about that knockout blonde on its cover.«
Michael Dirda about Paul Cain’s The Complete Slayers. His review can be found at