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Kill Fee

(Stevens & Windermere #3)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  831 ratings  ·  158 reviews
The new Stevens and Windermere novel from one of the most dazzlingly acclaimed new writers in crime fiction.
 
The billionaire picked a heck of a way to die.

On a beautiful Saturday in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, state investigator Kirk Stevens and his occasional colleague FBI special agent Carla Windermere witness the assassination of one of the state’s wealthiest men
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 20th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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James Thane
This, the third novel in the Stevens-Windermere series, begins with the two protagonists, Minnesota BCA agent, Kirk Stevens, and his occasional partner, FBI agent Carla Windermere, enjoying a cup of coffee and a quiet conversation in a St. Paul park. They casually watch a luxurious Bentley sedan pull up in front of the hotel across the street from the park and speculate about who might be in it--Prince, maybe?

They watch as an elderly, white-haired man steps out of the car. An instant later, the
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Jeffrey
Owen Laukkanen has established himself as a writer to read with original plots and diabolical villains. His police investigations are action packed engrossing reads featuring the unusual pairing of Minnesota State Investigator Kirk Stevens and FBI special agent Carla Windermere, who must find the killers before they strike again. His debut novel, "The Professionals" about erudite businessmen who get into the kidnapping racket was a tour de force. His last book, "Criminal Enterprise" explored a b ...more
Kathy
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is too long (for me). I should have followed my instincts and given myself more breathing room after reading the boating book by this author, but since people (reviewers) like his Stevens & Windermere series I downloaded a couple of them from the library. This is pretty much all I need to read of this duo (Female FBI Windermere and MN State cop Stevens). I do try to visit books based in Minnesota where I was born, but I rarely enjoy them. The main complaint for me is that it reads l ...more
Darlene
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book three in the Stevens/Windermere series, and another winner. Laukkanen sure knows how to write a great story. Stevens, who is a BCA agent, and Windermere, who is FBI, combine to make an amazing crime fighting duo.
Valeria
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the goodreads giveaway.

Kill Fee – Book 3 in a series. The title of this book should be changed from Kill Fee (which just sounds plain weird to my ears when said out loud) to Kill Switch. A very fast and engrossing read with a terrific plot line. That being said, I found it difficult to believe in the attraction the two main characters had for one another, especially given that one of characters is supposedly happily married to an attractive wife. I
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Larry
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
The Stevens (BCA agent) and Windermere (FBI agent) series has a fairly convincing Saint Paul setting, some police investigative detail, some cop humor, and a fair amount of running around. Imagine a novel (3rd in a series) that looks like a Sandford novel from a distance, but is less highly developed. Sandford's settings scream familiarity with the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota, his police (and political) detail is well developed, and his use of cop humor is convincingly done. He has character ...more
Steve Holden
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
*3.5 Stars*

I'm designated 3.5 stars on this one, as I enjoyed this, but I found it a bit of step down from the first two. The main characters - Stevens & Windermere - are two of my favorites. Laukkanen doesn't write procedural crime books - these two sometime partners from Minnesota, get involved in cat and mouse cases with pretty diabolical criminals. This particular case has a lot less credibility, in my opinion, than the previous two. However, the action gets going quick. The two agents a
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Michael Martz
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Kill Fee, the 3rd entry in the Windermere/Stevens series by Owen Laukkanen, is a nice thriller with a plot that's a little 'out there', decent writing, believable dialogue, and a little too much focus on the competition between Windermere's male counterparts for her attention. I think the dialogue is a strength of the series, seemingly patterned after John Sandford's work in the long-running 'Prey' series, but its weakness is on the procedural side.

The plot is interesting: a man sets up an Uber
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Lynda
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The opening line was a simple statement. Immediately the reader was lulled into a casual walk with a couple enjoying a beautiful day and light bantering only to be startled out of this daydream state by a gunshot and screams as people dived for cover. Carla Windermere and Kirk Stevens, the couple were trained for this type of reality – a sniper, a murder, an investigation. That simple statement foretold the beginning of a mystery filled with many twists and near misses it looked like it may neve ...more
Stacy Bearse
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Laukkanen's third effort is a compulsive read, in spite of a plot that strains credibility, and a disturbing and unfair stereotyping of U.S. war veterans. The protagonists - an unlikely pair comprised of a Minnesota state cop and female FBI agent - chase the bad guys all over the country in an effort to end a serial killing spree. The chase, coupled with a love (lust) triangle, will keep you turning pages late into the night.
wally
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
four twenty-seven ay em the morning of the 13th of april 2018 finished good read three stars i liked it kindle library loaner. this one reminds me a bit of another i read recently...i think it was Three Envelopes, Nir Hezroni. i liked (more) how that story handled the idea of...control. brain-washing here in this one. i'd hazard that it's all the rage anymore, that or catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world. unless they shoot you dead. early on, thought that parkinson...parkenson?... ...more
Lawrence
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I again enjoyed Owen Laukkanen's Windermere and Stevens pairing, their 3rd outing together. Minnesota State Police investigator Stevens and FBI agent are thrown together for this investigation when they witness the murder of a prominent Minnesota businessman while meeting for lunch. The killer is seen by both agents, but escapes. The subsequent murder of another of that businessman's relatives, and then a killing in Miami meeting the same MO, leads to a cross country chase a set try to both iden ...more
Christine
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
These days everything is available on the web, and if you know where to look and have enough money you can even arrange the murder-for-hire firm of KILLSWITCH to get rid of those unwanted people in your life. This fact is brought to the attention of FBI Agent Carla Windermere and BCA Detective Kirk Stevens when on of KILLSWITCH’s target falls to the ground in front of them. Forced to team up once again, they begin the investigation that quickly turns into the proverbial search for the “needle in ...more
Sue
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of "Kill Fee" (Stevens & Windermere, #3) by Owen Laukkanen through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This is a fast-paced thriller, but the first one I have read, but this book works well as a stand-alone read. This novel is peopled with sharp, intriguing characters and more twists and turns than a corkscrew.

Carla Windermere, a black young FBI woman and her on again/off again partner Kirk Stevens, a older BCA agent, the "odd couple", sat down on a park bench, enjoying a coffee on
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Popzara Press
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
As inconsequential and trite his characters and plotting are, at least Laukkanen is a concise, clean writer. Chapters come at you fast and quick, almost none longer than a single page (and several far shorter than that), keeping the action bits coming fast and lean. His style may be the problem, however, as the machine gun-style pace doesn’t allow for detailed analysis or anything resembling an understanding of the material above the most superficial level. Kill Fee isn’t a bad book, but it’s no ...more
Therin Knite
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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L. Farmer
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James Patterson and John Sandford have new competition! I recently read Owen Laukkanen's 3rd book -- now I'm going to have to track down all the other titles.
Paul
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really love these Stevens and Windmere books and put Laukkanen on my list of favorite authors. There is nothing fancy or overly complicated about them. Just sleekly plotted novels involving crimes generally perpetrated by every day people that take a bit of ingenuity to catch up with the criminals. You really get a feel of how FBI agents think in order to stay ahead of the criminals. Like author James Patterson (and probably a host of other authors), each chapter is generally no more than 3 pa ...more
Tad
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, thriller
Kill Fee by Owen Laukkanen is the third Stevens and Windermere book and it’s clear Laukkanen has found a winning formula. The brilliance of the series is how simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary the criminals are. The criminals are not from bad families or raised on the street types. They are ordinary, sometimes affluent, people you might interact with every day. Something has clicked in their life to make them step outside the law and they discover that they not only have a gift for crime, ...more
Tucker Elliot
Jul 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
'Killswitch, partner!'

I bought this in an airport because it had a catchy title, a cool cover, praise from John Sandford calling the author 'brilliant,' and the inside flap said the author had been nominated previously for the Anthony and Barry awards, which are pretty significant honors. What I learned is that I'm never going to buy a book again based on front cover blurbs. Of course I also said that after buying Taylor Stevens's THE INFORMATIONIST because the front cover had a blurb from Vince
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Carol  MacInnis
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book from a contest on Goodreads.

State Investigator, Kirk Stevens with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for the past seventeen years sometimes teams up with FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere. Kirk enjoys getting away from his job which consists mainly working on cold cases and working alongside Carla with the FBI is always exciting. Their union has proved beneficial on past cases and they are comfortable as partners. One day as the two were enjoying a coffee on a park be
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Mike
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
While I zipped through the first two books in the Stevens & Windermere, this one took me a few weeks. Though it follows the same stacatto pattern as Laukkanen's other books -- super short chapters, some not even a full page, clipped sentences, plot rolling downhill like a giant boulder -- the flow just wasn't there.

In Kill Fee, our heroes Minnesota state police detective Kirk Stevens and FBI agent Carla Windermere witness a brazen daylight assassination in downtown St. Paul. They are soon t
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Colleen Estep
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, review
This would have been a 10 if I could have given it that!. Being a big fan of the crime thriller genre, I was totally happy to discover a new author. Owen Laukkanen is now on my short list of writers that's in the category of " I can't wait for them to release their next new book!"
"Kill Fee" had me hooked from page one, the characters were strong and likable, I even found myself pulling for the killer....and can't remember that ever happening before.
A cruel, evil, greedy man stalks the vet hos
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Annie
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
barely 3 stars....

What I liked about the book and what drew me to it in the first place was the setting which is in Saint Paul MN. my hometown and I always enjoy a book set where I have lived.
This is book 3 in the series so, maybe had I read book one & two I would have enjoyed it more.
The relationship between Kirk Stevens, Minnesota state policeman and Carla Windemere, FBI agent is a strange one. Kirk is old, paunchy and supposedly happily married to a good looking and kind woman but h
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Darcia Helle
Kill Fee is a fast moving, gritty suspense novel. It's the third in the Stevens and Windermere series, and I have not read the first two. I'm always leery about stepping blindly into a series, but I had no problems here. This book works well as a stand-alone read.

The characters are interesting, though I felt I got to know Stevens much better than I did Windermere. I didn't really connect with her character. The "bad guys" are handled incredibly well and I enjoyed being inside their heads with t
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Carol Taylor
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are lots of things to like about this book. The action starts in St. Paul, Minnesota and the last scene takes place in Rice Park. It features a really interesting pair of detectives - one from the FBI and one from the BCA in Minnesota. The story concerns making "assets" out of men who were soldiers suffering an an extreme way from PTSD and have a weak or nonexistent support system. Assets are conditioned to kill on command and are part of an organization called Killswitch. This part of the ...more
Sharon
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I listened to this book on audio (as I have all of Mr. Laukkanen's previous books) and have grown quite fond of both the writer and the audiobook narrator. "Kill Fee" is the third installment in the unlikely partnership between Stevens and Windermere-- the former a Minneapolis BCA agent, the latter a FBI agent. As with the previous two books, "Kill Fee" features an intricately drawn crime plot, peeking not just into the minds of our law enforcement protagonists, but also into the criminals thems ...more
Mike
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Owen Laukkanen just keeps improving with every installment of the Stevens & Windermere series. The Profesionals and Criminal Enterprise were excellent but I believe Kill Fee is even better. The author is very original in that his antagonists are very well developed characters, often at the expense of developing Stevens and Windermere who in the first two books read like just two cops, competent but not really exceptional. In Kill Fee, he balances it out more...the bad guys are still very com ...more
Tom Tischler
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
State investigator Kirk Stevens and FBI special agent Carla
Windermere are enjoying a sunny afternoon in the park in down-
town St. Paul, MN. when a shot rings out and they witness the
assassination of one of the city's billionaires. The shooter is
a young unremarkable man except for his dead looking eyes. He
manages to get away in all the confusion and this shooting is
merely the beginning . It's going to lead them down countless
blind alley's and finally to a flourishing twenty first century
murd
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Kala Hammer
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fist of the Windmere and Stevens crime novels I have read. It was great. The dynamic between the two detectives/agents was really engaging. They worked well together and I liked the way that they played off one another. The story itself was really good. I was intrigued and captivated throughout the story. More than once I thought I had the plot line figured out and solved only to be thrown off again. I really enjoyed the different aspects to the story. Can't wait to get my hands on t ...more
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Owen Laukkanen's debut thriller, THE PROFESSIONALS, was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in spring 2012. Its sequel, CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE, will hit stores on March 21, 2013.

An alumnus of the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing BFA program, Laukkanen spent three years in the world of professional poker, traveling to high-stakes tournaments across the globe as a writer for www.PokerList
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Stevens & Windermere (6 books)
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