Feb 022015

Cover for The Stolen Ones by Owen Laukkanen. A sinister photo of stacked, large metal cargo crates. One is open and empty.Library Journal: Fans of ­Laukkanen’s The Professionals . . . will be delighted with this fast-moving installment. Here it is not the criminals who are intriguing, but rather the victims who turn out to be far stronger and more remarkable than originally anticipated. Recommended for fans of well-written, thought-provoking thrillers.

In their fourth outing (after Kill Fee) Kirk Stevens of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and FBI agent Carla ­Windermere are working on a case involving sex trafficking of women “stolen” from Romania and other Eastern European countries. Hellishly transported in cargo containers to New Jersey, these women are distributed by truck like so much produce to places far and wide, including Walker, MN, where the escape of one of two sisters held in the “box” eventually results in the downfall of the entire operation.