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Owen Laukkanen

Canada (b.1983)

aka Owen Matthews

Owen Laukkanen's debut thriller, The Professionals, was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 29, 2012. An alumnus of the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing BFA program, Laukkanen spent three years in the world of professional poker. A commercial fisherman when he's not writing, Laukkanen divides his time between Vancouver and Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction
   How to Win At High School (2015) (as by Owen Matthews)
   The Fixes (2016) (as by Owen Matthews)
   The Wild (2020)
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2013) : The Professionals
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : The Stolen Ones

Owen Laukkanen recommends
Criminal Economics (2013)
Eric Beetner
"Balls out insanity!."
The Second Girl (2016)
(Frank Marr, book 1)
David Swinson
"Brimming with equal parts authenticity and heart, The Second Girl boasts a cops-and-corner-boys milieu as gritty and compelling as anything in The Wire, as told by a tough-talking P.I. protagonist with a vulnerable side. David Swinson is a hell of a fine writer, and The Second Girl is a stellar first entry in what's sure to be a can't miss series."
Triggerfish (2016)
Dietrich Kalteis
"Authentic west coast crime...written with a snare-drum energy that keeps the pages turning A heck of a lot of fun."
Last Girl Gone (2018)
(Laura Chambers Mystery, book 1)
J G Hetherton
"Chilling, creepy, atmospheric…[A] rare debut novel that reads like the work of a seasoned pro. [Hetherton's] tale of murder, cruelty and small-town psychopathology grips onto you hard and fast and doesn't ever let go…Outstanding…Not to be missed!"
Crossroad (2019)
W H Cameron
"Gripping and darkly comic...Packed with unusual and enthralling characters, and set in a wonderful, fully-realized, high desert milieu, Crossroad had me hooked from page one."

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