The Watcher in the Wall by Owen Laukkanen (a book review)

This is the fifth of a book series that features FBI Agent, Carla Windermere, who earned the nickname, Super Cop, because of her arrest record, among other reasons. She’s teamed up with Kirk Stevens, a state investigator, who at one time sat in a Minneapolis precinct in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) division. In this installment, he is now sharing an office with Carla at an FBI office based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

The author wrote this based on his experience with bullying.  That said and without spoiling anything, the book is about bullying and the consequences relating to it, including suicide. And because it is a crime thriller, there is lots of action and high body count to go along.

Similar to other books of the same genre, this series includes a budding romance between Windermere and another FBI Agent, Derek Mathers, who is a little younger than Windermere and wholesome and sweet. Windermere, on the other hand, is a bit on the cynical side and is dealing with earlier traumas. Stevens is portrayed as a family man with two winsome children and supportive wife, who works at a Legal Aid. There are side stories relating to their personal lives, some of which intersects with the case they’re trying to solve.

Listed below are the prior books I suggest you read first. That way, you can see how the main characters have been developing. They are listed in chronological order. I shall also continue to update the list, as I finish reading his new publications.

The Professionals
Criminal Enterprise
Kill Fee
The Stolen Ones
The Forgotten Girls (published after The Watcher in the Wall)

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