Tuesday 3 June 2014

Book ~ "The Heist" (2013) Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

From Goodreads ~ FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one. 

Audacious, handsome and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail - particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman ... even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare. 

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work ... if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

Kate is an FBI agent who has been chasing con man Nick.  Whenever she gets close, he gets away.  She's extremely happy when she finally catches him ... until she discovers that he has been secretly hired by the FBI to help them catch other con men.

Their first target is Derek Griffin, an investment banker, who disappeared with $500 million of his clients' money.  Working with a team that Nick pulls together, they set up the scam to get the money back.

This is the first in the Fox and O'Hare series ... I read The Chase last week, which is the second in the series and liked it so went back and read this one.  I've read all of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and it was good to read something of hers that has more substance.

I liked this book and the story ... it was interesting to see how they pulled the scam together.  It's far-fetched at times so I had to leave my sense of belief at the door and go with it ... and I was okay with that.  I liked the writing style and thought it flowed well.  As a head's up, there is some swearing.

I liked Kate and Nick and enjoyed their interactions and banters ... I thought their last interaction at the end of the book was funny.  The supporting characters were likeable too such as Jake (Kate's dad), Willie (the big-busted redneck) and Boyd (the actor who really gets into his roles).

I'd recommend this book.


Melliane said...

Oh yes the 2 books were really nice I agree. I'm curious to know now how they'll continue their adventures!

Masshole Mommy said...

I bet my hubby would really like this!