Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Heist (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Inside the B&N Hardcover Special Edition of The Heist, you will find:
~ The Caper: a never before published mini adventure featuring Kate O'Hare and Nicolas Fox, the characters from The Heist
~ High Quality Euro Stickers: Every hardcover edition of THE HEIST contains two euro stickers: I "heart" Plum and The Con is On!
From Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.
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.

My thoughts:
This was a fun, quick read.  Yes, it was a bit unbelievable at times.  I think women just started being allowed into the Navy Seal program recently, so Kate couldn't have been a Seal years ago, but I was willing to overlook that.  It was fast moving and fun.  Kate was allowed to be proficient and good at her job.  She was able to accurately use an array of weapons as well as her ability to sky dive and swim and she didn't need a man to come in and rescue her.  No damsel in distress syndrome going on here!

Nick was well connected and had a network of contacts all over the globe that allowed them to work together to get the bigger bad guy.  He is able to scheme, plan and disguise himself to get around a whole slew of obstacles.

While both Kate and Nick had good qualities, I think Kate's father was my favorite character in the book.  The retired military man had as many contacts as Nick and the ability to be there for his daughter when she needed him.  I hate spoilers, so I won't give one, but towards the end of the book Kate's dad makes an appearance that I loved.  I think it was my favorite scene in the book.  If there are to be more books in this series, and I think that is the plan, I do hope her dad makes it into them as well!

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345549419
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013

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