Published: June 18th, 2013
Copy Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
Janet Evanovich is well known for her Stephanie Plum series, which is one of my absolute favourites, so I was really curious to see what this new collaboration would produce. I'm very happy to say that I was not disappointed in the least.
What can I tell you about The Heist that isn't already covered in the blurb? Well, I don't think it's going to win any awards, but if you are looking for a laugh out loud, romantic romp then look no further! The characters are stellar - Kate, Nick and Willie - all slightly over the top, and totally loveable in their own oddball ways, as a team they work brilliantly.
There is some great action, including Evanovich's trademark explosions. Add in some drug lords, embezzlers and a few pirates and the mix is volatile. There is some wonderful dialogue that just crackles with sexual tension, and there are lots of laughs.
As the beginning of a series, The Heist was a beautiful set-up and I cannot wait to see the further adventures of Kate and Nick. For fans of humorous improbability - you can't go wrong. Well worth reading.