The Heist – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg



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

I really, really enjoyed this book! It’s fun, it’s snarky, there’s plenty of action and adventure. Best of all, though, is that it reads exactly as it’s presented – an extremely fun adventure.

O’Hare and Fox are like fire and ice – and it’s so ultimately entertaining to watch. They balance each other out so well, I was absolutely giddy reading through their interactions. Kate sees right through all of Nick’s bull, and Nick is ignited by that. They push and pull each other in all the right ways to get the job done.

My favourite aspect of this whole book – an aspect I hope to see in other books in the series – is Kate’s relationship with her dad. He’s ex-military, snarky, sarcastic, and so fascinating. He’s an expert with weapons and sleuthing, and he will do anything, literally, anything, to keep his daughter safe. He is well aware that Kate can take care of herself, but he’s a dad, protecting and caring is what they do. If she needs help, he’ll be there, unconditionally, no questions asked. He knows how to kill a man with tweezers sixteen different ways, after all.

This is certainly a very, very strong beginning to what is bound to be an incredibly explosive, infuriating, and delightfully intriguing partnership. Kate and Nick are hilarious to watch, and they’re especially fiery together. I’m intrigued to see what kind of adventure they take us on next.


~ by Aubrey Smith on September 21, 2016.

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