The Chase – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg



Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox runs daring cons, now teams undercover for FBI with agent who caught him, Kate O’Hare. Together they catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals, next Carter Grove, former White House chief of staff, now ruthless leader of BlackRhino private security for a rare Chinese rooster from the Smithsonian.

My Thoughts

What I find to be the most fun about this series is how absurd, extravagant, and over-the-top everything is. Just when you think it cannot possible get more hair-raising, it does. The stakes climb higher and higher. The Chase is quite the wild ride. Some of the particulars of this book have a tendency to be so unbelievable, it just makes everything all the more fun in the long-run. Which is the point – these books are incredibly fun, full of adventure, and so ridiculous. I love it. So do our two main characters, it seems.

Planning one heist wasn’t enough to get the job done. Oh no, the stakes have been raised, and we have three heists, one after the other, in order to not only avoid major international relations disasters, but to take down one of the most ruthless, immoral, lethal men the United States have ever encountered. Oh, and he used to be the chief-of-staff for the White House. Kate, quite understandably, feels like it’s all very much so too much. Nick is over the moon and overly gleeful at the challenge. Because of course he is. They plan, they recruit, they heist, things go to hell, and they plan some more. Just another Tuesday!

As with the first book, the glimpse into Kate’s relationship with her dad in this book is just as entertaining. He is snarky and sarcastic. He’s built like a brick wall, has contacts in places one could only imagine, has done things we could only ever speculate about, and is exceedingly protective of his daughter. He knows she’s strong, independent, and capable. He knows she can manage very well on her own. But he doesn’t want her to. He will always be the backup she wants and/or needs whenever she needs it. But, most importantly, he can keep Kate’s secret. He is the most reliable crew member they have when their plans hit unexpected road bumps. Which they do. Quite often, actually.

Kate and Nick are an odd, yet endearing, pair of partners. Kate seems to be far more flexible about her situation this time around, while Nick seems to be taking her stoicism and inherent rigidity into consideration. Those years of military and FBI training won’t just go away, after all. However, they’re learning to work together! Huzzah!

I could go without the crazy amounts of sexual tension – the will-they-won’t-they dynamic, while an entertaining trope, is not one of my favourites. However, the pair need that level of tension between them in order to keep each other focused and on their toes. While I may not be super keen on the trope, I definitely see how, and why, it works so well.

This book was way more about the strategy involved in pulling off the heists, and the adventure. It was action-packed and super dramatic. It was a lot of fun!! There were also glimpses into our characters’ pasts which lend some insight into who they are today, where they came from, and how they got here. I’m looking forward to the next adventure, learning more about these characters, and seeing what kind of shenanigans they get up to next.


~ by Aubrey Smith on October 5, 2016.

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