The Job – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

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Synopsis

Charming con man Nicolas Fox and dedicated FBI agent Kate O’Hare secretly take down world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons, next job Violante, the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick knows his tastes in gourmet chocolate.

From Nashville to Lisbon back alleys, from Istanbul rooftops to Thames, they chase clues to lookalike thefts. Pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard Reyna holding Kate hostage and a Portuguese enforcer getting advice from an ancestor’s pickled head, they again call driver Willie for ship, actor Boyd for one-eyed Captain Bridger, special effects carpenter Tom, her father Jake – retired Special Forces, and his talent – machete-wielding Somali pirate Billy Dee. This could be their biggest job – if they survive.

My Thoughts

The Job is probably the most fun adventure that Kate and Nick embark on. Also, the most dangerous. Thankfully, their crew is swift, efficient, and quite good at their respective jobs. Nick is quite adept at finding underdogs who are the best of the best in their respective fields. With enticing rewards, they come willingly to help Nick and Kate on whatever mission they happen to be on. Their motley crew of loyal, skilled, and talented individuals make for quite the colourful cast of characters. It’s exciting!

Kate seems to take Nick’s eccentricities in stride now – which is kind of nice. Things that used to throw her into a whirlwind are now worthy of no more than an eye roll. It’s a refreshing change – she’s adapting, and it’s great character development. Kate also shows that she’s quick witted, clever, and a very fast thinker. She doesn’t panic easily, and while most of that is probably due to her military training, it also shows that she’s levelheaded, and can face any challenge head-on. I mean, she goes toe-to-toe with a psychotic body guard and wins, if that doesn’t show tact and skill, I don’t know what does. Kate is very strong, and she can verbally spar with Nick like nobody’s business. The sass and the snark keep me going! (Have I mentioned that I love sassy characters? Sarcasm is my favourite brand of humour.)

Nick is also far more clever than I ever gave him credit for. In the previous books I’d read, he always came across as more arrogantly confident than anything – I am very glad to be proven wrong. We also see a tiny glimpse of his past in this book. We have very little information about Nick, so getting this glimpse was a treat. The more we understand about Nick, the more he becomes an actual, real human, rather than this ethereal, clever, ridiculous heisting being. The added level of humanity brings everything back down to earth, and that is amazing.

Facing off against Violante and Reyna, Nick and Kate are separated – which is unusual when they run a con to catch a con. However, they both handle themselves quite amicably. And of course, Jake is always the best form of backup. I’ve spoken extensively about how much I love the father-daughter relationship between Jake and Kate, so I won’t discuss it much here. My one thought about it is that Kate is damn lucky to have an ex-Marine black ops commando for a dad, and she is even luckier that his number one priority is her health and safety. They’re quite the pair, and their humour is oh so very entertaining.

Throughout the series so far, we’re stuck in this will-they-won’t-they loop with Kate and Nick. Usually, this would annoy me to hell and high water – there is nothing more annoying than dragging tensions on in this manner for the sake of a poorly developed plot. But that’s not what’s happening here. Kate and Nick work so well together because of that tension. It’s an essential part of their dynamic. If this were to change, I think it would cause irreparable damage, not only to their working relationship, but to the overall plot. So, for once, I truly hope the tension stays put for a while.

While the job this time was probably the riskiest, most dangerous thing Nick has ever come up with, it was also quite extravagant. This book brought about a good amount of character development, which was a good balance against just how stressful the actual job was. The mix of adrenaline and fuzzy warmth of understanding made for a really great read. I’m very much looking forward to the fourth installment of the adventures of O’Hare and Fox!

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~ by aubreysmith9412 on December 15, 2016.

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