This is another one of those backlist books that I don’t always blog about, but I have decided that it’s important to share joy and I really freaking enjoyed listening to this book on Audio!
This is an adult series where the FBI ropes an agent and a conman into performing heists and cons together in order to nail bad guys that the FBI probably couldn’t get to by conventional means. I knew that I liked heist books in fantasy, so I figured why not try it in a contemporary setting!
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: The Heist
- Series: Fox and O’Hare, #1
- Author: Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
- Publisher & Release: Bantam, June 2013
- Length: 320 pgs
- Rate & Recommend: Yes for some summer fun
((The audiobook is from 2013, Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, about 8 hours long and narrated by Scott Brick))
Here is the bookblurb from Amazon:
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.
This was my first Evanovich book, and I was kind of expecting to see a little bit of Monk in it too since Lee Goldberg is the co-author. I didn’t get that vibe except for the ridiculous plot in general, and I think that he might have contributed some of the funnier bits?
The plot is absolutely ridiculous but it made for a fun read, or listen. The action is extremely fast paced and Scott Brick is an entertaining narrator. I don’t think you need 100% brainpower to listen to these books either which is a huge plus since I usually listen while driving!
The characters are amazing; Kate OHare is an ex-navy seal (I don’t think that is realistic but it makes for a good story) and Nick Fox is a brilliant con artist that Kate has been chasing for years. Pairing them up creates all the tension and humor you would expect from that situation.
The other members of the heist team are funny too. There’s a hilarious lady who likes to drive just about anything with a motor. Fox creates hilarious fake names for them while traveling too. My favorite character though was Kate’s dad, he was (I think) a Marine? and they keep joking that he can kill someone 16 ways with a pair of tweezers and it’s probably accurate. Him and another senior citizen ex-military swooped in and saved the day in the best fashion ever, but I also just liked his relationship with Kate.
All in all: recommending if you are looking for a fast paced, light read, and can laugh about the ridiculous plot and take it for entertainment value and a few laughs. I wouldn’t call it in any way shape or form a literary masterpiece but it made me happy!
Have you guys read anything by Evanovich? I think it worked in my favor that I haven’t read any Plum books and can’t compare them!