I decided to finish out the Lee Goldberg portion of the Fox and O’Hare series and was not disappointed. Book 4 – The Scam – was my least favorite in the series and I almost didn’t read The Pursuit but now I’m glad I did.
The action was back. The heist and con were dangerous, exciting, and interesting, and the bad guy was actually pretty dark in how he treated his employees (and was planning on killing tons of Americans).
A new character was introduced, if anyone remembers the robbery that the team accidentally botched in The Chase – the leader is brought back as a sewer expert. Oh my gosh he had me cracking up with laughter because he took himself so seriously, but he did his job. It was also nice to drop back in on Montreal, one of my favorite cities!
The regular team is back as well, Willie and Boyd and the crew. We finally see some chemistry and action between Kate O’hare and Fox too, which *even I* was ready for at this point. I’m glad Jake (her dad) approves too. I’m also glad that he got to pass his love for rocket launchers onto Willie!
The characters carry these books for sure even when all else fails. Jake always manages to bring in some amazing old military buddies and the entire team has great chemistry at this point. I always say there is banter for days but it’s true!. There’s a new office assistant type character as well that I think was a Goldberg addition 😂
I think what finally set this one apart was the ultimate danger and complexity of the con – I do love medical things and the bio terror / terrorism angle was something new for the series. Also it seemed like a lot of bad guys got shot and killed – and the FBI was like GUYS YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN!
Overall: if you think there’s a book 3-4 slump, I would keep reading for this one. You can always check out the audio as well, Scott Brick can do no wrong and delivers a solid no frills narration with plenty of vocal variety!
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: The Pursuit
- Series: Fox and O’Hare #5
- Authors: Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
- Publisher & Release: Bantam, June 2016
- Length: 311 pages
- Rate & Recommend: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for everything I love about the series
Audio – 7 hours 19 mins from Random House Audio! I really do trust Scott Brick to narrate anything
Here’s the synopsis from GoodReads:
Janet Evanovich, author of the blockbuster Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, writer for the Monk television show, team up once again for the fifth book in their rollicking, New York Times bestselling Fox and O’Hare series!
Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man.
The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions . . . and cost thousands of American lives.
Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they’ve ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate’s dad, Jake. The pressure’s on for Nick and Kate to make this work—even if they have to lay their lives on the line.