Thursday, September 26, 2013 books

The Heist
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

First sentence:
Kate O'Hara's favorite outfit washer blue windbreaker with the letters FBI written in yellow on the back, worn over a basic black T-shirt and matching black Kevlar vest.

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.
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
As you probably all know by now, I am a huge fan of Janet's writing and when I discovered that she started writing a new crime series with Lee Goldberg, who is a screenwriter for TV series like Monk, I knew I had to have this book as soon as it is published. Two days after the official release date I went to my local bookstore and checked if The Heist was available, which isn't always the case in Austria, bought it, read it and loved it!

The Heist is the beginning of the O'Hare and Fox series and the perfect introduction. I loved the storyline, the characters and the plot was really unique. Nick Fox is FBI-Agent Kate O'Hare's greatest enemy and she can't think of anything better than finally bring him in. Nick, who's a clever con-artist, however manages to escape imprisonment due to a great deal he negotiates with Kate's boss. Now she is stuck with him.

Kate is the super though FBI-Agent who's sole purpose in life is catching the bad guys and who hasn't really got a life outside her job. She must not always stick to the rules but when her boss informs her that she'll be working with Nick Fox she isn't thrilled and cannot believe how she deserves being on a mission with him.
Nick is the cool and relaxed con-artist whom nobody and nothing can surprise and who seems to always be one step ahead of Kate and all the others.

Together the find a team who's crazy enough to pull one hell of a con and each and every one of the team members is hilarious and truly amazing.

I read this book on my way to work and had to laugh out loud more than once, which always brought me a mixture of confused and amused looks from all the other commuters.

If you like crime stories and are looking for a highly entertaining book, pick this one up. The Heist is one of the best books I read this year.

The other books in the O'Hare and Fox series are:
  • Pros and Cons (O'Hare and Fox #0,5)
  • The Heist (O'Hare and Fox #1)
  • The Chase (O'Hare and Fox #2) expected publication: 25th of February, 2014
For more information about Janet Evanovich visit her Homepage, Facebook or Twitter page.
For more information about Lee Goldberg visit his Homepage, Blog, Facebook or Twitter page.

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