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Feature book: The Heist

11 September 2013

The HeistThe Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Let me say right up front that this book is not a romance. Just in case you were wondering. What it is, however, is a seriously great fun caper story.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare has been tracking charming con man Nicolas Fox for five years. For five years he has been taunting her—while she is investigating his latest crime scene, he is leaving sweet treats in her hotel room. He always seems to vanish without a trace. But Kate is nothing if not determined and if she can just anticipate his next move, then maybe she can catch him.

When she finally does get her man, it turns out he is an even faster talker than she could have imagined—and before she knows it he has her boss convinced that they should work together to track down other international criminals. Kate reluctantly agrees and the con is on. As Nicolas recruits a new team for the job, Kate recruits her ex-marine father Jake (a man who knows 16 different ways to kill with a pair of tweezers) to watch her back and provide back-up. With the elaborate caper all planned out, nothing can go wrong, right? You’ll have to read it to see.

I loved that Kate was a kick-ass heroine. She is ex-military—was in fact a Navy SEAL (yes, as the authors acknowledge, ‘there are no female SEALs—but there should be’) and she has all the skill and determination you would expect from someone with that background. And the interactions between her and her father are great fun.

Nicolas is handsome and charming and a master of the con—but he also has a streak of justice in him as shown by the people he chooses to swindle. The group that Nicolas puts together for the elaborate con were very interesting—and it was good that we got a bit of back story on each of them. I hope we get to see them again in future books.

This book in turns had me thinking of the TV show White Collar and movies Ocean’s Eleven and The A-Team—all in a good way: entertaining and amusing, and just great fun. And while there was no romance, there was still plenty of chemistry.

Reviewed by Debbie

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes on 2 October 2013. (This giveaway is now closed. The winner was Lyn W.)

  1. aimskye permalink
    18 September 2013 9:46 am

    Great review, Thanks Debbie!

  2. lynette williams permalink
    13 September 2013 9:25 am

    love a story that has fun as well as action this one seems to tick all the boxes—-lyn

  3. Laine permalink
    12 September 2013 1:59 am

    I listened to the audio version and really enjoyed it. Some laugh out loud moments.

  4. Shiona permalink
    11 September 2013 10:49 pm

    Yes! There definitely should be female SEALS – wow, would that open up the romantic suspense genre. Janet Evanovich always delivers a story where you get quite a few chuckles and usually one big belly laugh. This one sounds great.

  5. 11 September 2013 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the review, Debbie. Sounds like an interesting new direction for Janet Evanovich.

  6. helensibbritt permalink
    11 September 2013 12:09 pm

    Great review

    This one sounds very good

    Have Fun

  7. 11 September 2013 10:57 am

    Great review. Thanks Debbie.
    I’ve read all Janet Evanovich’s books and enjoyed them all. Nevertheless, it’s great to see she’s branched out with something new. I’ll look forward to reading The Heist. 🙂

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