Review: The Chase

The Chase (Fox & O’Hare #2),

Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Published by Bantam Books, 320 pages.

Amanda

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From Goodreads…

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.

 Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.

 Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.

 A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

Thank you Netgalley and Bantam for this copy for review!

I am a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, but until the first Fox & O’Hare book, The Heist, I had not read anything by Lee Goldberg.  I admit I was disappointed by The Heist, though overall I found the end to be better than I expected.  I am so glad I gave Fox & O’Hare another try! While this didn’t have me in tears laughing like Stephanie and Lula usually do, I was embarrassed to find myself giggle-snorting reading on a crowded train car.

Clearly you suspend your disbelief to believe the FBI is partnered up with #10 on their own most wanted list, so once you’ve done that its easy to accept all the adventures Kate and Nick get into.  Of course money is no object when the government is paying-so why not buy any toy you can imagine?  Of course they can find someone to help pull of any caper and survive!

The sidekicks that Kate and Nick pick up to help are funny, and I particularly liked how Kate’s dad appears with his own Black Ops experiences to use in their adventures.  We see Kate loosening up from FBI agent to more of Nick’s style of con man which is funny-though she still eats like Stephanie Plum! The sexual tension is good, but I’m glad this didn’t jump into a romance immediately.

This was a great light read for me-just what I needed.

4 Stars!

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