Review: The Scam

The Scam , Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg (Fox and O’Hare #4)

Published September 15th 2015 by Bantam

Hardcover, 304 pages

Source: e-ARC from NetGalley


Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.

Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.

It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, and an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?

Fox and O’Hare are back along with their eccentric crew, over the top villains, and flirtatious banter.  If you’re not familiar with the series, Kate O’Hare is an FBI agent who appears to be on the hunt for top con man Nick Fox.  In reality Fox is her secret partner helping the FBI to con other criminals who seem untouchable and to bring them down.  Are these complicated stories?  No.  Are they totally entertaining and perfect for when you need a light read – Yes!  

So Kate and Nick are after a corrupt casino owner first, because he’s just an icky guy and second, to stop him from laundering money for other criminals.  This series is kind of like watching a crime show on tv, there’s basically nothing Fox & O’Hare can’t pull off and it all comes out just right in the end.  I love that Kate is nearly unaware of her own femininity and is happiest going after the bad guys versus Nick who is all about enjoying the finest things in life with simply ingenious plans to con everyone who crosses his path.  I enjoy reading Fox winding Kate up just as much as I enjoy when she shoots him down.  Honestly though, Kate’s slightly crazy dad is still my favorite – okay he’s totally crazy.  And hilarious.

I won’t say if the flirtation finally comes to more than a few smooches – but I will say that if you enjoy this series at all you’re going to be clamoring to get your hands on book #5.  

Thank you Bantam and NetGalley for this advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion!

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