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Click Here to Download the Book 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.

Reviews Even though the last couple of Stephanie Plum novels haven't been quite up to author Janet Evanovich's usual gold standard, I'm still a fan and haven't missed a single one so far. So when I saw she had teamed up with writer Lee Goldberg to create a new series, I couldn't wait to get it on my Kindle. Now that I'm done, I'm looking forward to the next one. The first of the Fox and O'Hare novels (a play on words if there ever was one), The Heist brings together FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare and Nick Fox, a suave and debonair con man extraordinaire. Of course, at first Kate has little use for Fox, but as most readers will expect after reading the first couple of chapters, the lady doth protest too much. While they don't exactly become best friends, they quickly go from barely tolerating each other to having a healthy respect for each other's talents (and more than a hint of physical attraction). They're forced to work together when Kate's FBI bosses decide to stop chasing Nick and utilize him - with Kate's grudging assistance - to track down a former investment banker who's bilked millions of dollars from his clients and get the money back that they're certain he's hidden in secret offshore bank accounts. Turns out he's holed up on a private island in Indonesia, and that means Nick has to assemble a sort of ragtag team to help him and Kate get him off and figure out how to access the cash. Maybe because Goldberg got his chops writing the "Monk" series of books and for the TV shows, The Heist tends to read like a screenplay (as I went along, in fact, I was reminded often of the Nikki Heat books purportedly written by the Richard Castle of TV's "Castle" fame). And, Nick is a bit too smooth and Kate a bit too Plum-like to make anyone believe the whole caper will turn out anything but well. This one won't keep you on the edge of your seat, but if you're looking for a quick, fun read that won't tax your brain in the slightest, this is a perfect choice.

Janet Evanovich of "Stephanie Plum" fame and screenwriter/author Lee Goldberg have teamed up up to create one of the funnest bestest beach-bed-backyard books of summer 2013. Is this the launch of a new series? Let's hope so.

You can just see Evanovich creating the female characters and Goldberg the male characters and then concocting this clever, fast-paced tale of a feisty FBI agent and her nemesis, an incredibly clever crook, who are assigned to work together to catch an even badder bad guy. Add in lots of international scenery and a vast cast of equally odd and offbeat supporting players, and you've got one heck of a "Heist." Admittedly, the premise may not be all that plausible, but it's off-the-wall different, whacky and hugely entertaining. After I finished it (way past my bedtime), I told myself that had I only known what I was getting myself into, I'd have saved it for a day when I needed some outside assistance pulling myself out of a downer. Unlikely, though. It'd been two or three years since I'd read an Evanovich novel --there'd gotten to be something a little too same-old, same-old for me about the Stephanie Plum characters and stories--and this is my first go at anything written by the screenwriter/creator of the "Monk" series. I hope the merger of these two very clever and very funny writers continues. (With his screenwriting credentials, maybe there's a movie in this story's, while you're reading it, you may want to start thinking of how you'd cast it.)

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