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.
There is a short story to introduce this new series by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg called Pros and Cons. It's not a must read but it lays some background.
Kate O'Hare is no Stephanie Plum, which is good and bad but mostly good in my eyes. Kate is much better at her job of an FBI agent than Stephanie is at hers as a bounty hunter. Okay, leave Stephanie out of the equation for a while. Kate is an agent with one goal, to catch Nicholas Fox. She's almost bored by any other mundane cases. Kate has made catching him her FBI career goal.
The synopsis gives the basics of The Heist. Nuff sad there.
What I liked: I sincerely enjoy Kate's character. She's funny, driven, and quirky. In other words, she's relatable. I also think I might be a bit in love with Kate's Dad. That's all you get about that.
What I didn't like: I'm not sure about Nick's character yet. The by-play between him and Kate is pretty good but the authors haven't sold me on him. I think it's because Kate seems so real and Nick is, is .... a fantasy for lack of a better word.
This is a quick easy read without a complicated plot but the characters are pretty well developed. I will try the next in the series and see how it goes.
The prices for the hardcover and the Kindle edition are a bit steep. Check your library unless you are a die hard fan.