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The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (O’Hare & Fox #1)

The Heist (O'Hare and Fox #1)

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. (Summary by Goodreads)

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Source: Own


Kate O’Hare is a former Navy Seal (is this even a thing? are there women seals?) who now is an FBI agent and completely obsessd with catching her nemesis, con man Nick Fox. Kate is defined by her job and her background.  Her father is former military, as well, and they bond over that.  Her perfect sister is the only one not in the family business, but I enjoyed Kate’s interactions with her, as well.

Nick Fox is a con man and he’s damn good at it.  He’s handsome, smart, adventurous, and…did I mention handsome?  Because as badly as Kate wants to catch him, she also is reluctantly attracted to him.  We don’t know much else about Nick because this is mostly Kate’s book, but I’m very interested in learning.  The attraction thing is mutual, but he knows he can never go there with Kate.  They are inherently too different.


When Kate finally takes Nick down, he escapes, but she’s determined to bring him in, even though she’s been taken off the case and told to stand down.  With her father’s help, she finds him and relishes the thought of bringing him in only to be foiled by her superiors who have decided to use Nick and Kate to take down other con…people.  The problem?  It’s off the radar.  Kate needs to keep up the pretense of trying to find Nick while working with him.  The stakes are high.  If Kate is caught working with Nick, she could be implicated as well.  Plus there’s this sexual chemistry between the two of them…

If Nick is to work with the FBI, he needs to find partners, people who help him with his cons, but he doesn’t want to use his regular revolving cast of people because they could be arrested whenever the FBI decide that to end their & Nick’s agreement.  So he sets out to recruit newbies and has to train them.  These characters were so fun and interesting.  I loved the direction they took and how they added to the story.

Overall Thoughts:

This was funny. I mean, it’s Janet Evanovich, so there’s that. But Kate was a pretty interesting character. I particularly enjoyed her near ineptitude when it came to catching Nick.  I loved her family, particularly her father and how he was always game for getting his feet wet to help Kate out.  I could picture him clearly in my head.  He looked like R. Lee Emery:


I liked the book a lot.  There was a lot of exposition, a lot of leading up to the big finale, the first con that Nick and Kate worked together.  My one complaint is that I didn’t like the third person omnicient point of view.  POV changed in the middle of passages and it was irritating to me.  It definitely took some getting used to, but I will definitely be reading more of this series.  Though it is omnicient, we follow Kate more and I liked that she was the main focus.  It’s not as good, yet, as the Stephanie Plum series, but Nick and Kate are characters I wouldn’t mind getting to know better and I cannot wait for them to give into the tension.  I wanted more, I didn’t want the book to end. I wanted to know what the next con would be and be able to go along for the ride.  It was light-hearted and unbelievable in the best way.  Can’t wait for the next book.



8 thoughts on “The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (O’Hare & Fox #1)

  1. Interesting!! I hadn’t picked this one up yet because honestly, I still need to finish Stephanie Plum! I also wanted to see what people’s thoughts were before I jumped in. I’m sure I’ll read it eventually, but good to know about the POV! It’s so frustrating when that gets confusing. Hopefully knowing that ahead of time will help a bit!

    1. no, not at all, because you have the feeling that Kate is pretty competent most of the time, she just wants to take Nick down so badly and he’s just so good that it was comical.

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