The Heist

January 13, 2016
The Heist Book Cover The Heist
Fox and O'Hare
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Chick Lit/Crime
Bantam
June 18th, 2013
eBook
295
Library

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.

(via Goodreads)

 

I have never read any of Janet Evanovich’s works before. I will admit, there is something about the Stephanie Plum series which appeals to me. It’s goofy and snarky and filled with a Bridget-Jones-Esque angst. (Well, supposedly.) Fluffy crime-oriented chick lit.

That was not what I found in The Heist.

Ex-Navy SEAL turned FBI agent, Kate O’Hare, has finally caught her man. Nick Hare is an international con man, who takes pleasure in antagonizing his pursuer. So obviously, he cons the FBI into letting him go; into letting him team up with Kate to take down the international criminals the FBI can’t touch. And she’s furious about it.

There wasn’t a lot about this book I particularly enjoyed, honestly. I was able to predict the whole plot (Woman catches man. Woman is attracted to man. Man is attracted to woman. Man cons his way out. Woman is furious. Man and woman forced to work together. Lightly humorous begrudging antics ensure with a crew as they win the day. Scene.) , the characters were stereotypical and flat, the writing was occasionally distracting, the narration was imbalanced, and the pacing was crooked.

There were some great lines occasionally:

The man was irresistible. What’s with that?, she thought. It was like wanting to bake cookies for the spawn of Satan. – Kate O’Hare

The first thing which distracted me was that Kate was an ex-Navy SEAL. In the acknowledgements, the authors point out that women can’t become Navy SEALs in our current world, but they are hoping for this in the future. I felt like it was an unnecessary detail which distracted me throughout. Each time it was mentioned, I wondered: Is this an alternate universe? If so, why is everything else referenced real? Plus, Kate never swore. Instead, we got phrases like “holy Toledo”. Really? From a Navy SEAL? It just felt off balance to me.

The narration was also lopsided. 85% of the book was told by Kate, but occasionally Nick spared us a word or two. Also distracting. I often had to re-read Nick’s sentences and felt like his perspective wasn’t needed in most cases. There wasn’t enough of his voice to make his attraction to Kate convincing or remotely as real as her attraction to him. I did enjoy that her attraction was completely based on lust until closer to the end of the book. As they got to know each other, I’d say Kate’s attraction to Nick was the only thing which grew from a character perspective.

I enjoy a good heist. Don’t get me wrong. Once we got into the heisting itself (around 65% through the book) I was definitely more engaged. Unfortunately, lots of exposition and character introductions delayed the satisfaction of the fluff I was looking for. Each character was definitely distinctive, but also fairly forgettable. Strangely, I found that the men all seemed to blur together, with the exceptions of Nick, the “villain”, and Kate’s father Jack. (There are a TON more male characters). But I felt entertained the last quarter of the book for sure.

If you are already an Evanovich fan, you might want to consider reading this. But, well, I wouldn’t.

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