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A Review of The Scam by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

The Scam (Fox and O’Hare #4)

by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

The Fox and O’Hare series reminds me of the Ocean 11, 12 etc. film series, but with a twist. The crooks are working for the FBI. They run a scam trying to bring down the bad guys.

I enjoy this series. The writing team of Evanovich and Goldberg work as well together as their fictional team of Fox and O’Hare. They keep the action fast paced and pretty believable. It feels like it really could happen this way. Fox and O’Hare are fairly well developed, but most of the supporting cast are pretty much there just to fulfill a task. They are brought in to do a job and they do what they have to do without intruding too much into the action. If you have been reading the series, you will know most of them from previous books, if not it won’t matter. Everything still works just fine.

One thing I really like about this series is that it is a true series, not a serialized book. The whole story is told in this one book. You can pick it up and read it as if it was a stand-alone book. Then once all the loose ends are tied up, they add one more chapter. The last chapter adds a cliffhanger. Something happens in the final chapter that lets you know where the next book will start, but it isn’t a continuation of the current book. It’s kind of like a preview shown at the end of a television show. Kudos!

The Scam is another fun, sexy, action-filled, fast-paced, addition to possibly my favorite Janet Evanovich series. I think the writing team approach to this series really works well. I look forward to reading the next book, and hope that it will be here soon.

I give The Scam 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and A Big Thumbs Up! If you have read any of Janet Evanovich’s books, I’m sure you will like this one. If you like heist or con-man type movies, give this book a read; you will have fun.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

Book Description

The ScamNicolas 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, an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?

Book Details

Series: Fox and O’Hare (Book 4)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam (September 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345543165
ISBN-13: 978-0345543165
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

About the Authors

Photo: © Roland Scarpa
Photo: © Roland Scarpa

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

 

 

 

Lee Goldberg
Photo: © Roland Scarpa

Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.

A Review of The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Job (A Fox and O’Hare Novel)

by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Did you like the previous books in the Fox and O’Hare series? If you did, then you will like this one too. Special Agent Kate O’Hare and charming con man Nicolas Fox are back together, traveling the world, and taking down the bad guys. The Job is a very straight line adventure-thriller. There is some mystery, but not much. Mainly Fox and O’Hare have to figure out who the bad guy is, and then come up with an elaborate con, to take him down. All the while, everyone except O’Hare and her boss, is trying to capture Fox, and throw him in jail.

The story is good. It’s fast paced, has a lot of entertaining action, but no real plot twists. You pretty much know what is going to happen, and it does. I had hoped for more. I like to be puzzled. I like to think I have it a figured out, but then to have it be something entirely different. I like plot twists. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed The Job, and had trouble putting it down, but I had wanted more. It just seemed that everything worked out too well and too easily.

I give The Job 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. If you like fast paced books, with a complicated sting operation and a little romantic tension, then you will love The Job.

I received a Digital Review Copy from NetGalley.com.

Book Description

The JobHe’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy . . . again! 

The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.

From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

Book Details

Series: Fox and O’Hare
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam (November 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345543122
ISBN-13: 978-0345543127
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Authors

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.

A Review of The Chase: A Novel by Janet Evanovich & Goldberg Lee

The ChaseThe Chase: A Novel (Fox and O’Hare)
by Janet Evanovich & Goldberg Lee

The Chase is a fun, fast-paced, con and heist type book. It’s a quick read, a perfect book to take on that Caribbean cruise. This series from Evanovich and Lee has a lot of potential. The Chase is book 2 in the series. It’s very outlandish and over the top, so it has some of the humor of the Stephanie Plum series, but not that flat-out, laughing out loud kind of humor.

The main characters, FBI agent, Kate O’Hare and con man, Nicolas Fox, are likable and just slightly larger than life. They seem to feel similar to the duo in the TV series, “White Collar”. The difference here, is the addition of a sexual tension, since O’Hare is a female FBI agent, and both Fox and O’Hare are young and physically attractive. The supporting cast is a fun-filled bunch with idiosyncratic personalities and some of them have quite exaggerated mannerisms. They liven up the story quite a bit. I expect that most of them will be permanent fixtures in the upcoming books in this series.

The Chase was an enjoyable novel, and I give it 4 Stars out of 5. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted adventure story. If you like Janet Evanovich’s other books, you will enjoy this one too.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from NetGalley.com.

Book Description
Release date: February 25, 2014

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

Product Details
Series: Fox and O’Hare
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam (February 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345543084
ISBN-13: 978-0345543080
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pound

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.

The book description is from Amazon.  The Chase: A Novel (Fox and O’Hare)