Publisher: Random House/Ballantine/Bantam
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb: The fourth book in the fast-paced, action-packed Fox and O’Hare series from Janet Evanovich, #1 bestselling author of the blockbuster Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author of the Monk series.
Nicolas 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.
THE SCAM takes Fox and O’Hare on a whirlwind adventure–from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau.
Review: I am a recovering Stephanie Plum-aholic. I admit it freely, and even though you didn’t ask, I’m team MORELLI (even though my friend Jennifer swears by Ranger). Notwithstanding the on-again/off-again love affair I’ve had with Evanovich’s longstanding bounty-hunter series, I was excited to read this latest installation in her newest series because the chick can write. In this book, she teams up with Lee Goldberg and it seemed like a great opportunity to get back into her. I think I may have read the first in this series a long time ago, but don’t make me swear to it. I’ve tried all of her series and some just didn’t hit as well as others for me, but THIS book was awesome-sauce on steroids. Truly spectacular rom-com mystery at its finest, and I’m going to tell you why.
It’s funny. It made me laugh out loud; the characters have developed a relationship that’s sweet yet hot, emotional yet sassy. Her dad, Jake, is a hoot, as are all the secondary characters. This book is taut and edgy, with a complex story line that while complicated is pretty easy to understand. I was completely able to get into this even with my very vague memories, so it should work well as a stand alone. And I didn’t stop reading it until I was finished–definitely recommend it!
I’m not going to tell you the plot of this book because it’s helluva convoluted and I don’t want to give it away–so here’s a quick overview of the start of ‘Kate and Nick.’ Kate O’Hare is an FBI agent who was chasing con-man Nick Fox forever. After she finally caught him for good, he was persuaded to join the good guys… and guess who got to work with him?
After years of animosity, trailing each other all over the world, and beating each other bloody with whatever weapons they had on hand, now they’re supposed to work together? This crafty premise sets up a hilarious tightrope balance of humor and suspense as you’re always wondering if Nick’s REALLY changed for the good and if he’s truly on the up and up. We see Kate undergoing a character “reformation” as she learns to let the larcenous Nick lead the way on capers that defy her sense of decorum and legality.
In this fourth installment, the obvious teamwork and bonding have taken effect. Not only is Kate letting Nick take the lead in certain things, she’s actually got her dad, Jake, working with them. Nick’s considerable persuasive skills and comprehensive knowledge of the “con” world combined with Kate’s military and law enforcement background make a well-honed team, and together they’ve built a crackerjack team of assorted hysterical secondary characters to help in the elaborate con they put on in The Scam. The deft dialogue and hysterical misadventures are only topped by the sheer bravado of the two main characters. Evanovich and Lee have created a captivating duo that I love reading about–keep up the good work!