THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

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Fox and O’Hare

This is the sequel to The Heist, which I really enjoyed. For those Evanovich fans that enjoy her humor but are getting tired of the Stephanie Plum books, you might enjoy this bit of fresh air.

Nick Fox is a con man. Kate O’Hare is the F.B.I. agent (and former Navy Seal) who was obsessed with catching Fox. She got her man, but instead of prison, her boss has forced them to work together in an unorthodox and often illegal manner with the ends justifying the means. If you can get past that premise, you should enjoy this book.

Carter Grove is the former White House Chief of Staff and heads up Black Rhino, a security/mercenary black ops type business for hire. Wealthy beyond reach, his passion is collecting stolen artwork from some of the world’s most famous museums. Nick and Kate are assigned with stealing back a Chinese antiquity that the Smithsonian needs to return to China.

This is the kind of crime Kate can get behind but it irks her that she can’t arrest Carter. But when Carter threatens her family, all bets are off and the con gets even bigger. They end up moving through Washington D.C., Scotland, Montreal, and Shanghai before solving the case.

The cast of characters is as zany as it gets. Kate’s dad is retired black ops and often gathers old friends with amazing skills to help out. A surgically enhanced beauty with a penchant for driving anything at top speed, a method actor who doesn’t mind crossing the line of the law for a juicy part and a healthy payday, and a techie whistle blower who’s been reduced to working for the Geek Squad round out the crew and create lots of laughs while getting the job done.

There is great chemistry between Fox and O’Hare, adding another level of intrigue to the mix. This is an enjoyable read with enough action to keep the pages turning quickly.

4/14 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg. Bantam; First Edition edition (February 25, 2014). ISBN 978-0345543080. 320p.

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