As you may be able to tell from my recent instagram posts and goodreads updates, I really enjoy reading Janet Evanovich crime capers. This is the fifth book in the Fox and O’Hare series, and you can find my review on the previous books here.
From the blurb:
Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man.
The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions . . . and cost thousands of American lives.
Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they’ve ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate’s dad, Jake. The pressure’s on for Nick and Kate to make this work—even if they have to lay their lives on the line.
This book picks up where the previous novel ended; Kate and Nick were about to get it on in Hawaii, when Nick is kidnapped. Kate goes on the hunt to track him down, whilst Nick does what he does best and talks the kidnappers out of killing him and into a partnership.
Dragan Kovic is a Serbian diamond thief known for his “smash and grab” heists, but for his next target he needs a more elaborate approach. Obviously Nick Fox is the only man for the job, and of course Kate and their motley crue of con-artists get pulled into the plan.
I really enjoy these books; they are entertaining, full of energy and action packed. I have to admit to not enjoying this novel as much as the previous ones in the series. Evanovich is normally really good at recapping the recurring characters in her novel, but this time there were a few characters I felt didn’t get a good introduction. I am quite familiar with Jake, Kate’s dad, Boyd the actor who over thinks everything, and Willie the blonde Texan speed junkie, but I really couldn’t remember much about the rest of the gang. Also, I hate to say it, but there weren’t nearly as many laugh-out-loud moments either.
Overall it was an entertaining read, and I will be reading the next book in the series when it is released.
Let me know if you read this series in the comments below.