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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; First Edition edition (18 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472201728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472201720
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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'Non-stop laughs with plenty of high jinks' -- USA Today 'A laugh-out-loud page-turner' -- Heat 'Pithy, witty and fast-paced' --The Sunday Times

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From Janet Evanovich, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro on 24 Jun 2013
Format: Hardcover
"What we are doing is more like a heist only with a person instead of an object. A successful heist is one that nobody notices until it's over and the thieves are long gone"

If you have ever read the novels by Time Dorsey or the early works by Carl Hiaasen you might like this novel very much. I had hoped that it was going to have the romantic heat and comedic flare as the duet authors of Jennifer Crusie and Bob Meyer did with "Agnes and the Hitman", but in a way "The Heist" was even better.

This was a perfect beach/vacation read; light but not fluffy, funny but not overly slapstick, with a perfect female protagonist. Kate is the perfect blend of hard-edged ex-Navy SEAL and chocoholic with a bit of a crush on Nick. She just cannot admit it to herself yet!

The secondary characters, especially Kate's father Jake, are great foils with none of the overly fluffiness that Janet's secondary characters from her Stephanie Plum series exhibit.

I don't usually say things like this when I review books because most of the books I read would not be apt to appeal to a male audience anyway. However, the way this one was written, with a clever plot and some good butt-kicking will most likely appeal to both sexes equally. This will make this book a good value for couples! LOL!

This seems like this is going to be a very interesting team of writers. I spent some time trying to figure out just who was writing what part, but then quickly gave up as I was pulled into the interesting story of cons and government double-dealing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is obsessed with catching notorious con man, Nick Fox. However, when she does, he escapes from custody and she finds herself sidelined in a boring case. She is told by sister Megan that she needs a life. "What you had was chasing Nick Fox. That's a case, not a life." However, ex-military dad, Jake, is more understanding. When Kate goes in pursuit she finds that she is forced to work with Nick. In fact, the FBI are going to use a con man to catch an ever bigger one - Derek Griffin, who has carried out a monumental fraud and is hiding out from justice.

This novel took a few chapters to settle down and, if you think the plot is totally unbelievable, that's because it is. This cannot claim to be great literature but, what it certainly is, though, is really good fun. Kate is strong, single minded and more comfortable with her glock than buying clothes. Nick is confident, gorgeous and out to make money from any source he can. When the pair enlist some characters and set off in pursuit of the fraudster on the FBI's wanted list (which Nick heads), there are a stream of one liners, sexual tension and exotic locations. Jake is a great character too, always in the background and you feel that nothing is really dangerous - everything, from pirates to grenade launchers, are simply part of a really great adventure. So, if you are willing to suspend all belief, then this is the perfect beach book. I love Janet Evanovich, know next to nothing about Lee Goldberg, but enjoyed this collaboration and hope that Kate and Nick have further assignments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
The estimable Janet Evanovich who gave us so much pleasure with her Stephanie Plum stories as well as a slew of other writings teams up with screenwriter Lee Goldberg who wrote the Monk series to introduce a new adventure series starring FBI Special agent Kate O'Hare. As if that weren't incentive enough to give a listen to this audio book it's read by a narrator without compare - Scott Brick. This gentlemen has received so many awards that his mantle sags. Our prediction? The Heist is going to be verrrry popular.

With the initial offering in this series Kate is paired with scam artist par excellence Nicholas Fox. She's been hot on his trial and finally succeeds in catching him only to have him escape. Of course, it's been quite a kick for Fox to have been chased by a beautiful woman, and he's not about to let their relationship end. Believe it or not he convinces the FBI to pair him with Kate in order to catch investment banker Derek Griffin who took off with a mere 500 million of his company's money. Don't know where he'll spend it because he's hiding out on a private island in Indonesia.

Capturing Griffin is far from a piece of cake but with the help of some able sting-masters who trick Griffin's attorney into telling where he is Kate and Nick feel like it's a possibility ...despite the fact that all other FBI agents are hunting for Nick. So it's up to Kate not only to get Griffin but also to save Nick from her eager colleagues. Quite an order!

Now, toss in some heart-stopping chases, pirates, plus a bit of comedy and you have a can't-stop-listening-to tale. Kate and Nick are a winning pair, so enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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I decided to give one of Janet Evanovich's series a try. She has a new series that she co-writes with Lee Goldberg involving an FBI special agent and an international fugitive/con man. They're tossed together by the FBI to hunt down other fugitives using "non-conventional methods." After reading the first installment titled The Heist, I think I'm going to like where this goes.

Kate O'Hare is the FBI agent, and she comes from a military/special forces background. She's no-nonsense, has a strong sense of law and order, and it's her life's mission to capture Nick Fox. Nick is a con man who has pulled off some incredible high-profile scams over the years. He's cocky and daring, and not bad looking to boot. Kate finally captures him, only to have him escape as he's being led to the courtoom. Her world goes completely upside down when she finds out that he escaped with the help of her own agency, and now she's expected to work with him to go after other fugitives that can't be touched by normal law enforcement methods. She hates the fact that she's attracted to Nick and is breaking the law, but she can't deny that she loves the thrill of bringing down high-profile criminals.

In Heist, they go after an investment banker who absconds with half a billion dollars in funds. He's squirrelled away in a small country with no extradition treaties with the US, so it's up to Kate and Nick (and a few team members they've picked up for the con) to find him, bring him back to US soil, AND get their hands on the stolen money. Using a seemingly unlimited slush fund to pull off the con, they pose as a rich (and bored) woman with her manservant cruising around "because they can".
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