For anyone that’s ever read any novel written by Evanovich, you probably don’t need to read a single review to entice you because you know you’ll love it strictly based on the fact that she wrote it. But just in case you haven’t, let me introduce you. Evanovich pens ridiculously hilarious novels that are filled with amusing characters, crime and action and a side order of romance. The Stephanie Plum novels will also make you really hungry for fried chicken and donuts. Don’t worry, the Fox and O’Hare series won’t make you nearly as hungry, but they will make you laugh so hard your sides hurt. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The Job: A Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
What’s the Story?
He’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.
Let me start off by letting you know that The Job is the third book in the Fox and O’Hare series. If you haven’t read the first two, I highly suggest you stop what you’re doing and add it to your TBR…Right now! With that said, you don’t need to have read the first two in order to thoroughly enjoy this one. For anyone that’s ever read any novel penned by Evanovich, you probably don’t need to read a single review to entice you because you know you’ll love it strictly based on the fact that she wrote it. I’ve never personally read any of Lee Goldberg’s novels outside of this series he wrote with Evanovich, but if you’ve read her novels, you can tell that he might be the inspiration for the world-wide escapades and conning that goes on between Fox and O’Hare.
Much like Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, the Fox and O’Hare have a certain formula to them and they never disappoint. You’ve got FBI’s Special Agent Kate O’Hare; she’s a bad-ass with a gun on a criminal and she makes you laugh while she’s doing it. She secretly works alongside a (somewhat reformed) con-man named Nicolas Fox, who is the best at what he does and used to con people just for the joy of being able to get away with anything and everything. Together, they work closely to create elaborate and genius cons to capture the world’s worst kind of criminals.
Nick uses his resources and contacts to recruit a team to help pull off a top-secret mission. From his previous work in conning, he knows quite a few individuals who are ridiculously good at what they do and they don’t mind walking on the wrong side of the law, whether it be for money or just for the sheer fun of it. Nick and Kate throw around a ridiculous amount of money in order to pull off their cons (wouldn’t it be nice to have millions to spend?) and it always makes me wonder if that happens in the real world with secret FBI investigations. They have a few snags and surprises along the way but they always get their guy in the end.
I love that what they’re doing to pull off their con is borderline illegal but that their intent is to ultimately take town truly horrible people that the government has been after for years. There’s an ongoing flirtation between Nick and Kate that keeps things interesting in the romance department, but not so much that it takes away from the humor of the story. As with the other novels in the series, there are some hilarious situations and lots of laughter along the way. You get exactly what you want out of Evanovich’s novels and The Job is no exception. Well done on another great read!
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for an honest review!
About the Authors
A bit about her from her website evanovich.com that made me laugh:
When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk.
It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.
I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.
A bit about Lee from his website leegoldberg.com that made me laugh:
Lee Goldberg is an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance Sexual Surrogate and a professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.
Okay, that’s not true. But he wants this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I’ve been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.
Here’s the real story. Lee Goldberg writes books and television shows.
Goldberg lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his daughter and still sleeps in Man From U.N.C.L.E. pajamas.