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  • Series: Fox and O'Hare
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345543041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345543042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,573 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evanovich has top billing here, but she gets some solid support from screenwriter and crime novelist Goldberg, whose own take on comedy and crime, evident in the wacky TV crime series Monk and books like My Gun Has Bullets (1995), matches Evanovich’s over-the-top style to a tee. Their first book in the new Fox and O’Hare series is a near-seamless demonstration of their talents. Readers will have no trouble recognizing hallmarks of Evanovich’s hugely popular Stephanie Plum books: a tough-talking gal heroine with a soft side; a sexy male costar; a wacky bunch of supporting characters; and plenty of flirty banter. The setup is ludicrous fun that demands total suspension of disbelief (no surprise there). Straitlaced FBI agent Kate O’Hare has devoted most of her career to catching internationally known confidence man, tricky Nick Fox. When she actually does it, she’s horrified to realize she doesn’t know what to do next. She doesn’t have long to think about it though, as Nick escapes, and when she finds him, he’s working for the FBI! His job: catch another con man who has made off with millions. After all, who better to catch a crook than another crook? Kate’s not quite sure, but she’s game to work alongside Nick, whose charms she finds difficult to deny. Together with help from new friends, the pair mounts an elaborate con that takes them from the American desert to an Indonesian island. With lots of face punching, international travel, and a few set-tos with modern-day pirates, it’s all good nonsense, which promises more of the same in future episodes. --Stephanie Zvirin


The Heist is the perfect title to carry on a trip to the beach. The laugh out loud humor that readers expect from Evanovich is in full force, and Goldberg’s crafty and elaborate writing is prominent. . . . Everyone will be eager for the next book in the series.”—Associated Press
“The action is fast-paced and the writing is first-rate, making The Heist an excellent choice for vacation reading.”—Huntington News

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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Angel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Why are there so few really funny female detectives? Janet Evanovich seems almost the only one who can master that, be it Stephanie Plum or now Kate O`Hare. One of the view exceptions I have found is Lisa Becker in Heads Off (A Lisa Becker Mystery).

The plot has already been described, I don't want to spoil anything for you. Anyway: We have a new dream team here with a female FBI agent and a former con man, both very attractive. Hmmm, I wonder where this is leading?

I don't know how much of Lee Goldberg is in the novel, but there is clearly an improvement to the last few Plum novels. The writing is light-hearted and charming, albeit without awfully many bright ideas, just what you like to read when the sun is shining. I would really like to see more of this.
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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Payne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
FBI agent Kate O'Hare is the woman every woman would like to be; smart, independent, able to stay incredibly, effortlessly sexy and physically toned in spite of eating Oreo cookies and meatballs she picked off of her Kevlar vest, while she cooly makes a call for backup. Nick Fox, aptly named, is the ultimate sexy bad boy. This book picks up where the introductory teaser-short Pros and Cons, by the same authors, lets off. I held out hope for this book to be better than the teaser, and it is. I also have to say that the book was a refreshing change from the Stephanie Plum series. (which I stopped reading about six books ago, about two books after i felt it should have ended) It is nice to see some of the original Evanovich verve has returned with new characters since the once-fun Stephanie series..

This book is a collaboration between Monk author Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich. It turns out to be a lighthearted bit-of-the-same from these authors. I got exactly what I had expected from them. It reads like a TV cop show (hmmm, go figure). There was nothing about the writing that overly impressed me. There were no big ah-ha moments. I won't give any spoilers about the relationship, but suffice it to say that it is pretty predictable...but predictable in a kind of fun and comforting way. There were plenty of clever moments that made me smile a little. A couple of them made me laugh out loud.

I listened to this book on audible. Scott Brick did a very good job narrating. I was expecting a woman's voice to do the job, but it didn't matter and he did fine. The story was fun and interesting enough to keep me awake and alert on my wee-hours-of-the-morning road trip.
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93 of 110 people found the following review helpful By lovetoread on June 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am very surprised at the high stars this book is getting. I am a big fan of the Stephanie books, although the last couple have been a struggle. I thought I would give this a shot because I like Janet Evanovich so much. I barely made it through 50 pages before I had to give up on it. It is a rip off of the show "White Collar" and it's just so incredibly unbelievable that I just couldn't over look it. I really wanted to like it, was excited that maybe it would be a fun new series. I liked both main characters and enjoyed Kate's father but the parachuting out of the plane bit was just a bit too much for me. I'm all for suspending reality for a bit but I couldn't do it for an entire book. Really disappointed.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Flynn on June 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I cannot think of anything positive to say about this latest Evanovich book. JE appears to be just cranking out books. When I read the Plum books I laugh out loud, but sadly I do remember even a smile while reading the Heist.
The female FBI agent Kate O'Hare was a US Navy seal, sorry folks the only female Seal was in the MOVIE G.I. Jane But as per the news reports
The US Could Have Its First Female Navy SEALs By 2016.
She could have been a SWAT member or trained by her Da. I do allow for artistic license.
And what happen to the recovered heist???????????? Who received the bounty? It appears that the true victims were left out. Questions about the ending one more chapter would have been nice.
I have read all of the 19 Stephanie Plum Books and receive Evanovich's news letter.
I have only written two reviews, but this book was a waste of my money. I will read book 2 in this series, but will check it out of the public library.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Tracy on June 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I am sorry, but I must be reading a different book from the people giving this book a good review. This book is just awful. For the first 10 seconds I thought it might be a good book with a strong female character. Sadly, I was wrong. Kate, who is supposed to be a former Navy Seal and now an FBI agent, acts more like a love struck teenager around Nick (the con-man) instead of a strong female character with a good head on her shoulders. She has no professionalism around him and acts as if she has never been around around an attractive male in her entire life. Nick, is too arrogant to be anything but annoying and I really just wanted him to go to jail and stay there. Both characters have cookie cutter personalities and hardly any character development throughout this book. This extends to the rest of the people in the book who were also boring and very one dimensional.
Frankly, this will be the only book in this series I am going to read. Unless the characters in this book have some life altering personality shift, I cannot see any reason for me to continue with this series.
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