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The Heist: A Novel (Fox and O'Hare) Hardcover – June 18, 2013
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“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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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.
special agent Kate O'Hara spends her life trying to trap super-thief con artist Nick Fox. After a quick introduction that previews both protagonists' unique talents (she can kill a man 16 different ways with tweezers) -- and also their mutual sexual attraction - the two are thrown together to manufacture an operation that will recover half a billion dollars bilked by a bent banker.
The premise is promising but the execution is so, so flat. Big chunks of the book read as if they were lifted from travel guides. So we learn, for example, that the Banoa Bali Regal is a "five-star resort built on the pristine golden sands of the Tanjung Benoa peninsula. Once home to ramshackle fishing villages, the peninsula was now a prime tourist destination with high-end hotels taking advantage of the swaying palms, sugary beaches, bright blue seas and breathtaking vistas."
There are, unfortunately, lots of passages like that,.
The authors build the sexual tension between the two protagonists - and then it deflates like a week-old banana. The climax, if such it could be called, is a very damp squib.
I know these writers can do better if they only put their minds to it. Perhaps the lure of a big check for minimal efforts was too alluring. If this is a book about con artists, readers beware. You are the marks!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It seems that guardian angels make the good guys do bad things and get away with it. Mostly because everyone is the best con artist, best FBI agent, the absolute best. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mary Chris
REVIEWED BY KINDLE GAL (originally posted on Goodreads)
FINALLY ... a satisfying "heist! Read more
This is apparently the start of an extensive series of books, and draws from the literary tradition (? Read morePublished 2 days ago by tutset
A good light hearted read. Authors keep the story moving,interesting crime cracking duo.Published 3 days ago by bk
This is the second book in the series and it is a page turner and hoot. I highly recommend it.Published 3 days ago by Nancy H.
Written in true Stephanie Evanovich style. A great collaboration with Lee Goldberg. I've already started the second in the series.Published 5 days ago by Kay Hammock
I checked The Heist out from my local library’s eBook program and thought this might be a good mystery story. I soon discovered that this is not a mystery, or even a thriller. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Bradley Corbett
As usual Me.Voinovich has written a top notched mystery novel that held my interest from cover to cover. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Thomas Bennett