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Sunday, December 28, 2014

148) The Job by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

The Blurb :

Charming con man Nicolas Fox and dedicated FBI agent Kate O'Hare secretly take down world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons, next job Violante, the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick knows his tastes in gourmet chocolate.

From Nashville to Lisbon back alleys, from Istanbul rooftops to Thames, they chase clues to lookalike thefts. Pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard Reyna holding Kate hostage and a Portuguese enforcer getting advice from an ancestor's pickled head, they again call driver Willie for ship, actor Boyd for one-eyed Captain Bridger, special effects carpenter Tom, her father Jake - retired Special Forces, and his talent - machete-wielding Somali pirate Billy Dee. This could be their biggest job - if they survive.

My Thoughts :

The Fox & O'Hare series had been on my wishlist for a while when I came across The Job on Netgalley.  I had already read the novellas in the series and decided to pick this one up and rush read the first in the series to be all caught up to read this one.  However my plans got a little messed up when I realised that the The Job is the third installment and I needed to read not one but two books to catch up and be able to read this one.

I decided to listen to the first two installments and really enjoyed them.  The banter and heat between Nick and Kate is fun to read and the cons they get involved in and the reasons behind them are interesting and exciting.  I really enjoyed listening to the first two books and couldn't wait to read this third book.

However this third part was a little bit of a disappointment compared to the other Fox & O'Hare stories.  There was still the banter and con but somehow it felt a little flat and boring in comparison.  Maybe it was because this job wasn't as over the top as the previous ones or maybe it was due to reading and not listening to this third part but I didn't enjoy it as much as the other adventures.

The series will stay on my reading list because it is a great concept and the writers have come up with some great stories.  The locations are worldwide and the authors obviously do a lot of research because it shows in the details.   Also they must have visited the places they include or know people who have because that also shows in the stories.

Well worth checking out this series if you are an Evanovich fan.  It isn't completely her usual style but the heat and comedy are there but more subtle.  This is more of a mix between James Bond and The Mentalist with some craziness mixed in to liven things up.  I will definitely be listening to the next books in the series instead of reading them though!

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