Janet Evanovich

The Chase

"Written with humour and wit..."


Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted and untouchable criminals.

Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artefact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar and against the clock to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove's elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate's dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it'll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty's priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O'Hare.

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I found 'The Chase' to be a first class crime caper which strongly reminded me of Chris Ewan's 'Good Thief's Guide' series. Written with humour and wit throughout, the book doesn't take itself too seriously and offers some light hearted entertainment. The plotting is faultless as Nick and Kate pursue their goal around the world. The pace starts off fast and gets faster. I saw one set piece coming and expected a slow climb to a high peak. Wrong! Instead within twenty pages we were climbing to the next peak such was the frantic pace. Nick and Kate were ably drawn characters but I found myself more drawn to Alexis Poulet more than any other. Let's just say, this is one lady you don't want looking you up and down. Given the pedigree of the joint authors, the prose was faultless and there were one or two fantastically adroit witticisms. I found 'The Chase' to be a barnstorming adventure which left me wanting more.

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