Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, 2013.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Comedy/Drama.
Other Details: Unabridged Audio Book (8 hours, 26 mins). Read by Scott Brick.
FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world's most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she's cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.
Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first, he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail - particularly Kate O'Hare, who has been watching his every move.
For Nick, there's no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman... even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who's hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O'Hare's patience and Fox's skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team, made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate's dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day's work... if O'Hare and Fox don't kill each other first. - synopsis from Janet Evanovich's web-site.
A few weeks ago I read Pros and Cons, the prequel e-short issued as a taster for this new series and found it a great deal of fun. It seemed that the series would be visiting the same territory as the successful TV series, White Collar though with a no nonsense female agent playing opposite the sleek con man. So I was poised on the day of its UK audio release to have this as my next audiobook-in-the-car. The novel itself proved a fun and frothy romp in which FBI agent Kate O'Hare first tracks down international con man, Nick Fox, and later is partnered with him after he makes a deal with the FBI. Approximately the first third of the novel is concerned with setting this situation up and the balance with their first assignment together as detailed in the synopsis above.
While I am not a huge fan of Scott Brick I did feel that he did a good job of conveying the action sequences as well as the lighter moments, many of the latter generated by Kate's discomfort at the situation she finds herself in. Kate is a little like Sandra Bullock's Miss Congeniality character - rather scruffy and all about the job and yet is forced to have a glamorous make-over in order for their mission to work.
Hopefully this is a series that Evanovich and Goldberg will continue as I am looking forward to more adventures for this mismatched duo.