Fox and O’Hare – #3
By Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
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.
I found the latest installment of the Fox and O’Hare series an enjoyable, light hearted read. I jumped in at this book in the series and was not lacking in back story, making this an acceptable stand alone book apart from the series.
A chuckle worthy statement indicative of the humor of this book, which I so appreciate:
“Nick looked toward the warehouses and saw Jake walking toward the ship, a rocket propelled grenade launcher slung over his shoulder. “When did he pick that up?” Nick asked. “Before he came to visit me in Marbella. He knows arms dealers everywhere and doesn’t feel secure without a few explosives handy. If things had gone south here today, he would have blown up the two Range Rovers, and I would have opened up with the Uzi I’m carrying in my Gucci bag.” “It’s so important to accessorize correctly,” Nick said”
The operation was not overly complicated, easy to follow. Not much detail was provided with respect to the supporting characters except for Kate’s dad Jake. I really enjoyed Nick’s sense of humor, if nothing else that is what made the book for me.
The plotting and capturing of the bad guy seemed really one dimensional. Nothing really popped out and the story just happened.
In the romance department, seems like a sleeper. If Kate and Nick have been dancing around this “relationship” for the last two books, then their speed is slower than molasses. Even the progression in this book was miniscule. Like I said…a bit of a sleeper in that department.
While the book held no surprises, in following true Evanovich and Goldberg style, it was an enjoyable and entertaining read.