I have finished the 79th book for the book challenge. It was Pros And Cons: A Short Story by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
This is a short story by the author of the Stephanie Plum books and author Lee Goldberg. They introduce us to a new character, Kate O’Hare, an FBI Special Agent. Kate has been after one particular criminal, Nicholas Fox. He is a suave and tricky man. He has a penchant for disguising himself and then naming himself after a character from a television show. Therefore, Kate’s Bible is The Complete Directory Of Episodic Television Shows when she is checking the rosters of planes, trains, and buses and hotels where she thinks Nick Fox might be hiding as a character-named from a television show. Her office mate is Cosmo, a not very neat Special Agent, whom she always hopes is not assigned to help her with her investigations.
Kate gets a lead that Nick is working as a wedding planner in Chicago to a rich man and his girlfriend. She believes he is planning to rob this man’s apartment during the wedding and makes plans to fly to Chicago to stop the heist. She Tries to get her boss Jessup to authorize a team to help her. Gunter and a team is in place but Jessup can’t authorize them to break into the wedding.
Meanwhile, Nick has set himself up as a wedding planner to Caroline and Milton. He manage to “save” Caroline on a street in Chicago when she stumbled and pretend he was a gay wedding planner. They have thousands of dollars of gold idols in their apartment that Nick will have his “caterers” carry out during the ceremony. He also plans on having fireworks when the couple is announced as husband and wife to mask the sound of blasting caps on the wall safe.
The day of the wedding, Kate arrives at the happy couple’s building but is not allowed up to the penthouse. Nick has told the guards that reporters dressed as FBI will try to get in. The “caterers” are coming out with their bags of golden idols and Jessup has still not given Kate the authority to go ahead. Kate decides to go ahead anyway. She manages to seize one bag of golden idols and makes her way to the penthouse. She finds Nick just about ready to go over the balcony. She corners him. He has the money from the safe. She tells him not to go over the balcony but he does. He is wearing a parachute. He safely parachutes away from the building and gets away.
Kate goes back to her Chicago hotel room. It is in disarray. There are candy wrapper from the minibar and an unopened bottle of champagne. There is also a pink handkerchief tied around the bottle, which was in Nick’s tuxedo pocket. There is also a note on her pillow: Looking forward to the next time.
This was a quick, but fun short story. There was not much time for character development. There was just time to introduce the characters and set the stage for their interaction. The book to come, The Heist, will undoubtedly get into much deeper character development. I look forward to the book and learning more about Kate O’Hare and Nick Fox.