I have finished the 109th book for the book challenge. It was The Heist: A Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
In this latest offering by Janet Evanovich, Her heroine Kate O’Hare is hunting master criminal Nick Fox. She has tracked him to Las Vegas where he is running a scam on unsuspecting hospital patients who are paying for hospital procedures that will never be performed. She manages to take him down but he escapes from custody as he is being led to his hearing in court.
Kate next tracks Nick Fox to Mount Athos in Greece. He is hiding out in a monastery in the protected sanctuary and Kate parachutes in and sneaks up on him. Imagine her surprise on finding him with her bosses Jessup and Bolton on Mount Athos! They are there to recruit Fox for a con to trap a man who has absconded with a half billion dollars of his clients’ money. They want Kate to work with Fox to pull off this charade. Kate is in shock and doesn’t know what to say. Nick wants to meet her in Berlin where they will talk about the con.
Kate and Nick meet in Berlin about working together. Nick has plans for how he will work the con of getting the half billion dollars of Derek Griffin’s money. He plans to meet Kate in Cape Giradeau, Missouri in two days time to recruit the first person he needs for the con.
Kate flies to Cape Giradeau where she and Fox go to a dinner theater and see The Death of a Salesman and an actor named Boyd. He is their first recruit. Fox next springs a woman named Willie from jail where she is held for hijacking a freight train. She is to be their driver. He finds a makeup artist named Chet and a master builder as well. Their team is complete. Kate confides the plan in her father. Nick arranges to have the team build a mock-up of a drug lord’s compound in a house near Palm Springs.
They arrange to kidnap the lawyer for Derek Griffin, Burnside, from his Los Angeles home. Willie plays his date for the evening and when they arrive at his home, Willie is “killed” by the “drug lord’s thugs” and Burnside is taken hostage and held overnight in a cabin by FBI operative Kate, until she is “killed” by the drug lord thug and Burnside is kidnapped again and taken to the “compound.” There he is held and brought before the drug lord, played by Boyd. He is told he will be killed if he doesn’t tell him where Derek Griffin is and where his money is.
Burnside eventually cooperates and says that Griffin is in Indonesia. He doesn’t know where the money is. But he does give up the exact location of Griffin. Willie, Fox, and Kate are off to Indonesia to capture Griffin and the money. Kate will play a wealthy heiress and Fox and Willie the members of her crew of her yacht. Fox takes Kate shopping for her wardrobe for the con. She is not comfortable with her new role. Fox likes it. Kate again confides in her father and he promises to watch over the “prisoner” in Palm Springs. He also sends a care package to her in Indonesia.
Fox, Willie, and Kate go to Indonesia. They rent a yacht and sail to the island where Griffin is hiding. He owns the island. On the way, they are attacked by pirates. Kate fights them off with a rocket-grenade launcher that her father sent her. They arrive at the island with their injured boat. Griffin is taken in by the wealthy beautiful heiress. Kate is playing her role and is sneaking around the island at night when they are set upon by the pirates who have chased them to the island. They take everyone but Fox captive. Griffin agrees to ransom and Kate calls her father with the ransom demand.
Kate and Fox and Willie plot their escape in Griffin’s sea plane. Kate will get Griffin’s computer and Fox will get Griffin. Kate will also blow up the island and Willie will pilot the sea plane. Kate manages to blow up the house and Fox grabs Griffin and they all get away and fly back to the States. They figure out Griffin’s password and empty his bank account into the FBI’s account. He is imprisoned in the drug lord’s compound and then he and Burnside are let go in the desert outside Palm Springs. They realize they have been conned.
Fox and Kate are glad the heist is over, but look forward to working together again. There is an attraction between them. Even though Kate has been working to put Nick behind bars, she has to admire the brilliance behind the man’s mind.
This was a fascinating book. The way they pulled off the con was amazing. They way they even worked the twist of the pirates taking over the island was wonderful. It was very exciting. It was a very fast-paced book. There were lots of details that were included in the book that had to be covered to make the con work. I loved the story.