The Heist

Author: Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldbergheist
Publisher: Bantam
Date: 2013
Genre: Mystery, Caper
ISBN: 9780385363181
Price: $8.99
Number of Pages: 372
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book, Audio

Rating Scale: 3Q, 4P

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Reader’s Annotation

FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nick Fox have been on opposite sides of the law – Until now.


This is a light and humorous caper about FBI agent Kate O’Hare. She has had one thing on her mind for the past few years: catching the international con man Nicholas Fox. She has always been one step behind him until she finally finds a way to outsmart him. Kate is thrilled that he is finally in custody and is looking forward to putting him behind bars. Unfortunately, on his way to court, Fox manages to escape. Even though she is taken off the case, O’Hare is determined to find him. She tracks him down to a deserted island and is flabbergasted to find her two bosses there. It turns out her bosses helped Fox escape because they want him to work for the FBI to hunt down other dangerous conmen. They enlist O’Hare’s help and she becomes Fox’ partner. Their first case is a corrupt investment banker named Derek Griffin, who has disappeared after swindling millions of dollars from his clients. The two come up with a plan to bring in a ragtag team of individuals to help con Derek’s lawyer into giving up Griffin’s location. All the while, O’Hare is trying to deny her attraction to Fox.

Critical Evaluation

The strong suit of this book is its humorous tone. The dialogue is very fast-paced, witty and at times downright hilarious. The cast of characters are all eccentric, with each having little quirks that makes them unique and interesting. The plot was fun, full of action and never boring. However, there were a few things that I thought could have been improved upon. Most of the narration focused on O’Hare, but I think that was a detriment to the character of Fox. I understand that Evanovich and Goldberg wanted to make his motivations and actions mysterious to the reader, but it actually ended up hurting his development because he was at times a one-note character. O’Hare could have been developed a bit more as well, as they kept reiterating what a tough woman she was but failing to delve into anything deeper about her. Since this is the start of a series, I would hope that both characters developed further. I would definitely be interested in reading other books in this series.

Significance of Book

This marks the first time for the paring of Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, who are both very talented authors. Evanovich brings her usual witty trademark style, while Goldberg excels at the crime and action parts of the story. Both styles blend well together to create a fun and wild ride.


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Discussion Ideas

  • Why did they make Kate a Navy Seal?
  • Compare and contrast Stephanie Plum and Kate O’Hare as women characters
  • Why did the book focus less on Nick’s perspective?

Justification of Selection

I have never read a Janet Evanovich book and was always curious. I didn’t want to start a very long series, so instead of her Stephanie Plum books, I decided on this one. I was intrigued by the idea of a partnership between a FBI agent and a con man. I also don’t have much experience reading capers, so I thought this would be an interesting book to start with.