The Heist is the first book in a new series by authors Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Evanovich is best known for her Stephanie Plum novels and Goldberg is a well established television writer and novelist, best known for his work on shows like Monk and Diagnosis Murder. Kate O’Hare is a no nonsense FBI agent on the trail of master thief Nick Fox. Kate is a former Navy SEAL whose closest friend is her father, another former special ops warrior. Fox is an amusing, charming man who seems impossible to catch. Even when caught Fox is able to escape.
Kate tracks him down to a small Mediterranean island. Not one to be deterred by the niceties of international law she goes after him. She finds not only Fox, but also her boss at the FBI. It turns out that the FBI has allowed Fox to escape in exchange for his help in tracking down other elusive criminals. Much to her chagrin, Kate O’Hare is now partnered with the very man she spent years trying to catch.
This novel is a lot of fun. O’Hare and Fox assemble a motley crew to go after an embezzler who has disappeared with a fortune. The book reminds me a lot of a television series. No surprise considering Goldberg’s background. I could easily see this as part of the primetime lineup on USA Network. The characters are fun and quirky, the story is far fetched, but good enough to just be believable. If you are looking for a novel to deal with the larger questions of man’s place in the world or the horrors of modern society you won’t find that that here. If you want to sit back with a good book and enjoy yourself then pick up The Heist. I look forward to the next three books that are scheduled in the series.