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The Heist

(Fox and O'Hare #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  44,543 ratings  ·  4,086 reviews
From Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedicatio
ebook, 295 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Bantam
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Misty Baker
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I am a woman who enjoys guilty pleasures. I watch Bollywood movies at 3am. Eat ‘smores when I should be eating carrot sticks. Listen to Young the Giant sing “Cough Syrup” roughly 40 times a day. The way I see it…life is too short to NOT indulge yourself. See the Snickers? Want the Snickers? Eat the freaking Snickers!

Most of my guilty pleasures are harmless. An hour here….50 calories there. Poof gone. Moving on. But that is NOT the case when it comes to my obsessive fascination with all things Ja
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Janet Evanovich Fans
I tried out this mystery series of Janet Evanovich. It's a great premise, nothing new, but what is. There is not nearly as much humor as the other series have. I like the Knight and Moon series better. There aren't really quirky characters yet, but they are set up and they could show up later in the series. So, Lizzy and Diesel is my favorite series, Stephanie Plum, Knight and Moon and then this series. Don't think it's not worth reading. It's an entertaining read with good action and that sexua ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light, suspense
If you're looking at this thinking Kate O'Hare will be a wacky character like Stephanie Plum, or that it'll be more of a mystery, you might want to re-evaluate. It's actually a little more like the TV show Leverage: strange, with weird characters, but not Stephanie/Diesel weird, and with a few interesting cons along the way. (Although obviously it's a different universe, as Kate's supposedly an ex-SEAL.) I also felt disconnected from the story, as if I were watching it unfold through a window ra ...more
Savonna Brockman
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ever watched White Collar, the USA television series about a dashing con man forced to work with his FBI nemesis to solve crimes and stay out of jail? Yes? Then you have the basic premise for The Heist. Nick Fox is the best con around, and Kate O'Hare, ex-Navy SEAL, current FBI agent, is not too shabby at her job either. She takes Nick down when he attempts to steal the Crimson Teardrop, a rare two-carat red diamond. But with the help of paper, paint, and a tape recorder, Nick gives U.S. Marshal ...more
I read the first book of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plumb series right before this book and I think I enjoyed the characters in this story better. It's still a good and a light read but the main character is not as crazy/silly. A woman detective along with a conman she has been trying to catch in the act for years, must work together running an elaborate con in order to catch a thief that has embezzled half a million dollars. It was fast moving and had original characters.
Ash Wednesday
”To our grand adventure.”
“This is not an adventure,” Kate said. It’s a job. We aren’t doing it for fun or profit.”

“Okay, let’s try this again,” Nick said, and raised his glass for a new toast. “To a long and fruitful relationship.”
“This isn’t a relationship,” Kate said. “It’s strictly professional. Don’t you forget that for one second.”

Nick sighed and held up his glass again, eyeing her warily as he said,” May misfortune follow us the rest of our lives but never catch up.”

I love heist
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. For those who like Stephanie Plum, it had some of her fun but this is a smarter read. It reminds me some of White Collar with an FBI agent, Kate, working with Nick, a master con. There's an attraction there so it will be interesting in future books to see if it's acted on. Maybe a bit like Moonlighting?
This was like the book equivalent of sitting in a Saturday matinee, eating popcorn and having just an afternoon of mindless fun.

I love the tv show Leverage and this book is exactly in that vein. It is book that relies on the work of a long con to get the bad guys.

The main characters are Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare.

Nick is a handsome, charming thief who is always thinking ten moves ahead. He has perfected the art of the grift. Kate is the ex-military FBI agent who has been chasing Nick for years. H
Tara ☽
3.5 stars!

This was a fun, light read. The premise is basically a White Collar-style setup. A charming conman is given a deal by the FBI: Work with them to take down criminals, and they'll give him a get-out-of-jail-free card. Legal immunity and all that jazz.

This time, our conman is Nick Fox, and he's paired up to work with Kate O'Hare, a tough FBI agent who has been trying to catch him for years. Nick and Kate are basically what happens when Chaotic Neutral meets Lawful Good, and the ensuing hi
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2019-goal
I needed a totally fun read and this was it. The premise sounds like a 1990s TV show— FBI agent teams up with a charming (in my head he’s a combination of Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief and an undercover Daniel Craig) con man. Hijinx and mega cons follow.

Fun stuff — and just what I needed!!

PS- I’ve never been a fan of the famous writer pairs up with less famous writer but it really works here. Classic Evanovich characters and banter but better action scenes and exposition!!
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book is narrated by Scott Brick and his voice is amazing. Super fun read with mystery and comedy. Can't wait to start the next one.
Susie Kline
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am so sad to say that I wasn't really impressed with The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. You know I'm a giant Evanovich fan. I count Stephanie Plum and Lula as some of my best friends. (Sure, they only come around when I open a book...still...) Lee Goldberg is a television producer and he produced Monk, which is one of my favorite shows.

Still, The Heist just doesn't come through. It struck me as a rip-off of White Collar, the USA Network series, sans Matt Bomer--which is the main re
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich and I am not sure why so many are raving about this book. Frankly, the characters were, for the most part, flat and not well developed. There were males who were part of Kate’s team who all sort of blended in together and who became just names to me. In earlier novels, the author does stretch the truth, but, for the most part, the experiences and actions are believable. In this book, there is very little credibility and the experiences of Kate and her team are ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evanovich-janet
This book was fun! The introduction to the main characters, which can often be tedious in the first book of any series, was humorous. There was a bit of a lag while the premise was being set up, but once the actual "mission" got started, it was fascinating. The mystery is not the resolution, but how they got there and they fooled me. The writing duo of Evanovich and Goldberg seem well matched.
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Oh this series was fun! Fox and O'hare follows and FBI agent heroine and...the con man she's been hunting for years. Who are now having to work together as a team to tackle off the books missions the FBI can't officially get involved with. Fun banter, captivating characters, a little danger and adventure. A fantastic time all the way around.

The Characters:

Fox and O'hare were as different as night and day and, yall, I LOVED t
Mike French
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner!. I read it in one day, by staying up half the night, I couldn't put it down! I liked it much better than the Number books I have read. I think the reason it is more of a "boy" book than the Number series.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Heist: A Novel

The Heist: A Novel
by Lee Goldberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.69

This review is from: The Heist: A Novel (Hardcover)
"What we are doing is more like a heist only with a person instead of an object. A successful heist is one that nobody notices until it's over and the thieves are long gone"

If you have ever read the novels by Tim Dorsey or the early works by Carl Hiaasen you might like this novel very much. I had hoped that it was going to have the romantic heat and comedic fla
Kara of BookishBytes
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This book is part Oceans 11, part Clive Custler--but with women in mind as the target audience. It was easy to read, and entertaining, but only if you're willing to check your feminist card at the door before you pick this up. The main character is smart, tough, accomplished (former Navy SEAL), ambitious, in great shape and can take care of herself. She is also tall, blond, beautiful, can overeat at every opportunity and never gain an ounce, frets over how to wear her hair, throws up after a big ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: and-a-half, heist
3.5 stars rounded up for exceeded expectations
I was looking for something spy and decided conman would do.
And did it ever.
Basically, imagine the TV show White Collar except the FBI agent is a gorgeous female who thinks "relaxation" means going to the shooting range with her Dad. Actually, she strongly resembles the heroine from Louisiana Longshot. Who needs high heels when AK-47s are a thing? She also, of course, comes with a strong dash of Stephanie Plum because, bless her heart, Janet Evanovi
Monica Williams
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and nothing I've ever read makes me laugh half as much as those books do. Anyone who is a Stephanie Plum fan will love this book as much as I did. This time the heroine is not the bumbling type. FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is ex Navy Seal and she is really good at her job. She is on the trail of the notorious con man Nick Fox. She finally gets her man, and then he escapes, only to reappear and becomes Kate's partner against a pair of even worse co ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me start this off by saying I LLVE Stephanie Plum! And maybe I was hoping to see some of Stephanie and Kate, but I didn't. In spite of this, I did like Kate, she was just a little more serious than I was expecting. I also liked Nick, and actually I saw a little of Ranger and Joe in him. This was a fun little getaway book, that you really had to suspend reality for. It was like a jack reacher book wrote specifically for a female audience, that is my opinion anyways. I will probably read the n ...more
R. Lawrence
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich are fantastic together. Encore, encore. I read the book in 1 day. Just took me awhile to get back to good reads. To bad 5 stars is the highest rating, it should get more.
Heather Alderman
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was a lot of fun! Definitely cheesy at times, but still fun. Look forward to reading the next one in the series.
Lance Charnes
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who think Stephanie Plum books are too realistic
Nobody turns to Janet Evanovich for gritty, hard-boiled crime fiction. Nobody. That's okay; we have James Ellroy for that. Janet's the queen of featherweight romantic comedy dressed up in naughty-policewoman costumes. Some fluff is so fluffy, though, that it threatens to float away because of its own weightlessness. Which brings us to The Heist.

The setup: Nick Fox is a hot, dashing international thief and con man. He puts together the kinds of absurdly complex, over-the-top jobs that work only i
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Ever since I read Pros and Cons earlier this year, I wanted to get properly stuck in with the rest of this series. Firstly because I am a huge fan of stories which feature antagonistic characters and trust me you can’t get more antagonistic than FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nicolas Fox. Kate’s been on Nick’s case for the last five years and despite being able to fraud his way through so much, there’s just something so charming about him that sort of doesn’t make you feel bad for allowing hi ...more
Karen McMillan
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
This is the first in a new fun series – and I can tell you I was hooked from the opening page. FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is dedicated to her job – and to chasing international con artist Nicolas Fox. After years of chasing Nicholas, who happens to be charming and very sexy, she finally captures him and finally has him behind bars. But then Nicolas pulls off his greatest con of all time – he convinces the FBI to offer him a job – and ends up working alongside Kate, despite her reservations an ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

Life and a family emergency interrupted reading and reviewing for awhile. The Heist is funny and a fast read. Nick Fox is handsome, charming, and one of the FBI's most wanted man. FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare has been chasing the world's greatest conman for 5 years. She always confronts him saying, "You're under arrest." But Fox always escapes at the very last second, until he doesn't. O'Hare has finally caught her man.

Then the unthinkable happens, Nick Fox escapes from custody under
Lakshmi C
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
It reminds me of White Collar and that's a good reason to start a new series.

What I loved :

- wooing with toblerone
- the layered cons
- I picked up a lot of trivia and enjoyed it
- action packed. Arrest, escape, island, mutual benefits, theatre, role play, shopping
- so much fun
- the father daughter relationship
- respect for junk food
- chocolate addiction
- a pirate named Bob.

Laugh out loud moments :

If Spider-Man was entirely green, couldn’t shoot webs from his wrists, wasn’t ripped, and was self-con
Jacqueline J
Read this for book club. I don't think there is going to be much to talk about. It was a nice easy pleasant read. I was pleased to find that the heroine was not as stupid and inept as Stephanie Plum. I enjoyed her competence and didn't even mind too much that she was supposedly an ex Navy SEAL. I read the author's note that they knew that but believed there should be female SEALs so I was okay with her. The cons were interesting and I liked watching them play out. The secondary characters were i ...more
Anna Smithberger
Jun 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only redeeming quality about this book for me was the pacing. Otherwise it was sloppy, poorly written, and just not very interesting. Clearly, this is not my genre of choice, but I know there is better stuff out there.
Had I not been reading it for class I probably would have put it down after the first chapter with absolutely no wish to ever continue.
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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  • The Chase (Fox and O'Hare, #2)
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“I can't wear this,” she said from inside the dressing room. “It's too small.”
“Let's see,” Nick said. “Come on out.”
“Get me a bigger size. A lot bigger.”
Nick opened the door and looked in at Kate. “Whoa,” he said on a gush of air. His pupils dilated to the point where his brown eyes were almost totally black, and Kate decided the dress must look better than she'd first thought.
“Well?” she asked.
“I think I'm in love,” Nick said. “But then my brain isn't completely engaged right now. That's not where the blood is flowing.”
“Too much information” Kate said. “It would have been enough to tell me I look okay.”
“Honey you look a lot better than okay.”
“You don't think I look slutty?”
“Not at these prices,” Nick said.”
“Yeah, I'm a thief."

"Honey, that's such a turn-on."

He reached for her, and she jumped away.

"Stand down," Kate said. "My hands are lethal weapons."

Nick backed her against the wall and leaned into her. "I've go a better lethal weapon than you do," he said. "Wanna see it?"


Good lord, she could feel his lethal weapon pressing against her belly. It was big and hard. And as much as she hated to admit it, his big, hard weapon was exactly what she needed. She looked down and gasped because it was so perfect.

"Is this for me?" she asked.

"Absolutely," he said. "Take it if you want it."

"I want it," she said. "I really, really want it."

It was a Toblerone bar. Giant size.”
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