The Job (Fox and O'Hare #3)
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published November 2014 by Bantam Penguin Random House
Goodreads synopsis: Charming con man Nicolas Fox and dedicated FBI agent Kate O'Hare secretly take down world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons, next job Violante, the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick knows his tastes in gourmet chocolate.
From Nashville to Lisbon back alleys, from Istanbul rooftops to Thames, they chase clues to lookalike thefts. Pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard Reyna holding Kate hostage and a Portuguese enforcer getting advice from an ancestor's pickled head, they again call driver Willie for ship, actor Boyd for one-eyed Captain Bridger, special effects carpenter Tom, her father Jake - retired Special Forces, and his talent - machete-wielding Somali pirate Billy Dee. This could be their biggest job - if they survive.
(but should have rated it 3.5 but there isn't an option for a decimal point in ratings)
I pulled my normal reading a series out of order tactic. I find this makes it easier to see how someone who would just pick this book up randomly would react. My take is that the book seemed really cheesy in the beginning. I couldn't get myself to take any of it seriously. For instance, what thief would use very recognizable character names as an alias? I could see if it were from series that weren't that well-known but going into a situation and saying you are Jean-Luc Picard, now that is just asking to be found out as a liar.
The character interaction was weird. Kate was supposed to be all bad-ass but she didn't seem to be based on the characterization. The only thing that gave her a bit of an edge was her use of the baton in iffy situations. Nick's character was rather unbelievable too. He was supposed to be this suave gentleman thief that never lost his cool but I wasn't buying it. None of it rang true for me. I just kept thinking that the Stephanie Plum novels are a lot more well-written than this.
The book did get better as it got into the main thrust of the story but I just felt like I was wading through it hoping to get to the end. Don't get me wrong, I am not an action and thriller hater. This is my type of story. I love this genre. And it was just not a fun read for me.
I did find Nick's ingenious way of getting out of his last predicament very clever and when the "dream team" came together to set up the con job, that was cool too. There were good bits and not so good bits. So that is why I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
If you love the spy genre or shows like White Collar, then this would be right up your alley. Check it out.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Net Galley in return for an honest review. I thank Net Galley, the author and the publisher for allowing me to read this title.