The Heist (Fox and O'Hare Series #1)

The Heist (Fox and O'Hare Series #1)

by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Janet Evanovich, #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying 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 dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.             
Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.
Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

Praise for The Heist
The Heist is the perfect title to carry on a trip to the beach. The laugh out loud humor that readers expect from Evanovich is in full force, and Goldberg’s crafty and elaborate writing is prominent. . . . Everyone will be eager for the next book in the series.”—Associated Press
“The action is fast-paced and the writing is first-rate, making The Heist an excellent choice for vacation reading.”—Huntington News

The hardcover edition of The Heist contains stickers—“I ‘Heart’ Plum” and “The Con Is On”—and a sneak peek from the next Stephanie Plum novel!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345543059
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: Fox and O'Hare Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 46,104
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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Kate O’Hare’s favorite outfit was her blue windbreaker with the letters FBI written in yellow on the back, worn over a basic black T-­shirt and matching black Kevlar vest. The ensemble went well with everything, particularly when paired with jeans and ­accessorized with a Glock. Thirty-­three-­year-­old Special Agent O’Hare didn’t like feeling exposed and unarmed, especially on the job. That all but ruled her out for undercover work. Fine by her. She preferred a hard-­charging style of law enforcement, which was exactly what she was practicing on that 96 degree winter afternoon in Las Vegas when she marched into the St. Cosmas Medical Center in her favorite outfit with a dozen similarly dressed agents behind her.

While the other agents fanned out to seal every exit in the building, Kate pushed past the security guards in the lobby and made her way like a guided missile to the first-­floor office of Rufus Stott, the chief administrator of the hospital. She blew past Stott’s stunned assistant without even acknowledging her existence and burst into Stott’s office. The startled Stott yelped and nearly toppled out of his chrome-­and-­mesh ergonomic chair. He was a chubby, bottom-­heavy little guy who looked like a turnip that some bored wizard had tapped with a magic wand and turned into a fifty-­five-­year-­old bureaucrat. He had a spray tan, tortoiseshell glasses, and crotch wrinkles in his tan slacks. His hand was over his heart, and he was gasping for air.

“Don’t shoot,” he finally managed.

“I’m not going to shoot,” Kate said. “I don’t even have my gun drawn. Do you need water, or something? Are you okay?”

“No, I’m not okay,” Stott said. “You just scared the bejeezus out of me. Who are you? What do you want?”

“I’m Special Agent Kate O’Hare, FBI.” She slapped a piece of paper down on his desk. “This is a warrant giving us full access to your concierge wing.”

“We don’t have a concierge wing,” Stott said.

Kate leaned in close, locking her intense blue eyes on him. “Six obscenely wealthy and desperate patients flew in today from all over the country. They were picked up from McCarran airport by limos and brought here. Upon arrival at your private concierge wing, they each wired one million dollars to St. Cosmas’s offshore bank account and immediately jumped to the top of an organ waiting list.”

“You can’t be serious,” Stott said. “We don’t have any offshore bank accounts and we certainly can’t afford to rent limos. We’re teetering on bankruptcy.”

“That’s why you’re conducting off-­the-­books transplant surgeries using illegally acquired organs that you bought on the black market. We know those patients are here and being prepped for surgery right now. We will lock this building down and search every single room and broom closet if we have to.”

“Be my guest,” Stott said, and handed the warrant back to her. “We aren’t doing any transplant surgeries, and we don’t have a concierge wing. We don’t even have a gift shop.”

Stott no longer looked scared, and he didn’t look like he was lying. Not good signs, Kate thought. He should be in a cold sweat by now. He should be phoning his lawyer.

Eighteen hours earlier, Kate had been at her desk in L.A., tracking scattered intel on known associates of a wanted felon, when she’d stumbled on chatter about a certain financially strapped Las Vegas hospital offering organ transplants to the highest bidder. She dug deeper and discovered that the patients were already en route to Vegas for their surgeries, so she dropped everything and organized a rush operation.

“Take a look at this,” she said, showing Stott a photo on her iPhone.

It was a medium close-­up of a man about her age wearing a loose-­fitting polo shirt, soft and faded from years of use. His brown hair was windblown. His face was alight with a boyish grin that brought out the laugh lines at the corners of his brown eyes.

“Do you know this man?” she asked.

“Sure I do,” Stott replied. “That’s Cliff Clavin, the engineer handling the asbestos removal from our old building.”

Kate felt a dull ache in her stomach, and it wasn’t from the Jack in the Box sausage-­and-­egg sandwich she’d had for breakfast. Her gut, flat and toned despite her terrible eating habits, was where her anxieties and her instincts resided and liked to communicate with her in a language of cramps, pains, queasiness, and general malaise.

“Cliff Clavin is a character on the television show Cheers,” she said.

“Yeah, crazy coincidence, right?”

“What old building?” she asked him.

He turned to the window and pointed at a five-­story building on the other side of the parking lot. “That one.”

The building was an architectural artifact from the swinging ’60s with its lava rock accents, big tinted windows, and a lobby portico topped with white gravel.

“That was the original hospital,” Stott said. “We moved out of there a year ago. We built this new one to handle the demand for beds that we wrongly anticipated would come from . . .”

Kate wasn’t listening. She was already running out the door. The instant she saw the other building, she knew exactly how she and those six wealthy patients had been duped. The man in the photo on her iPhone wasn’t Cliff Clavin, and he wasn’t an engineer. He was Nicolas Fox, the man she’d been pursuing when she’d stumbled on the organ transplant scheme.

Fox was an international con man and thief, known for the sheer audacity of his high-­risk swindles and heists and for the obvious joy he took in pulling them off. No matter how big his scores were, and he’d had some huge ones, he kept going back for more.

Kate had made it her mission at the FBI to nail him. She’d come close two years ago, when she’d discovered Nick’s plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s twentieth-­story Chicago penthouse of all his cash and jewels at the same time that the self-­proclaimed “King of Hostile Takeovers” was getting married in the living room.

It was a ballsy move, and pure Nick Fox. To pull it off, he somehow got himself hired as the wedding planner and brought in a motley crew of thieves as the caterers. When Kate crashed the wedding with a strike team, Nick’s crew scattered like cockroaches when the light goes on, and Nick parasailed off the top of the building.

Choppers were called in, streets were closed, roadblocks were set up, and buildings were searched, but Nick slipped away. When Kate finally straggled into her hotel room at dawn, there was a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of roses waiting for her. All from Nick. And charged to her room, of course. The whole time she’d been hunting for Nick, he’d been relaxing in her room, watching pay-­per-­view movies, ordering room service, and helping himself to the Toblerones in her minibar. He’d even stolen the towels on his way out.

The bastard is having way too much fun at my expense, Kate thought as she bolted through the hospital lobby, out the door past two surprised agents, and charged across the parking lot.

When she reached the cyclone fence around the old hospital building, she was sweating and her heart was pounding so hard she could almost hear it. She drew her gun and slowly approached the entrance to the lobby. As she got closer, she saw a red carpet and a sign that had been obscured in the shadows of the alcove under the portico. The sign read:

Welcome to the St. Cosmas Concierge Medical Center. Please excuse our dust as we remodel to give you more privacy, luxury, and state-­of-­the art care.

Hugging the lava rock walls she made her way to the door, yanked it open, and spun into the open space in a firing stance. But there was no one to aim at. Kate faced an elegantly furnished lobby decked out with contemporary leather furniture, travertine floors, and lush plants. On the wall behind the empty reception desk were photos of the surgical staff. She looked at the photos and immediately recognized two of the faces. One of them ­belonged to Nick Fox, a stethoscope around his neck, exuding doctorly strength and confidence. The other one was her, with a dopey, drunken smile on her face. Her picture had been lifted, cropped, and photoshopped from the bridal party pictures taken years ago that were now on her sister Megan’s Facebook page. “Dr. William Scholl” was written in bronze letters under Nick’s photo, “Dr. Eunice Huffnagle” under hers.

Okay, so where was the “surgical staff” now? she asked herself. And what about the six rich patients who’d come from far and wide for organ transplants?

Kate headed for the double doors that were located to one side of the reception desk. She pushed them open and stepped into a foyer, ready to fire. But once again, there was no one there. ­Directly in front of her were three more sets of double doors. One was marked “Operating Room #1,” the second “Post-­Op #1,” and the third “Pre-­Op.” An elevator was to her left. A stairwell door was to her right.

She eased open the door to the operating room and found a fully decked out surgical suite that took its design cues from an Apple Store. Everything was sleek and white. All the equipment gleamed like new cars on a showroom floor.

She closed the door and peeked into the post-­op room. There was the standard hospital bed, the IV stand, and the usual monitoring devices, but the similarities to any other hospital room ended there. The room was luxuriously appointed with fancy French furniture, ornate shelves filled with leather-­bound books, a flat-­screen TV, and a wet bar stocked with assorted spirits.

He’s smart, she thought. Posing as an asbestos removal company was the perfect cover for Nick’s scam. It ensured that everyone at the hospital kept their distance from the old building while Nick and his crew were actually creating an elaborate set and staging their con.

Finally, she went to the pre-­op room. The door opened onto a long ward with an abandoned nurses station and several curtained-­off areas behind it. She stepped inside and cautiously slid open the first curtain. An unconscious middle-­aged man in a hospital gown was stretched out on a gurney and hooked up to an IV drip. Kate checked his pulse. It was strong.

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The Heist 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 355 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
A Fun Summer Read. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Would it be Stephanie Plum meets David Niven or Jonathan and Jennifer Hart from the old T.V. series? It was closer to the second but with a hint of the first. Kate O’ Hare is an FBI agent who has spent years of her life chasing Nick Fox, a smooth talking con man. She finally gets him and he manages to escape. She tracks him down in some ancient Greek monastery only to discover that the FBI engineered his escape so they could use him to catch a bigger fish. Kate ends up partnering with Nick and a crew of other folks to get a swindling hedge fund manager who took a half billion dollars and disappeared. They embark on an adventure that takes them all the way to Indonesia and back. I really liked this book. Kate is a hard-nosed and competent agent with the only hint of Stephanie being her inability to eat without spilling food over herself. She has a loving father with an ex-Marine past but who still has contacts that come in handy for Kate’s mission. Nick is a charming, debonair, well-educated con man who is always looking for the next big score. I got a big kick out of the aliases he uses for his various cons. While there is a whiff of romantic tension between them, the primary theme of the book is the con and the danger it involves. The secondary characters are exactly that but we learn enough about them to be important to the story. The book is written by the team of Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg and the two viewpoints blend seamlessly. You can see Mr. Goldberg’s T.V. experience in the knowledge he has of special effects and how they can be used. Both he and Ms. Evanovich are used to dealing with quirky characters and they keep that fairly subtle in this book. There is a definite sense that this is the first book in a series based on the ending. I hope so; I’d enjoy reading another book with these two characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun, light read. It's perfect for a weekend away from the real world!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this author but was getting a bit tired of the Plum series. This book was a nice change but still held all the good things I enjoy from an Evanovich story. It was fun to read as my first read of the summer.
TammieL More than 1 year ago
A fun read. I think fans of Stephanie Plum will also like Kate O'Hare, the FBI agent hell bent on putting charming con man Nicolas Fox behind bars but never quite succeeding. I enjoyed the prequel, Pros and Cons, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich does humor and snappy dialogue like nobody else.  Lee Goldberg writes quirky intrigue really well.  Combine the two and you have the beginnings of a really great new series.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are well developed. The storyline is well developed. The plot is interesting. A really great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janet Evonovich's writing is still sinking into mediocre. As Stephanie Plum books get more and more boring and trite; this book starts out that way. Full of cliched and overused personalities (what little personality there is). Kate, the tough female FBI agent that despite being a former Navy Seal is naive and downright virignal when it comes to men. Nick the world wise con-artist that can make magic just by speaking. There are two bright spots in the whole book is Kate's father (ex-military that has innumerable covert operations to his name) and Willie, a middle-aged cougar that can drive or fly anything and is always looking for her next adventure. If you are looking for light drivvel that takes no thought to read for beach reading- this is the book for you. If you want an enjoyable lots of fun book that will keep you enthralled for hours- go back to the very early Stephanie Plum books. I may read future installments of this book but only free from the library. Will not be wasting my hard-earned money again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is fantastic
JULIANN1 More than 1 year ago
When I read the short story preamble to this novel, Pros & Cons, I posted the following review: "This was a disappointment. I have long been a fan of both Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich, but this story failed to come to life. Though a coupleof the secondary characters gave promise of being interesting, there was no sense of life in either protagonist. Nick Fox was a blank, suitable for appearing on a Batchelor show, Kate was painted as a slob from the first paragraph and never rose above it. She never emerges as a real person. The big scene at the end of the wedding was flat. I will likely read The Heist, just because, but I have lost my sense of enthusiastically looking forward to it." I started The Heist, but gave it up after a few chapters. What I said in my original review still stands. The book has no life. I rarely put a book down unread, but there is nothing here to  pique even a little of my interest. I had hoped for much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn’t finish reading The Heist because I could not get past my annoyance with the portrayal of Kate O’Hare. It was apparent there was very little, if any, research done. First, women are still barred from being Navy SEALS. Also, I am retired military, female, and currently an investigator for the federal government. I was slightly offended with the idea the Navy “allowed” Kate O’Hare to resign her commission after she decked her Commander for groping her. That’s not how it works. Also, being so indecisive about her looks prior to her interview with Nick; cleavage/no cleavage, hair up or down? Get a grip! I not only didn’t finish this but have no interest in reading any sequels. I like Janet Evanovich’s previous books and was extremely disappointed in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. Cliche
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not overwhelmed by this book. The main characters never seemed real and there were too many "convenient" incidents between them. What was supposed to be fast-paced, seemed a string of contrived events. Some may find it a quick read, but I had trouble forcing myself to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so badly wanted to like this book as I love her Stephanie Plum series but it was not to be. The two main characters in the book just weren't likeable. I couldn't have cared less how the story ended for them. The story line is just too far fetched. Sorry Janet! Stick with writing the Plum series maybe if you didn't waste your time with this stuff you could write more than one Plum book a year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously? It took two people to write this book. It is boring and predictable. Shame on the publisher for accepting a substandard manuscript simply because they thought it would sell if Janet Evanovich's name was attached. Save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it...Janet doesn't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
The Heist is a new series by Janet Evanovich, co-authored with Lee Goldberg. As a huge fan of the Stephanie Plum series, I was interested to see what would come out of this. Let's just say that is was all that and the entire chip factory!  If was like a cross between Leverage, Ocean's Eleven and White Collar with a female as the good guy. I literally devoured it in one sitting. I was so caught up in the by play between Kate and Nick and his outrageous plans, that I completely forgot what time it was and stayed up waaaayyyy too late reading. Kate O'Hare is the icon of the new generation woman. She is a former Navy Seal turned FBI. She doesn't wait to be rescued. She saves herself and the others with her. Kate is my hero! The picture of her in my mind was a cross between Sandra Bullock in The Heat and Robin Tunney in the Mentalist. No nonsense, heavily armed and comfortable in her own skin. But best of all, is her dad. OMG! I love Kate's dad. After all, who won't love a dad who's idea of a care package includes... whoops, spoiler alert. Sorry! Nick Fox is the charming scoundrel who uses his wits and brains to outsmart his opponents.  And who are his opponents? Everyone from those he has stolen from to the law enforcement who are trying to track him down. His plans are bold, daring and he has way too much fun planning and executing them. I saw Nick as a cross between Gary Grant in To Catch a Thief and Matt Bomer from White Collar.  Nick Fox has style to spare, prefers the Good Life and is always plotting 3 steps ahead. This was a fantastic first book in a new series and I can totally see this being made into a successful movie. Maybe that aspect comes from Lee Goldbert, as a television writer, I don't know.  All I can say is that this book totally did it for me.  Great action sequences, fantastic and exotic locales, an ass kicking female, the smooth criminal and plenty of sneaky sneaky going on. This was totally a 5 star read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth my time, effort, or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My expectations may have been a little high, but I think this one is more like Evonovich -lite.
avidreader2HR More than 1 year ago
At first I had a hard time following the story. This book was okay but it was not as good as her number books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried to develop a Stephanie Plum on steroids but falling way short.
Reader-I-Am More than 1 year ago
The story seemed very contrived. The characters are too one dimensional . I am an avid reader and like the Stephanie Plum series, but this book was just ok. I hope the next one fleshes out the main characters and the mystery holds one in some suspense otherwise I will not be reading any more .. I find this happens when good novelists feel they must collaborate with another writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know the books are more expensive when bought in the store. I will never pay this much for $23.47 for a book with these ratings. Wait for the yard sales. Sorry, but this way too expensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I skipped through most of this book. It was so boring
pat99 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Janet Evanovich, and I love her Stephanie Plum novels. So I was really happy to see that she was starting another series. The problem is that this was a completely linear novel and it was not well written. For instance, I don't remember the last time an author literally told me that a character was not who he seemed but was actually in disguise (almost in those exact words). I mean, usually the author can write so that the reader understands this "subtlety", right? In this book, plot points were not just "telegraphed", they were literally spelled out for the reader. It really had the feel of a couple of touches of Evanovich mixed in with someone else who at least needs a better editor (or a course in creative writing). I really don't know if I will buy any more Evanovich collaborations. Surely there must be great writers beating down her door to work with her. Why not go with one of them??