The Job (Fox and O'Hare Series #3)

The Job (Fox and O'Hare Series #3)

by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

He’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy . . . again!

 
The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire.  The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.
 
From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

Praise for The Job
 
“This suspense series continues to mix the humor from [Janet] Evanovich and [Lee] Goldberg’s books with the intricate cons seen in the best episodes of Mission: Impossible. The banter and thrills are nonstop, and readers will be anxious to see what happens next.”Library Journal
 
“Even if you can’t always tell the good guys from the bad guys, there’s no doubt who’ll come out on top when the Fox is in the hen house.”Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345543134
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Fox and O'Hare Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 56,800
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, 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.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., Douglass College, 1965

Read an Excerpt

1

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare slouched back in her tan leather executive office chair, looked across her desk, and surveyed the lobby of the Tarzana branch of California Metro Bank. The desk actually belonged to the assistant manager. Kate was occupying it because she was waiting for the bank to get robbed. She’d been waiting for four days, and she was wishing it would happen soon, because she was going gonzo with boredom.

The boredom vanished and her posture improved when two businessmen wearing impeccably tailored suits walked through the bank’s double glass doors. One of the men wore Ray-­Bans and had a Louis Vuitton backpack slung over his shoulder. The other man was stylishly unshaven and had a raincoat draped casually over his right arm. It hadn’t rained in L.A. in two months, and no rain was expected, so Kate figured these might be the guys she’d been waiting for, and that at least one of them wasn’t all that good at hiding a weapon.

The man wearing the Ray-­Bans went directly into the manager’s glass-­walled office, and the man with the raincoat approached Kate’s desk and sat down across from her. His gaze immediately went to her chest, which was entirely understandable, as she was wearing a push-­up bra under her Ann Taylor pantsuit that made her breasts burst out of her open blouse like Poppin’ Fresh dough. This wasn’t a favored look for Kate, but she was the job, and if it took cleavage to capture some slimeball, then she was all about it.

“May I help you, sir?” Kate asked.

“Call me Slick,” the man said.

“Slick?” she said. “Really?”

He shrugged and adjusted the raincoat so that she could see the Sig Sauer 9mm semiautomatic underneath it. “Keep smiling and relax. I’m simply a businessman talking to you about opening a new account.”

Kate glanced toward the office of the manager. FBI Special Agent Seth Ryerson was behind the manager’s desk, and the real manager was working as one of the bank’s four tellers. The Ray-­Bans guy was giving Ryerson instructions. Ryerson turned to look at Kate, and she could see that sweat was already beading on his balding head. As soon as any action started, Ryerson always broke out in a sweat. In five minutes, he’d be soaked. It was never pretty.

Kate and Ryerson had been working undercover, following a tip, hoping the men would show up. The bank fit the profile of the six other San Fernando Valley banks the Businessman ­Bandits had held up over the last two months. The Tarzana bank was a stand-­alone building in a largely residential area and was within a block of a freeway on-­ramp and a major interchange.

Kate knew there was a third “businessman” in a car idling in the parking lot. She also knew that an FBI strike team was parked around the corner waiting to move in.

“What do you want me to do?” Kate asked Slick.

“Sit there and be pretty. Here’s how it’s going to work, sweetie. My associate is telling your manager to take the backpack to the vault and bring it back filled with cash or I will put a bullet in your chest. My associate will then leave the bank, but I will stick around for a minute flirting with you. If any dye packs explode, or any alarms go off, I will shoot you. If nothing goes wrong, I’ll simply get up and walk out the door, no harm done. All you have to do is stay calm, and this will all be over soon.”

It was the same speech he’d given to the women at the other banks the Businessman Bandits had held up. Slick always picked a young woman with cleavage to threaten with his gun, which was why Kate had worn the push-­up bra. She’d wanted to be his target.

Kate looked past Slick to the lobby and the bank tellers. There were seven customers in the bank, four at the counter and three in line. No one seemed to notice that anything unusual was happening. Ryerson left the Ray-­Bans guy in his office and took the Vuitton backpack to the vault.

Kate’s iPhone vibrated on her desk. james bond showed up on the caller ID.

“Ignore it,” Slick said. “Look at me instead.”

Kate shifted her gaze back to Slick’s carefully unshaven face, his stubble a shadow on his thin cheeks and sharp chin. The phone went still. After fifteen seconds it began to vibrate again. James Bond wasn’t a man who gave up easily.

“That’s annoying,” Slick said. “Do you always take personal phone calls during work hours?”

“If they’re important.”

The phone continued to vibrate.

“Shut it off,” Slick said. “Now.”

Kate shut the phone down. A moment later her desk phone rang.

“I don’t like this,” Slick said. “On your feet. We’re walking out of here.”

“It’s just a phone call,” Kate said. “It’s probably my mother.”

“Up!” he said. “And start walking. If anyone approaches you, I’m shooting you first and then whoever else gets in my way. Clear?”

This isn’t good, Kate thought. There were customers ­conducting business, coming and going, and there was a possibility that one of them would accidentally cross their path.

“Should I take my purse?”

“No.”

“Won’t it look odd if I walk out of the bank without my purse?”

“Where is it?”

“The bottom drawer, to my right.”

“Stay where you are, and I’ll open the drawer. Do not move.”

He stood and moved around the desk, all the while keeping his eyes on Kate. He held the Sig in his right hand and reached down to open the drawer with his left. The instant his attention shifted from Kate to the drawer, she smacked him hard in the face with her keyboard. His eyes went blank, the gun dropped from his hand, blood gushed out of his smashed nose, and he crashed to the floor, unconscious.

Kate picked the gun up and aimed it at his partner in the manager’s office.

“FBI!” she yelled. “Don’t move. Put your hands on your head.”

Mr. Ray-­Bans did as he was told. Everyone in the bank froze, too, startled by her outburst and shocked by the sight of her holding the gun.

Ryerson rushed out of the vault, his gun drawn, big sweat stains under his armpits. He looked confused. “What happened?”

“I had to go to Plan B,” Kate said. She turned to the ­customers in the bank. “Relax, everyone. We have the situation entirely under control, and you aren’t in any danger.”

Kate’s desk phone wouldn’t stop ringing. She kept her gun aimed at Mr. Ray-­Bans in the manager’s office, and snatched at the phone with her other hand.

“What?” she said.

“Is that any way to talk to James Bond?”

“You’re not James Bond.”

It was Nick Fox, and truth is, Kate thought Nick was pretty darn close to James Bond. A little younger and mostly on the other side of the law, but just as lethal and just as sexy.

Fox was a world-­class con man and thief. Kate had tracked him for years and finally captured him, only to have her boss, Carl Jessup, and Fletcher Bolton, the deputy director of the FBI, arrange Nick’s escape. In return for conditional freedom, Nick had agreed to use his unique skills to nail big-­time criminals the Bureau couldn’t catch using conventional means.

Kate had been given the unwanted responsibility of helping Nick neutralize the bad guys. She was also supposed to make sure Nick didn’t go back to his life of crime. The Bureau didn’t have Nick under constant surveillance or wearing a tracking device between assignments, so it was up to Kate to keep him on a loose leash. It had been a few days since she’d last spoken to him.

“Did I catch you at a bad time?” Nick asked.

“Yes. What do you want?”

“I didn’t do it.”

Kate went silent for a beat. She had no clue what he was ­talking about, but whatever it was, at least he hadn’t done it. That was good, right?

“I’m kind of busy right now,” she said.

“No problem. I just thought you’d want to know.”

Kate hung up, and the phone rang again. It was Carl Jessup.

“Your cellphone isn’t working,” Jessup said.

“That’s because I’m in the middle of a bank robbery thing.”

“We’ve got a big problem,” Jessup said in his distinctive ­Kentucky twang. “Yesterday, Nicolas Fox stole a five-­million-­dollar Matisse from the Gleaberg Museum of Art in Nashville.”

“Are you sure it was Nick?” she asked, watching as Ryerson called in the troops and cuffed Mr. Ray-­Bans.

“I’ve just texted you a photo from one of the museum’s ­security cameras.”

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The Job: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
bmoruz More than 1 year ago
I love Janet Evanovich. Her books are entertaining, funny, and keep you turning the pages. I think this is the third book in the series of FBI agent Kate and con man Nick Fox. They make a great team. You won't be disappointed if you've read the other books.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge Janet Evanovich fan from way back. It started with her Full Tilt series, and fully blossomed with the Stephanie Plum series. I have enjoyed the Alex Barnaby and Lizzie & Diesel series (a spin off of the Stephanie Plum Holiday stories). So it was a no brainer for me to pick up her new series Fox and O'Hare, a collaboration with Lee Goldberg. Thanks to Netgalley for helping my get my hands on these books early. This book continues the sharp humor, snappy comebacks and crazy situations that Evanovich is known for. Lee Goldberg, best known for his work as a writer on the tv show and book series Monk, brings much to the table. The collaboration between these two has created a world rich in character, elaborate schemes and chutzpah. There is a lot about this book to like. If you have read any Janet Evanovich before, you know that she has a soft spot for the slightly kooky grandmother figure. In this series we have O'Hare's ex-special forces father, Jake. He steals the scenes for me whenever he is in them. I have completely fallen in love with him.  “Besides, there’s nobody who is going to watch your back better than me. You know that.” “That’s why I’m here.”  “And that’s why I’m going to be there with you, wherever there is, any time you ask and as long as I’m able,” he said. “It’s what fathers do.”  “Most fathers don’t show up with hand grenades and bowie knives.”  “They should be ashamed of themselves,” Jake said. And Jake is just one of the group of interesting characters that make this such a good series.  If you like comedy mixed with your mystery, enjoy a daring bit of retribution or simply looking for a strong female action book, give this series a try. I think of it as a cross between Miss Congeniality, Leverage and White Collar. An all around 5 star read. 
RachelReader3 More than 1 year ago
Very cute book. I love the dynamic between the two main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all of Janet Evanovich's books and series, this book is an fun, easy read. It keeps you entertained.
JJTFMS More than 1 year ago
Best Fox and O'Hare yet!
MEGolden19 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. The third installment of The Fox and O'Hare series is a good one. It's not as complicated as the first two, but it has a solid plot, reappearances of the same crazy team, leaves you hanging in a way that isn't annoying. I have read several reviews despairing over the "plot-driven" tendencies of this series. Isn't that the basis of a good story, though? Whacky characters and crazy antics can take you so far. Without a decent plot we're left with 350 pages of idiocy and lusting after two guys with very little actually occurring. Fox and O'Hare are the example that Stephanie Plum needs to follow- fewer shenanigans, more focus on busting bad guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so good, I could not put it down. I loved everything about it.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House for the opportunity to read another fabulous Janet Evanovich novel, The Job. I have never been disappointed with Janet Evanovich’s stories before and she did not fail to entertain me again. Her quirky and unique characters, along with the humorous writing, keep me in stitches as we work to solve the mystery. She does a fantastic job as bringing them to life through her words. Kate believes Nick when he says he didn’t do it. I love them and, even though he is a fantastic specimen with a good boy/bad boy thing going on, she doesn’t jump right into bed with him. I like that there is no instalove, though sometimes I wonder how she resists. lol Nick is hotter than a stolen Ferrari and just as fast, sleek and dangerous. I love the lively banter and Janet Evanovich can pull it off extremely well. Her writing style makes the story flow smoothly and the reading easy. I eat up her books like the M&Ms I love so much. I love the scene where Willie is driving a 797 F heavy equipment dump truck. Totally cracked me up. I couldn’t help but laugh as the words developed into a film unrolling in my mind. The Job is a fabulous suspense/thriller adventure and I want more of Kate and Nick. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't disappoint.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
This is such a fun series. Great main characters, interesting plots, lots of action and humor, globe-trotting, and a collection of fun supporting characters. And some sweet sexual tension. The Job is no exception - it has all of the above. This time, Nick & Kate move from Nashville to Lisbon to Istanbul to London in pursuit of their bad guys. There are plot points that require a bit of suspension of disbelief, but that's what makes these books so much fun. They're perfect for when I'm looking for a light, entertaining read, and I've enjoyed each one. Copy provided by Netgalley and Random House in exchange for an unbiased review.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Job, is another fast paced action packed story, that is as exciting and funny as the previous books. The story travels from one part of the globe, to the next. The main goal is to bring down one of the world’s worst criminals. Nick puts together the perfect con; with the help of Kate, her father, and several other colorful characters they’ve collected along the way. The father/daughter relationship and banter between Kate and Jake is so funny, I love it! The only relationship I love more is between Nick and Kate, with all their pent up sexual frustration. I have been listening to this series and I have loved Scott Brick’s delivery and I hope he remains throughout the series. There is nothing else to say other than I loved it....Sara
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Job - Fox and O'Hare Novel 3 Author: Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg Published: 11-18-14 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group/Bantam Dell Pages: 305 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: International Crime; Women Sleuths ISBN: 9780345543127 ASIN: B00J6YA1YG Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare & former conman Nicholas Fox join together once more to flush out the brutal leader of a worldwide drug smuggling operation. The only problems are that they don't know what she looks like; where he is or where to find him. Other than that it should be a piece of cake. With Evanovich's and Goldberg's humorous style it is no surprise to find this new series combining their talents to create a group of quirky characters and dialog that will make you laugh as it draws you into the drama as it unfolds. Fox and O'Hare and their entourage continue to grow individually and as a cohesive group learning to depend on one another as they bring justice to those who believe they are above the law. Fast paced, suspenseful story that is peppered with humor. The Job will draw you in from the beginning to the very end. If you have never read any of the Fox and O'Hare books, then you are in for a treat. With an eclectic cast of characters, international intrigue and loads of action and drama how could I not give The Job a 5 out of 5 stars rating?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too predictable !
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BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Hi my loyal people. Here is a new book review brought to you by me! I finished another book but I am proud to say to all of you that the reason it took so long was for a good reason. As you can see I have changed my blog site from Blogger to WordPress which I am great to say is finally up and working. I hope that you all like it better now. Anyways back to the reason for this blog post! Nick Fox and Kate O’Hare are back with an awesome book. This on, in my opinion, is one of the best books with Nick and Kate in them. These two are like the most dynamic duo that I love to read and watch on the television in shows or in the movies. We have an FBI Agent who has to be teamed up with Nick Fox while letting everyone think that she is out looking for him, because she is the only one that can catch him, but in reality is working with him for the FBI. I mean it’s pretty awesome and something that you don’t get to see every day. Plus the two of them are hilarious together. I mean we have the humor of the two of them together plus the sexual frustration that they both give each other and it just makes it into an awesome book. So in this one Kate and Nick catch at least two baddies, well unintentionally, as the first one was trying to get Nick’s attention and not the FBI’s. I also love the fact that no matter what we always, mostly, see the same team members they hire to help with the cons along with having Kate’s dad. Though I am starting to think that maybe Kate’s dad and Nick have been talking to each other secretly since they almost always agree on everything. I am giving this book five butterflies rating since it’s soo funny and kept me guessing and the whole time I was working on my new blog site with my mom I couldn’t help but think “What is going on with Nick and Kate in this book?” Or my favorite “What type of con is Nick going to pull for this one”. I always end up thinking of these things whenever I read a Fox and O’Hare novel because of the fact that these two are so funny and so good at keeping me on my toes. And sometimes making me wonder if the con will actually work and that they will get the bad guy that they are after. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read more book reviews like this one please go to my book review blog site @ baronessbooktrove. Thanks so much! You won't regret it!!!
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I have to admit that I haven’t read the first two books in the series but I found it wasn’t necessary. Like with most series, it helps, but I wasn’t lost without them. I love Janet Evanovich books so even though I hadn’t read Lee Goldberg, I knew I was in for a fun ride. I thought Kate had a great outlook on life. She wants Nick but also knows a relationship would be a bad idea for monumental reasons. Like the fact that he’s a thief and her life is dedicated to putting men like him in prison. I liked that her go-to comfort clothes is her FBI windbreaker and her weapon of choice is an extending baton. Nick, of course, is the perfect foil to Kate. He is suave and cool under pressure, sort of Cary Grant-ish in To Catch a Thief. I loved his flirtatious teasing and the fact that he doesn’t give up on Kate. I’m sure they will end up together down the line but for now the teasing and the banter is much more fun than a relationship. The secondary characters are all just that – characters. I especially loved Willie and her penchant for driving anything she could, regardless of what she took down in the process. Right behind her is Boyd, who played the ship’s captain in their con game. Boyd is a method actor, creating back story and completely engrossing himself in the role. I do hope we get to meet these (and the other) characters in books down the line. I wholeheartedly recommend The Job. It has all the elements required – witty repartee, action, suspense, a cast of true characters and a budding romance. Favorite Quote: “And now I’m going back to my luxurious suite. I have big plans for the rest of the evening.” “That sounds promising,” Nick said. “What did you have in mind?” “Room service,” Kate said.
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Thomas13 More than 1 year ago
Another entertaining in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book
mktsmith More than 1 year ago
Just before starting this novel, I read the second book in the series, The Chase, so I thought I'd read the new one in the series. But even reading The Chase I noticed a somewhat adolescent writing style which is much more evident in The Job. I know the authors are experienced novelists so this just must be their style of writing. It's really not a style I enjoy for this type of novel. The plot seemed thinner and the book was shorter than the previous one too. I won't continue to read any new novels in this series.