The Pursuit (Fox and O'Hare Series #5)

The Pursuit (Fox and O'Hare Series #5)

by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Janet Evanovich, author of the blockbuster Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, writer for the Monk television show, team up once again in their New York Times bestselling Fox and O’Hare series!

Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man.
The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions . . . and cost thousands of American lives.
Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they’ve ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate’s dad, Jake. The pressure’s on for Nick and Kate to make this work—even if they have to lay their lives on the line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553392791
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Fox and O'Hare Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 31,367
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(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, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Knight and Moon series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker 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

Read an Excerpt

Nicolas Fox, infamous con artist and thief, woke up in a coffin. His ability to stay calm was partially due to the lingering effects of the tranquilizer shot he’d been given eighteen hours earlier, in Honolulu. It was also due to his belief that if his abductors had really wanted him dead, he would already be dead instead of napping in a high-end casket. Especially after he had thrown one of the kidnappers through a glass coffee table and tried to choke another with a kukui nut lei. So despite the dire nature of his present situation, Nick was optimistic about his future.
He lifted the heavy lid of his coffin and sat up to find himself in a bank vault. Concrete walls were lined with hundreds of safe-deposit boxes. The ceiling was low, outfitted with strips of fluorescent lights. The floor was white tile. A twelve-inch-thick steel door was ajar, as was an iron-barred gate that opened into the vault.
It took Nick only a second to realize that it was all fake. The iron bars of the gate were PVC pipes that had been painted black. The wall of safe-deposit boxes was a large photograph. The floor was linoleum, the steel door made of painted Styrofoam. It was the equivalent of a movie set. Someone was training for a heist and Nick had a good idea which vault they were planning to hit—the basement diamond vault located in the Executive Merchants Building in Antwerp, Belgium.
A man walked onto the set. He was dressed like a fashion-conscious Angel of Death in a black turtleneck sweater, black jeans, and black loafers. He was in his fifties, but had the athletic build of someone thirty years younger. It was his strikingly angular face, and the thinning, pockmarked skin glued like yellowing wallpaper to his sharp cheekbones, that betrayed his age.
Nick had never formally met the man, but he remembered him from Hawaii. He had led the abduction team. He spoke excellent English with a slight accent. Nick knew he was Balkan.
The man tossed Nick a cold bottle of mineral water. Nick caught the bottle and noted that it was Valvert, a Belgian brand. Nick was pretty certain he wasn’t in Hawaii anymore.
“How are you feeling?” the man asked.
Nick took a long drink before he replied. “I suppose traveling to Belgium in a coffin is better than flying coach these days. At least I was able to lie flat.”
“And sleep like the dead.”
“The afterlife looks surprisingly like the diamond vault in the Executive Merchants Building in Antwerp,” Nick said.
“You’re very good.”
“I’m assuming that’s why I’m here and not buried in this coffin.”
“For the time being,” the man said.”
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare closed and locked the door on the high-end Oahu beach house. Her maverick partner Nick Fox had rented the house, and last night he’d disappeared. His red Ferrari was still parked in the driveway. His blood was also left behind. Okay, maybe it wasn’t his blood, but it was someone’s blood. And the blood trail led to the front door. Not such a shocker since a lot of people probably wanted to kill Fox. He was a world-class thief, con man, and an international fugitive. For the past couple years he’d been secretly working with Kate to take down bad guys that the FBI couldn’t touch. Not that he was doing it out of the goodness of his heart. It was either help the feds or go to jail for a very long time.
And lucky me, Kate thought. I got stuck with him. Not only was she stuck with him, but she was also sort of hot for him. Could it possibly get any worse?
The beach house was at the end of a cul-de-sac. Houses to either side were hidden behind gates and tropical hedges. The sound of the surf was a constant murmur in the distance.
Kate walked down the driveway and cut across to one of the neighboring houses. She rang the bell and pulled the FBI badge case from her pocket. She flipped it open beside her head for the benefit of whoever looked through the peephole. The homeowner would see a blue-eyed woman in the vicinity of thirty with a slim, athletic build, her brown hair currently cut in a rakish, chin-length bob that not only met FBI requirements but also was practical. Her hair didn’t require much care and didn’t give an assailant a lot to grab in a fight. She wore a white permanent press polyester shirt, skinny jeans, a holstered Glock clipped to her belt, and a thin-bladed knife in a sheath just above her ankle.
The door was opened by a short woman in her midfifties wearing a purple halter top, colorful floral shorts, and flip-flops. She was more charred than tanned, her skin like tree bark. She held a Bloody Mary in her left hand, her long, polished fingernails as red as her drink.
“Do we really have to do this again?” the woman asked.
“Just because I signed a petition demanding to see a president’s birth certificate doesn’t mean I’m going to take a shot at him from my bathroom window while he’s bodysurfing. When’s he coming?”
“I’m not here about a presidential visit, ma’am. I’m investigating a possible crime that occurred next door.”
“You’ll have to narrow it down. Crimes occur there all the time. It’s party central. That’s why I have a camera aimed at the house. It’s so I have proof of the drunken tourists who drive over my grass, vomit on my flowers, and let their kids pee on my palms. But does anybody care? No.”
This brought a smile to Kate’s face. The woman had security cameras. And one of them was aimed at the beach house Nick had rented. This was good.
“I’d like to look at the footage,” Kate said.
“Hallelujah! You know how long I’ve been waiting for someone with a badge to ask me that?”
Kate edged past her and tried not to scrape herself on the lava-rock wall in the process. The woman closed the door, opened a coat closet behind her, and swept aside some windbreakers on hangers to reveal a shelf holding a DVR, a flat-screen monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse.”
“Ta-da,” the woman said. She turned on the monitor and typed in a password. The image on the screen was divided into six squares showing different angles of her property. One angle was a clear view of the rental house, and she clicked on the feed to expand it to full screen. “You can rewind using the backspace key. I got this at Costco. Great, isn’t it?”
“Wonderful,” Kate said.
“Can I get you a Bloody Mary?”
“Sure,” Kate said. She didn’t want a Bloody Mary, but it was the easiest way to get rid of the woman.”
“It took Kate only a few seconds to scan through the footage on the DVR and find what she wanted. Yesterday, late afternoon, a Ford Explorer drove up to the beach house, and four men got out. They drew guns and fanned out around the house. Kate could tell from the way they moved and handled their weapons that they were trained soldiers, just like her. This was a professional strike team. And yet they didn’t try to disguise their faces.
Moments later, Nick emerged from the house, his hands zip-tied behind his back, a gun held to his head by a man with a pockmarked face. Nick was six feet tall, brown-haired and brown-eyed, and even now, in this dangerous situation, he moved with the relaxed grace of a man confident in his ability to take care of himself. She was relieved to see that Nick was alive and uninjured, but she still felt a pang of anxiety in her chest. He was far from safe. Behind Nick and his captor, two other men carried out a third man who was covered with blood, his clothes shredded. A glass coffee table had been shattered in Nick’s rented house. She suspected this bloody guy was the unfortunate missile that had destroyed the coffee table.
The pockmarked man shoved Nick into the backseat of the Explorer while the two other men opened the rear door, hefted their injured comrade inside like a sandbag, and slammed the door closed. The men piled into the car and drove away, giving Kate a good view of the license plate. That sloppiness intrigued her.
The woman returned with a fresh drink in each hand and held one out to Kate. Kate’s drink had a big pineapple wedge on the rim. “Here’s your Bloody Mary.”
“Sorry, I have to pass. I can’t drink on the job.” Kate unplugged the DVR and tucked it under one arm. The last thing she wanted was new footage of Nick Fox, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives, floating around. “I’m going to need to take this with me as evidence. Is that okay with you?”
“Be my guest.”

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The Pursuit (Signed Book) (Fox and O'Hare Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The usual fast fun Evanovich book. Light & Entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and, as always, great action and quirky characters. But as with all Evanovich books, the ending is abrupt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific , as usual. Fast paced action that takes you on an international journey to stop a terroristic apocalypse. Jake O'Hara and his buddies lend a hand to Nick and Kate. Fun times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it wish it were longer
Anonymous 20 days ago
Very entertaining and a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging read, lighthearted.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Fox and O'Hare series which focuses on FBI agent Kate O'Hare and criminal Nick Fox who was released from prison in exchange for helping the FBI. I might seem strange to rate a book as suspense and humour, but Janet Evanovich does a great job balancing both. In this book we pick up where the last one left off with Nick having been kidnapped. A Serbian jewel thief wants him to help his gang with a daring robbery. Kate, using footage from various neighbourhood cameras is able to figure out where he was taken and what he might be doing. She heads off to France just in the nick of time. Of course, one robbery does not a book make and things get very complicated. Nick uses his charm and knowledge to set up a scam to catch a very scary criminal as well as save the United States. All the usual crew of misfits, including Kate's dad, come together to pull off the biggest scam yet. I enjoy this series. It has great chemistry, lots of action, a charming hero, and a woman who totally kicks butt and is proud of it. All the quirky secondary characters just make the story even more interesting. The humour is in the interactions as well as how they manage to pull off some of the stunts they do. A quick read that is fun and easy on the brain. I am looking forward to the next one in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's like White Collar with a bigger sense of humor.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm dying for the next book in this series to come out!!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
It finally happened! If you haven’t been reading these books stop now because this will spoil everything! Spoiler, Spoiler you have been warned!!! At the end of book 4 they finally got together! And for once I wasn’t disgusted that it was a fade to black. I liked that it was left to my imaginations. I know CRAZY! I was afraid that having Kate and Nick start a romantic relationship would ruin the chemistry between the two but it didn’t. There is just as much and the story is just as brilliant. Now it’s a matter of, how will they stay together? I love it! This has to be one of their most daring cons yet, with so many lives on the line and a truly crazy and evil bad guy. This books is funny, suspenseful, romantic, and adventurous and I loved listening to it. I can’t wait to see what comes next for Kate and Nick....Sara
Ecclectic More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The Pursuit (Fox and O'Hare #5) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg and would like to say it was very enjoyable but I only gave it three stars. You really need to read the previous book The Scam. The Scam ended with an unexpected and stunning cliffhanger and I was so surprised at this that I originally thought I had a misprinted book missing its ending. The Pursuit picks up running at pretty much the place where The Scam left off. This is so true that I wonder if originally one very long book was split in two by the publisher. It is truly hard to provide any plot description that will not spoil the tension provided at the end of The Scam. Needless to say this teaming of a world famous con man and an tough female FBI agent plus members of their standard support teams end up pulling off two heists an con their way to another success. Events in The Scam cause a lack of tension between our heroes. Jake, Willie and Boyd are back to lend their expertise and that extra bit of odd levity. The problem with series books is the need to reintroduce characters with each novel. Picking up a series in the middle tends to let one lose the depth of character development that took place over the previous novels. The Pursuit has the least character development of any of the previous books. Only two secondary characters essentially originated in this book have any depth. Even our protagonists are given short shrift. This is the longest book in the series but somehow seemed the shortest of the novels. I'm looking forward to more books in the series and hope this was a blip in an otherwise highly entertaining group of books. To anyone considering starting this book I strongly urge you to read The Scam or better yet start from the prequel novellas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too much fun!
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
Wow!! The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg was just amazing. As anyone who has read The Scam will know how that ended so horribly for poor Nick and Kate. Well don’t be afraid my fellow readers of the Fox and O’Hare series, Kate O’Hare is going to get her con man back to her safe and sound. Even if it means not letting her boss know what she is doing and comes across as a rogue FBI agent. Kate does get Nick back, but her boss wants her to catch Dragan and figure out why he needs smallpox. It all started with a bank heist for diamonds that Nick was needed to get them into the vault. After that, they had to focus on Dragan and figure out his plan to be able to stop him from creating a national disaster. They were able to do that, however, a little something happened with Nick and Kate throughout the story. I do feel bad for Kate and Cosmo somewhat since the boss did something completely out of character to poor Kate. This especially bad since she already has to be Nick’s covert partner in doing stuff that is totally illegal. The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg was such a great book that I’m giving it a five butterflies rating. I can’t wait to see what else happens with Nick and Kate. I will also recommend this book to anyone that reads Janet or even Lee books or to those who haven’t read any of their books. This series is so awesome that I am happy that Janet and Lee started it. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read more of my reviews like this one please visit my blog:
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Fans Will Pursue This Book While I can usually handle cliffhangers on the TV shows I watch, I find them frustrating in books. I have no idea why that is – maybe it’s because I know it will be nine to twelve months before I get resolution? However, they certainly make me want to pick up the next book, which is why I couldn’t wait to read The Pursuit. If you haven’t read this series yet, it stars Nicolas Fox and Kate O’Hare. After years of FBI Agent Kate O’Hare pursuing con man Nick Fox, she finally caught him, only to watch him turned loose as part of a deal. Now, the two are teamed up for some very, very off the books opps as they take down dangerous criminals that no one would be able to stop via traditional means. This book opens moments after the last one had ended. Nick has been kidnapped. When Kate arrives where she is supposed to meet him in Hawaii, she finds signs of a fight, but no Nick. She quickly sets to work trying to figure out just what happened to him. The criminals have left some clues for her to follow, and she begins tracking them down as quickly as possible. Which is fortunate since Nick is being held by Dragan Kovic, an ex-Servian military officer who has made a fortune stealing diamonds. He has “requested” Nick’s help for a seemingly impossible robbery. Can Kate find Nick? Will the two be able to bring this mad man down? Now if you are worried that I’ve spoiled too much for you, my teaser just covers the first few pages of the book. Once again, the plot of this book twists in some fun, surprising, and unexpected places before we reach the fantastic ending. In fact, I felt like the pace of this book was a little faster than normal for the series. There were certainly a lot of great twists along the way. While the focus on the action, the characters are a little flat here, but that’s been my constant complaint over the course of the series. We get to know them enough to truly care about them, but they aren’t as developed as many series I read. Having said that, the fun and humor of the series is in fine form, and much of that comes from the usual crew that Nick and Kate once again bring together to help them take down the bad guys. Two in particular always make me laugh, and it is a joy to see them in action again. So yes, the time spent waiting to see how the climax would be resolved was time well spent. I enjoyed every page of The Pursuit and can’t wait to find out what happens next to Kate, Nick, and their crew.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
The Pursuit is a funny con chase story. It has explosions, car chases, thefts and you never know what is going to happen next. I did not want to put the book down. It has fast witty conversations, Nick can double talk anyone. He is smart and the best thief and con artist and wanted all over. He has been secretly working for the FBI with only a few knowing it. Special Agent FBI Agent Kate O'Hare has chased Nick for years. When she finally caught him they let him go. Officially she is still chasing him. Now they have her working with him in secret to take down bad guys. Kate used to be by the book. Now she is dating a crook. Now someone has kidnapped him to help with a diamond heist. Terrorists want to let a virus lose in the U.S. Kate and Nick have to work together to stop them without official help. The setting is all over the world from U.S., Belgium, France and other countries. It is scary world thinking about viruses in the hands of those who want to let them lose to cause havoc. I look forward to read more books by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. They are a fun exciting storytellers. I was given this ARC to read by NetGalley. In return I agreed to give a honest review of The Pursuit.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this book is the latest book in the A Fox and O’Hare series written by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. I just love this series and was so excited to see what International con man and Thief, Nicolas Fox and Special Agent Kate O’Hare can get themselves into next. This book picks up right were the last book left off. Nick has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man. The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions and cost thousands of American lives. Nick and Kate get help again from her dad Jake, and the others to play their biggest con yet. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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Great read!!!
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book!!! Actually, I love the whole series! It's fast paced and funny, but also very smartly written. The cons are elaborate and I love how an FBI agent is paired with a career criminal to pull off the cons. Kate is a tough and no nonsense special agent, with a father who was a military special operator. All girls want to be able to count on their dads, but when Kate calls her dad, he shows up with a rocket launcher and other fun toys. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. While it is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. However, the series is so good that you really owe it to yourself to read them all.
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Great summer read. Wish it was longer because I never want the fun to end.
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I love the Stephanie Plum series and the Wicked series. I hope that you keep writing more of these series.