The Scam (Fox and O'Hare Series #4)

The Scam (Fox and O'Hare Series #4)

by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.
 
Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.
 
It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345543172
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Fox and O'Hare Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 47,751
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(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 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.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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Chapter One

Kate O’Hare bought her Ford Crown Vic at a police auction for abused cop cars. The dented, Bondo-patched four-door beast wasn’t the kind of ride that usually appealed to attractive, professional women in their early thirties. Of course, most of those women didn’t accessorize their wardrobe with a Glock, an FBI badge, and a small belly scar from a knife fight with an assassin.

Kate liked used cop cars because they were cheap, low-maintenance, and had options that weren’t available on a Prius. Options like Kevlar-lined doors that were great for cover in a gun battle, monster V-8 engines that were perfect for high-speed chases, and steel ramming bars on the front grill that came in handy for pushing cars out of her way.

She’d been heading north on the 405 freeway through the Sepulveda Pass when her boss, Special Agent in Charge Carl Jessup, called. Nicolas Fox, fugitive number nine on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, was trying to make his way up to number eight.

“I’ve been thinking that maybe it wasn’t such a bright idea for us to help a world-class con man and thief escape from prison,” Jessup said in his amiable Kentucky drawl. “And an even worse idea to give him access to the money we secretly plunder from bad guys and use to pay for our covert ops. Both Nick and a million dollars of our money seem to be unaccounted for.”

“I’m sure there’s an innocent explanation,” Kate said.

“There’s nothing innocent about Nicolas Fox.”

Kate knew that better than anybody. She was the FBI agent who’d chased Nick for five years before she finally put him in prison. Unfortunately, to Kate’s horror, Jessup and Deputy Director Fletcher Bolton had Fox back on the street in record time. They had a plan. Fox would work undercover for the FBI. And Kate would partner up with Fox to keep him honest. Together they were tasked with going after major-league criminals who couldn’t be caught through legal means. So Nick remained a major-league criminal himself, secretly working for the FBI, and Kate remained a top FBI field agent, secretly working with an international fugitive.

And that’s why Kate was currently taking the curves on Sunset like it was the Talladega Superspeedway. She was hoping to catch Nick in his Sunset Strip penthouse. Technically, the penthouse wasn’t Nick’s. The IRS had seized it from a rapper who’d neglected to pay his taxes, and then the IRS had left it unoccupied pending sale. Nick had posed as the listing agent and quietly moved in. Thanks to rich tax cheats, Nick could always find a swanky place to stay that didn’t require him to show a credit card or his face to a desk clerk.

Kate skidded to a stop in front of the fifteen-story building, jumped out of her car, and ran to the locked lobby door. She rang all of the tenants, held her badge up to the security camera, and looked into the lens with as much authority as she could muster.

“FBI! Open up!”

A tenant with a sense of civic duty, and too much trust, kindly buzzed the door open. Kate charged into the lobby only to come face-to-face with an “Out of Order” sign taped to the elevator.
Just her luck. She dashed into the stairwell and sprinted up the stairs. In a training exercise, it had taken her and a dozen other elite military commandos in full assault gear twenty minutes to rush up to the eighty-sixth floor of the Empire State Building. Kate estimated it would take her three minutes to get up to the penthouse in her sensible shoes.

Her cellphone rang between the fifth and sixth floor. Kate touched the Bluetooth device in her ear and answered the call as she climbed.

“O’Hare,” she said.

“Where are you?” It was Megan, her younger sister. “Dad’s waiting for you to take him to the airport.”

“I’m on my way.”

Their father, Jake, lived with Megan, her husband, Roger, and their two grade-school-aged kids in a gated community in Calabasas. That was where Kate had been headed when she received the call from Jessup.

“I told you two weeks ago that the kids have a big soccer game today and it’s our turn to pass out the sliced oranges at halftime,” Megan said. “You promised me that you’d take him.”

“Relax, Megan. I’ll be there.”

“Why are you huffing and puffing?”

The stairwell began to rumble with the unmistakable sound of a helicopter closing in overhead. Kate felt a pang in her stomach, and it wasn’t from the exertion of climbing twelve stories in two minutes. It was a powerful case of déjà vu and the dread that came with it. Kate had once chased Nick across a rooftop just as his accomplices were lifting off in a helicopter without him. As the chopper flew away, Nick had leapt off the building and grabbed onto a landing skid to make his triumphant escape. Her fear now was that he was going to try to repeat that death-defying performance.

“I’ve got to go,” Kate shouted to her sister, ending the call and taking the remaining flights two steps at a time, past the penthouse and up to the rooftop.

She burst out of the door to see a green helicopter embossed with a U.S. State Department seal idling on the roof. Nicolas Fox was running toward it, his suit jacket flaring like a cape.
To Kate’s relief, the helicopter pilot waited for Nick this time. Nick opened the door to the passenger cabin and turned to Kate as she ran up. There was a boyish grin on his face and a sparkle in his brown eyes. It was pretty much a confession that he was up to no good and enjoying it too much.

He was wearing the kind of off-the-rack, basic blue suit that Jos A. Bank regularly sold two for the price of one. It was very un-Nick-like. He was a stylish six-foot-tall man with a keen and very expensive fashion sense. This suit made him look like an underpaid bureaucrat. She assumed that was the point.

“Perfect timing,” he yelled over the sound of the helicopter blades whirring above them. “I’m glad you could make it.”

CHAPTER 2

Kate climbed into the chopper and took a seat. “Where are we going?”

“Malibu.” Nick secured the door and sat beside her. They slipped on microphone-equipped headsets so they could hear each other over the noise.

Kate wasn’t surprised to see Wilma “Willie” Owens in the pilot’s seat. Willie was a fifty-something bleached blonde with enhanced boobs that looked like basketballs with nipples. Her typical outfit was a halter top and Daisy Dukes, but today she wore aviator shades, a white shirt with epaulets, and crisp blue slacks. It was an outfit suitable for a licensed pilot, although she wasn’t one. She was a Texan with a natural talent for operating any vehicle on land, sea, or air and an unlawful tendency to steal them for joyrides.

“Have you ever flown a helicopter?” Kate asked her.

“Once or twice,” Willie said.

“Which is it?”

“That depends, honey. Does this flight count?”

Kate tightened her seatbelt and turned back to Nick. “We aren’t going anywhere until you tell me why you’re pretending to be a diplomat and what happened to our million dollars.”

Nick pressed a button on his headset that cut Willie off from the conversation.

“Most of the money went into buying and repainting this chopper,” Nick said. “The rest went to sending a lucky young man on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean. It was the grand prize in a contest he didn’t even know that he’d entered.”

“Or that he was the only contestant.”

“You catch on quick. He’s staying at a very exclusive, very remote island resort that bills itself as ‘the true Gilligan’s Island experience.’ ”

“No phone, no lights, no motor car, not a single luxury,” Kate said, referencing the show’s catchy theme song. “You’re keeping him off the grid. Who are you hiding him from?”

“His grandfather, Stuart Kelso, the king of ‘the grandparent scam.’ Are you familiar with it?”

“Yes. A grandparent gets an urgent email, or phone call, from an official with the terrible news that their grandchild has been arrested, robbed, or badly injured while traveling abroad. The fake official tricks the old and easily confused grandparent into wiring tens of thousands of dollars overseas to get the kid out of trouble.”

“That’s the one. As fate would have it, Stuart Kelso was recently notified by the State Department that his grandson, Ernie, has been arrested in Cuba on a drug-smuggling charge. The bail is five million dollars. Ordinarily he might have not fallen for his own con, but we had inside information about his grandson. And we landed a State Department helo on his front lawn.”

Nick grinned, and Kate tried her best not to grin. It was genius and well-deserved poetic justice, and it was totally illegal. It felt oh-so-right but also oh-so-wrong. . . much like her attraction to Nick. And the worst part was that he’d pulled it off under her nose.

“Why didn’t you tell me about this con until now?” she asked, eyes narrowed, blood pressure edging up a notch.

“It was just a lark, something to keep myself amused between jobs. Kelso is small-time compared to our usual targets. I didn’t think you’d approve.”

“So you sneaked around behind my back.”

“Yeah.”

“We’re supposed to be partners. You just made me look like the village idiot.”

“Don’t take it so personal,” Nick said.

“How else am I supposed to take it? I’m responsible for you. My career hinges on my ability to control you and your larcenous personality. You’re only allowed to break the law when you have permission from the FBI. You can’t go around breaking the law on a ‘lark.’ ”

“I like when you get all worked up like this,” Nick said. “It puts a sparkle in your eyes.”

“If you go down, I go down, too. Rest assured I’ll do everything I can to make sure it’s not a pleasant experience for you. I’ll make sure you’re locked up and the key is thrown away.”

“So you’re in on the con?” Nick asked.

Kate blew out a sigh. “Yes.”

“Excellent,” Nick said. “Can you play an FBI agent?”

“I’ll give it a try,” Kate said. “But only if we can pick up my dad and drop him off afterward at LAX.”

“No problem,” Nick said.

*  *  *

Jake O’Hare was waiting for Kate and Nick in his gated community’s private park. He was wearing a white golf shirt and tan chinos, his hands in his pockets, casually watching as Willie set the helicopter down on the grass. Jake had spent most of his life in the Army, doing covert ops for the government, but those days were long gone. Now he was in his sixties and most of his battles were fought on the putting green.

“Thanks for the lift,” Jake said as he climbed in. He took a seat and put on his headset.

“Where are your suitcases?” Kate asked.

“I don’t have any. I’ll buy what I need when I get there and leave it behind when I go.”

“You’re going to Hawaii to visit an old Army buddy. It’s a vacation, not a covert op.”

“Says the woman taking me to the airport in a phony State Department helicopter,” Jake said.

“Good point,” Kate said. Her father was the only one, outside of Jessup and Deputy Director Bolton, who knew the truth about her and Nick. “Actually, we have an errand to run before we get to the airport.”

“That’s what I figured.” Jake acknowledged Nick with a friendly nod. “What can I do to help?”

“Do you have any experience getting American captives out of foreign countries?” Nick asked.

“Extensive,” Jake said.

Nick smiled. “Then just be yourself.”

“I can do that,” Jake said.

CHAPTER 3

Thirty years ago, Stuart Kelso was an insurance salesman in Dearborn, Michigan, when he got a call in the middle of the night from a cop in Istanbul. Kelso’s pot-smoking teenage son Bernie, who was on a backpacking trip through Europe, had been arrested for drug smuggling. If Kelso didn’t send the cops $10,000 in twenty-four hours, they’d throw Bernie in a Turkish prison for five years. Kelso did as he was told and his son was put on a plane back to the United States. It was only later, once Bernie was home safe, that Kelso realized how stupid he’d been to act so quickly. What if it had all been a con? It was an epiphany for him . . . and the grandparent scam was born.

Kelso chose to target grandparents because the elderly were less likely to think clearly under pressure, and often had access to fat retirement funds. It was a smart move, because now he was ten times richer, fifty pounds heavier, and lived in Malibu with his third wife, Rilee, an aspiring model, in a Southern Colonial mansion on a bluff overlooking the Pacific.

When the U.S. government chopper landed in his backyard two days ago, he was sure the feds were coming to arrest him.  Thankfully, he was wrong. It turned out to be a frantic State Department bureaucrat named Nick Burns arriving with bad news. Kelso’s twenty-one-year-old grandson Ernie had been arrested smuggling dope into Havana. The Cubans wanted $5 million to set Ernie free or they’d put him on trial to embarrass the United States. Kelso couldn’t believe the cosmic unfairness of it all. History was repeating itself. Burns urged Kelso to make the payoff for the sake of his grandson and the good of his country.

Kelso didn’t care about Ernie or Uncle Sam, but he was afraid that the media spotlight might reveal his own crimes. That’s why every dollar Kelso had was packed into the four suitcases that were currently standing beside him, waiting to be loaded into the State Department helicopter that was landing in his backyard again.

Burns emerged from the chopper, checking his watch as he approached. He was accompanied by a stocky older guy and a fit young woman in a gray pantsuit with her jacket open to show off the gun on her belt.

“Good morning, Mr. Kelso,” Burns said. “Is that all of the money?”

The only cash Kelso had outside the suitcases was the twenty-eight dollars in his wallet. All of his other assets were tied up in debt and ex-wives.  It was as if the Cubans wanted to clean him out. He could no longer run his business, pay his mortgage, or support his third wife and her posse of yoga instructors, hairdressers, stylists, and personal shoppers. But at least he wouldn’t be going to jail.

“It was hell getting it all together,” Kelso said. “I still don’t see why it had to be in cash.”

The stocky guy spoke up. “Let’s be honest here, Mr. Kelso. You aren’t posting bail. It’s a bribe being paid to corrupt cops. Bribing is a cash business. Cash doesn’t leave a trail.”

Kelso looked at Burns and gestured to Kate’s dad. “Who is he?”

“Jake Blake. The bag man who is going to spread the bribes around Havana for you,” Burns said.
“He’s done this kind of thing for us before. For obvious reasons, we can’t do it ourselves.”

“What’s to stop Blake from running off with my money?”

“Me,” the woman said, flashing an FBI badge.

Kelso felt his bowels seize up with fear. He’d had nightmares about seeing one of those badges in his face.

“I’m Special Agent Kate Houlihan. I’ll be with Blake every step of the way.”

“You don’t trust me, Houlihan?” Blake asked.

“The problem with mercenaries is that they are mercenary,” she said. “Loyalty is not in the job description.” She shifted her attention back to Kelso. “I’m also the one who will make sure your grandson gets safely out of Cuba.”

“I don’t know what that stupid kid was thinking,” Kelso said. “The only reason I’m going to bring him to your door and not to prison is because the State Department doesn’t want this episode ever coming to light,” Houlihan said. “But if I were you, I’d let him know he just used the only get-out-of-jail-free card he’s ever going to get.”

“I will,” Kelso said.

“We’ve got to get moving.” Burns looked at his watch again. “We need to catch a flight to Guantánamo. They’re holding a plane for us at Vandenberg.”

Houlihan and Blake each picked up two suitcases and carried them back to the chopper. Kelso watched them go. He’d have to crack the whip on his boiler room full of poverty-wage workers in the Philippines and get them to send out twice as many scam emails as usual. He needed to generate as much cash as he could before the workers realized there was no paycheck coming, stripped the place of anything of value, and walked out on him.

Kelso turned to Burns. “When will I hear from you?”

“You won’t. If it all goes well, your grandson will show up at your door. If it doesn’t, you’ll see him on the news being perp-walked in Havana. Either way, this meeting never happened. The U.S. government was never involved. Are we clear?”

Kelso nodded. “Thanks for your help.”

“It’s what you pay your taxes for.”

Actually, Kelso didn’t pay his taxes, because he had no legitimate income to declare. It was one more reason he’d paid the outrageous bribe to the Cubans.

Burns jogged back to the helicopter and climbed in beside the pilot. The chopper lifted up, veered off over the Pacific, and headed north toward Vandenberg.

As the sound of the chopper receded, Kelso heard a car coming up the driveway. He walked around to the front of the house to see who it was. A black Lincoln MKT with livery plates came to a stop, and a lanky guy in a loose-fitting tank top, board shorts, and sandals hopped out of the backseat with a big smile on his sunburned face. It took Kelso a second to realize it was his grandson Ernie.

“Wow, what an amazing trip,” Ernie said. “Thanks for sending the limo, Grandpa. How did you know when I was coming back? Did the contest guys call you?”

The enormity of what this meant hit Kelso like a sucker punch in the gut. He staggered, leaning on the house for support.  Ernie rushed over, grabbed him, and held him upright.

“Grandpa, what’s wrong? Are you okay?”

The helicopter came back and circled low over the house. For a moment, Kelso couldn’t breathe. All he could do was gasp for air and look up into the sky. How could I have been so stupid?
 
The Scam Copyright © 2015 by The Gus Group, LLC.

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The Scam (Fox and OO]wp 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read and enjoyed all 4 of the Fox and O'Hare books. Need to keep this series going. Where's Nick?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another action packed story. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite con men, the debonair Nicholas Fox, returns in another adventure with straight-laced FBI agent Kate O’Hare. It’s another fun read, beginning in Vegas and reaching to money laundering casinos in Asia, where the bad guy almost figures out how to con the con. One of the best thing about these books have been the stellar secondary characters Kate and Nick call on to help sell their latest con. Kate’s dad Jake is always a favorite and Boyd didn’t drive me as crazy this time! This has been a pretty entertaining series overall. I think the collaboration with another author has helped Evanovich find some new mojo that’s been lacking in the latest Plum books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. Love Janet Evanovich's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Fox and O'Hara! Two really neat characters and love the humor and sensuality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really have enjoyed this series and was more than looking forward to this, the latest installment. Unfortunately, with a $13.99 cost for the e-book, I can't afford to continue to follow kate and Nick's adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's the perfect blend of action and plot. I love that Nick and Kate finally came together. Would have liked to actually have a light scene. But great all around.
Crytal More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in return for an honest review. The Scam would have easily gotten 4 stars from me were it not for the last few pages. Had it just ended after the scam was completed, those 4 stars would have been earned. But alas, we had to write just a few more pages and add a cliff hanger. I don't mind reading a series, but I am a firm believer that every book in that series needs to wrap up. That being said, up until the cliff hanger, the book was great. I was surprised, and saddened, that it was so short when I first started reading it, but it seemed longer than it was, and in a good way. There were actually a few con jobs that happened throughout the story, and they were all pretty entertaining. We saw the return of some previous characters. I don't think that there would be an issue if this were the first Fox and O'Hare that a reader picked up, the mentions of previous cases and people were at a minimum. Though this will obviously not be the case in the next book. Overall, a pretty good read, even better if you stop as soon as "the scam" is wrapped up.
Fantasticalbooklover More than 1 year ago
Nick and Kate are at it again!!!! This time, will Kate let her guard down and let Nick in??? Stay tuned... We are quickly thrown in to the world of Nick and Kate when Kate is asked to find Nick and the $1M of Fed money that has gone missing as well. Is Nick up to his old tricks again? Kate tracks him down and hops a ride on a State Dept helicopter?!?! To find out just what in the heck is going on. She quickly finds the "will drive anything with or without wheels" Willie at the controls, piloting the helicopter for at least the second time (after all, doesn't taking off for the first time count as 'experienced'?). Nick explains he is conning a con with the Grandfather con. The originator of the Grandfather Con as it so happens. Can turn $1M into $5M if Kate and Jake can come along for the ride. The three con the con and walk off with $5M. As they return from dropping of her Dad at the airport for his trip to Hawaii, Kate is approached by her boss. They have a new case... Evan Trace, casino-owner, money-launderer and all-around bad guy. Nick and Kate go undercover as high-rollers to attempt to take him down. Jake gets into some trouble in Hawaii and Kate takes off to rescue her dad. Discover the "bad dude" in Hawaii that tried to kill her dad, has ties with the Yakuza crime lords in Japan. The group hatch a plan to trap both Evan and the Hawaiian. The usual suspects are inlisted - the actor, the Somali pirate, the driver, the newly recruited Hollywood effects master, and the explosive expert. All put their skills together to build the most dramatic and dangerous scam yet. Will they all come out unscathed?!?! Will Kate and Nick FINALLY get together...
KatrinaWiese More than 1 year ago
First off, I need to start with stating I am a HUGE Janet Evanovich fan because of the Stephanie Plum books. I can't read those books without laughing out loud. I was worried to see a new series and hesitant to be let down from one of my favorite authors...I don't know what I was worried about! This series is dynamite! Yes, each story has the same basic setup, Nick the conman and 10th on the America's Most Wanted List and Kate, the kick-butt FBI Agent, team up in secret to find the "untouchable" bad guys, scam the bad guys, with the help of their band of misfits and avoid their mounting attraction to each other. The Scam has a lot of twists and turns and makes for one heck of a ride, but is pulled together in the end, with a whopper of a cliffhanger. I can't wait until #5 comes out! This is the fourth book in this series, but can be read as a standalone book. However, you will want to go back and read the first three as well, as sometimes there are mentions from past books and it might be a bit confusing if you miss out on some of the fun from the beginning! Overall, like all the books in the Fox & O'Hare Series, this book was fabulous. Sometimes as series goes along there are some books that don't deliver, but that is NOT the case with this series, every book in this series is pure awesomeness! The Fox & O'Hare series books are entertaining, fun, fast-paced reading with great writing enhanced by an enjoyable story lines and the most amazing characters! I received an ARC of this book, from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NetGalley!!
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich's The Scam How do you scam someone who is trying to scam you? Come along with Nicholas Fox, master thief and con artist who is working secretly with Kate O’Hare, FBI agent. The pair are bringing down untouchable criminals. This time a casino owner who is involved with money laundering through gambling. Joining Nick & Kate are an actor, a Somali pirate and Kate’s father who is a real trip. The characters are all unique, vivid, artfully drawn, quirky and fun. The dynamics between the main characters shows undeniable chemistry ready to exploded. The story takes the reader to exotic locations such as Macau and the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. We also visit Los Vegas and California. Plenty of drama, suspense, unpredictable plots, captivating writing, humor, edge and a touch of romance. A great read!! Thank you Bantam Dell and NetGalley for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Read+every+single+one%21
Anonymous 9 months ago
Good but s bit outlandish!
Anonymous 10 months ago
good+read
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
This is another great installment in a fun series. Again it provides interesting plots, lots of action and humor, globe-trotting, and a collection of fun supporting characters. And some sweet sexual tension between the two main characters. Yep, The Scam has all of the above. This time, Nick & Kate pursue their prey from Vegas to Hawaii to Macau. As usual, some plot points that require a bit of suspension of disbelief, but hey - that's what makes these books so much fun for me. And this one ended with a cliff-hanger that left me anxious to get on to the next one. When I'm in need of some light, fun reading, they're pretty much the perfect solution. Copy provided by Netgalley and Random House in exchange for an unbiased review.
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
I got this book free from NetGalley for an honest review and I am glad I did. Even though I read a lot I have never read a book by Janet Evanovich. I keep saying I will read one of her books and then another book catches my eye. So, by committing to writing a review, I finally read one. At first I wasn't sure I would like it, but the more I read the more engrossed I became to the point I couldn't put it down. The next 5 hours of my life was spent with Nick and Kate and the other characters in the book. It was an exciting time! Even the bad guys were entertaining! I loved the humor and the relationship between Kate and her father Jake was awesome. If only more real life relationships could be like theirs, minus the guns, of course!
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Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
As I am I listening to this story, laughing like crazy at all the antics and the humor; I can’t help but thinking “I wish this was a TV series.”  I honestly wish I could watch these characters on TV. Provided they could find actors that could embody all the nuances and bring the characters as much depth as they have in the books.  This series and these books have moved up to being my favorite.  I LOVE the chemistry between Kate and Nick. The Scam, it got hotter. OMG the ending!  I Loved, Loved, Loved it and I have already started the next.  The writing is so funny and entertaining and the Narration is so perfect you can’t help but get lost in it.  This story and this series is perfection and gets a Huge 5 Boundless Stars....Sara   
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the fourth Fox and O’Hare book and it was amazingly awesome. I give this book a five butterfly rating because this book just like all of the others is fabulous. I love that in this one just like the first three, it starts with these little cons leading into the big one that they are going to end up doing. Their first con is in Hawaii mostly because that’s where Jake is when he needs Kate’s help and they figured might as well start conning the Oahu mobster first, then that leads them into going to Las Vegas where they see Evan Trace and that starts the big con that way. That leads them into going to Macau with two other guys that they had help them before and eventually they get the Hawaiian mobster in there. They had to then turn things around when Evan Trace decided to ask their two friends, and the Hawaiian mobster into doing something for another casino he has going up in Macau which led them into doing a 180 turn with their own con. That got them to get their big con going really well. Overall though they got two bad guys for the price of one in witness protection and they got everyone that Trace was laundering money for. It was an awesome book that was filled with a lot of awesome scenes, funny antics. I am quite happy with The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. I will highly recommend this series to my friends. Anyways until next time enjoy this book review brought to you by Baroness’ Book Trove. To read more book reviews like this one please visit my site: baronessbooktrove.com
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Scam - Fox and O'Hare Novel 4 Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg Published: 9-15-15 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group/Bantam Dell Pages: 305 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub Genre: International Crime; Women Sleuths; Crime Thriller ISBN: 9780345543165 ASIN: B00X5SMKF4 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . While everyone is led to believe that FBI agent Kate O'Hare is chasing conman Nicholas Fox to arrest him for many scams and cons, the truth is they work together as a team with a ragtag team of an actor, pirate and a computer geek to bring the FBIs list of "Untouchable criminals to justice. The truth is known by few at the Bureau. In The Scam they have Evan Trace in their sites. Trace, a casino magnate with a well earned reputation for brutality. At the moment he is running a money laundering scheme through his casino in Macau. Among his clientele are mobsters, terrorist and dictators. To bring him down Fox and O'Hare go undercover as a couple of high stakes gamblers. With the lives on the line they're betting on millions that their back up crew of quirky characters can keep them alive and help them complete their assignment. With their typical flair Evanovich and Lee pull together a story of international intrigue full of suspense and spiced up with the unusual characters and pinches of humor. The characters are varied, but well developed. With a well written plot that flows smoothly from scene to scene. The story is fast paced story will draws a reader in quickly into the dark world of the criminal and dirty their dirty dealings. As the story unfolds it will hold them enthralled until the very end. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
I am obviously behind in novels written by this team as I find this is #3 with three being listed as .25, .5 and .6. Sure wish I had paid attention and read the others before this one. That being said, it is just fine as a stand-alone novel. I was just missing some of the background information that would have been nice to know. So, Nick and Kate are once again trying to catch the bad guys by using a bad guy, Nick, to do it. They have a team of people they have used in the prior ops. This includes Kate’s father, Jake who is a retired Army member and had worked covert ops. They put them to work once again to take down a casino owner who is laundering money for various illegal organizations. Nick and Kate work between Macau and Las Vegas to get the job done. They run a scam on the casino owner who runs a scam on them. This is a great read and it was hard for me to put it down. The twists and turns are fast paced and exciting to read. I definitely need to go back and get the six books prior to this one so I know all the characters from where they started. "I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Extremely well written and entertaining too.
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jangles17 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and Nick and Kate and all the regular characters. I was totally enjoying the book until the last few pages. Why end with a cliff hanger and leave us waiting for the next in the series to come out. If I had read reviews and seen that a couple mentioned a cliff hanger I would have waited until the next book came out. I was disappointed at the ending and felt jipped :-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book but the ending. Hope nothing happened to nick.