The Heist by Janet Evanovich
A Novel

77%

23 Critic Reviews

Kate is uptight, struggling with her baser instincts around Nick. And Nick is magnetic—both coy and wisecracking. For readers who want a breezy adventure, this is the perfect production.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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!
 

About Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Bantam. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Heist
All: 23 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Jun 09 2013

The duo is meant to be as adorably romantic as Nick and Nora, but the only elements missing to make their adventure a sitcom are a laugh track and some laughs.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 28 2013

Kate is uptight, struggling with her baser instincts around Nick. And Nick is magnetic—both coy and wisecracking. For readers who want a breezy adventure, this is the perfect production.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jun 18 2013

Evanovich is in full force, and Goldberg's crafty and elaborate writing is prominent. The combination shouldn't work, but it does, and everyone will be eager for the next book in the series.

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Huntington News

Good
Reviewed by David M. Kinchen on Jun 17 2013

The action is fast paced and the writing is first rate, making "The Heist" an excellent choice for vacation reading.

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The Big Story

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jun 17 2013

"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. The combination shouldn't work, but it does, and everyone will be eager for the next book in the series.

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Kings River Life

Good
Reviewed by Lorie Lewis Ham on Jul 06 2013

The writing is excellent of course, the idea is fun, and this is all around just a great book! Do not miss it! And I was so happy to learn that this is a series so there’s more to come.

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Curious Book Fans

Above average
Reviewed by collingwood21 on Aug 30 2013

A couple of patches of clunky dialogue aside, this was a light, funny and pretty entertaining book, making it a perfect summer holiday read.

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UT San Diego

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jun 17 2013

"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.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Beth Reinker on Jul 12 2013

Kate and Nick's interactions are flirty and funny. With an entertaining cast of secondary characters, there is plenty of room for the Fox and O'Hare series to continue. You can almost see a television adaptation as you read each page.

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A Bookworm's World

Above average
Reviewed by Luanne on Sep 02 2013

The plot was lots of fun - I've always enjoyed the planning of crime capers...Those looking for an entertaining light hearted read will find it here.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on May 23 2013

If you’re an Evanovich fan, you will without a doubt love this book. If you’re a newbie to Janet Evanovich, this is a good starting point to wet your feet. I wasn’t disappointed and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

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Book Chick City

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca on Nov 25 2013

A fun action/adventure romp, the first in the O’Hare & Fox series gets off to a flying start, leaving plenty of potential for future books. There is plenty of comedy throughout the book, some of it a little bit cheesy, which adds to the charm...

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Seduced By a Book

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisarenee on Feb 24 2014

With humor, suspense, action and a dash of a possible romance-in-the-making, this ones has the perfect blend for one delightful new series. I highly recommend this one.

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Bookgasm

Good
Reviewed by Bruce Grossman on Jun 14 2013

I’m assuming the idea of naming the hunted Fox and the hunter O’Hare is a bit of fun by the authors. And trust me, this book is just that fun. This is not some dour, depressing crime read. THE HEIST is one of those great summer reads.

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Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

Good
Reviewed by KitchenPuppies on Jun 21 2013

I can see a tv show or movie coming out of this new series already. Think early Castle meets Mission Impossible.

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YA Book Nerd

Above average
on Aug 10 2013

Each person has their unique qualities - reminds me of Leverage. I like Kate's family - especially her father and his background. I love how he has Kate's back at all times. I can't wait to see where Nick will lead Kate next.

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Gone Pecan

Above average
Reviewed by Daphne on Jul 24 2013

I liked the book a lot. There was a lot of exposition, a lot of leading up to the big finale, the first con that Nick and Kate worked together. My one complaint is that I didn’t like the third person omnicient point of view. POV changed in the middle of passages and it was irritating to me.

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Maji Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Juhina on Jun 06 2013

memorable secondary characters? check. An interesting plot? check. What more does a reader want? I can't wait for more books from Evanovich & Goldberg because what they are doing right now is brilliant.

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Carol's Notebook

Above average
Reviewed by Carol on Sep 24 2013

The Heist is a popcorn book, a treat but with little real substance, not a sugary sweet romance, an adventure with bad guys and guns and funny lines.

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Back to Books

Good
Reviewed by Nicola Mansfield on Aug 21 2013

The type of mystery I don't read very often but it was a pleasure and I can't wait to see what they get up to in their next case.

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Our Book Reviews Online

Above average
Reviewed by The Mole on Sep 24 2013

I wouldn't normally compare books I've read but this had the same feeling to it as J T Brannan's "Stop at Nothing" so Brannan's fans should enjoy this one (and vice versa, obviously).

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Tyson Adams

Good
on May 07 2014

Lee and Janet have written a very entertaining novel and I think this will make for a cool series of adventures. The setup is the standard odd couple device we’ve seen done to death. Fortunately Lee and Janet have the charged paddles of ‘interesting take’ on the odd couple romp.

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Once Upon a Series

Above average
Reviewed by Chrissie on May 28 2016

A very smart, sassy and promising start to a new series and I am very much looking forward to finding out exactly how much more trouble Nick and Kate can get themselves into in future books in the series.

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