Book review: The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

They’re under the radar, in hot water, against the clock… and totally over the top.

Friday, 25th April 2014, 10:00 am
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare are back in harness for another action-packed, fun-filled thriller brimming with their trademark brand of deadly danger, murder most foul and international mayhem.

The latest breathless adventure from writing partners Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg follows hot on the heels of The Heist and sees their unlikely but dynamic duo going undercover to track down a stolen Chinese treasure, leaving behind a trail of double trouble and captivating chaos.

Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams but his greatest con of all was convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted – and untouchable – criminals.

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Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artefact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo US relations with China if it ever becomes public.

Now the Chinese want the priceless bronze rooster returned and in a race against time, Nick and Kate must go undercover to steal back the piece.

The plan they come up with is seriously risky and when it slowly unravels and they confront Grove’s elite band of assassins, Nick and Kate have to rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.

A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington to Shanghai and from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it will take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights and the fate of a dynasty’s heirloom to outsmart Nick and Kate…

The Chase is a brilliant, easy-read caper with plenty of twists and turns, dark humour, dodgy villains, pulsating action and frissons of passion between the agent and her drop-dead gorgeous partner.

So whether you like romantic thrillers or all-action adventure, here’s your chance to cut to The Chase…

(Headline Review, hardback, £18.99)