Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Chase (Fox and O'Hare #2), by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Bantam, ISBN 9780345543080, February 2014

Kate O'Hare is an FBI agent with an unusual partner--Nick Fox, international art thief, number ten on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Who says the FBI can't be sneaky and underhanded?

Their latest assignment is very delicate, and has a very tight time frame. As a gesture of goodwill, the US government is going to return to China an iconic piece of Chinese art, a sculpture of a rooster, that has been sitting in the Smithsonian for a hundred years. Unfortunately, the rooster was stolen several years ago, and a very good forgery put in its place. Fox and O'Hare have to steal the original back. It's currently in the possession of Carter Grove, chief of staff of the last president, and CEO of BlackRhino, a security/mercenary corporation.

The security on Carter Grove's secret art collection includes, as a final line of defense, Hellfire missiles.

They need to get inside his home, in broad daylight, find the rooster, and get it out. But that turns out to be the least of their challenges, when they see the rest of his collection.

This is a lighthearted romp, bouncing from L.A. to Scotland to Florida to D.C. to China, with humor, good food, and references to some of my favorite old tv shows along the way. It's a great beach read, or take it along on a plane ride and shut out the fact that you're in a pressurized tube in the sky for a few hours.

Recommended.

Book trailer


I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.