The Job, Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

thejobThe FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.

From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

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My best friend is a huge fan of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and so they’ve always been on my mental list of series to get into should I ever get the chance.  Well, I did get the chance to receive a copy of the latest in Evanovich and Goldberg’s Fox & O’Hare through netgalley, and I took it.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a quick read that was helped along by a speedy plot and fun characters but I have to admit that I found it somewhat lacking.  The speedy plot might have made it easy to read, but there were so many fantastic opportunities for the story to go deeper and it just never did.  The characters might have been fun, but they were stereotypes borrowed from every band of misfits sting film you’ve ever seen.  Everything that happened did so at the most convenient time and there were no real struggles – even when the main characters were faced with imminent torture and or death, the baddies seemed to go down with one shot.  To my great amusement the book used one of my very favourite tropes – the fake marrieds played by the main characters who supposedly hate each other but secretly want to get into bed with each other – but even this was wildly underused.  There is so much material to be mined from this situation but alas, the plot moved swiftly onward.

I can see how this book can still fit firmly within the realms of chicklit when the story is a mystery a heart.  It frustrates me because this 300 page 3 star book could easily be fleshed out and the amazing ideas expanded upon to be a book that I would love and a series that I couldn’t get enough of.  All of that said, it was a great Saturday afternoon read and I may just have to pick up the first two books in the series.

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