Book Review: Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg’s The Chase

Posted March 9, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg’s The Chase

The Chase


Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

romantic suspense in eBook edition that was published by Bantam on February 25, 2014 and has 303 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Smokin' Seventeen, Love in a Nutshell, Explosive Eighteen, Wicked Business, Notorious Nineteen, The Husband List, The Heist, Takedown Twenty, Pros and Cons, Top Secret Twenty-One, The Job, Two for the Dough, Stephanie Plum #3 – #7, Visions of Sugar Plums, Wicked Charms, Love Overboard, Stephanie Plums, Plum Spooky, , Tricky Twenty-Two, The Pursuit, The Scam, Curious Minds, Turbo Twenty-Three, Dangerous Minds, Hardcore Twenty-Four

Second in the Fox & O’Hare romantic suspense series and revolving around the very upright Kate O’Hare and her completely opposite prey, Nick Fox.

I did receive an ARC from the publisher.

My Take

Poor Kate. She believes so strongly in right and wrong, and here she’s assigned to be oh-so-wrong, lol.

The beauty of it is Evanovich is back in the saddle. All the humor and fun of her Stephanie Plum series that’s been lost has found itself over here in her new series: Fox & O’Hare. And if that doesn’t tell ya that she needs to end the Plum story…I don’t know what will. It’s crazy chases, snarky repartee, the parasail and gasoline tanker that got away, audacious art thefts, and laughter on every other page. A laughter somewhat balanced by my disgust with Carter Grove. Jesus. What that says about his relationship with the president…

That said, I could wish there were a little more angst in this with Kate torn between her attraction to Fox and her hatred for him. It seems too easy, although, perhaps not to Fox, *grin*. A few too many info dumps as well. Evanovich and Goldberg are experienced enough writers, they should be able to get around that one!

It’s too funny as Fox comes up with one more impossible plan after another, surmounting seemingly outrageous odds to do the even more inconceivable. And poor Jake, lamenting that the chase had to occur during the U.S. Open…*shakes her head, laughing*

“‘Did you have to go the wrong direction on a one-way street?’
‘I was worried you weren’t feeling challenged.'”

Oh, man, the feast Nick whips up when he “was pressed for time”…I’m lucky to get a PB&J when I’m pressed! His wisecracks, well, crack me up:

“‘Most people go when it’s open.’

‘I don’t like crowds.'”

Oh, man, talk about excess! When we get the tour of Carter Grove’s place, I can fully understand why Nick has his thievin’ policy! And we get a bit of the history behind Nick’s apprenticeship and later start as a solo operation. It’s in the telling of the tale that Nick finally gets a glimmer as to why Duff wants to kill him.

Too true!

“We broadcast property porn designed to sell paint, hardware, appliances, and furniture.”

Awww, it’s too sweet that Dad is finally making up for all the missed parent-teacher meetings and birthday parties…LOL. That moment when he figures prison could be a good place for him? Yup, probably the same people who’d think a garrote and grenades were sleep aids too, lolololol.

Oh, man,

“‘It’s a fake show.’

‘Then I need a fake trailer.’

‘You’ll have to settle for an imaginary one.'”

Good tips for thieves as well as some very practical tips on how to pack paintings up for shipment. I gotta remember this the next time I move or have to ship some artwork out.

You know, for all the fun and fluff, there’s a heck of a lot of good information in here! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve said buy an Evanovich…and I’d definitely get this one!

The Story

Oopsies, someone’s been careless and lost the bronze rooster head from the Smithsonian, and now the Chinese want it back. Only a few people know the one in the Smithsonian is a fake, and the FBI would like to keep it that way.

Too bad, too few are in on the need to swap! Although it certainly opens up one heck of an opportunity to steal. On board that Airbus 380. Now if only they’d brought a flashlight…

The Characters

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is ex-Special Forces with a firm belief in law and order. Jake O’Hare is her supposedly retired dad — I think he’s my favorite character in this. José Rodarte is his old army buddy, also sick of retirement. Walter “Eagle Eye” Wurzel, the guy with the black patch over one eye?, is the sniper Dad picks up. Clay Mandell doesn’t officially exist — and he reckons Kate is fit and fertile with fine birthing hips. Megan is Kate’s younger, married, sister with two kids — Sara and Tyler, her husband, Roger, and their Jack Russell terrier, Jack Russell, living in a guarded and gated community. Don’t know why when she’s got her dad living on the premises?? She’s mad keen to set her big sister up on blind dates with anyone.

Thrown out of Harvard for cheating, Nick Fox is the consummate thief with a letch for Kate. He simply adores getting a rise out of her. As John Steed, I should think he’d terrify realtors and banks everywhere! Duff MacTaggert is the thief — looks like a mad experiment which crossed a Scottish terrier with a man and doesn’t that just bring up a visual! — who taught Nick all he knows. Now he runs a pub, the Hideaway, and is the unofficial mayor in Kilmarny, Ireland. Turtleneck and Crewneck are his bodyguards. Poor babies. Zev Gelman is a tailor with a wide variety of abilities and interests.

The crew
Joe Morey turned whistleblower, and now he’s untouchable, and way down the ladder, working as a member of the Geek Squad. We met Boyd Capwell, the usually unemployed actor, who likes to wing it, and the tarty Willie Owens, who can and will drive absolutely anything, in The Heist, 1. Boyd will be the host of The Most Spectacular Homes on Earth. Jim Rockford and Lucy Carmichael are the producers. Natalia and Natasha, or is it Natasha and Natalia?, help bolster Boyd’s role, *snicker*. Hugh Sinclair is another unwitting accomplice.

Agent Seth Ryerson is Kate’s unknowing partner. Carl Jessup is the special-agent-in-charge in Los Angeles. He and Deputy Director Fletcher Bolton know the truth about Kate and Nick. Special Agent Andrew Tourneur is an ex-boyfriend who hates Kate’s obsession with Fox.

The targets
Fred Bose has been a very naughty boy with his meds. Enrique Montoya is the point man for the Vibora cartel Southern California distribution network and now the proud owner of the “stolen” house. Julian Starke is a middle man, an art blogger and dealer who isn’t above fleecing a client. Walter Clagmann and Mecham Florentiny contribute in that their fortunes created the Musée de Florentiny where Ralph Dennis works as a security guard. Huck Moseby fancies himself as a modern-day Moriarty. Too bad he teamed up with the tweet-obsessed Michel Montoute.

Carter Grove, a.k.a., Mr. Wayne, is a former White House chief of staff. Seems it was a very useful position in so many ways. Now he runs BlackRhino, an elite private security agency the Pentagon uses for ultra-secret black ops. He knows where the bodies are buried. Veronica Dell is Carter’s personal assistant. More BlackRhino operatives include the too-aware Rocco Randisi, an ex-army commando; Alexis Poulet is one of BlackRhino’s best, a former spy and assassin for DCRI; Bernbaum is an ex-CIA analyst; and, Vin Turbo‘s been taking too many steroids. Dr. Hardin Davison is an ancestor of Grove’s. Sheriff Travis Villency in Hancock County is gonna get his day made.

Stanley Fu is a billionaire businessman entrusted with the task of bringing the $20 million dollar rooster head back to its home. Police Inspector Zhaoji Li intends to capture Nick Fox. Lui Wei is an antiquities expert. Rigor and Mortis are the Shanghai officers guarding Kate. Susan Chow is with the U.S. consulate in Shanghai.

Botan Omar Wehliye is the rebel leader and Muktar Diriye Abdhullahi the dictator. Carter Grove is taking contracts from both of them. Harry and Dottie Prestin unknowingly contribute the household goods. Razzie Olden‘s restaurant decor and menus sound truly disgusting at La Guerre.

The Cover and Title

The cover has a bright blue background that helps showcase the black silhouettes of a pony-tailed Kate side-on to an intent Nick. The authors’ names are prominently displayed in front of them with the title below.

The title is too apt, for it’s The Chase to beat ’em all as Kate and Nick keep on the run, huntin’ art.