This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Scam by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
Series: Fox and O'Hare #4
Also in this series:The Pursuit
Also by this author: The Pursuit, Curious Minds
Genres: Humor, Mystery
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Purchase at: Amazon
Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.
Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.
It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, and an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?
While reading this book it struck me that this series is the happily ever after of the movie Catch Me If You Can. Nick Fox once a con-man and master thief is now spending his time and energy teaming up with Kate O’Hare to run scams that end with the bad guys going bye-bye.
The story starts out fast and the pace never slows down. Kate and Nick are tasked with taking down Evan Trace a casino owner that is laundering money for terrorists, mobsters, drug lords and other upstanding citizens 😏. In order to complete their mission they will have to pose as money launderers who set up junkets in order to allow seedy characters to launder the money.
What is a junket you ask? It is a pleasure trip often funded by someone else. In this story the junket operators are middlemen who bring high rollers to the casino to gamble in private VIP rooms. The gamblers will book everything through the junket operators as a “vacation” and pay a surcharge and spend a guaranteed amount of money while gambling at the casino. The casino allows the “junket,” the criminals come to the casino as guests of the junket holders spend their money and the chips they receive back, once redeemed, are squeaky clean dollars. The operators of the junket are assuming all financial and legal risks so that there is no “exposure” of the casino owner known criminals.
It is through this junket that they are hoping to ensnare Evan in order to flip the scam on him and put him directly in the sites of some very nasty criminals in order to make Evan desperate enough to turn himself in to the FBI so that he is not killed. Except that in the course of running the junket Evan has plans of his own and flips the scam on Nick and Kate. Will they be able to pull off this scam and put this bad guy away? Just hold on, you will enjoy this wild ride.
Through this series there has been a smoldering attraction between Kate and Nick and this book is a delicious addition to that smolder…and maybe a little something more?? lol I won’t tell you. Here are a couple quotes that I enjoyed:
“Kate wore a skin-tight red Herve Leger bandage dress. It had a plunging neckline, cap sleeves, and a skirt that was so short, there was almost no way Kate could get up from a chair without making everyone her gynecologist.”
“You look great in that dress,” he said. “It has me feeling romantic.”
“Okay, maybe that’s not exactly the right word.”
“And the right word would be what?”
“Hard to boil it down to one word.”
“Give it to me in a couple of words then.”
“I’d like to rip it off you with my teeth.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It had action, it had comedy, it had mystery and suspense, and it had some oooh la la moments. This story was entertaining, made me laugh many times, full of action and has a satisfying ending. If you enjoy books with plots about heists, con artists and/or scams then this book will be very entertaining for you. I loved it!