Hilariously action-filled, the second installment of the Fox and O’Hare series has it all; action, mystery, great twists, sexual tension, thrilling blasts, funny banter, and compelling car chases.
Nick managed to convince the FBI to partner him up with Kate, the only agent that has ever caught the renowned con artist and thief. They go undercover to recover a Chinese artifact in the hopes of avoiding an international incident. Problem is the artifact is in the hands of the former White House chief of staff and current CEO of a Pentagon-contracted security agency, Carter Grove, who is also ruthless and untouchable. They have to go against the clock, and be careful because, if caught, they not only face political ramifications, but their life might be at stake.
As I said earlier this week, it is a hard book to put down once you start reading it.
Within a smoothly fun mystery, Ms. Evanovich and Mr. Goldberg write complete and outrageous characters. Not only are the main characters – Kate and Nick, to which I’ll get in just a minute – carefully depicted, but also the supporting characters; Kate’s dad, former military, protective and weapon fanatic; an actor that takes his profession just a little too serious, coming to present a living pancake in a commercial as a troubled and deep personage; a fifty-something year old driving-addict who finds thrill even in driving a moving truck; and a computer expert, who’s desire for justice clouds even his respect for the law and is also driven by his hatred of his current job.
How bad could a Canadian prison be? It was in Canada. Canadians are civilized. It had to be better than going back to the Geek Squad.
The main characters are equally compelling. Kate is a hard-ass, hard-boiled, former marine FBI agent, with a father that is just a little crazy. Nick is a consummated flirt, a thief and con-artist, with a thrill enjoyment that borders on insane. The sexual tension between the two is off the charts, and they flirt shamelessly, but they also banter hilariously.
She studied him over the rim of her coffee cup. “Running with that line of thought, do you think I should get myself a gigolo tonight?”
“I’m available,” he said.
“I can’t afford you.”
“I’ll give you the FBI discount.”
“You aren’t my type,” she said.
“What’s your type?”
“For starters, a man who isn’t on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.”
Nick gave her the cookie that had come with his coffee. “If you keep being so picky, you’ll die an old maid.”
With a striking similarity to the TV show “White Collar” but with a lot more of sexual tension, The Chase is going to make you laugh out loud while you go through every one of the exciting twists and turns. It is a humorous mystery thriller with romantic tension and filled with a little serious undertone, with threats that go global and unique characters that are simply fantastic. Ultimately a great read to pick up.
The Chase Published February 25, 2014 by Bantam – Random House