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Written on Friday, June 1, 2018

Kate O’Hare and Nick Fox are at it again. This time FBI agent O’Hare and her quarry-slash-partner in crime, Fox, delve into high-end art theft. After successfully recovering an artifact stolen years ago from the Smithsonian, the pair run afoul of the collector who'd had it, an evil billionaire with a private army. To settle his hash, they must reassemble the team they first put together in The Heist and raise the ante. Willie the Driver, Boyd the Actor, and Jack the Mercenary are joined by Joe the Hacker; Nick the con man/thief takes care of the detail work

By “raise the ante,” I mean raise their personal bar, plucking about half a billion dollars’ worth of Rembrandts from a secure museum and bait a trap for the kind of bad guy who owns his own Predator drone. Expect hijinks galore as they plan and execute a series of capers, and plenty of mental obsessing over their opposite numbers when the action slows down.

The Chase is the second Fox and O’Hare novel (get it? fox and hare?) from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Like the first book, it’s lightweight reading, about what you’d expect from the creator of Stephanie Plum.

The action is fairly fun, although serious crime fiction fans will find the planning and execution of the heists short on detail. The story’s aimed more at the romantic crime novel fans who devour Evanovich’s “by the numbers” series than at murder mystery fans, which explains why the sexual tension is as thick as the pancake makeup at a clown school.

If you’re looking for a serious plot, look elsewhere – this one is basically a string of action scenes alternating with interludes of unrequited lust. When it comes to quality con games and criminal escapades meant to punish bad guys, you’re probably better served spending your time watching old episodes of Leverage.

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2labz recommends The Chase. Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

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