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Pros and Cons (A Fox and O'Hare Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg have teamed up for a dynamic new series featuring an FBI agent who's on the hunt—and a master con artist who's enjoying the chase. The con is on in this eBook original short story that's a triumphant prequel to The Heist.

FBI special agent Kate O'Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist's twentieth-story Chicago ...
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Pros and Cons (A Fox and O'Hare Short Story)

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Overview

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg have teamed up for a dynamic new series featuring an FBI agent who's on the hunt—and a master con artist who's enjoying the chase. The con is on in this eBook original short story that's a triumphant prequel to The Heist.

FBI special agent Kate O'Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist's twentieth-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed "King of Hostile Takeovers" is getting married, Kate is 85 percent—okay maybe 92 percent—sure that she's finally going to bag Nick Fox.

Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year. And third, what's going to happen once O'Hare finally gets her hands on Fox? It's going take a pro to catch a con before the fireworks over Lake Michigan go off.

Includes a sneak peek of The Heist, the first novel in the highly anticipated new series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345549433
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: Fox and O'Hare Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 397
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.
 
Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Really

    This is only a 20 page story. Not worth the money.

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    This was a disappointment. I have long been a fan of both Lee Go

    This was a disappointment. I have long been a fan of both Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich, but this story failed to come to life. Though a coupleof the secondary characters gave promise of being interesting, there was no sense of life in either protagonist. Nick Fox was a blank, suitable for appearing on a Batchelor show, Kate was painted as a slob from the first paragraph and never rose above it. She never emerges as a real person. The big scene at the end of the wedding was flat. I will likely read The Heist, just because, but I have lost my sense of enthusiastically looking forward to it.

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    I was very disappointed with this book.  It was VERY short and n

    I was very disappointed with this book.  It was VERY short and not at all what I expected from Janet Evanovich. I am normally a fan of hers however I will not be buying the next installment in this series. 

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    July 8

    This was not what I expected. I felt lured into buying an advertisement for the launch of a new book. I will probably not purchase the book out of principles. I know one book less will not hurt sales, but it has dampened my interest. Only hope this is not the trend of things to come.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Highly recommend - Can't wait for the book!!

    As always Janet delivers a fun entertaining good read.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    i thought it was a great introductory book. cant wait to read th

    i thought it was a great introductory book. cant wait to read the heist! 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be h

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be hard to capture reader's attention with a short story start to a new series, but I found myself laughing through most of this story, and I am looking forward to reading The Heist when it comes out.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    What a fantastic lead in for Janet's next series!

    What a fantastic lead in for Janet's next series!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    I wasn't sure I would like this new pairing by Janet Evanovich,

    I wasn't sure I would like this new pairing by Janet Evanovich, since I liked her solo-authored books so much, but I can honestly say I was surprised! The humor still shines through, but with a bit more mystery than before...which entices me to buy more stories by this author pair. I especially liked the ending because I just know there will be romp or two more between this con and pro in the following stories, which adds a little spice to the humor and mystery. This story was very short, as was intended, like a carrot on a string to lead you to the next chapter in an ongoing adventure . . . and I recommend readers follow this string all the way!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Good read but too short

    Could have read a whole lot more of this combo.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Love the angle

    Love the angle between Nick & Kate.

    can't wait for the rest of the series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Pors and Cons

    To short. Not one of Evanovichs best . It was ok.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Great Short Story

    This was a great short story and wonderful prequel to The Heist! It gives a little background and insight to Kate O'Hare's and Nick's relationship. With her being and FBI agent after Nick who is a con man and how she comes so close to catching him but he gets away. A little like cat and mouse but it makes you wait for the next book to see what happens and if she gets her con man! I definitely recommend this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Janet Evanovich is such an excellent writer, probably my favorit

    Janet Evanovich is such an excellent writer, probably my favorite author. I would definitely highly recommend any of her books! This is a short story, but it's nice to see a different style of writing from her. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    great beginning,can't wait to see if she catches him,in the Heis

    great beginning,can't wait to see if she catches him,in the Heist, can't wait to finish reading it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    A good little warm up to The Heist. This is short, sweet and to

    A good little warm up to The Heist. This is short, sweet and to the point. It's great background to get you ready for this new series. Enjoyable and little bit of a teaser. It holds your attention and makes you hungry for The Heist.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Short Read

    I thought this short story had good charecter development and really set the Stage for the heist. A little mystery, humor,excitment and some surpressed romantic feelings all rolled into less than 30 pages! Next to read is going to be The Heist for sure

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    I expected one thing and got something else!

    After I read this short story I definitely wanted more. It keep me reading until the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Great Intoductory Short Story

    I found this to be a wonderful way to introduce the new main characters of Kate O'Hare and Nick Fox. It definitely left me wanting more, much more. We see glimpses into Kate's obsession with capturing Nick. And Nick teasing Kate as she pursues him. The story also had its share of hilarious moments that had me laughing. And it brought back Toblerones!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    I was so disappointed # 1 in the length of the book. I did not

    I was so disappointed # 1 in the length of the book. I did not pay attention when I purchased it online with nook. I have read all the Stephanie Plum Series and have had great laughs and enjoyment in all, however I was definitely disappointed that the books like "Plum Spookey" were basically in between fillers in the Plum series. The reader should have been made aware of this. I probably will purchase The Hiest but not that excited about it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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