The Chase (Fox and O'Hare Series #2)

The Chase (Fox and O'Hare Series #2)

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by Janet Evanovich, Goldberg Lee

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Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.

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Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.
Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.
A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

Praise for The Chase
“Fast and entertaining . . . new thrills and adventure on every page.”
“The action never stops . . . and a humorous tone keeps everything moving at a fun clip.”—Associated Press
“Great fun, with plenty of twists.”The Sacramento Bee

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“Fast and entertaining . . . new thrills and adventure on every page.”
“The action never stops . . . and a humorous tone keeps everything moving at a fun clip.”—Associated Press
“Great fun, with plenty of twists.”The Sacramento Bee
Kirkus Reviews
A second round of unlikely larceny for FBI agent Kate O'Hare and her prey and partner, nonpareil con man Nicolas Fox (The Heist, 2013). Under pressure from its creditors in Beijing, the White House has agreed to return a Qing dynasty statue of a bronze rooster to the Imperial Gardens, from which French and British forces carried it off 150 years ago. The only problem is that the rooster, currently housed in the Smithsonian, is a fake; someone stole the real rooster years ago and replaced it with a counterfeit. Kate and Nick, charged with finding the real rooster and switching it back before billionaire businessman Stanley Fu arrives to take it back home, waste no time in getting down to work. They fly to Scotland to bribe Nick's mentor, retired thief Duff MacTaggert, to identify the thief and then assemble a team to go after Carter Grove, the former White House chief of staff Duff fingers. But Grove, an old political hand who's now CEO of the mercenary services organization BlackRhino, is no ordinary target, and the pair has their work cut out for them. Even after they've stolen the bronze bird, further complications arise. Fu has arrived stateside a few days ahead of schedule and packed the phony rooster in the safe aboard his private luxury jet. Grove, missing the rooster, sends glamorous assassin Alexis Poulet after the thieves. Worst of all, their success has opened Nick's eyes to an irresistible temptation to go up against Grove once more. Less funny than Evanovich's knockabout Stephanie Plum adventures but less mannered and annoying too: a comfy seriocomic caper just right for beach reading while you wait for the inevitable summer movie.

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Fox and O'Hare Series, #2
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Large Print
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6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

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It was 10 a.m. on a warm Sunday morning when the bomb exploded at the First Sunland Bank in downtown Los Angeles, setting off alarms in every parked car and building within a square mile.

The bank occupied the ground floor of an office tower on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard, midblock between Flower Street to the east and Figueroa to the west, in the heart of the financial district.

LAPD headquarters was just a few blocks away, so the dust, shards of glass, and chunks of mortar had barely settled on the ground when the bomb squad, a SWAT team, and scores of uniformed officers swarmed onto the scene.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare got the call ten minutes later from agent Seth Ryerson. Kate was pulling away from the drive-­through window of a McDonald’s in West Los Angeles.

“A bomb just exploded at a bank downtown,” Ryerson said. “We’re up at bat.”

“Was anyone hurt?” Kate asked, setting her Coke between her legs and the bag with her two hot Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuits on the seat beside her.

“Nope. The bank was closed, and the financial district is a ghost town on Sundays.”

“I’ll meet you out front in two minutes.”

Kate sped east on Wilshire Boulevard. The Federal Building was in Westwood, only a few blocks away, just past the San Diego Freeway overpass.

Ryerson was waiting for her on the sidewalk when she got there. He wore a blue dress shirt and red-­striped tie under a blue FBI windbreaker. He was in his early thirties, tall and pale with a rapidly receding hairline. She’d noticed that the faster he lost his hair, the more he lifted weights. Soon he’d be a bald man with grossly inflated biceps.

Kate was about the same age as Ryerson but a lot less concerned with her hair, partly because she had a lot of it, and partly because she could care less. At the moment, her shoulder-­length chestnut brown hair was pulled into a ponytail, and her slim, athletic body was appropriately clothed in a dress-­for-­success dove gray pantsuit, the jacket left unbuttoned to allow her easy access to her Glock 9mm. Kate was ex–­Special Forces, she believed in law and order, God, and her country, and she suspected that through no fault of her own she’d lost control of her career and her life.

Ryerson opened the passenger door, picked up the McDonald’s bag, and wiped the seat to check for grease before he sat down.

Kate made an illegal U-­turn across Wilshire Boulevard and minutes later made a sharp turn onto the southbound San Diego Freeway. She steered onto the transition to the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway and could see that traffic was backed up behind an overloaded, rusted-­out truck that had spilled wooden crates across three lanes.

“There’s no rush,” Ryerson said, nervously tightening his shoulder harness, sensing that there was a maniac behind the wheel. “We’re just along for the ride. The police will already have everything locked down.”

“Blowing up a bank is a federal offense.”

“True, but we’re a formality. We’re only answering this because we’re on call this weekend. Someone else will pick this up tomorrow morning, and you’ll be back chasing Nick Fox.”

Kate mentally rolled her big blue eyes. If only Ryerson knew! She’d be chasing Nick a lot sooner than tomorrow morning. This whole bank event was a fake. A sham. A gigantic waste of taxpayer money, and God knows how many police officers’ time. And she was involved! The very thought made her cringe. All her life she’d tried to do the right thing and uphold the law. And now it was a confusing mess. And it was all Nick Fox’s fault.

“I hate him,” Kate said.


“Nick Fox. I wish I’d never laid eyes on him. I wish I’d never heard of him.”

Now it was Ryerson’s chance to roll his eyes. “He’s your obsession. You’ve chased him for five years. You even caught him once. You’re practically married to him.”

She veered onto the shoulder, speeding along the narrow strip between the concrete divider to her left and the stalled traffic on her right. A large wooden crate was on the shoulder directly in front of them. She tightened her grip on the wheel and sped up. Ryerson put one hand on the dash and turned his head away, as if that would make any difference if the windshield shattered.

Kate yanked the wheel just before impact, clipping the box and sending it skidding into the divider. She cleared the pickup truck and the crates and swerved into the fast lane, cutting off a bus on Ryerson’s side by mere inches. He let out an involuntary yelp of fear, which she found sort of satisfying.

Ordinarily, a trip from Westwood to downtown Los Angeles took an hour. But Kate drove with the pedal to the floor, weaving wildly through traffic. She got there in twenty minutes and even managed to eat one of her Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuits on the way.

The windows of the bank were blown out and there was rubble on the street. There wasn’t any fire or smoke, only swirls of dust kicked up by the wind. SWAT officers were positioned around the building, waiting for something to happen.

Kate parked beside the cluster of police vehicles that formed the LAPD command center. She got out of her car and approached a barrel-­chested, square-­jawed officer who looked to be in his fifties. He was leaning over a map he’d spread out on the hood of the black-­and-­white. He wore a Kevlar vest over a starched white shirt and a red-­white-­and-­blue-­striped tie. The patch on his vest read: Captain Maibaum.

“I’m FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare and this is Special Agent Seth Ryerson,” Kate said to Maibaum. “What have we got here?”

“I don’t know yet. The bomb squad sent a robot inside with a camera. There’s debris everywhere, but the front counter is reasonably intact and the vault is secure. If it was money they were after, they screwed up.”

“How smart could they be if they hit a bank that’s three blocks from police headquarters?” Ryerson asked.

Maibaum shrugged. “Could be a disgruntled employee, or maybe a frustrated customer lobbed a grenade in there to make a statement. Maybe some sicko is waiting for me to send men into a booby-­trapped building so he can blow them up.”

Kate nodded. She knew it was none of the above, but she wasn’t sharing that information just yet.

“I’m not letting anybody near the building until the bomb squad gives me the all-­clear,” Maibaum said.

“Okay, we’ll get out of your way until then,” Kate said, turning and walking into the middle of the street.

She looked to her left and then to her right. There were cop cars blocking both ends of the street. In between were several office buildings with banks, restaurants, and other storefront businesses, all closed for the day.

“Captain Maibaum,” Kate called over her shoulder. “Did the blast set off alarms in any of the other buildings in the area?”

“Yeah,” he yelled back. “There were alarms going off all up and down the street.”

“Did anyone respond to those alarms?”

“I saw a couple private security guards checking things out, but we weren’t asked for aid.”

Kate turned back to Ryerson. “How many banks do you figure there are on this block and the next one over?”

Ryerson’s eyes widened as the meaning of what she was saying dawned on him. “Too many.”

There was a narrow alley in front of her that ran down to Seventh Street alongside a branch of Westgate Bank. There was a black-­and-­white parked in front of the bank. The black-­and-­white looked empty. A uniformed police officer ambled out of the bank carrying a bulging gym bag.

Kate started toward him. “Excuse me, Officer,” Kate yelled, holding her badge up in front of her. “FBI. Could we have a word with you?”

The officer ignored her, opened the driver’s side door of his black-­and-­white, and casually tossed his bag inside.

Kate drew her Glock. “Don’t move!”

Ryerson grabbed her wrist and tipped his head up at the choppers in the sky. “Have you lost your mind? We’re on live TV. You can’t pull a gun on a cop.”

The officer got into the car and, with one foot still on the street, looked back at Kate. He lowered his Ray-­Bans and smiled at her like she was Little Red Riding Hood standing at the foot of her grandma’s bed and he was the Big Bad Wolf.

Kate grimaced. “That’s not a cop. That’s Nick Fox.”

Nick blew Kate a kiss and sped off in the black-­and-­white.

Good lord, Kate thought, he’s such a grandstander . . . and a flirt. She was caught between wanting to wring his neck and wanting to nibble on it. She spun around and ran flat out for her car with Ryerson close on her heels. He was barely in his seat when she floored the gas pedal and took off, making a hard right turn into the alley. She cut the corner so close, she sheared off her passenger side mirror on the edge of a building.

“Are you sure it’s him?” Ryerson asked as he buckled up.

“Yeah,” she said. “I’m sure it’s him.”

Especially since she’d spoken to him two days ago when he’d come up with this scheme. And now she could add aiding and abetting a bank robber to her laundry list of hideous crimes! She’d go to church and ask God’s forgiveness, but that ship had sailed long ago.

“You only caught a glimpse of him,” Ryerson said.

“I’d recognize him in the dark, a mile away, underwater.”

How could she not recognize him? Six feet tall with soft brown hair and a boyish grin that brought out the laugh lines around his eyes. He had the agile body of a tennis pro. Lean and firm. The kind of body she’d like to curl up next to if only he wasn’t such a jerk. The man was a felon, for crying out loud. He was a con man. And he loved it!

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The Chase: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 115 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Disappointing in every way I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 1.5 Stars I must say that I am rather disappointed in this book. I have been a long time fan of Evanovich and have insisted that many of my friends and family read her books. These books have had a history of being easy to read with some laughs, colorful characters, and silly fun. Her books have suffered a steady decline and it make me very sad. This book is second in the Fox and O'Hare series. I found the first in the series somewhat enjoyable and had hoped that this one would be even better. Unfortunately, it is not. The characters felt flat throughout the book and I never cared about anyone in the all. I had hoped that I would find something funny in the book...nope....nothing funny all. I had hoped that there would be some chemistry between Nick and Kate....nothing going on here. The plot of the book can be summed up quite easily. Kate is an FBI agent who has been paired up with a thief, Nick Fox to steal things. They steal things in this book several times. They almost get caught several times. That is basically it. This book makes me sad. I miss the days when I would be sure to go to the book store on the release day for any of Evanovich's books. I would make no plans that day and I would spend a couple of hours laughing at something crazy. Things started slowly declining and somewhere along the line I started checked these books out at the library and getting to them when I had a chance. I actually have the most recent Stephanie Plum book sitting on my kindle unread months after its release. I do wonder who wrote this book. Was it Goldberg trying to imitate Evanovich? Was it a collaboration of efforts? I also wonder what input the editor had on the book. I really wonder how many naps this book will induce. I fell asleep at least three times while reading this book. I am the kind of person who stays up late reading one more page but with this book I repeatedly found myself falling asleep. I really cannot recommend this book. I do hope that Evanovich finds her spark again someday but it is becoming doubtful. This is really one of those books that I am just glad I finished so that I can move on to something else.
lagnella More than 1 year ago
This book is just plain fun.  It begins when the first book, The Heist, leaves off and immediately puts Fox and O'Hare together again.  I love these characters.  They are a perfect team and yet total opposites.  Kate is determined to follow the law if at all possible and Nick has more "creative" ideas about how to accomplish their missions.  The romantic undertones are evident between these two characters but the author hasn't brought them together yet.  I found this to also be refreshing because it gives the reader something to look forward to rather than just throwing the male and female leads together right from the start. The plot is paced perfectly and the action scenes are plentiful.  Kate and Nick hatch some pretty elaborate plans and get into more than a few sticky situations both together and on their own.  Kate's dad, Willie, Joe, and Boyd all add their special talents to the pot as they portray the quirky sidekicks in the story. I also thought that there was just the right amount of humor in the story.  I found myself smiling on many occasions, usually due to the drama or antics of all of the sidekicks, or just at Kate and Nick's consistent use of flirtatious sarcasm. This book isn't deep in any way and it isn't meant to be.  It would be a great beach read or book to travel with.  The reader doesn't need to over think and can just enjoy the book for what it is; a well-written, action packed story with lively characters and an thoroughly enjoyable plot.  Don't forget to start at the beginning with The Heist.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
*** I was provided an ARC by Netgally for an honest review*** Great follow up to The Heist.  I love the characters.  They have a lot of depth and it's awesome to watch them grow. I think one of my favorite side characters is Jake, Kate's Dad.  He's just awesome.  He's so over the top that it's fun to watch what he's going to say and do but underneath it all you can see his devotion and love for his daughter and the rest of his family.  I really like that we are getting deeper into who these characters are and what makes them tick.  There is just the right amount of humor to keep this from becoming  just another spy book and just enough intrigue to keep it from being a comedy.  It's really perfect and I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loving this new series :) Can't wait for #3
dbgVA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Chase. Was it the best book I've ever read, no, but it was entertaining. I enjoy the banter between Nick and Kate, and Kate's dad Jake is a hoot. This series is a cross between TV's White Collar and Mission Impossible. Nick's an international art thief, Kate's and FBI agent. They've been teamed up to do what the FBI can't do in the light of day. But if they're caught the Bureau will disavow any knowledge of their actions. If you are looking for a serious police procedural, this is not it. If you are looking for a fun light hearted read this is a great choice.
Sandye More than 1 year ago
I found this second book of the series to be a great read. Kate and Nick are finding a balance in working together. I found it interesting that Kate was worried that she may pick some of Nick's attitudes, while hoping that Nick would pick up some of hers.  One thing I found to be hilarious was the TV shows names that Nick was using. Had me laughing throughout the book. I loved the plot of bring down Carter Grove. Such a powerful man while in the White House and now even more so now that he had his own security firm. Definitely a formidable and lethal foe. But, Kate and Nick bring him down with style. The question is, is he really dead? Mmmm, we'll see. 
NookLoverMM More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg have done it again! The Chase is fast paced, fun and an excellent read if you are looking for action and a little side romance! I love Kate and Nick but Jake just adds to the fun! Contrary to some reviews, I laughed out loud at parts of the book! And hating to give away any plot lines, I won't share where! Two thumbs up for another winner from this dynamic duo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt it was rather boring. I love the plum series, but this series i can't seem to get into it.
SKG70 More than 1 year ago
I love love love this new series. The Chase did not disappoint!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
FBI agent Kate O'Hare's under the radar relationship with one of their top 10's, con man Nicolas Fox, continues in this second novel in a series collaboration between two top authors. The job this time involves quite a bit of globe trotting, while the duo attempt to stay ahead of other art thieves not as interested in whether or not the Chinese get back a real rooster statue. The implied sexual tension between Kate and Nic is perhaps a casualty of the dual authorship. Their witty repartee comes close, never really takes off.
Janet66 More than 1 year ago
I always expect her books to be more like her Plum series and am somewhat when one isn't. However, it was okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is she retiring?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.Such a good book!
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her Stephanie Plum series is fast-paced and fun, never failing to entertain. The Chase, the second novel in the Fox and O'Hare series does not quite live up to the Plum series. I'm not sure how these collaborations between writers work, how much each writer contributes; I have never read anything by Lee Goldberg with which to compare this book. It feels to me like the difference between color and black and white. The Fox and O'Hare series is just a little less colorful, a little less funny. Nicolas Fox and Kate O'Hare are antagonists who are forced to work together, who begin to feel an attraction for each other. It's obvious the series is leading to some sort of romance between the two, but it doesn't feel real. Perhaps they are waiting to strengthen this in forthcoming books. The gang that goes along for the ride is a fun mixed-up group of unique personalities. My favorite is Kate's dad, Jack. His idea of quality time while his daughter was growing up was teaching her how to shoot different weapons. He loves it when she comes to him for help in her schemes to take out the bad guys and he has a plethora of old war buddies who are available to assist in the operations. I'd love it if subsequent books in the series would flesh these characters and their personalities out even more. There were a lot of similarities between the first book in the series, The Heist, and this one. One genius evil mastermind with a network of highly trained goons to defeat. A secluded isle/plantation to retreat to, lots of explosions and bullets. Yet I have to say the book was enjoyable to read. If you like suspense thrillers, action-type books, you should enjoy this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and Random House Publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me laughing out loud. Story moved along good too. Kept me guessing what would happen next. Can't wait for the next book in the series, I hope its soon.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Kate O’Hare is no Stephanie Plum.  She is a tough, battle trained, no nonsense FBI agent who tracked down and caught her man, internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox, and now she has to work with him.  Nick has convinced Kate’s bosses that he will steal and con for them should they need it but only if Kate is his handler.  Now the Chinese are coming to town to pick up a rare artifact from the Smithsonian only it isn’t what it seems.  The original has been stolen and the museum has been displaying a fake.  It is up to Nick & Kate to find the original and get it back before the Chinese have a chance to authenticate.  This is a case that will take them around the world and put them into tight corners and near death situations.  Life has never been so much fun. This is the second in this series and I do hope they keep it going the chemistry between Kate and Nick is fun and I’d like to see where it goes.  The mysteries and cons are great and somewhat mind-bending.  They have a terrific cast of support characters who provide enough comic relief to keep you laughing throughout and the action will leave you gasping for breath.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! A great chapter in the Kate/Nick series. It engaged me from the very first page and kept me reading until it was finished. I just could not put it down. I love the premise of an FBI agent being forced to work with a master criminal and all the crazy situations that result. I love the author's numbers series, but I think I like this one even more. It is just a thoroughly enjoyable book. If you like Evanovich or chick lit, you will LOVE this book. Thank you to netgalley for providing an ARC.
Anonymous 15 days ago
This was a great sequel to the first. Always love a Janet E. book.
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BaronessBookTrove 8 months ago
Okay so I have been reading this book for 23 days!?! I can't believe it. That's the longest I have ever read a book. But I can sincerely say that I finished it!!! And I am so sorry to my fans for not updating my blog to tell you with why I hadn't updated since my last update on February 10. See my mom is in California right now doing some stuff for her job and so I was busy hanging out with her while reading somewhat. Anyways back to the reason for this blog post. I finished this book today and I loved every single second of it. I know I know. Your probably thinking if I loved every single second of it I would have updated my blog sooner but I couldn't because I was busy with my mom and doing other things around the house. But I swear that is past me for right now that is. Anyways in this book like always Kate O'Hare gets herself wrapped into one of Nick Fox's elaborate cons that seemed to have started out simple but ended up being not so simple. One of the things that I like about this book is that it's so good with the cons, which would make it an action book, but it also has a good dynamic between Kate and Nick that just makes you want to go just kiss already. And that second aspect is the romantic part of it. I swear this book has every single thing that would make any reader want to read some more of it. But this is only the second book of the series that I think would be as successful as Stephanie Plum. Oh and we also get to see a little bit of Nick's back history of when he first started conning! I want to try something new. For anyone that has read this book that stumbled upon this book review want to tell me with what you think of it? Or even more with what you think of Kate and Nick? These questions are also opened up to the people that haven't read the book. For you I want you to answer this question. What do you think this book has in it that you are wanting to read about? Also what do you think of Kate and Nick from the last book? To read more book reviews like this one please go to my book review blog site @ baronessbooktrove. Thanks so much! You won't regret it!!!
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Metanoia More than 1 year ago
Unlike Janet's Stephanie Plum series, this series is less exciting, less wacky, less entrancing.
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Candy33 More than 1 year ago
Good Series Fun while waiting for more Plum books. Good characters. Fun excitement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. I get so caught up in these books. I haven't finished the book yet,but I am at the last heist in the book the one in Canada (chapter 25). I do have a question though. Are Kate and Nick going to get together or what?