Nov 202014
Genevieve Reviews: The JobThe Job (Fox and O'Hare #3) by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
Published by Bantam on Nov 18, 2014
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

He’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy . . . again!

The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.

From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

This is the third installment in this particular series, and this one is definitely consist with the first two. It’s a light hearted but well-written story about some cons who con the bad guys. It’s full of action, exotic locations, designer brands, and multiple capers.

It’s fun, easy reading. Personally, I tend to get very emotionally invested in books. Will the two leads get together in the end? Will the bad guy get away? Is everything going to work out?!? It’s bad. I routinely look at the end of a book before I get there to see how things are going to resolve themselves. So sometimes it’s nice to read a book that doesn’t throw me into an emotional spiral, and is just a relaxing, funny read. Basically, this is the book equivalent of a popcorn movie.

That said, this series is starting to feel like a romance that’s moved out of its honeymoon phase. It’s still fun, it’s comforting, easy, but is it going anywhere?

After three books, the characters are about as well-developed as they were in the first novel. We still don’t know much about the secondary characters, and they can feel at times like hastily sketched stereotypes. Even the two main characters don’t have that much depth. Kate is still a butt kicking FBI agent that loves candy bars and burgers. Nick is still a bad guy turned good guy that likes nice clothes and gourmet food. That’s about it.

In some ways, I understand why the book is so plot driven and doesn’t focus too much on the characters. If the tone was less lighted hearted and comic, some of the over the top action would probably come off as ridiculous. I’m thinking of one scene where a character jumps onto the top of a moving truck. It’s a move straight from the movies, and in a more serious book I think that would have induced eye rolling.

I wish the romance was developed a little more, I wish the characters felt like more than just set pieces. Every time I read one of these I can’t help but feel like I got short changed a little bit, because nobody really has a character arch, so the story doesn’t feel complete even though the plot is resolved. The plot in this one also felt a little less complex than in the first two and a lot of the minor characters had very small rolls, which was disappointing.

In all, I like this series and I’d read another one. It’s still fun, easy reading and it doesn’t take long to finish one of these books. But I hope the books can add a little more depth in the future. Three stars.

About Reviewer: Genevieve

Genevieve is an occasional reviewer at Workaday Reads. She lives in Boston with her fiancé, and loves reading books that transport her to other worlds or introduce her to new cultures. Her favorite genres are YA fantasy and crime thrillers.

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