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The Chase    by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg order for
by Janet Evanovich
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Bantam, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

They were an instant hit when introduced last year in The Heist and now this investigative odd couple returns for another assignment. Nicolas Fox is a very talented con artist. FBI agent Kate O'Hare is the only person to ever catch the wily Fox. Now the two have joined forces to bring to justice some of the most accomplished denizens of the underworld.

Carter Grove, a well-connected and ruthless security wonk, has run off the rails and snatched a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian. It is up to Fox and O'Hare to retrieve the priceless object before the Chinese realize it has gone missing.

Grove's elite team of miscreants will be pitted against a rag-tag group assembled by Fox and O'Hare that includes a computer geek, an actor and an over-the-hill group of mercenaries under the control of O'Hare's father. Although this appears, on paper, to be quite a mismatch, the resulting struggle for the priceless heirloom becomes a fascinating odyssey that stretches from the nation's capital to Shanghai, the Scottish highlands and the more seamy neighborhoods of Montreal.

Lee Goldberg was involved in the Monk TV series and the writing that made that show so much fun is in evidence here. This is a collaboration that not only has legs but is definitely in for a long and successful run!

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