A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Sunday, November 16, 2014


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.

The Job (Fox and O'Hare #3)The Job by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is a 2014 Bantam/ Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of my favorite series at the moment. I love the plots, the dialogue and the chemistry between Nick and Kate. The stories are humorous in places, tense in others, always filled with action making it impossible to stop turning pages. If you like books that involve clever cons, taking down sleazeballs, and a little romance, you have got to check into this series. I think everyone could enjoy these books.

Nick is an incredibly crafty art thief paying his penalty by working undercover with the FBI. This is how he and Kate wind up working together. It is Kate's job to keep Nick in check, which is a very big challenge. When a series of art pieces are stolen, it looks like Nick is up to his old tricks, but Kate knows right away he is being framed. This investigation leads them to an international drug ring and to one of Nick's former partners in crime, a woman he has a history with and owes a big favor to. An elaborate plot to reel in the baddies was one of the best adventures to date. Being in on the scheme was part of the fun, since the reader gets to see how it's all set up and then we get the pleasure of seeing if it will all go as planned. Of course the story would not be complete without Kate's dad, Jake, who pops in to give his daughter a hand. Jack, of course is one my favorite characters.
In this third book, Kate sinks a little further away from her strictly “by the book” rules, which was curious. This is a character development I really liked, since in real life, not everything is either black or white. Seeing the big picture has Kate learning to go with the flow more. Of course Nick is a huge influence on her even if she is still in denial about her feelings for him.

This series really does get better with each installment. I am falling hopelessly in love with Nick Fox! Relentlessly entertaining. I loved it!! 5 stars!

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, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.  
 New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include "Martial Law," "SeaQuest," "Diagnosis Murder,""Hunter," "Spenser: For Hire," "Nero Wolfe," "Missing." "Monk" and "The Glades." He's also the author of the Fox & O'Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job), "The Walk," "Watch Me Die," "King City," the "Dead Man" series, as well as the "Diagnosis Murder" and "Monk" series of original mystery novels.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review. I'm so glad you're falling hopelessly in love with Nick!


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