Book Review: The Scam by Evanovich and Goldberg

The ScamBy Awnali Mills

On my daily commute, I listen to audiobooks, and that’s how I became a fan of Janet Evanovich.  I’ve enjoyed her Stephanie Plum audiobook series, and have moved into her and Lee Goldberg’s Fox and O’Hare series.  Since I am currently listening my way through the entire Harry Potter series, (yes, series make me happy, since I’m a voracious reader and listener) and I needed an adult book fix, I picked up Rogue Lawyer and The Scam.

FBI Agent Kate O’Hare and con artist Nick Fox are back at the game, working together to bring down the bad guys who can’t be captured by legal means.  Their target this time is Evan Trace, an international casino owner who is laundering money for crooks and terrorists.  They bring back some of their old friends in this new caper, including buxom Willie and method actor Boyd.  As usual, plans go awry, and Nick and Kate have to change things up in mid-scheme.  But, have they gotten themselves in deeper than usual once the Yakuza become involved?

Evanovich and Goldberg have done a marvelous job of describing the exotic locales their characters end up in, and I enjoyed them as much as usual.  Uncharacteristically, this novel resolved the conflict, and then ended with a cliffhanger.  One of the things I’ve loved about the Plum and Fox and O’Hare books is that each has a satisfactory ending and isn’t really dependent upon the others, so I wasn’t really happy with the ending.  I HATE having to wait to find out what happens to the characters (“to be continued” are some of the worst words in the English language.)  As Kate and Nick become more attached to each other, there is also less bickering, something I rather enjoyed.  Fans of the series are in for a satisfying development that you won’t want to miss.

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