Friday, March 4, 2016

THE SCAM - Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library, new audio books shelf, Audio book

Description: Kate O'Hare is an FBI agent with the unenviable task of using not-quite-legal methods to snag major bad guys who can't be snagged any other way. Nick Fox is a crook “on the lam” who helps Kate. Their cover story is that Kate is still searching for Nick, but actually Nick helps her catch the bad guys. In this story, Kate and Nick are scamming the scammers, a high-rolling gambling ring.

Plot: Kate and Nick travel to Las Vegas and Macau, trying to bring down Evan Trace, a high-powered con man running a money laundering scheme, including the drug money of other high-powered bad guys, through his casinos.

Characterization: Nick and Kate are reasonably well-developed. There is a cast of secondary characters, including Kate's father who is really crazy retired military, plus several other characters of questionable ethics who love helping with these not-quite-legal schemes. All have their own personalities and are a lot of fun.

Setting: Southern California, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Macau. The descriptions were good, somewhat minimal at times, but I was able to picture every scene.

Other: This is the fourth book in the series. I haven't read the previous books, but I was able to follow along without the benefit of all that backstory. I'm sure I missed some things, but overall it was a fun read even as a stand-alone. It does end on a cliffhanger which I'm not sure I appreciated. I dislike when authors leave something major hanging, presumably to entice [force] the reader to buy the next book.

Overall: A fun story, with a few twists and a bit of suspense.

Grade: B+

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