The Heist

THE HEIST                                        JANET EVANOVICH & LEE GOLDBERG
Posted: Aug. 18, 2013

16169737From Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.
Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:

This is a good book. A fast paced story with action and some comedy. I really liked the way the female lead character interacted with her father. This added to the story and even made it funnier at times. A very good book with some twists and turns that makes the story a great read.

The Grrrl of Limberlost

THE Grrrl OF LIMBERLOST                      ANNIE PEARSON
Posted: Aug. 18,2013

18276075Samsara Byron is back in Seattle, working to save the world.

A murder in a Seattle coffee house. A murder on her father’s decaying boat dock on Puget Sound. All of this has nothing to do with Sam, she insists. She’s heroically fending off a criminal attack on the world’s cyber infrastructure—if she could only get anyone to answer the phone on Christmas day.

After escaping exurban life on Limberlost Island a decade earlier, Sam became a rock star among anti-hacker security programmers: appearing at BlackHat conferences in vintage t-shirts and combat boots; investigating international security conspiracies with the FBI and NSA.

Now Sam is dragged sideways by chaos back on Limberlost Island: her brother accidentally embroiled her flaky father with gun runners; the boy next door came home as prodigal son, hiding from Eastern European gangsters; a porn farmer thinks he’s in love.

Meanwhile, the local weather guru promises that the large cold air mass headed for the Puget Sound Conversion Zone will dump record snow. Seattle is always paralyzed when it snows.

The Grrrl of Limberlost follows three self-absorbed voices through the frenzy and terror in their daily lives, mired in family losses and betrayals, while weaponized malware threatens to ruin Christmas. The key mystery: which voice is the unreliable narrator?

This light comedic suspense novel tries to include romance, but hardly anyone has time for it. It does contain in explicit sex scenes and the sort of language you’d expect from gangsters, porn-farmers, and retro Riot Grrrls.

Annie Pearson’s Rain City Comedy of Manners series explores misadventures in contemporary Seattle among people whose work drives their hearts’ desires, often in conflict with other love affairs. When bad things happen to quirky people, can they survive the wretched comedy of romance under grey skies?


HUBBY'S REVIEW:

A fast paced book with different story lines that all connect at the end. It works to. The author does a good job with the characters and how they all come together. The story line about computers and codes works. She makes you feel like it is easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book and I think most people will as well.

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