THE SHELL GAME: Keep Your Eyes on the Ball!



Shell Game CoverA Fox and O’Hare Short Story
by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
Random House/Random House Audio
ON SALE October 7, 2014
Unabridged Audiobook Download  48 minutes
Read by Scott Brick
Also available in e-book formats 29 pages

Audio Book provided by publisher for review.
No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions
presented herein are my own, except as noted.


Conman Nick Fox is after Garson Klepper’s golden Peruvian relics.  For Fox, convincing Klepper to hire him as security for the relocation of the relics to The Getty in L.A. was easy.  Problem is Fox wasn’t planning on Klepper also enlisting the help of the FBI.  Fox also wasn’t planning on being paired up with rookie special agent Kate O’Hare.  She’s smart, she’s tenacious and when she’s conned, she holds a grudge.  Life for Fox and O’Hare will never be the same again.

The Shell Game is a prequel to the riveting series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, which continues with The Job on November 18.


square "my take"This fun short story is expertly read by Scott Brick. He is the absolute star of the recording with subtle voice characterizations and impeccable timing.  His “acting” is not overdone; more like how the characters in a book sound to me in my own head. Kate’s cubicle mate is really well done —  I think he may have lived in my husband’s grad school apartment.  And the story is so short it is an excellent introduction to audio books and would perfectly fit ironing or folding clothes, weeding, or a short drive. Plus it gives you a test-drive for this series written by Evanovich and Goldberg.

On first learning of this series, I was worried that perhaps this was just another version of Evanovich’s other well known characters, but Kate O’Hare is not just Stephanie Plum with training and a college education.  She’s grittier, less susceptible to a man who could charm her panties off than Ms. Plum.

Nick Fox is as charming as James Bond but perhaps not as deadly. He is the sophisticated honor-among-thieves, Robin Hood, The Saint type of thief.  He makes crime look good. He hangs out with some rather strange characters.  But it would seem his thievery is normally for a good cause.

The title of the book is apt for a clever plot twist that anyone who has ever been on a freeway in LA will find amusing.

I really enjoyed the story and think it is worth the price: under two bucks for the audio book and a short buck for the e-book.



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