THE JOB, by Evanovich & Goldberg: Like a Box of Chocolates,…


THE JOB_FlatA Fox and O’Hare Novel #3
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Random House/Bantam
Hardcover/ebook: 304 Pages 11/18/14 also available in large print
Audiobook Read by Scott Brick  7 hours, 5 minutes

E-Galley provided by publisher for review.  No remuneration was provided and all opinion presented herein is my own unless otherwise noted.

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 oust 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.


square "my take"You know when you have a box of chocolate and you bite into one thinking it;s going to be your favorite and it’s some horrible combo instead of the luscious treat you were expecting? That’s how I felt when I read this book.

It’s the same old, same old here only without the degree of thrill I found in the previous books.  The magnetic attraction that had been so strong between the characters before is now wan and failing, even though there is more physical contact than in the other stories.

The story is a little far fetched and harder to believe than the others, which is saying something as they were also out there on the suspension-of-disbelief-o-meter.  For example the ending totally depends on the bad guys not being careful and they are previously portrayed as pretty wily and and extremely violent.

And, at one point there is a deus ex machina which allows Kate to escape a situation she may have had a little more ttrouble with otherwise.  Additionally I felt like Kate was turning into Evanovich’s other, more famous character, Stephanie Plum. It’s impossible to read this series without making comparisons, but at one point Kate was so like Stephanie and so unlike the super capable, strong-willed Kate that I wondered if the balance of who had written this series had shifted.  Did Goldberg call in sick and leave Evanovich to her own devices?

In short, this story felt off and as if the authors were not that into it.  Guess that could be why it didn’t work for me.