Now I know. What do I know? I know why the Fox & O'Hare Novel series are such a hit! Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's "The Scam" is no different than their predecessors. I mean there's already 4 full novels, including this one, plus 2 short stories. Starting with Book 4 or Book 6 if you count the shorts might be a gamble, but I want to see how good it is, and any good sequel should also be good in itself. Boy, am I hooked now.
Think of it as Ocean's Eleven meets the adventure and the spy game of James Bond. It's good. Surprisingly, I've never read anything by either authors (I know, don't start throwing things at me). The writing is funny and outright visual! It's like watching a TV serial, and I can't wait for more. That's how bad I have it now with this series. I mean, I should easily be immune to it, I've watched many cop shows and I'm a fan of James Bond movies. So why am I hooked?
I have nothing to compare to since I've yet to read any of Evanovich or Goldberg's other books, including none of the other Fox & O'Hare novels. So I'll just say it. It's fun. It's fun because it doesn't require a lot of thinking. I mean you might want to figure out what will happen, but why bother? The pace is so exciting and so to the mark, that the answer will be right there soon enough. What also makes it fun is the band of misfits they put together to make this heist/scam work. Then there's also the bad guys with their own fun characterizations. Fox and O'Hare is already a hoot, from their quirky and flirtatious interactions to their action pack ideas. Just fun. If you need a nice read on the plane or on the train/bus, pick this book up. If you need a relaxing read on the beach, this is the one to get you going. For me, I easily finished this during a 2 hours wait in a waiting room. (Yes, pathetic to wait that long). That really is the highlight of that wait, so I assume that might also be the reason why I'm psyched about "The Scam". You will be too. Trust me.
Release date: September 15, 2015
NOTE: I received an advanced complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher, Ballantine of Random House Publishing Group through Net Galley for an honest review.
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