My first exposure to Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg was in their co-authored novel “The Chase” and I thought the book was an entertaining and fun thriller novel. When I got an e-mail from the publisher asking me if I wanted a copy of the duo’s upcoming novel, “The Job,” I was quick to take advantage of the invitation so that I could read the novel before its November 18, 2014, release date.
When the FBI let Nicolas Fox escape from prison in order to help them capture some of the world’s greatest and most dangerous criminals, the organization paired him with Special Agent Kate O’Hare. It was assumed that O’Hare would be able to control Fox since she was the one who arrested him. Now, however, it seems as if Fox is up to his old antics once again as he is caught on video stealing precious pieces of art. O’Hare is not convinced however and is out to prove the former thief’s innocence.
When O’Hare finally tracks down the real thief, she is put on the trail of an even bigger prize in one of the world’s most notorious drug lords that had appeared to have disappeared after having appearance-altering plastic surgery. Now O’Hare and Fox must pull together an odd bunch of a team in order to track down the drug lord and bring him to justice. It will be a complex con that requires the help of one of the leading special effects artists, an obsessive actor, a Somali pirate, and O’Hare’s ex-special forces father. The prize of bringing down the drug lord is a great one. Now Fox and O’Hare just need to make sure that they are still alive to enjoy it.
“The Job” is a thriller written on a grand stage and it works very well. With a story that spans the globe from Nashville to Italy to England, the story is always on the go. While all of the globe-hopping can become tedious in some books, it does not become a diversion in “The Job” but adds more flavor to the story. Evanovich and Goldberg put enough detail and local flavor into the story that it really gives a sense of the location rather than just making it a flat backdrop to the story while not distracting the reader from the action. And there is a lot of action in this book as the story barely pauses as O’Hare and Fox are rushed from one situation to another with only a little time to prepare in the midst of the chaos of their unfolding plan.
Evanovich and Goldberg know how to craft a thriller and “The Job” is the equal to “The Chase” if not superior in every way. The authors balance the personal thoughts and lives of the characters against the urgency of the moment in a near-perfect manner so that there is some character development but the story flows smoothly along moving the reader to the next action sequence. There is a quirkiness to the characters and the story that push the limit of what is believable but do not stray too far from reality and adds an element of fun amidst the tension of the story. Quite simply, “The Job” is pure action and entertainment. With its taut action sequences and globe-spanning storyline, “The Job” has everything that a reader can ask for in a thriller of its ilk and quite possibly even a little something extra as well.
I would like to thank Random House and NetGalley for this advance review copy. “The Job” is scheduled to be released on November 18, 2014.