The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Release Date - March 2014
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
I didn't read the first novel in the Fox & O'Hare series. Despite that, I didn't feel lost at any point, so that's always a good sign. The Chase was most everything I hoped for. There's plenty of action and plenty of humor.
Special Agent Kate O'Hare partners with con artist Nick Fox to retrieve a priceless bronze rooster that was stolen from the Smithsonian 10 years earlier.. Chinese authorities are heading to the U.S. to pick up this artifact, and the U.S. government doesn't want to hand them a fake.
Nick knows who has the rooster, a former White House chief of staff (Carter Grove), but getting it back must be handled very carefully. Carter runs a prominent private security firm and also knows some top secret information about the government's black ops, information they cannot afford to have leaked.
Lee Goldberg wrote for three of my favorite shows: The Glades, Monk, and Psych. His Monk novels have always impressed me. As for Janet Evanovich, most readers know her best for her Stephanie Plum novels. I also read most of those novels, though I admit the constant Joe vs. Ranger love triangle grew tiresome, so it's been years since I've picked up a book from that series.
I was eager to see what a writer collaboration between Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg would bring forth, and it wasn't disappointing. My issue ended up being that Kate's father was too reminiscent of Stephanie Plum's grandmother, and Nick came off as a bit of Ranger with a touch of Joe. They didn't feel unique.While there was more action in The Chase, the romantic sparks and humorous antics of her father felt too similar to me.