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A mysterious disappearance, an enormous fortune and a missing unicorn reunite conman Nicholas Fox and FBI agent Kate O'Hare in the New York Times best-selling series as they travel the world in search of answers.... 

Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O'Hare always plays by the rules. Charming con man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he goes along. They're working together to tackle the out-of-bounds cases ordinary FBI agents can't touch. And their relationship? Well, there hasn't been so much explosive chemistry since Nitro was introduced to Glycerin.

Next on the docket: the mysterious disappearance of the Silicon Valley billionaire known as the Big Kahuna. His Instagram model wife and shady Czech business partner are more interested in gaining control of his company than helping find him, and for that they need a dead body...not a living Kahuna. 

The only lead is the Kahuna's drop-out son, who's living the dream in Hawaii. To get close to him, Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the surfer community of Paia, Maui. For Kate, there is nothing more horrifying than setting up house with Nick Fox, even if he does look pretty good on a longboard.... 

©2019 The Gus Group LLC (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Great.

Great Storyline, good narrator. Like the Fox and O"Hare series, looking forward to the next one!

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Not as good as previous stories

Where was the elaborate heist and crazy cast from previous novels? Entertaining but definitely not as good as the others in the series.

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  • JASON M.
  • 05-10-19

My last Fox and O'Hare?

I loved the previous novels in this series, written in conjunction with Lee Goldberg. This one, however, just didn't make sense in so many ways. We have lost a valuable female character, to be replaced with an idiotic male agent, and a retired porn star! Too many inconsistencies in the story by far. I may try one more, and if no improvement, there will be no more for me!

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  • Thoughtful shopper
  • 05-09-19

Disappointing

I had been eagerly awaiting this book as I had enjoyed this series but I’m sad to say it was a massive disappointment. Continuity errors in Nick and Kate’s relationship status from the previous book bothered me (although this were partially resolved at the end). Unfortunately , the story was dull and predictable. Evanovich’s books are fairly formulaic but the stories are normally supported with excellent humour. However, this book felt out of sync with the previous books in this series. It was neither as funny as Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books nor as good as the previous Fox and O’Hare books. I normally love Evanovich’s writing which is comedic and fun but this book is not like that and I feel the collaboration with her son doesn’t work. I did wonder several times if she actually had anything to do with writing it or if it has been handed off to him to do, it felt so different from the previous book. The plot feels like a bad 1980s airport blockbuster. The writing is full of cliche and as a result feels sloppy and tired. The characterisation is poor: instead of the Kate, Nick and Jake we have got to know, they seem to have morphed into cardboard cut outs of tv and movie characters whom if you bother with this book, you will instantly recognise. Cosmo, on the other hand, whilst annoying and cliched, comes across a bit like a human version of a giant accident-prone, untrainable dog and is a pleasant change! The former porn star turned Instagram model character is plain ghastly and feels really lazy.....the instagram photo shots which are meant to provide humour just feel obvious and boring. Then there is the attempted ironic use of quotes from tv and film, such as the A Team, to support the characterisation which rather than being funny, falls flat and simply creates the impression that the writers had no idea how to develop the characters or any original ideas. The only truly amusing bit comes at the end in the last few sentences which continues the running joke from previous books.

Will I bother with the next one? I’m not sure, if I do it would only be because in the past, whenever Evanovich’s writing has taken a dip, it picked up again in the next novel. Sadly, however, this series is on its last chance as far as I’m concerned. White Collar did it better and that is saying something!

Overall this book is a huge disappointment. Perhaps it might have been better to leave this series at the previous book where it seemed to have come to a natural conclusion.

Disappointing indeed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-19

If you enjoy Fox and O’Hare avoid this book

I’ve loved this series but seriously considered sending this book back. The plot and characters are awful and are totally different to the previous books in the series, I even spent time googling to see if the book was set before some of the others which might have explained some of the inconsistencies but no it’s meant to follow on. The reader performs as well as always, not sure how with the plot, but it could do nothing to redeem the storyline which I gave one star because I have to give it something. If you’ve never read the series you might enjoy it.

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  • avid reader
  • 04-09-22

Mehhh

The character development in the first 5 books was forgotten in this one. The relationship between Nick and Kate took a big step back, Nick went from a covert operative to one openly meeting Jessop in his office in the FBI building and cosmo was brought into the team for clumsy comedic effect only.
You can tell the change in writer from the lack of continuity and loss of finesse in the plot.
Scott Brick did a stand up job as always but for me this was not as good as the first five books.

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  • Hamel K.
  • 02-25-22

Not like the previous books

Narration was great, and engaging.
The series used to involve a clever heist story with a relatable, but gritty FBI agent protagonist in Kate O'Hare and a charming, witty, and often delinquent partner in Nick Fox.

It's now turned into a basic chase story, with no cleverness, no charm, and dumb villains that the team doesn't even try hard to outwit.

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  • Rannulf
  • 06-09-21

Excellent addition to the series.

This is totally far fetched. Utterly improbable,. And really entertaining. Some excellent characters. All larger than life.
As well as laugh out loud moments. It's also a parody of some of the bizzare aspects of Social media.

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  • Rob Roy
  • 05-20-21

Like the previous books only more so!

If you have read the previous 5 books in the Fox and O'Hare series you will know what to expect and you certainly won't be disappointed! Humour; action with zany overtones: great dialogue;Jake and his bigger is better approach to mayhem; will they won't they? with some sparkling innuendo and of course Toblerone! In this episode I found myself chuckling out loud even more than usual. Look out for an amusingly instructional treatise on "selfies" given in other than normal circumstances. Great narration as usual.
If you are new to the series you probably want to begin with the first book. Some recurring characters are missing but some fun new ones make an appearance. This was just great fun!

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  • Katie
  • 05-16-19

Not my favourite in the series but good story.

I look forward to the next instalment after every book. Shame they just seem to be getting shorter. Love the returning characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-29-21

Love for Janet Evanovich but not for this audio

I love Janet Evanovich books. I’m usually a reader but have found myself time poor. I downloaded this after slowing reading the book for a while.
I only have one problem and that is the book being read in a male voice. I found it to be like nails across a chalkboard. Kate O’Hara identifies as female and the person reading the book has a very deep, distinctive deep male voice. I stopped it after a few paragraphs as I found it very unsettling listening to a man describe a woman’s closet as if he was the women relegating the outfit to the back of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

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Another great Evanovich novel. Was shocked with the NZ part, know the area well and I'm sure the authors enjoyed their research in the adventure capital! Fun listening, thanks!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-19

Scott needs to work on his Kiwi accent.

I love Janet Evanovich stories this one is a bit more raunchy than her others.