Novella November – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

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Meet Fox and O’Hare, the latest madcap couple from the comic queen of mayhem, alongside one of America’s favourite TV show producers.

Beginning with their first ever ‘clash’ in The Shell Game, these two short stories are a great introduction to this quirky pair.

If you’re a fan of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, or you loving watching TV shows like Diagnosis Murder or Monk, then you will adore these shorts, and don’t worry when you get to the end, because there are four more full length books for you to dive into.

When rookie FBI agent Kate O’Hare meets career conman Nick Fox there’s bound to be a sting in the tale.

Fresh out of Quantico and looking forward to her first FBI assignment, Kate O’Hare is teamed up with high-end security expert, Nick Fox, to help protect a shipment of valuable Peruvian relics. Problem is, nothing is what it seems. Nick Fox is actually a con artist and he’s about to play the shell game with special agent O’Hare in a high-speed chase with armoured cars, a few smoke bombs and a little light flirting. It doesn’t take long for Nick to discover Kate O’Hare is smart, tenacious, and when she’s conned, she holds a grudge.

Life for Fox & O’Hare will never be the same again.

 


FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s twentieth-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed ‘King of Hostile Takeovers’ is getting married, Kate is 85 per cent – okay maybe 92 per cent – sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox.

Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year. And third, what’s going to happen once O’Hare finally gets her hands on Fox? It’s going take a pro to catch a con before the fireworks over Lake Michigan go off.

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Lunch with a Coyote

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A daughter disappears in the middle of the night. What happens in the aftermath of this tragedy-after the search is abandoned, after the TV crews move on to cover the latest horrific incident-is the story of Coyote. There is a marriage and a detective. There is a storm, a talk show host, and a roasted boar. People are murdered and things are hidden. Coyotes skulk in the woods, a man stands by the fence, and a tale emerges within this familiar landscape of the violent unknown.

Today I went out for lunch to pamper myself a little and find a quiet place to read.

My book of choice was the novella Coyote by Colin Winnette. It turned out it was a good job I had ordered a cold sandwich, and not something hot to eat…

From the opening page I was enthralled and I sat engrossed for just two short hours while I completely devoured this book. It was mesmerising. I’ve spent the afternoon reflecting on it and I know it’s going to take some time and probably a second read to process it properly.

In Coyote, we watch the parents of a missing child disconnect and reconnect over and over following the unexplained disappearance of their young daughter. It’s an aftermath that is heartbreaking, haunting, and one that feels entirely all too real.

Through the eyes of the mother we are told in short sharp bursts, the blunt edged truth of a life of loss once the media circus has died, when “the world”, no longer cares that this couple have lost a child. She is the perfect narrator for this tale, with a voice so easily identified with, telling of the times she would think badly of her daughter, despite her fierce, protective love for her.

Coyote is a straight to the bone, depiction of a breakdown, with a tragedy thrown in to boot. In my mind it’s quite simply a book you will either get completely and love, or feel confused and not.  Either way, it’s a story that is going to stay with you for some time.  I know it will with me.