Featured Review: ‘The Bounty’ by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton


FBI agents Kate O’Hare and Nicholas Fox find themselves racing against the clock to uncover a buried train filled with Nazi gold in the latest must-read thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton.

Following the events of The Big Kahuna (2019) both O’Hare and the ever-charming Nick Fox turn to action, joining up with Interpol in an attempt to thwart efforts to steal a priceless diamond ring that once belonged to Pope Paul VI. Heading to the Vatican, their mission goes sideways when Fox’s father, Quentin—also a master thief, like his son—shows up and, instead of grabbing the ring, makes off with a treasure map that’s said to lead to historic riches.

Complicating matters even further for the FBI duo is the belief that Quentin is working with the Brotherhood, a neo-Nazi organization that descended from the Vatican Bank priests who worked for Hitler, who’s hellbent on recovering the more than $30 million in lost gold.

Needing additional help, Kate calls upon her father, Jake, a former Marine, to lend a hand on short notice. Though they need Jake’s skill set to help track down Quinten as he heads for Eastern Europe to scour the mountains in search of the lost gold, Kate’s inability to ever fully see eye-to-eye with her father creates another dynamic within the story, as the tension quickly mounts and the plot heats up. Soon, the duo realizes there’s more going on than they originally thought, and as they desperately chase after the Brotherhood, they must also run from others . . . who are in search of them.

Everything Evanovich touches turns to gold (no pun intended) and The Bounty is no exception. Brimming with action, suspense, and an ever-unraveling mystery that’ll delight fans of Indiana Jones, America’s most beloved thriller writer weaves together another brilliant plot with stellar character development that’ll have readers both biting their nails and laughing out loud as they furiously flip through the pages. The addition of Hamilton, best known for his New York Times bestselling Alex McKnight and Nick Mason series, proves to be a perfect choice as their writing styles mesh well, with just enough of Hamilton’s grit playing the yang to Evanovich’s smooth and easy yin. The lights-out combo should make The Bounty a fan-favorite among Evanovich’s legion of fans, and the perfect holdover until the next Stephanie Plum novel arrives sometime this fall.

Fun, fast, and widely entertaining, The Bounty is a sure-fire winner as Janet Evanovich—with Steve Hamiton—delivers her best Fox and O’Hare thriller to date, proving this series to be yet another juggernaut in her stable of can’t-miss franchises.

Book Details

Author: Janet Evanovich & Steve Hamilton
Series: Fox and O’Hare #7
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1982157135
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Real Book Spy Rating: 9.0/10



Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.


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