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The Job, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg 2014

This is another review for the guy who lives in the old farmhouse four miles east of Skiff on the Craddock, Nemiskam, Etzikom, Manyberries line. He’s probably the only living soul in the free world who hasn’t heard of Janet Evanovich and her long list of best-sellers.
Maybe Ms. Evanovich is slowing down, despite her perky smile on the back cover. She’s aided by Lee Goldberg, who is/was a screenwriter and the man who invented Monk. (Not Thelonius. The strange guy in the TV series.)
Between the two of them, they have concocted a plot that cries out for the traditional willing suspension of disbelief. But it’s entertaining and moves right along and nobody really cares very much if an FBI special agent is working with one of the world’s top criminals to apprehend other criminals.
The arch criminal is Nicholas Fox, who is able to walk into any well-defended fortress anywhere and walk out with anything that strikes his fancy. He has made only one mistake in his lengthy career — getting caught by Special Agent Kate O’Hare.
Things get off to a puzzling start when there is a string of robberies that everybody thinks were pulled off by Nick. Kate knows better, because Nick has been with her all the time. But she can’t tell anybody because her working with Nick is a secret known only to her boss.
They soon figure out who the robber is, which leads to the big important part of the story . . . tracking down a drug lord named Menendez who has had extensive facial reconstruction and full-body liposuction so that he can become a new (and secret) drug lord named Violante.
Since Violante’s whereabouts cannot be ascertained by conventional means, a complex plot involving sunken treasure, a huge boat and a team of experts is devised to lure Violante out of hiding and into the waiting arms of Scotland Yard.
It all works and Special Agent O’Hare comes through with only minor injuries. Her biggest threat seems to come from Nick, who routinely turns her knees to jelly with only a smile.