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The Shell Game
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The Shell Game
Fox and O'Hare Series, Book 0.25
It was love at first con. Find out how FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare and con artist Nicolas Fox first met in this exclusive eBook original short story!

Con man Nick Fox is after Garson Klepper's golden Peruvian relics. For Fox, convincing Klepper to hire him as security for the relocation of the relics to the Getty museum in L.A. was easy. Problem is, Fox wasn't planning on Klepper also enlisting the help of the FBI. Fox also wasn't planning on being paired up with rookie special agent Kate O'Hare. She's smart, she's tenacious, and when she's conned, she holds a grudge. Life for Fox and O'Hare will never be the same again.

The Shell Game is a prequel to the riveting series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, which continues with The Job on November 18.

Praise for the Fox and O'Hare series

"The laugh-out-loud humor that readers expect from Evanovich is in full force, and Goldberg's crafty and elaborate writing is prominent. . . . Everyone will be eager for the next book in the series."—Associated Press, on The Heist

"Great fun, with plenty of twists."The Sacramento Bee, on The Chase
It was love at first con. Find out how FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare and con artist Nicolas Fox first met in this exclusive eBook original short story!

Con man Nick Fox is after Garson Klepper's golden Peruvian relics. For Fox, convincing Klepper to hire him as security for the relocation of the relics to the Getty museum in L.A. was easy. Problem is, Fox wasn't planning on Klepper also enlisting the help of the FBI. Fox also wasn't planning on being paired up with rookie special agent Kate O'Hare. She's smart, she's tenacious, and when she's conned, she holds a grudge. Life for Fox and O'Hare will never be the same again.

The Shell Game is a prequel to the riveting series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, which continues with The Job on November 18.

Praise for the Fox and O'Hare series

"The laugh-out-loud humor that readers expect from Evanovich is in full force, and Goldberg's crafty and elaborate writing is prominent. . . . Everyone will be eager for the next book in the series."—Associated Press, on The Heist

"Great fun, with plenty of twists."The Sacramento Bee, on The Chase
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  • From the cover Garson Klepper liked going to black-tie events. Wearing a tuxedo made him feel suave and debonair. It made no difference that he looked like Homer Simpson, and made his living manufacturing fish meal for cattle. He always walked in as if he was the most important person in the ballroom, which he usually was. His sizable donation, made possible by his fish meal fortune, often made whatever charity event he was attending possible. Like the night's soiree at the Cleveland Ritz-Carlton.

    Klepper wasn't sure what calamity he was raising money for tonight. War, famine, homelessness, illiteracy. It didn't matter to Klepper. He wrote the checks for the tax deductions and attended the events because he could always count on leaving with a smoking-hot twenty-something gold digger on his arm.

    He was walking away from the bar with a lemon drop martini in each hand, one for him and one for the lucky gold digger at his table, when a man crossed his path, cutting him off.
    The man was in his early thirties, with impeccably cut, casually styled brown hair and a warm smile. He wore his custom-tailored tuxedo with a devil-may-care savoir faire that Klepper wished he could manage for himself.

    "Excuse me, Mr. Klepper," the man said. "I just have to tell you how impressed I am by your generous donation."

    "It's a horrible tragedy when a kid steps on a land mine," Klepper said. When he saw the confusion on the man's face, he quickly added, "Especially if he has a cleft palate."

    "Or suffers from malnutrition," the man said, "like the children we're raising money for tonight."

    "Exactly. I'm just doing my small part to make the world a better place." And if it got him laid, even better. That wouldn't happen if he didn't get back to the gold digger, a platinum blonde in a gold lamé halter-top evening dress that left nothing to the imagination. Klepper tried to edge past the guy, who cut him off again.

    "I'm sure that's also why you share your amazing collection of Peruvian antiquities with the public at the Cleveland Museum of Art."

    Klepper did his philanthropic work to gain prestige. The kind of prestige he couldn't get from making food for cows that were destined to become Big Macs. But he wasn't stupid. He knew this guy was sucking up to him for a reason.

    "Let's skip the ass-kissing, shall we?" Klepper said. "Who are you and what do you want?"

    He was Nicolas Fox, international con man and thief, and what he wanted was to clean Klepper out.

    Fox smiled at Klepper and gave him a small nod of approval for his bluntness. "My name is John Drake. I'm with Intertect Security. We understand you're lending your entire collection of Peruvian artifacts to the Getty in Los Angeles. We'd like to make sure your collection gets there safely."

    "I've already got people for that."

    "They aren't up to the task. The artifacts were looted from sacred tombs. The Peruvian government would love to get their treasures back. This move from Cleveland to L.A. is the perfect opportunity. You're going to need world-class security."

    "I'm covered. The company I'm using hires ex-soldiers, ex-cops, and ex-spies who know every trick," Klepper said. "They put the same cutting-edge alarm system in my house that's in the Louvre. Nothing gets past these guys. I think they can handle a simple delivery."

    "You're probably right. But if you change your mind, I gave your friend my card."

    Nick gestured to Klepper's table, where the gold digger was sitting.

    Klepper looked over at the woman and had a moment of confusion before he fully realized what he was seeing. She'd had...
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  • Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

    Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books, including King City, The Walk, and the bestselling Monk series of mysteries. He has earned two Edgar Award nominations and was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.
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