When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own–scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help. For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in history–or at least her family’s (very crooked) history.
The plot – loved it! Kat attempts to leave the family ‘business’ of art theft only to be dragged back into it when her father is falsely accused of stealing from the ‘wrong’ guy . Arturo Taccone (aka the really bad dude) meets up with Kat to give her father a ‘message’, he wants his paintings back…but there is a time limit of two weeks. Kat, along with the help of her ‘family’, decide the only way to save her Dad is to right the wrong by stealing the paintings themselves and returning them. Non-stop action entails as they fly all over the world in search of clues as to where the paintings could be – yep, not only did they have to steal them, they had to figure out where they were to begin with! As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think this must have been fun book research!
As the dust jacket says, think even more turns then Ocean Eleven – I’d add The Italian Job & a pinch of Gossip Girl! Oh my, I loved this book. I feel almost bad saying this, and mean no disrespect to the book, but it was such a fun, easy read, I’d call this the perfect beach (or anywhere) read. It is one of those few books you read each year that when you finish the last page and close the book, you take a deep breath feeling satisfied.
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