Title: Heist Society
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Released Date: February 2010
Series: Heist Society #14 STARS: I Really Liked It
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her 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’s art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. 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 her family’s (very crooked) history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Kat is a powerful character. I can just picture this petite girl standing up to big nasty thugs. It was a fun read. I started yesterday morning and finished a little after midnight. With 3 young kids I normally don’t stay up that late, but the story hooked me. I had to know how it all turned out.
Of course there’s a fun flirty relationship as a side story. I just wished there was a little more, but that’s just me. I’ll have to get the 2nd book, Uncommon Criminals, very soon.