Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society (Book 3)
Publication: Disney Hyperion (February 5, 2013)

Description: Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of lovable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line.

When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.

Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy

My Thoughts: This is a great heist story that concludes the Heist Society trilogy. In this episode, Hale is called home because of the death of his beloved grandmother Hazel. Hale has been Kat's friend and colleague since she stole him from his grand home when he was thirteen or so. They have had adventures and run cons all over the world. But now, Hale seems to be pulling away from Kat as he grieves for his grandmother and gets sucked into the drama of his family.

When Hale's minder calls on Kat to meet with his sister who spent over 60 years as Hazel's maid, Kat learns that they believe that Hazel's will has been switched. The current will leaves Hale the whole of the Hale Company with the company's lawyer as his guardian until he reaches his majority. Kat and her family immediately begin to investigate the lawyer while keeping the investigation from Hale.

Kat needs to call in her whole family to run a con on a man who is already running a big con of his own. I was a little worried that Hale and Kat's relationship would be ruined by the changes in his circumstances but I loved the way things worked out.

It was fun following the twists and turns of this convoluted plot. It was also great to reconnect with other characters from the earlier books in this trilogy.

Favorite Quote:
The older generation sat looking at the younger, and Kat wondered exactly when and how the baton had been passed. She wanted to know if it was too late to give it back.
I bought this one Oct. 16, 2014. You can buy your copy here.

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