"Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, teams up with Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of mysteries featuring Emerson Knight and Riley Moon, a dynamic duo with instant and undeniable chemistry. Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight. What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.
From the Hardcover edition."
This is one of the most difficult reviews I've ever had to write. I love the Stephanie Plum books, they never fail to keep me happy for the few hours I can sink myself into them.
I had such high hopes for this book -the book did not reach up to them. The idea might have been fairly fresh (not totally, but we won't go there), but the characters and writing was flat, flat, flat...I don't think that I have ever read a book in which I really didn't care what happened -about the crime or to the characters.
Was Emerson supposed to have had some sort of medical condition?
Like I said the writing was flat -none of the conversations between the characters had any inflection to them. As a matter of fact Emerson had a few 'saying' that if I had heard one more time I would have tossed my cookies. Repetition is not really funny. Well maybe if you are 9 years old...
The mystery was insipid and even a little over done -I mean how many books have there already been about the bad guys taking over the world? Stealing the worlds gold -well maybe that is a tad unique, but then again I haven't read every book ever written.
All in all this book read like it was written for young adults and was written BY a very young adult.
ARC supplied by publisher