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.
Well, where do I start with this one? There's just so much about this novel that make it so appealing to me.
Well, firstly, the cover is just gorgeous. Really, whoever the mastermind behind it is, I commend you. The picture, the model's smirk, her reflective sunglasses, the whole deal is just perfect.
Also, I have a thing for Carter's writing. Sure, I need to catch up a little bit in the Gallagher Girls series, but that doesn't mean I can't check this one out.
And lastly, thievery (in theory) is cool. Seriously, I'm talking about those cool movies like Ocean's Eleven (and Twelve and Thirteen) and The Italian Job. If you're like me and find those movies exciting to say the least, then you probably understand why I want to read this book.
Released February 9, 2010 from Hyperion.