Heist Society by Ally Carter. Hyperion, 2010
Loved this book.
It is "the caper" genre, à la How to Steal a Million. The cover photo even evokes Audrey Hepburn.
Katarina was really trying to escape the family business. She had even made a new start at a posh boarding school when she is accused of a crime there that she did not commit. Who set her up and why?
Upon leaving school, she learns that her father is suspected of an art theft (THAT is the family biz) he did not commit. The owner of the paintings is very very angry and he wants his paintings back. He is also a very scary bad guy. So, who did steal the art work and can Kat find out in time to save her dad? She puts together a team of next-generation teen art thieves to try.
Like every good caper, the story unfolds in traditional fashion from building the team to the job itself. Each member of the team has their specialty. Kat's return to the shady world of art thievery has also brought her wealthy friend, Hale, back into her life. What is her relationship with him now? Are they friends, teammates or something more? Art, museums, security systems, Interpol, international travel: this book has it all.
Angela Dawe capably narrates the Brilliance audiobook. Carter blogs that there is a Heist Society 2 coming.
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