Thursday, September 02, 2010

Heist Society

Heist Society
Heist Society by Ally Carter. Hyperion, 2010

Loved this book.
Audrey Hepburn
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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tanita✿davis said...

A high school Oceans Eleven, eh? I love that picture of Audrey Hepburn - but I'm glad no one else is trying to wear that ... um... hat.

Camille said...

Ha, you know, she only wore Givenchy! Very 60s that hat. ItThe book is very Ocean's Eleven, Hustle, Leverage.

Jennifer Morian Frye said...

I don't know if I've said before, but I have read so many great books because of you.....Thank you! : ) Needless to say, I am a fan of your blog.

Ms. Yingling said...

This was a fantastic book. Thanks so much for the picture of Hepburn-- I hadn't thought about that connection when I read the book, even though it's so obvious!

Elena said...

I stumblred upon your site - and this book really looks fun! I think I will really like the character. What other kinds of books do you review? Do you review any children's books? is a good one. I will be checking back!