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NEW addition to The Big Kahuna Excerpt – Janet Evanovich

NEW addition to The Big Kahuna Excerpt – Janet Evanovich

CHAPTER ONE
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Kate O’Hare’s favourite outfit was her blue windbreaker with the letters FBI written in yellow on the again, worn over a black T-shirt and matching black Kevlar vest.   Kate had reluctantly relegated the outfit to the again of her tiny closet, which now overflowed with an assortment of designer garments and resort informal seashore put on.  The designer garments and seashore put on have been all acquired throughout her current stint of undercover work.  Instruments of the commerce, she informed herself.  Sadly, it was Nicholas Fox’s commerce.  He was an excellent con man and a world class thief.  She’d arrested him two years in the past, and he’d charmed his method out of a lifetime in jail by providing up his distinctive skills to assist the FBI take down the worst of the worst criminals.

Now she had the unattainable job of appearing as his handler.  When typical police work couldn’t get the job executed, the FBI set Fox unfastened to run questionably authorized cons and undercover operations on out of attain dangerous guys. 

Some days Kate questioned whether or not she was managing Nicholas Fox or he was managing her.  As we speak was a type of days.  It was midday and she or he was standing in the midst of the Beverly Hills’ Saks Fifth Avenue wearing black slacks, a black and white striped shirt, pink suspenders, white gloves and a black beret.  Her face was painted utterly white, apart from her brilliant purple lipstick.   She was surrounded by a sea of equally dressed women and men, probably tons of of them.  It was a flash mob of mimes, they usually have been all doing basic mime stunts, making an attempt to get out of invisible bins, making an attempt to climb invisible ladders, struggling to not get blown away by non-existent wind. 

“That is ridiculous,” Kate stated to the mime standing subsequent to her.  “The truth is, this has received to be probably the most ridiculous, humiliating plan you’ve ever devised.  And that’s saying rather a lot.”

The mime subsequent to her was Nick Fox.  He silently threw an imaginary lasso at Kate and pretended to tug her in to him.

“Get a grip,” Kate stated.  “Not gonna occur.”

“You’ve gotten a brief reminiscence,” Nick stated.  “Dressing as mimes can’t examine to a few of the humiliating conditions we’ve skilled collectively.  And apart from, that is all of your boss’s fault.  He gave us this case.  I merely got here up with the sensible plan to unravel it.”

A rising crowd of consumers and gross sales clerks had gathered across the flash mob.  Kate scanned the room.  The complete retailer was entranced by the spectacle, together with two safety guards.

“Give it some thought,” Nick stated.  “Within the final 5 years, three excessive finish jewellery shops have been robbed in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas whereas on-lookers have been distracted by flash mobs.  It’s truly fairly sensible.  Anonymously arrange a flash mob over the web and also you’ve obtained a crew of 100 individuals unwittingly serving to you commit the right crime, all with out having to separate the cash 100 methods.  And, it’s designed to be a shock piece of efficiency artwork so individuals are inspired to maintain the time and place personal.”

Kate narrowed her eyes and stared at Nick.  “I get that.  What I don’t get is the way you occurred to be on the visitor record of one of the best stored secret in Los Angeles.  And why you assume this mob goes to cowl for an additional theft.  I’d higher not discover out you’re someway concerned on this.”

“I’m harm.  It’s as when you don’t belief me.  We’re purported to be companions on this task.”

“You’re a world class con man.  In fact, I don’t belief you.”

“Yeah, however you want me, proper?”

Kate blew out a sigh.  “Sure.  Principally.”

Nick flashed a crooked grin at Kate.  Even with the white-face make-up, Kate needed to reluctantly admit it was an excellent smile, and Nick Fox was outrageously attractive in his tight-fitting black mime pants and black and white striped shirt.

“It’s midday,” Nick stated, “and the flash mob is meant to dissipate in three minutes.  If it’s going to occur, it’s going to be quickly.”

Kate seemed over on the Graff Jewellery counter. A pair of Manolo Blahnik clad ft poked out from the behind the counter, toes up.  

“Crap,” Kate stated.  “Man-down at Graff.”

Nick and Kate pushed their approach by means of the visitors jam of mimes and stared on the lady stretched out behind the counter. She was mendacity on the ground, respiration however not shifting.  She had on a purple bandage gown, a nametag figuring out her as Beth the Nice Jewellery Supervisor and a tranquilizer dart caught into her thigh.  The counter was open with the important thing nonetheless within the lock.

Kate pulled the dart out of Beth’s leg and felt for her pulse.  “She appears okay,” Kate stated, “however she ought to get checked out.  Why isn’t there higher safety right here?”

“The safety guards are watching the flash mob.”

“Name for medical help after which name safety.”

Nick positioned the decision and gestured throughout the room at a younger feminine mime sporting a black mini gown, and striped knee socks. “Properly, that’s one thing you don’t see each day.”

Kate rolled her eyes.  “The mini gown?  Significantly.”

“No.”  Nick pointed to the 110 carats of pink, yellow, inexperienced and blue diamonds on the lady’s wrist.  “A mime sporting a $55 million Graff watch.”

“How have you learnt it’s a $55 million watch,” Kate requested.

“It’s the Graff Hallucination watch.  It was unveiled at Baselworld in 2014 and is the costliest watch ever created.  It was on mortgage to the Beverly Hill’s Graff this month.  Let’s get a better look.”

Kate positioned the dart subsequent to the unconscious lady and tagged after Nick.  “Weren’t you on trip in Switzerland throughout Baselworld in 2014.”

“You recognize, I feel I may need been.  Unusual coincidence, no?”

“No,” Kate stated.

“You aren’t going to ask me if I used to be considering snatching the watch, are you?”

“No once more,” Kate stated.  “I already know the reply.”

The lady within the black minidress turned, stared instantly into Kate and Nick’s faces, and took off operating in the direction of the exit.  Kate pushed apart a number of mimes and plowed via a crowd of onlookers.  Nick was proper behind her as they burst out of the shop, onto Wilshire Boulevard. They pulled up brief when the feminine mime jumped right into a white Econoline van parked on the road, and the van took off down Wilshire.

“This can be a position reversal for me,” Nick stated, arms on hips, catching his breath.  “Often the gorgeous lady is chasing me.”

Kate thought he could be referring to her as the gorgeous lady, however she wasn’t prepared to place cash on it.  She yanked the valet out of a pink Ferrari idling in entrance of the shop.  “FBI. I’m commandeering this car.”

Nick jumped into the passenger seat, gave the valet ten dollars and mimed a thanks.  “Mimes aren’t supposed to speak,” he stated to Kate.  “It’s all about story telling utilizing your physique language.”

Kate held her white gloved center finger as much as Nick, pressed her foot down on the accelerator, chirped her tires and went from zero to 70mph in three seconds.

The van took a tough left onto North Camden Drive, bounced off a parked automotive and swerved wildly earlier than regaining management.  Kate rounded the nook and caught as much as the van simply because it turned proper onto Santa Monica Boulevard.

“Nicely, you caught as much as them.  What’s subsequent?” Nick requested.

The again doorways to the van burst open and two mimes armed with semi-automatic AR-15 rifles took goal on the Ferrari.  Kate veered to the fitting and a stream of bullets struck the left aspect of the automotive.  The mimes took goal once more and Kate swerved left, leaving a bunch of recent bullet holes in the correct aspect of the automotive.

Nick appeared on the holes.  “I’m fairly positive these weren’t right here whenever you borrowed this automotive. I hope your insurance coverage covers commandeering.”

The van swung a proper onto Rodeo Drive and accelerated previous the Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang storefronts.  It was chopping round automobiles, blowing by means of visitors lights, and barely lacking individuals trying to cross the road.  Kate was lower than a automotive size behind it.  She had one hand on the wheel and the opposite on the horn.

She turned to Nick.  “Are you sporting your seatbelt?”

Nick tightened his seatbelt.  “I’m unsure I like the place that is going.”

Kate pressed the accelerator to the ground and the Ferrari lurched ahead, ramming the again of the Econoline, flattening the 2 gunmen, sending them tumbling across the again of the van, and setting off the Ferrari’s airbags.

Nick beat down the airbags and seemed out over the bullet gap riddled hood of the Ferrari on the crushed in entrance finish.  It was locked onto the rear of the van, which careened wildly down Rodeo Drive, towing the Ferrari behind it. 

Pedestrians have been screaming and scrambling to get out of the best way. 

“It’s like they’ve by no means seen two mimes driving a Ferrari in a high-speed chase with worldwide jewel thieves,” Nick stated.

“Let’s attempt to sluggish this freight practice down,” Kate stated, slamming her foot on the brake.

Nick seemed out on the wheels of the automotive.  The brake pads have been smoking and burnt rubber from the tires lined the road behind them.  The Econoline was slowly dropping velocity nevertheless it’s momentum nonetheless carried it ahead.

“In zero level two miles, you’ll have reached your vacation spot,” the Ferrari’s pc introduced.

Nick seemed down on the map on the touchscreen. “It seems like this automotive was programed to seek out the Beverly Wilshire lodge earlier than you commandeered it.  By and by, you already know that Rodeo Drive lifeless ends at Wilshire Boulevard, proper?”

Kate nonetheless had her hand on the horn.  “Holy shit pickles.  Cling on.”  The van and convertible, nonetheless locked collectively, sped by way of the intersection of Rodeo and Wilshire, pinballing off automobiles.  They jumped the curb and plowed by means of the Beverly Wilshire Lodge’s outside eating space, demolishing a desert cart however miraculously avoiding hitting any visitors.

The 2 automobiles crashed via the plate glass home windows into the lodge foyer and eventually got here to a screeching halt simply in entrance of the concierge desk. 

“You’ve reached your vacation spot,” the Ferrari introduced and burst into flames.

Kate and Nick jumped from the Ferrari, rushed to the van and pulled the three dazed mimes to security earlier than handcuffing them. Lodge employees rushed in with hearth extinguishers and labored at getting the blaze underneath management.  Police cruisers and firetrucks screamed within the distance.

“Whenever you assume you’re going to die, it actually places issues in perspective,” Nick stated, wiping away a stray little bit of cheesecake from Kate’s cheek …the final stays of the now deceased dessert cart.  “Cash doesn’t imply an excessive amount of should you don’t have love in your life.”

Kate drew in near Nick, reached into his jacket and pulled out the Hallucination Watch.  “That explains why you pocketed this $55 million watch?”

Nick grinned at Kate and ate the cheesecake from his finger.  “What can I say.  It’s my nature.  I see issues of nice magnificence and I should have them.”

CHAPTER TWO

Nick and Kate paced outdoors the nook workplace of Carl Jessup, particular agent in cost on the FBI’s Los Angeles subject workplace. They’d been stored ready for twenty minutes. The wait wasn’t an excellent signal. Once they lastly have been allowed entrance, they sat throughout the desk from Jessup for an excellent thirty seconds, staring into the fifty- one thing Kentuckian’s craggy face, earlier than he broke the silence. 

“So, what do you two knuckleheads should say for yourselves?” Jessup stated, extra a condemnation than a query. 

Kate leaned ahead. “Lengthy story brief. We captured the mega- profitable criminals you needed taken down, and we saved the world’s costliest watch from being stolen.” 

Jessup held up his palms and seemed over at Nick. “And your tackle the morning’s occasions?” 

“I’d favor to skip proper to the great things,” Nick stated. 

“The ‘great things’?” 

Nick nodded. “You understand. The half the place you inform us how the mayor took an enormous chew out of your ass and the way you advised him we’re a few unfastened cannons and the way if we screw up only one extra time it is going to be our badges. However, secretly, you assume we’re the most effective rattling cops on the drive and need you had 100 others identical to us.” 

“You’re not a cop, and also you don’t have a badge,” Jessup stated. “You’re an asset we recruited to assist us in conditions that require finesse and discretion. You’re fortunate you’re not in jail.” 

“Yessir,” Nick stated. He seemed over at Kate and silently mouthed, “Greatest rattling cops on the pressure.” 

Jessup shook his head in disgust and turned to Kate. “You demolished a million-dollar Ferrari, shot up Rodeo Drive, and set a five-star lodge on hearth.” 

“Chasing down harmful felons,” Kate stated. 

Jessup wasn’t shopping for it. “Up to now yr alone of undercover work, you’ve destroyed three sports activities automobiles, a helicopter, and a ten- million- greenback yacht.” 

“Don’t overlook concerning the metropolis bus,” Nick stated whereas Kate kicked at him beneath cowl of Jessup’s desk. “The one she totaled making an attempt to arrest me.” 

“And a bus,” Jessup stated. “The purpose is you two are like a herd of bulls in a china store. That’s why I’ve added a brand new workforce member. He follows the principles. He fills out his paperwork on time. He doesn’t destroy buses or Ferraris or resorts.” 

Kate labored at preserving her composure. “With all respect, sir, I don’t assume we’d like a 3rd group member.” 

“With all respect, O’Hare, you deserve this workforce member.” 

“He’s going to drive me loopy, isn’t he?” Kate stated. 

Jessup smiled for the primary time. “Yeah. And that’s not the most effective half. I’ve an actual humdinger of an task for you and Nick and your new companion. You’re going to adore it.” 


The Huge Kahuna Copyright © 2019 by Gus Group, LLC.
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