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Heist Society

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Heist Society

Some of Katarina Bishop’s earliest memories are of globetrotting with her parents to exotic locales, such as Paris, London and Vienna --- where her family of master thieves pulled off audacious heists. At age 15, with her mother gone and her father circling the globe in search of the next big job, Kat wants to leave behind the family business and lead the normal life of an ordinary teenager.

In a brazen con of her own, Kat forges her way into Colgan School, where she hopes to steal an expensive education from one of the most exclusive boarding schools in the world. Her clever ruse lasts a few months, but when she gets blamed for planting the headmaster’s mind-condition 1958 Porsche Speedster in the quad on top of a fountain, it’s goodbye Colgan.

After being found guilty of pulling off “Porsche-gate,” Kat wonders who framed her. As she exits the school gate, a stretch limo pulls up to the curb. In the backseat sits her friend and former cohort, 16-year-old W.W. Hale the Fifth. Hale has arrived just in time to whisk Kat away from Colgan, a place where she never really fit in, to return her to her family, where a life-or-death situation awaits. During the ride, Hale, a neglected teenage billionaire who could “buy a Monet yet couldn’t resist stealing a Vermeer,” tells Kat about her father’s precarious situation in Europe.

Master thief Bobby Bishop has gotten himself into a bit of a jam. While being followed by Interpol as a suspect in the theft at a gallery in Paris, Bobby is also being tracked by Arturo Taccone, a cunning and cruel mobster who believes Bobby has stolen priceless works of art from his highly-fortified Italian villa. Kat flies to Paris to see her father, who proclaims his innocence of the Italian job and warns Kat to steer clear of Taccone. 

Before she can leave Paris, Taccone snatches Kat and tells her she has two weeks to convince Bobby to return the stolen paintings or suffer the consequences. With the clock ticking, Kat and Hale join forces and recruit a talented crew of unique and clever teenagers to recover the stolen paintings and save her father’s life. Using cunning, skill and her ability to speak many languages, they crisscross the globe to plan the heist of a lifetime.

HEIST SOCIETY is a high-energy novel that transports readers on an exciting adventure while gently weaving in historic facts about Nazi thefts before and during World War II. New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter does an amazing job creating likable characters to root for, despite their flaws and moral shortcomings. Kat is clever and wise beyond her years, yet vulnerable and unsure of the ways of love. Hale is handsome and witty, yet desperately in need of love and belonging. Together they make a charming pair. I hope to read more about them in future novels, as well as have answers to unresolved questions such as what happened to Kat’s mother and the identity of Visily Romani.

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Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on October 18, 2011

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

  • Publication Date: May 17, 2011
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
  • ISBN-10: 1423116615
  • ISBN-13: 9781423116615