Katarina Bishop (Kat) is the fifteen year old daughter of a professional thief. She has grown up in the business and has assisted in numerous jobs since a very young age. She decided to get an education and live a normal life where everything is planned out for her. At the beginning of the book she is attending the Colgan School, a very prestigious boarding school, and is doing just that. This, however, was short lived. Her friends set her up and got her expelled from school because they needed her help with a job that hit VERY close to home for Kat.
A wealthy mob type man is accusing Kat's father of stealing five valuable paintings from his home. The problem is, her Dad says he didn't do it and doesn't know who did. If he doesn't return the paintings in 2 weeks there will be serious consequences.
This is where we meet W.W. Hale the Fifth. A sixteen-year-old billionaire who is anything but pretentious and is now on my fictional boyfriend list. Hale and Kat met under very unusual circumstances and have been working together ever since. He convinces Kat to come out of retirement to help find and return the paintings for her father.
This book was very unique. I have never read anything about thieves and found it fascinating. The characters were very enjoyable and there were some EXTREMELY funny lines scattered throughout the book. I actually laughed out loud while reading at my son's swim practice and made a complete spectacle of myself. This is nothing new for me, but it is the sign of a highly entertaining book.
There were a few places in the book where I thought the flow was a little off. One paragraph ended and the next picked up with a completely new scene. I had to reread a few paragraphs once I discovered there had been a transition just to put everything into perspective. This is a very minor negative that was easy to overlook once I was engrossed in the story.
I will definitely read the second book in this series and I am REALLY looking forward to meeting Ally Carter at this year's RT Convention. I picked up a hard copy of one of her Gallagher Girls books and plan on getting her latest Heist Society book, Perfect Scoundrels, for her to sign as well.