Author: Ally Carter
By: David Kitterman
Ally Carter has written thirteen books that have been published, including: Cheating at Solitaire, (it's sequel) Learning to Play Gin, I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to kill You, (followed by) Love You-Kill You, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, Out of Sight, Out of Time, United We Spy, Heist Society, (and it's sequels) Uncommon Criminals, and Perfect Criminals.
This novel takes place in time around the world...like in Uncle Eddie's cozy kitchen to expensive mansions and the busy Henley Museum.
Location: Colgan School, Rural Estate in New York, Madison Square Park, Las Vegas, Nevada (USA), Sabina Valley (Italy), Naples (Italy), Vienna (Austria), Wausau (Poland), London (England), Henley Museum, Paris (France), Wyndham Manor (England), Rome (Italy), bathroom at the Henley, and basement in theHenley.
Time period: The present
Katarina Bishop: She is the main character also known as Kat. She has an uncle named Uncle Eddie who influenced her life of crime along with her dad, Bobby Bishop, who throughout the novel is the reason why Kat is determined to steal the paintings. She is only 15 years old.
Uncle Eddie: The uncle of Kat, and a thief himself.
Visily Romani: The mysterious art thief.
Marcus: Silver haired older man, who is 60 years old and Hale's butler.
Arturo Taccone: Man who had possession of 5 stolen paintings. Kat organizes 7 teens to steal the paintings from the Henley so he won't hurt her father.
Hale: A 16 year old, and one of the main teens in the heist.
Nick: A professional pick pocketer, also detective Bennett's son.
Detective Bennett: Policewoman who arrested Kat's father while they were talking about the heist. She is also Nick's mother.
The conflict in the Heist Society was that Detective Bennett arrested Kat's father because she thought he stole the paintings, so Kat had to come up with a plan to get him out of jail.
Some story details are....
Kat's family has a criminal history and she tries to escape her life by going to a private school named Colgan, but the family friend, Hale, yanks her back in to do one more job. Kat ends up breaking into one of the high security buildings in England called the Henley while it is open. Kat's father was accused of stealing the paintings however, there is no evidence he did it. Kat and her friends pull off a clever heist.
The mood of this book was slow in the begining but, as the adventure continued the novel got more exciting!
The theme of this novel was, don't run away from your problems ( Kat tried to change her live from being in a family of criminals to a normal person but that criminal life didn't leave her alone because her father needed her).
The reason why I liked this book was because a like mystery/police books and this book had a real twist at the end. The thing I remember most about the book is that there are a lot of details to pull off a crime with 100 guards on duty.
Here are a few memorable lines from the book: "Who do you think Romani really is?" Kat remembered Uncle Eddie's words: He is no one; he is everyone". You will have to read the book to decide for yourself.
I would recommend this book to viewers that enjoy police/mystery books because this book mainly deals with a lot of action.
After the book is over, the author explains what happened to some artwork in history. You won't believe the ending!!!!!!! It is very clever.
Here is the actual trailer for the movie.