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Heist Society

Heist Society Summary

Ever gotten blamed for something you didn't do, and had to suffer the consequences of that thing anyway? Welcome to the inciting incident of the Heist Society. After getting framed for a prank and kicked out of the Colgan School, Katarina Bishop has a message waiting for her: "He's got to give them back" (3.33).

What's going on here? The "he" refers to Kat's dad; the "them" is an assortment of stolen paintings; and the person they must be given "back" to is the notorious crime boss Arturo Taccone. So, it looks like Kat isn't the only one getting framed around here.

Kat tries to convince Taccone that her dad didn't steal the paintings, but Taccone simply doesn't care. He wants them back. In order to protect her dad, Kat decides she must steal the paintings back herself.

She soon discovers that the paintings were stolen by a mysterious thief by the name of "Visily Romani," which, contrary to what you might think, is not an Italian moisturizer. Has the plot thickened enough for you yet? No? Hold onto your seats: Romani has hidden the stolen art behind other paintings at the Henley, a prestigious art museum in England.

As in any great heist film (cough cough Ocean's Eleven cough cough), Kat assembles a crew of seven people in order to get these paintings back. First, there's the handsome teen billionaire W.W. Hale the Fifth, known to Kat as "Hale." (We haven't met many teen billionaires in our lifetimes, but maybe you've got a few pop star besties in your social circles.)

The rest of the crew is: Gabrielle, Kat's cousin; the two Bagshaw brothers, who know a thing or two about disguises and explosions; Simon, a tech genius; and Nick, the new guy who can pick pockets as well as Apollo Robbins.
Nick's a source of tension between Hale and Kat, although it's hard for us to tell whether this tension is the result of romantic jealousy or whether they just don't trust this newbie.

As it turns out, Hale and Kat have good reason not to trust Nick; he's the son of an Interpol agent who has been pursuing Kat's dad. The moral of this plot twist? Never trust a pickpocket, especially if he's cute.

Despite all this tension, we're happy to report that the heist goes off without a hitch. Nick gets kicked out of the crew. Kat's dad is safe. The stolen paintings go back to their rightful owners—not to Taccone, who ends up in jail.

However, Visily Romani is still on the loose, and he sends Kat one of the paintings she's been pursuing, Girl Praying to Saint Nicholas, as some sort of cryptic message. Looks like we'll have to grab the sequel to find out what this Visily Romani person is trying to communicate.

Ah, cliff-hangers. We're going to go attempt to meditate now in order to slow our heart rates. Be back in a jiffy.

  • Chapter 1

    • Someone has pulled a huge prank at the prestigious Colgan School—the headmaster's Porsche has somehow ended up on top of a fountain.
    • A mysterious girl named Katarina Bishop ("Kat" for short) is about to take the fall for this prank, even though she says she didn't do it.
    • Kat gets called into the headmaster's office, and there, he presents her with the evidence against her: security camera footage and a record that her I.D. card was used to open the dorm doors.
    • Kat's defense is a smart one: "Would I really use my own I.D. if I'd done it?" (1.59) She's cleverer than that, you know.
    • The headmaster tries to trick Kat into confessing by asking her, "how would you have done it?" (1.62)
    • Unable to talk her way out of this one, Kat gets expelled. She grabs her bags and hops into a limo outside. A mysterious voice (the first of many in this book, actually) says, "It's just beginning." (1.81)
    • We admit it: we're intrigued.
  • Chapter 2

    • The mysterious limo passenger is revealed as W.W. Hale the Fifth, also known as Hale. He and Kat go way back... but she doesn't even know his first name.
    • See, Hale was the one who framed Kat for the Porsche prank, and he did it because he has a job for her.
    • Kat tries to turn down the job, saying, "I'm out of the family business" (2.43). Then Hale asks her, coyly, "But are you out of the family?" (2.44)
    • Touché, Sir Hale.
  • Chapter 3

    • Hale takes Kat to his mansion in New York. Notice we specified which mansion this is: the New York one, of course. His family has more houses than a Monopoly board.
    • Anyway, while there, the butler, Marcus, brings Kat and Hale some sandwiches. Then Hale tells Kat that he has a message for her from her Uncle Eddie: "He's got to give them back" (3.33). These people are cryptic, alright. We have no idea who "he" or "them" are at this point.
    • Hale elaborates eventually. It seems that Kat's dad, Bobby Bishop, stole a bunch of paintings from Arturo Taccone. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, as we're guessing this family is usually pretty good at theiving, but Taccone, "he's a whole different kind of bad" (3.44). (Different than what? The Michael Jackson song?)
    • In the middle of the night, Marcus, the Alfred to Hale's Bruce Wayne, brings Kat a plane ticket to Paris. And away she goes.
  • Chapter 4

    • Near a fountain in Paris—one without a Porsche in it, to be clear—Kat runs into her father.
    • She tells him she's on fall break, while she questions him in order to the bottom of his recent painting theft... He swears up and down that he didn't do it.
    • He has a good alibi, too: he was stealing something else that night. Zing.
    • The problem is, Taccone still thinks Kat's dad has the paintings. So Kat tries to convince her dad to talk to Taccone. Dear Old Dad doesn't seem too concerned though.
    • He does have one little issue he thinks Kat can help him with, however: the Interpol agents are on his tail. He asks her to get 'em off his trail.
    • Kat tells the French police that the Interpol agents harassed her, and they chase them away. Nice one, Kat. We're starting to really like you.
    • Then Kat goes to grab a cab, but a car pulls up behind her and sweeps her inside. A mysterious voice (the second one, so far) says, "Hello, Katarina" (4.74).
  • Chapter 5

    • This time, the shadowy voice belongs to Arturo Taccone. Yikes.
    • He tells her that he will "take a great many pains, if you will" (5.13) to get his paintings back. Our Spidey Sense tells us that he doesn't mean his own pains. He means something more like a breaking Kat's knees in the middle of the night. Or worse.
    • Kat tries to tell him that her father didn't steal the paintings, but he gives her a deadline to return the paintings anyway: two weeks.
    • Back at Hale's mansion, Kat fills Hale in on what's going on. She tells him that they are going to get Taccone his paintings back... by stealing them, obviously.
  • Chapter 6

    • Hale and Kat travel to visit Uncle Eddie. He invites them inside and feeds them soup.
    • Kat starts feeling a little left out when she realizes that Uncle Eddie, along with the Bagshaw brothers, did a job without her.
    • But she pushes her feelings aside to ask Uncle Eddie for help.
    • He tells her that he doesn't know who stole the paintings her father is accused of stealing, or where the thief is, but he knows where he's been: Taccone's place, of course.
    • Stay tuned for more information.
  • Chapter 7

    • Kat and Hale jet to Vegas. Not to gamble, or to see Elton John, but to attend the International Association of Advanced Mathematics and Research. Um, yawn.
    • But they're not there because they're really into solving for X or making scatter plots, or whatever mathematicians do; they're there to meet Simon, a teen tech genius.
    • Supplying Simon with some blueprints of Taccone's place, Kat asks Simon if he can figure out who stole the paintings.
    • It doesn't look like Simon can. So Kat decides they're all just going to have to go to Italy themselves.
  • Chapter 8

    • Kat returns to Italy, and is dismayed to see that Hale has recruited Kat's cousin, Gabrielle, to the Taccone Painting Recovery Team. Gabrielle calls Kat "Kitty Kat" (8.4); Kat calls her "Eurotrash" (8.13). Feel the love.
    • At least Gabrielle has some helpful intel to offer. Hale had Gabrielle stake out Taccone's estate. There, she found a fifteen-foot stone wall, four guard towers, and a moat. Really, we're not kidding: a moat.
    • Without a plan, Kat, Hale, and Gabrielle head to Taccone's to try and figure out how to break in.
    • Looking at his estate, Kat decides that no one, not even the best of Kat Burglars (haha, we're funny) can break in. So she does the next best thing: she walks right up to Taccone's security camera and introduces herself.
    • She's got courage, that one.
  • Chapter 9

    • Taccone lets Kat into his fortress/mansion and they have a little chat.
    • Kat is cool, calm, and collected. She manages to convince Taccone that she'll help him get his paintings back if he shows her his security camera footage.
    • She makes it out of his stronghold not only alive, but with a disk filled with the footage.
  • Chapter 10

    • While pouring over Taccone's security cam footage, Kat realizes how the thief made off with the dude's paintings: he (or she) used a mini-submarine to dive to the bottom of the moat and cut a hole in the roof of a secret room down there, where the paintings were being held. Wow. Very Mission: Impossible, if you ask us. Even though they have a new lead, Hale is mad at Kat for going to talk to Taccone in the first place. He doesn't want her putting herself in any more danger than is absolutely necessary.
    • Kat smooths things over. Then she decides they have to figure out where this thief could have bought a submarine small enough to do the heist.
  • Chapter 11

    • At Mariano & Sons Dive Shop in Naples, Hale flirts with the sales girl.
    • Kat comes in, pretending to be Hale's sister, and tries to get information out of her. She expertly teases Hale at the same time; our girl's a multi-tasker.
    • This is a good strategy for questioning the sales girl, but we think some of Kat's jealousy might not be acting. It just might be forreal.
    • Eventually, Kat gets the sales girl to admit that someone has bought one of the irmini-subs before: a guy named Visily Romani, from Vienna, Austria.
    • Looks like that's the crew's next destination.
  • Chapter 12

    • In Vienna, Kat meets up with Uncle Eddie, who tells her that Visily Romani is not a real person. "He is not one. […] He is everyone" (12.28).
    • Huh?
    • The name "Visily Romani" is a Chelovek Pseudonima, which is a wacky name for an alias passed down through the big thieving families, across multiple generations.
    • So, knowing the name "Visily Romani" doesn't narrow anything down for our thieving team. To make matters worse, Uncle Eddie demands that "Any job done in the name of Visily Romani will not be undone by children!" (12.44)
    • And that's the end of Heist Society.
    • Just kidding. Do you really think Kat would let one little warning from Uncle Eddie stop her in her tracks?
  • Chapter 13

    • Kat does some brainstorming in the coziest way possible: over a cup of hot chocolate.
    • She's been wondering why Taccone hasn't just gone to the police about his missing paintings. Suddenly, she has an epiphany: the paintings aren't his. He must have stolen them.
    • Kat tells Hale that they need to go to Warsaw. We have no idea why, but off they go again. We're hitting more countries than the Amazing Race in this book. Fun fun.
  • Chapter 14

    • In Warsaw, Kat meets up with Abiram Stein, who is an art expert. He also knew Kat's deceased mother. Before she died, of course.
    • Kat shows him the security cam footage of the stolen paintings, and Stein identifies the paintings.
    • He confirms that the paintings were, indeed, stolen. Not just stolen, but "traded for terrible favors in terrible times." (14.79) Yikes, like what? Tickets to a Ke$ha www.keshasparty.com/ concert?
    • Stein doesn't elaborate, but he drops another bombshell: the Henley, a prestigious art museum, was robbed too. And the police are looking for the following suspect in this burglary: Visily Romani. Who else?
  • Chapter 15

    • Time to case the Henley Museum and see how it might have been hit.
    • While waiting in line to get into the Henley, Hale and Kat see new metal detectors. They wonder what other additional security measures the museum might be taking since the heist.
    • Crowds of people are ignoring the Renaissance room—usually the museum's center of activity because it holds a da Vinci—and heading toward the room where Visily Romani left his calling card.
    • That's right: "Mr. Romani" didn't actually steal anything. He broke in and left a card.
    • But that's not all. Hale has an idea. What if Romani took the five paintings he stole from Taccone and hid them behind the paintings at the Henley? (We're not sure why he'd do this, exactly, but we're just going along with Hale's idea at this point.)
    • Kat certainly seems to think they're on the right track. And she adds, "if they can be found […] they can be stolen" (15.68, 15.69).
  • Chapter 16

    • Kat runs through her options in her head:
      • Option 1: Call Arturo Taccone and tell him to get the paintings himself. Yeah, that will go over well.
      • Option 2: Call the Henley and tell them about the paintings. They probably won't hand them over to Taccone, though. So strike that one too.
      • Option 3: Recruit a team and heist the paintings from the Henley herself. Now we're talking.
      • Option 4: Call it a day and pig out on Little Caesar's. Okay, that's the option we made up. Kat's going with Option 3.
    • Option 3 is a good one except for one thing: Kat has seven days to assemble a team and steal five paintings—that might not even be there—from one of the most high-security museums on the planet.
    • Hale takes Kat to his house and opens the door. Looks like he's got the rest of the team ready: the Bagshaw brothers, Simon, and Gabrielle. Oh yeah, it's on.
  • Chapter 17

    • Kat gives her new team a pep talk. If you've been reading along—or just reading our summary—you know everything she fills them in on:
      • They're going to steal back Taccone's paintings...
      • Basically undoing Visily Romani's work...
      • By taking them from the Henley.
    • She could have at least bought us pizza first before making us sit through the recap.
  • Chapter 18

    • Now the fun begins. Kat and co. start scouting out the Henley.
    • Pretending to be teenage tourists taking photos of themselves—like, pretty much all teenagers do—Kat and Hal snap pictures of the Henley's exterior security camera. Do you think Kat made Duck Face in any of them?
    • Simon is using a fancy electronic device to hijack the Henley's central computing system. The problem with being stereotypically nerdy, however, is Simon's complete lack of coordination.
    • He drops the device, it skids across the floor, and guards pick it up.
    • The benefit to the guards being stereotypical out-of-touch adults: they think his hacking device is the latest hand-held video game system and simply give it back to him. Suckers.
    • Finally, Gabrielle pretends to be a ditzy tourist and touches one of the paintings, setting off sirens and security grates.
    • Kat's watching the security emergency unfold when mysterious goons appear beside her and pull her into a limo. She keeps her cool, merely saying, "Hello, Signor Taccone" (18.39).
    • Guess the mystery man's no mystery this time around.
  • Chapter 19

    • Though she keeps her cool, Kat seems miffed at herself for getting caught by Taccone's goons.
    • She explains to Taccone that she's casing the Henley to get his paintings back. In other words: back off, dude.
    • However, she confesses that she's afraid she can't get the job done. They only have six days to pull this crazy heist together.
    • Taccone is not sympathetic. He threatens her and her father, then drops her off in Trafalgar Square with an envelope of photos. They're photos of Gabrielle, Hale, Kat's father, and her Uncle Eddie.
    • It seems that Taccone's got a budding photography habit. Either that, or he's tracking her family and friends to make it easier to kill them. We hope it's the former, but it's probably the latter.
    • Alas, we interpret these photos as a threat.
  • Chapter 20

    • Back at Hale's mansion, the Bagshaw brothers ask to get in on the heist. They've been bouncing around this book with our main characters for quite a few chapters now, so we're not at all surprised that Kat welcomes them to the team. Finally.
    • The extra manpower might not be enough, though. Simon's been analyzing the data they've collected on the Henley, and he thinks the Henley's new security system is basically unhackable.
    • They spend some time brainstorming heist ideas, but get nowhere.
    • Kat decides she needs to go talk to her father again. It's back to Paris for her and the rest of the gang.
  • Chapter 21

    • This chapter starts with a brief change in point of view. An Interpol agent named Amelia Bennett is interrogating a witness. The witness's name: Melanie O'Hara.
    • Hm, we've heard that name before, and not because we were really tired that time we saw Gone with the WindOh, right. Kat had a passport for "Melanie O'Hara" back in Chapter 3.
    • Later, Kat meets up with her father. She confesses everything: she got kicked out of school, Uncle Eddie isn't going to do a thing to save him, and Kat has assembled a team to rob the Henley.
    • You thought it was hard telling your dad about that C you got in Phys Ed.
    • Then, with perfect dramatic timing, Interpol agent Amelia Bennett shows up and arrests Kat's dad. All she can do is watch them take him away and whisper, "I'm sorry" (21.42).
    • The girl's been working pretty hard to save her dad, so we wonder why she's sorry. Did she have something to do with his arrest?
  • Chapter 22

    • On the cold, crowded sidewalks of Paris, a boy bumps against Kat. Kat knows something is up, so she follows him and brushes up against him.
    • Then the point of view shifts to the boy, who goes home... and finds Kat waiting for him there. "You can pick pockets," she says. "I can pick locks. […] Maybe I can pick pockets too" (22.21).
    • His I.D. says his name is Nicholas Smith. Can that be his real name? It's so boring. We guess we'll find out later.
    • Kat gets his life story in abbreviated form. She asks him if he has a record, if he's ever been caught pick pocketing, and if he has a crew. The answer to all three: no.
    • She recruits him to her heist team, because he is, like, an obvious choice.
  • Chapter 23

    • Kat feels a little guilty sneaking back into Hale's mansion at three in the morning.
    • Gabrielle hears her come in, and breaks some bad news to her: her dad's been arrested.
    • When Kat confesses that she did it, the whole house wakes up and comes together to hear her explanation.
    • They're starting to agree she did the right thing, when Nicholas Smith walks in and introduces himself.
    • Kat introduces him as the "pocket man" (23.30)—may we suggest "The Kangaroo" as a call sign? Hale is not pleased that she recruited a complete stranger without him.
    • They talk outside, where Kat gets increasingly frustrated with Hale. It's her dad's life on the line, so she should be able to do whatever she sees fit.
    • "He's not part of the family" (23.57), Hale says.
    • "Neither are you" (23.58), he replies.
    • Ouch. We can feel that sting from here.
  • Chapter 24

    • Our point of view shifts once again, this time to that of a little man named Gregory Reginald Wainwright. He's a punk singer. Haha, just kidding. Not with a name like that, he's not.
    • He's actually the director of the Henley, and he's about to meet with W.W. Hale the Fifth.
    • We shift back to Kat and watch some slick maneuvers unfold. First, Hale leaves a piece of tape on the director's door so it doesn't lock. Then, Nick picks the director's pocket and passes the keycard to Gabrielle, who is disguised a tour guide leading a huge group of children. Two of the "kids" are the Bagshaw brothers—they leave the group and sneak into the director's unlocked office. These guys are good at what they do, alright.
    • While all of that's going on, Gregory Reginald Wainwright talks to Hale. The story Hale spins for him is that Hale wants to donate a painting to the museum, but he's worried about the museum's security.
    • The director and Hale return to the office, but the Bagshaws are still inside, helping Simon to hack the system from the inside. To create a diversion, Nick and Kat turn on some hardcore smooching in the hallway, bringing Hale and the director to a dead stop. Saucy.
  • Chapter 25

    • Back at Hale's estate, the group starts brainstorming new ideas. Their plan is to make the Henley afraid. And the code name for this plan? Smokey the Bear. Only you, kids, can prevent forest fires.
    • But maybe the teams' about to start a fire, if you catch our drift?
    • They're all feeling pretty confident about the plan, so they have a small shindig to celebrate.
    • Nick stands out like a sore thumb when he asks, "Who's Uncle Eddie?" (25.47)
    • Kat and the gang try to fill him in on everyone's relationship with one another, but he's still not part of the family. That much is clear.
  • Chapter 26

    • Hale's been a little bitter ever since Kat recruited Nick, so they try to talk things over.
    • Hale asks, "If I kill Taccone, would that help your dad?" (26.18) Kat isn't sure if he's joking or not. What kind of past does this boy have?
    • The two dance and make up, and Hale tells Kat that he'll always be on her team.
    • Back in her room, Kat looks at the photo of her dad. She starts to notice the people in the background of the photo, including Interpol agent Amelia Bennett and someone else who now looks strangely familiar. Hm…
    • Later that night, Hale sneaks away and makes a phone call to Uncle Eddie, saying he needs his help. What for, we wonder?
  • Chapter 27

    • Kat has a nightmare about her dead mother abandoning her. Eek. We're no dream experts, but this sounds like mondo anxiety manifesting itself up in here.
    • When Kat wakes up and stumbles downstairs, she finds Hale and Gabrielle coaching Nick in the art of the conistry... er, the artistry of the con.
    • They need Nick to call Wainwright because Wainright would recognize Hale's voice, given that the two had that chat the other day.
    • Nick calls Wainwright and tells him there's a defect in the furnace that will need to be fixed, and they can send a crew out on Monday.
    • Looks like the plan is set in motion.
  • Chapter 28

    • Gabrielle gives Kat a makeover and teases her about her "boyfriend... Hale and the new kid" (28.22).
    • As they're gossiping about boys, a giant bouquet of flowers is delivered. Maybe one of the boys' ears were burning?
    • They' flowers are for Kat, but they're not from Hale or Nick. They're from Taccone. Creep factor: 11/10.
    • Gabrielle sighs, "Sometimes I really hate boys" (28.39).
    • We can't help but agree.
  • Chapter 29

    • Kat and Gabrielle meet Taccone at a restaurant in Rome, where Kat gives him an address. He is to meet her there after the heist to claim his paintings. Well, the paintings he wants Kat to steal back, even though he's probably not their rightful owner.
    • Back at Hale's, Hale is not pleased that Kat went to see Taccone without a boy to protect her. This guy seems a little backwards to us.
    • He even gives her an envelope, which contains his confession about the incident with the headmaster's Porsche back at Colgan.
    • She refuses to take it. "No turning back now" (29.48), she says. Stealing paintings from an art museum sounds like a pretty exciting education, so we're guessing Kat's not going back to school anytime soon. (Note: Don't follow in her footsteps, kiddos. School is important.)
    • (We mean it.)
  • Chapter 30

    • For some reason, Kat needs a sexy dress in order to pull off an art heist. All the boys go ga-ga over her new look, as their eyes bug out and their jaws practically hit the ground.
    • Hale manages to keep his testosterone under control, pulling Kat aside and telling her that he doesn't trust Nick. "I have a bad feeling about this" (30.24), he says, channeling every Star Wars movie ever.
    • Kat insists that Hale can trust her. That's good, but we don't think Hale is worried about Kat.
  • Chapter 31

    • It's a typical Monday morning at the Henley. Except that seven teens are planning to steal five paintings from the place, of course.
    • Gabrielle leads a group of tourists in for an art class in the Impressionist gallery. "Pretend and it will be true" (31.16), she tells herself.
    • Meanwhile, the Bagshaws, disguised as furnace repairmen (we're guessing they're wearing costumes rejected from Magic Mike), show up at the Henley. The guards let them in.
    • Simon also takes up his station... on the toilet. From atop his, ahem, throne, he's able to remotely monitor all the museum's cameras.
    • Outside, Hale's on his phone with Uncle Eddie, who says, "you were right about him" (31.36). Uh-oh, that doesn't sound good. Hale doesn't let this cryptic bit of news stop him, though. He wheels Marcus, who is in a wheelchair, into the museum.
    • Inside, Kat watches as Marcus, pretending to be Hale's uncle, pitches a fit in the middle of the museum. Marcus draws the attention of Gregory Wainwright, as he stands up, walks around, and generally causes a scene.
    • Now that everything and everyone is in place, the Bagshaws trigger a thick plume of dark smoke that pours out of the vents.
    • Gregory Wainwright grabs Hale and Marcus and ushers them out, leaving Marcus's wheelchair behind.
  • Chapter 32

    • Nick plucks the security card from Wainwright's pocket and meets Kat in the Romani room.
    • Unfortunately, Simon isn't able to turn off the cameras from his remote location in the bathroom.
    • Outside, Wainwright explains how a museum puts out fires without soaking the paintings: "We simply suck all the oxygen out of the room" (32.30). Using a giant Hoover Vacuum, kind of, but for oxygen.
    • Simon finally manages to turn the cameras off, and Kat and Nick scramble for Marcus's discarded wheelchair. What're they after? The oxygen tanks attached to either side.
    • Able to breathe again, they disassemble the chair, which is made of all of the tools a thief needs to pull off a heist.
    • Kat slides away one of the Henley's paintings and, thankfully, she's right: one of Taccone's stolen paintings is underneath it. Great job, Kat.
  • Chapter 33

    • Gabrielle sweeps in to help Nick and Kat secure the rest of Taccone's paintings.
    • Unfortunately, the first painting, Girl Praying to Saint Nicholas, isn't there. Only Visily Romani's card is there, instead of the painting.
    • Kat doesn't have time to ponder this new development. Gabrielle is hauling the paintings up through the vents, and Kat needs to get out of there pronto.
    • Nick helps boost Kat through the vent, but after he does so, Kat refuses to throw him the rope.
    • She's figured out who he is: Interpol agent Amelia Bennett's son. She asks him why he's helping her. "Because I like you" (33.65), he says.
    • "Wrong answer" (33.68), says Kat, and she leaves him to be found by the guards.
    • Everyone else—Kat, Gabrielle, Simon, and the Bagshaw brothers—returns to the Impressionist gallery, where they pretend to have been trapped during the evacuation.
    • The guards arrive, and Kat faints.
  • Chapter 34

    • No one suspects that a bunch of child art students could pull off such a complicated heist. So they carry their "blank" canvases out of the museum without anyone giving them a second look. Obviously, the stolen paintings are hidden under the blank canvas.
    • Something else was going down while Kat was pulling off her heist, though.
    • Leonardo da Vinci's http://www.leonardoda-vinci.org/ painting, Angel Returning to Heaven, was stolen, too. In its place was another calling card: Visily Romani. "Mr. Romani" strikes again.
  • Chapter 35

    • In the aftermath of Kat's big heist, Gregory Wainwright is pretty sure he's going to lose his job. After all, his museum has suffered two big heists in about two weeks.
    • Plus, a boy was somehow left behind in the Romani wing during the incident.
    • The boy's mother, Amelia Bennett, is sure that this fire was no accident. It was all part of a big con. She's right, you know. She's one smart lady.
  • Chapter 36

    • A day later, Taccone shows up to retrieve his paintings from the address Kat had given him.
    • Of course, Kat has also tipped off Interpol to his whereabouts, and he's captured. Good riddance to that shady dude.
    • Nick materializes from the shadows as Kat watches Taccone's arrest. Guess he didn't die or get arrested at the Henley. Anyway, he tries to explain himself to her again, but she's not having it. He walks away just as Hale pulls up in a limo to take Kat home.
  • Chapter 37

    • It's Christmastime at Uncle Eddie's, and the whole family is there. So is the "extended family" of thieves these guys run with.
    • Mr. Stein, the Polish art expert, also shows up. He thanks Kat for recovering the paintings from the Henley, which were taken from their rightful owners by the Nazis. Now they can be returned.
    • He tells her, "I feel quite sure we'll meet again" (37.40), which sounds like a sequel to us. Yay.
    • Stein leaves as Angus Bagshaw enters. He's carrying a parcel he found outside. It's for Kat.
    • She unwraps it and finds the missing painting: it's the Girl Praying to Saint Nicholas.
    • Attached is a note assuring Kat that da Vinci's Angel is safe.
    • Kat thinks about returning to the Colgan School, but only for a moment.
    • She realizes that she could totally be the next Visily Romani. So, she decides a life of crime is way awesomer than going back to school. The end.