Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.
Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’ dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.
To top things off, Ranger - resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation - has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list - but that’s top secret.
©2014 Janet Evanovich (P)2014 Random House LLC
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
We want to learn something new about Stephanie, new about Ranger or Morelli. Yikes, the characters have turned into caricatures. I won't even bother to discuss the plot opening because you can pick any of the last 10 books, change the character names, pick a pedestrian crime of interest and viola you have this plot - yawn.
Evanovich spiced up the language in this book a bit which was okay and Lorelei Kind did a good job as usual doing Stephanie. But we HAVE to see some forward motion in this series. Wow, now I am interested how long she can keep this series going without conflict or content. Do something Evanovich; give Morelli a love interest that threatens Stephanie and has Step do something; bring Ranger and Morelli to blows; have Stephanie move in with Ranger just to get him out of her system -- anything to stop the boredom.
At this point, this series is car wreck -- you can't look away. Only listen if you must; otherwise pass. By the way, the movie "One for the Money" didn't help.
This is the first time I've been disappointed by the Stephanie plum series. It is a case of '"same ol' thing" and one gets the feeling we are being strung along unendingly....It is beginning to get the "wheel of time" feel to it.
I was excited about the plot at first but less than halfway through, it felt as if the same old jokes, gags etc were been trotted out, barely recycled......I think this does it for me with this series, except a miracle happens!
If you get the book, it isn't too bad, but uf you've pre-ordered it for months like I have......don't hold your breath.
As a Plum fan this is a rehash ..nothing new.
Storyline was a rehash of several others.
the characters remaining the same.
I loved the Plum books. This is a retelling of the same story. Nothing and no one has changed. You don't have to buy this NEW book, you can read any of the others for the same basic plot and characters. I am returning this one.
It was fun to listen to, and I appreciated bringing in the character Randy Briggs as that broke things up, but these stories are becoming so formulaic, so repetitive (granny at the viewings, Lula at the cluck in a bucket, ranger naked in a bed, Joe continuing to be the guy who doesn't seem to care that his girlfriend has another love interest, an evil bad guy that ends up almost taking Stephanie out, etc... the pace and predicaments plugged into each section of the book showed up like clock-work, it's hard not to anticipate exactly what is going to happen next. Another-words, I'm getting bored and may not get the next one... but then again, I may.
I appreciated the little changes, the new attitude for the mother, in re: a household chore. The travel to Atlantic City and New York was also good.
I really enjoy this novel as there was a nice play between Ranger and Joe Morelli with Stephanie I really enjoy the emotional sorta tug of feelings between the two men for Stephanie and I love the way Lorelei King said Babe the influx of the word does say a whole lot with out voicing more than the one word
when Ranger threw the Russian over the wall in the garage to the ground below saving Stephanie
yes and will listen to more than once
I love all of the Stephanie Plum books and I Lorelei King as the narrator if someone else was to narrator them now I don't think I could enjoy them as much
My sister introduced me to Janet Evanovich with Lorelei King narrating the book. Perfect combination. and I look to make sure she always the one.
I am sure the drivers on the road thought I was having a conversation with myself. I was laughing as I drove.
I look forward to every new book in the Stephanie Plum series, and this one is did not disappoint! A little bit of romance and lots of crazy situations keep me engaged (and giggling) throughout the book.
Stephanie Plum -- because she's not perfect and makes crazy decisions.
Lorelei King is a great narrator and brings different voices to each character smoothly and with humor.
I had to stop listening after about half an hour ... I felt I'd heard it all before. Great writer, but needs to branch out in some other direction.
Probably not. I've come to the conclusion that once you've listened to a couple of her books it's the same story with only minor twists -- predictable and definitely not a page-turner. She's in the same category in my mind as Sue Grafton, whose books I used to love (A is for Alibi, B is for...), but in her case she doesn't make it to the 21st Century, which I just find annoying (I'm sure there are Agatha Christie fans out there who would disagree).
Couldn't download my purchase. Lost $23.95!
Do not purchase audiobook from Amazon for ipad. Unable to download book. What a racket they have going with audible.com. I am out $23.95. Will never do business with them again
"BABE" the narrator does a great job on Ranger with his BABE, gives you a little tingle. The other character voices are good too.
Good story, loved the part with the "minions" and the whole thing with Briggs was a hoot.
Grandma Mazur without a doubt, cracks me up every time
no I like to listen over time to spread out the enjoyment
Part with Joe and Stephanie that made me laugh so hard I almost had an accident. I loved the descriptions of Ranger and Joe, made you want to go find them and just "grab" them. This whole book was terrific. Evanovich had been phoning in her stories for a while and this went back to her regular style and was very enjoyable. If she sticks with this type I would look forward to many more books.
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