BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich's Wicked Business.Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich. Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she's knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she's flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he's dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying. Only one other person has seen the missing photo-Stephanie Plum. Now she's the target, and she doesn't intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she'll need to watch her back. Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie's temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie's wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie's apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii? Morelli, Trenton's hottest cop, isn't talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn't talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It's complicated.
Lorelei King continues to shine as the narrator of Evanovich's long-running series about feisty New Jersey bail bondswoman Stephanie Plum. The wry humor of the book is evident from King's rendition of the opening lines: "New Jersey was 40,000 feet below me, obscured by cloud cover. Heaven was above me, obscured by the thin skin of the plane. And hell was sitting four rows back." Plum's flight home from Hawaii is typically atypical; instead of a relaxing trip, a neighboring passenger vanishes while the aircraft stops in Los Angeles, and a mysterious photograph he was carrying becomes the subject of an intense clash between the bad guys and the FBI--with Plum caught in the middle. King--who enhances the text with her spot-on narration--has no equal when it comes to voicing characters of the opposite sex, and her pacing perfectly matches the book's breezy tone. Listeners new to the series will want to seek out the previous 17 installments. A Bantam hardcover. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/2012
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1 . What?
Posted January 12, 2012 by Peggy , Bay City, MIShort! It's not as long as the other Stephanie Plum novels which causes this novel to not be quite up to par with the Stephanie Plum that we all know and love. What happened?
2 . Disappointing
Posted December 10, 2011 by Denise , Cranbrook BCI have bought all the books in this series and was truly disappointed in Eighteen. It seems that Ms Evanovich is now simply writing to make money. The story is dismal and never really takes off and the whole love triangle has gotten old. The book was short on laughs even with Lulu in the house. All in all, my run with Plum is done!!!
3 . Too short!
Posted November 26, 2011 by Kansas Comment , Kansas CityGranted, the story line gets a little old, but there are always new characters who show up. I wish these books were longer! And I understand our heroine... I can't decide between those two hunks, either.
November 22, 2011
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