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Lean Mean Thirteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel Hardcover – June 19, 2007

Book 13 of 21 in the Stephanie Plum Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312349491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312349493
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (667 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In her rollicking 13th Stephanie Plum adventure (after Twelve Sharp), bestseller Evanovich is in top, quirky form. Plucky, bumbling New Jersey bounty hunter Plum is reunited with her two-timing lawyer ex-husband, Dickie Orr, while doing a favor for the mysterious, sexy Ranger. But when Dickie disappears from his house leaving behind only bloodstains and bullet holes, Plum becomes the prime suspect in his alleged murder. Determined to clear her name, Plum and her on-again off-again Trenton cop boyfriend, the irresistible Joe Morelli, uncover Dickie's ties to a shady group of men involved in everything from money laundering to drug running. And when Dickie's jilted business partners decide Stephanie holds the key to the $40 million they believe Dickie stole from them, she's in for a wild ride. With the author's usual cast of eccentric side characters—everything from a taxidermist with a penchant for bombs to a grave-robbing tax man—Evanovich proves once again that Stephanie Plum and her entourage are here to stay. (June)
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Stephanie Plum works as a bail bondswoman for her cousin Vinnie in Trenton. She's mostly in love with Morelli the cop, who calls her Cupcake, but she's also mesmerized by Ranger, who works serious security and calls her Babe—a split in nomenclature that aptly characterizes this delectable long-running series. Ranger needs Stephanie to plant a bug on her ex, the ever-smarmy attorney Dickie Orr. When Dickie goes missing, a lot of bad people and places start to blow up, burn up, and turn up. Evanovich smoothly slips from the hilarious to the hair-raising, from the erotic to the familial, carrying the running jokes we love so well: exploding taxidermy (a regular plot point here); waiting for the cable repair guy ("those fuckers!" say at least half a dozen characters); Stephanie's oddball assortment of colleagues, buddies, and relatives. Stephanie saves herself in the end, as usual, but both Ranger and Morelli mop up the mess, also as usual. We end with pizza and a tangled tale of underwear. Not quite so sparkling as Twelve Sharp (2006) but eminently satisfying nonetheless. DeCandido, GraceAnne A.

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Customer Reviews

I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum adventure series.
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I've read this series from the beginning but one could read this book as a standalone.
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She is fun to read and it is usually a quick and entertaining book.
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187 of 214 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Accident prone Bounty Hunter, Stephanie Plum, is the number one suspect in her ex-husband's disappearance; mainly because she attacked him in his office, again. While helping Ranger search for Dickie (the ex) she has three 'skips' to find for the bond office. Lula is along for the ride when the usual zany antics 'explode' and make the fugitive apprehensions, less than smooth.

I titled this review as Status Quo, because nothing really happens. There is no character development; same old, same old. While looking for the ex had the potential to be really comical and a different spin on the Plum series, the few laughs I had in this book were all similar to the laughs I have had in the previous books; nothing terribly original.

As far as the Ranger, Stephanie and Morelli love triangle, while I once enjoyed this part of the series, it is getting a little old. How long will Stephanie continue to make out with Ranger while professing her love to Joe? This dishonesty is really bothering me.

With the previous books in the series, I flew through them in a day, pausing only to dry my eyes when my laughing had watered them. With this book it took me a couple of days of reading, I could set it down and pick it up, not really worrying about what was going to happen next. I think something's got to give in the next book, something to shake things up and get this series back on track. It's a good read, but far from the great read I am used to in this series.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Haley Wood Hills on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read 1-12 too many times to count. I've forced these stories on friends, loved ones, strangers and my massage therapist. The first twelve books made me laugh aloud (and lust silently... gosh, at least I hope I was pretty quite ;-). I've pondered the Joe/Ranger/Ranger/Joe possibilities more times than would be considered healthy considering they are both fictional men. But this time, no, 13 just didn't work. Thirteen just doesn't have the same spark, style, or charm.

I knew exactly when Janet E. lost me on this one and it was early on (and I've dated more than half my life, I know early isn't a good time to lose the love). Lula was bemoaning the snake, and worried she might wet her pants and Stephanie said "too much information". Stephanie has a grandmother who talks about penises real, fake, and dead, metamucil and the big "D", so urination information is nada on the Stephanie Plum information scale! Stephanie has said it a time or two herself! It's like we're losing our Stephanie right then and there. This was a fake line, an attempt at something but I don't know what, and I don't know why Janet's editor didn't call foul but that's another review altogether... I think Janet just phoned this installment in!

Losing the Stephanie was bad, but it got worse. Now that I'm almost finished with 13 I believe that the real problem is Stephanie can't commit, and Janet can't either. They have the same issue: Commitophobia. I know the signs, because I've fot a bad case myself. I can remain commitophobic, it works for me, and it has twelve times now worked for Stephanie. It worked, though, because she, and the reader, felt truly torn. Now she just seems ambivalent about both situations but not passionate about either, much less both!.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book does open with an interesting twist. Ranger wants Stephanie to go see her ex-husband, Dickie Orr--whose name really fits him, if you know what I mean. Ranger's job for Steph is to place a bug on her ex-cheating-spouse. Naturally, things don't go well and Stephanie ends up trying to choke Dickie.

The next day, Dickie ends up missing and presumed dead. Three guesses and the first two don't count as to who the police's number one suspect for the murder is.

Plus, Joyce Barnhart, her arch enemy, is in the picture. Seems Joyce and Dickie were 'cosy' again and he had some serious money, which he was going to leave Joyce in his will. Joyce figures Stephanie is going to be the one to find Dickie--probably her radar for trouble, I guess.

From there, the book was pretty much the same. Bungling Bounty Hunter Steph gets assigned half a dozen skips to bring in--she only manages to arrest one and that's because she worked out a housesitting deal. Failed FTA (failure to appear) takedowns are getting less funny. At some point, even Stephanie's got to learn her craft or give up.

That's probably my biggest bone to pick with the series. There is zero character development on Steph's part. She's still the worst bounty hunter ever known, she's still in a three-way with Joe and Ranger and can't decide. Well, and the fact that Joe and Ranger seem to wait almost endlessly for her? Okay, she's hot--but bailing some hot chick out of the same mistakes has got to get old even for them.

One bright spot is that Lula may have a man. Least I hope so. While her wardrobe hasn't changed, I think Lula at least has somewhat grown from her first appearance as a 'ho in the novels.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on July 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read this series from the beginning, and was really disappointed with Book 13. Sure, the writing was good, and the antics were funny, but when that is all there is it falls short. Character development was lacking if non existent.

One thing that was really annoying was the in depth explanation of history. I realize that Janet wants these books to be able to be read as a stand alone, but having every character and past incident explained again in more than usual detail almost made me feel there wasn't enough to say to fill up the pages.

Knowing this is fiction, it doesn't bother me like others that Steph and Rex never get older. What bothers me is that nothing in her character, Ranger, or Morelli changes. They actually get worse. Ranger and Joe have both been emasculated to the point that I don't even recognize them anymore. They both put up with Steph's sexual teasing, and if they were the real men they have been portrayed in the past, they would have both kicked her to the curb long ago not willing to put up with it. I used to think that Steph was just conflicted between the two men, but now I just think that she strings them along because she thinks she can with no ramifications.

I would have been better off if I had not read this book. I am afraid what the future holds for this series. Maybe it should have ended with 12.
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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