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Stephanie Plum, girl bounty hunter, the terror of Trenton, the bane of her boyfriend Joe Morelli's existence, and the delight of her crazy grandma's heart, is in the wrong place at the wrong time--as usual. Just happening to be indulging her nachos jones at a local deli when it's robbed by the notorious Red Devils, Plum is the eye witness who could put the gang leader, known as the Junkman, behind bars... if he just lets her live long enough. Looking for a place to hide out from the killer until the cops catch up with him, Stephanie sneaks into her fellow bounty hunter Ranger's apartment without telling Morelli, who's not overly fond of him. All the usual suspects in this long-running series are along for a wilder than ever ride, including Lula the gun-toting ex-hooker, Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's pregnant sister Valerie and her fiancé, as well as a host of minor characters who bring Trenton's seedier environs to life. Ten Big Ones is another madcap caper by a writer whose fans will doubtless catapult this easy beach read to the top of the bestseller list. --Jane Adams

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Evanovich is at her best in her 10th Stephanie Plum adventure (after 2003's To the Nines), which reads like the screenplay for a 1930s screwball comedy: fast, funny and furious. The Trenton, N.J., bond enforcement agent (bounty hunter), accompanied by her trigger-happy friend Lula, an errant file clerk, is after a quirky collection of bail-jumpers—a man who killed a neighbor's rosebushes relieving himself on them, a drag queen musician/school bus driver accused of assault, and a woman who claims she robbed a Frito-Lay truck because she hated her low-carb diet—when she witnesses a convenience store robbery. Unfortunately, Anton Ward, the holdup man, learns that Stephanie can identify him and puts out a contract on her. After she tells her colleague Ranger her predicament, he offers her sanctuary. As usual, she's torn between sexy Ranger and her longtime lover, cop Joe Morelli, with whom she's living. The rollicking plot, replete with car chases, family squabbles, massive doughnut consumption and a frantic, wacky finale, keeps the reader breathless. As usual, Evanovich's eccentric characters—fun-loving Grandma Mazur, anxious to accompany Stephanie on her job; self-absorbed sister Valerie and her hapless fiancé Albert Kloughn (pronounced Clown); Sally Sweet, the transvestite who shows a talent for wedding planning—are a treat.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stephanie Plum Novels (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (June 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312289723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312289720
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (748 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By S. Berman on July 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This series has been consistently good. Some books are better than others. "Ten Big Ones" is not particularly inspired - but then "To The Nines" is a hard act to follow. The thing that is bothering me is that although Stephanie and Joe are growing characters - the rest of the cast is not. Ranger remains a one dimensional being. He is unable to share any part of himself. Janet continually creates opportunities for him to develop his relationship with Stephanie - and Stephanie is open to it but he is never able to be human. Lula is becoming cartoon character. I resent this very much. She began to grow when she stopped being a prostitute. She got a real job. Now, all she is - is bored - and I'm getting bored with her. She can be funny and outrageous and still become a person! Stephanie's mother is stiffled. When is she going to break-out of the rut? I want to see these people go somewhere. Not just Stephanie and Joe - but the whole cast. However, I like the way Joe and Stephanie are growing. As a couple, they are comfortable and Stephanie has time to continue finding herself. Joe is becoming a man, a partner. I agree with the other reviewers that the story line is becoming predictable. I think Janet needs to talk with people other than her fans and get some objective feedback. I will continue to read this series because I am fond of the characters but I hope that Janet will consider that there needs to be some substance within the slapstick.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Stern on July 1, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deja Vu! I think I've read this book before. Everything in this book felt familiar; maybe because Janet Evanovich found her best-selling Stephanie Plum madcap romp formula. And she's laughing herself all the way to the bank. Ever since the books started going straight to the top ten lists, it feels like originality is sacrificed for "safe" humor. Follow a plotline or situation that has worked once before - just put a tiny new twist on it.

I love the books about Stephanie Plum. This one is no exception. My problem with the book was that I expected so much more from an author as creative and talented as Janet Evanovich. The books were different from the norm, and highly amusing. Now, they feel like a rerun of the Nanny - enjoyable, but you can always predict what is going to happen next, and with the lack of anticipation, some of the humor fades away to annoyance.

Several times I wanted to shake Stephanie for being so stupid. Since she remembers so much from her younger years, you think that she would remember things that happened recently (ie: from other books). I couldn't understand what motivated her behavior for most of the story: she should know better by now, learning from experience.

The book has WAY too much Lula and Grandma. I love these characters, but we see them so much that they're wearing themselves out. I've heard the fat and funeral parlor jokes one too many times for them to be as funny as they once were.

Unfortunatly, I don't see many of the legitimate fans opinions doing too much to change the direction of the series. The author merely has to slap her name on the book to sell a ton of copies, why change what is working?

Save your money, buy in paperback. You won't be as disappointed.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really like the Plum Books, especially the earlier ones, but I think it's time for the series to evolve a little (or at least bring the books back to the standard of the earlier ones, especially 1-5). The writing devices that make this series such a fun and satisfying read are overwraught in this one. Stephanie's independence comes across more like childish petulance, Joe and Ranger (as one reviewer stated) are terribly flat (What's up with Ranger punctuating every other sentence with "Babe?"), and the plot had the potential to be interesting but felt empty and underdeveloped. Even Grandma and Lula lacked their usual punch. Eveyone read like a caricature of themselves, even for what's considered a light read like this. Grandma gets sloshed at dinner, Mom Plum keeps makes the sign of the cross every time Stephanie leaves, and Lula's still a big woman and proud of it. Yes, all funny, but really been there, done that. There's so much more potential to mine with these characters that the author is selling them and herself short if she can't come up with new angles to make them interesting.
I was especially disappointed by Stephanie's character in this one. She started out the series as a smart, self-possessed, funny, adventuresome heroine and seems to have regressed to acting like a hormonal teenager (Can she stop whining about her family so much internally and speak up a bit more? Can she squeak less around Ranger? And even if she has decided to not settle down with Joe yet, can she act like an adult about it and not stomp out with a laundry basket full of clothes?) I like fun, but there's a difference between fun and the ridiculous and Ten Big Ones really leaned toward the latter.
Evanovich seems to be treading on the goodwill of her readers with this one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Justice on July 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I know I share the following feelings with countless fans of the Stephanie Plum series: the first books in the series were a tremendous surprise-hilarious and endearing. Finding books with that much humor that were that fun to read in cheap, popular, paperback form is very rare, and a treasure to find, and it made me a big fan.

The books were fresh and original and funny in a way very few books of this kind are, and I think everyone should read the first books in the series. There was something quintessentially American about them and when I was lonely for my husband, family, and friends while doing research in a foreign country they cheered me up and reminded me of home while I froze to death waiting on a long line to be allowed into a poorly heated library.

I read and loved the first several books and recommended them to family and friends who also became big fans. And, like me, they also felt the series began to decline around the 8th book. This book was the absolute worst, though. My friend and I were discussing it and it was so bad it almost defies description. My friend said "I still love Stephanie Plum, but WHERE WAS SHE? This whiny person doesn't resemble the resilient Stephanie we've come to love AT ALL!"

The reviewers who say that this book gives undue attention to Ranger's shower gel and Ranger's sheets are not exaggerating! But most of all my friend and I and other reviewers were horrified at the ending. (Do not read on if you don't want a spoiler...but I don't recommend reading the book anyway).

For one thing, it showed a FRIGHTENING DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE! Ok, the "Junkman", the "gang leader" who is supposedly obsessed with Stephanie is a sadist who had to be killed in self-defense. We can accept that.
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