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Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum Novels) Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 16, 2005
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Stephanie Plum, Trenton's favorite bondswoman, is having a career crisis, which gives Janet Evanovich plenty of opportunities to showcase her series heroine in a variety of alternative vocations, from dry cleaner to factory worker. Most of them don't last a full working day, which is good for the reader, since it plunges Stephanie back into the always seedy, often dangerous, and always colorful world of fugitives who'd rather flee than face their day in court. She may be tired of having her life threatened, her cars torched or blown up, and her apartment broken into, but one thing she can say about her job is that it's never boring... and neither is she. Despite her intentions of going straight at a job with a little more security and a bit less excitement, an old client won't let her--he keeps leaving her threatening notes, stalking and scaring her, and making sure she needs the protection of the two men in her life--Joe Morelli, the sexy cop who's been bedding her since high school, and Ranger, the even sexier tough guy who can take down the meanest fugitive around but has a tender spot in his heart for the plucky Ms. Plum. All Evanovich fans' favorite characters people this sprightly caper novel, including Lula, the fast-food-chomping former hooker who's hot to take over Stephanie's job but really belongs in a WWE Takedown; Grandma Mazur, who'd rather go to a wake than a fancy-dress ball; Grandma Bella, the matriarch of the Morelli family whose evil eye frightens even the indomitable Stephanie; and Valerie, Stephanie's sister, who's about to embark on another trip to the altar. A great beach read, Eleven on Top is a guilty pleasure that will delight readers of the author's 10 earlier novels and should win her even more fans. --Jane Adams
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Amazon.com's Significant Seven
Janet Evanovich kindly agreed to take the life quiz we like to give to all our authors: the Amazon.com Significant Seven.
Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Uncle Scrooge adventures by Carl Barks. They gave me a lifelong love of the adventure story both in film and literature. And I wouldn't mind pushing my quarters around with a bulldozer in real life, either.
Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: Book: The Neiman Marcus holiday catalog (I can pretend I'm shopping.)
CD: MTVs Grind, Volume 1 (Happy music and I love the samba.)
DVD: Shrek 2 (Happy movie.)
Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: "No. Your butt doesn't look big in those pants." Said to myself.
Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: No phone. Locked door. Room service. Silence. My cat (Gus) on my lap.
Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: "Later, Dudes!"
Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets)
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: The ability to eat Cheez Doodles and Krispy Kremes and never get fat.
The Stephanie Plum Series
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One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
See the entire Stephanie Plum series.
From Publishers Weekly
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum (last seen in 2004's Ten Big Ones) stumbles out of the gate due to some forced humor, but she eventually hits her usual entertaining stride in a tale that includes exploding cars, volatile wedding preparations and heated romantic entanglements. Stephanie decides to quit her job and seek less dangerous work after receiving a couple of disquieting notes. But the notes turn to threats and attacks, and she learns that her ineptitude is not confined to bounty hunting but transfers well to a succession of low-paying, sometimes humiliating jobs. After taking on Stephanie's previous duties, sidekick Lula naturally calls on Stephanie to lend a hand so that her bounty hunting travails continue unabated. Foul-mouthed Lula proves to have some pretty brutal ideas about how to bring 'em back. Bestseller Evanovich may be performing the same tricks over and over at this point in the series (the bumbling sleuth act, sexual-tension jokes, etc.), but most readers will find this a pleasing romp.
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She quit her bounty hunter job and was fired from not one, but two new jobs and burnt down the third. OK, so she didn't actually do the burning (but then again, how many times did she actually do the burning and exploding in her career?) but you get my drift.
She is getting threats from an unknown source and though she bumbles her way in the bounty hunter business she has a great sense of intuition. Unfortunately the law requires evidence, not hunches. So, Stephanie accepts a research job with Rangeman. This will keep her somewhat safe and will give her the resources needed to find the culprit(s) responsible for her newest threat.
I had the feeling that her character was actually being somewhat responsible even if she still has the immature tendencies to fight Joe tooth and nail when he's trying to protect her. I must say though that sometimes I can't blame her. Joe doesn't ask or suggest, he tells and almost bullies and then Stephanie reacts. Now most of us would probably tell him he' being a neanderthal and really needs to change his tactics (though something tells me he wouldn't pay much attention), but that would take the fun out of the story, right?
I've seen some reviews that read they don't like the Joe/Stephanie/Ranger triangle (though she's going to have to choose sooner or later, she isn't getting any younger), or that Stephanie hasn't gotten much better at her bounty hunter job. However, the Stephanie Plum books are not meant to be deep, intellectual mystery thrillers. They are purely entertainment. Taken in that context, I find they are great reads and I can't help but to enjoy them. The plot in each book are unique enough to keep me from becoming bored.
To get the full effect, read the previous 10 books because this book is HYSTERICAL if you know the relationships. However, the story stands alone for sure!
I have read all 24 of the Stephanie Plum novels, and I still want to read more.
These novels work because Stephanie Plum is a well-rounded character who struggles with bad guys, and kind of succeeds in the end.