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Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 13) Mass Market Paperback – June 17, 2008
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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 Babea 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Now, the criticism. First - I agree with some of the other reviewers that some of the characters and jokes are becoming old (but just a bit). What was funny early in the series is simply not "fresh" by book 13. However, That doesn't make me want to give-up on the series. Secondly, I think that books that are published and are for SALE should show evidence of having gone through the proofreading and editing process. As the series continues, I see more problems with what might appear to be hasty writing/publishing. There are too many places where the text was obviously revised, but not proofed to see that the story line still flows. As the numbers in the series progresses, it appears that misused wording interferes with a smooth reading, words are more frequently being omitted, or words remain but SHOULD now be removed (because of an apparent revision). As other reviewers have noted, Ms Evanovich has even made basic errors when mentioning events in previous installments (like the age at which Stephanie and Joe first experience playing choo-choo in the Morelli garage). Then there's the mistakes in very BASIC grammar and usage, errors in subject/verb and antecedent/pronoun agreement. It's disappointing to see the careless mistakes that have gone without correction. The consumers who support an author by purchasing books deserve better.
I have paused in reading the series. So many other readers mention that the series seems to "fall apart" after book 13. I LIKE the characters right now and I don't want to dislike them because the writing became blasé or even more rushed and careless. I will hiave to decide if it's worth the risk to read further.
In other reviews some readers have issues with Stephanie's bounty hunter flaws or with the Joe/Ranger triangle. In my opinion, these are the things that make the series what it is. If Stephanie were to wake up one morning less accident prone, more efficient in her job, or were to marry Joe or dump him for Ranger then we wouldn't be reading any more.
On to Fourteen.
I woke up to a massive headache, so I decided listening to this book would at least improve my somber mood. It worked because even though I felt miserable, I could not help but laugh out loud at some parts. Lula and Grandma Mazur are always a big hit, but the taxidermist and his "bombs" were hilarious! Evanovich knows what she is doing. Her books are written to entertain, and not exactly to move the plot forward when it comes to Stephanie's personal life. She wrecks cars, runs from exploding buildings ( and sometimes exploding animals), while falling for Morelli or Ranger - and that is exactly what I need every now and then. I love this series and I secretly hope the taxidermist appears again.