Monday, October 26, 2009

Hot Six by Janet Evanovich

Book Details
Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
Hardcover, 304 pages
2000, St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312205406
Series: Book 6 in the Stephanie Plum series

Sexy, smart-talking New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum returns for her sixth wildly amusing mystery (after 1999's High Five). Determination and contacts (she's grown up with half the cops and crooks in Trenton) compensate for Steph's poor aim with a gun, bad luck with cars and soft-hearted approach to her job (one bail jumper evades her four times). The police are after her mentor, the mysterious Ranger, wanted for killing drug and gun dealer Homer Ramos. Claiming he's innocent, Ranger persuades Steph to help him keep an eye on the Ramos clan. Steph teams up with her lover, vice cop Joe Morelli, then strikes out on her own when she realizes neither Joe nor Ranger will share information with her. When Mafia thugs get involved, she barely avoids kidnapping and torture. Meanwhile, there's her love life to deal with. Can she be physically attracted to Ranger and be in love with Joe? Evanovich spins all these threads, plus more, into a lunatic tapestry of nonstop action peopled by wacky characters straight out of a 1930s screwball comedy: Steph's Grandma Mazur, 80 years old, with the world view of a teenage punk; Mooner and Dougie, two lovable but zonked-out stolen goods dealers who have a closeout sale before going to jail; Habib and Mitchell, mobsters who follow Steph when Mitchell's wife doesn't need the car for kids' soccer games; and Steph's co-worker and pal, Lula, a gun-toting ex-prostitute always ready for an adventure.

This is another series that I really like, the Stephanie Plum novels. I have managed to read this series in order, which adds to the enjoyment. Stephanie is a kinda crappy but very lucky female bounty hunter. She lives in New Jersey, like I do so I get to read about places I've actually been, which is nice. Stephanie had some crazy adventures as usual, but the surprise ending really got me. Like tears in my eyes, got me. It's a lighthearted mystery that managed to almost make me cry.


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1 comment :

  1. Stephanie Plumb always cracks me up. This is a great series. Nice review!