Monday, December 20, 2010

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

Book Details
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Hardcover, 320 Pages
2008, St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312349513
Series: Book 14 in Stephanie Plum

Personal vendettas. Hidden treasure. A monkey named Carl. In her latest adventure, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is as fearless as ever…

The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars. Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn’t be more proud. He always was the smart one.

The Cousin: Joe Morelli. Morelli is Dom’s cousin. He’s also a cop. Less than a week after Dom’s release from prison, Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. Meanwhile, Dom has gone missing…

The Catastrophe: Moonman. Morelli hires Walter “Mooner” Dunphy, stoner and “inventor” turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli is low on cash. Mooner will work for potatoes.

The Cupcake: Stephanie Plum. Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She’s a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she’s involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one.

The CrisisRanger. Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie’s evening activities.

The Conclusion: Be fearless.  Read FOURTEEN!

Fearless Fourteen is one of the best Stephanie Plum books so far in the series. The book is full of separate events, multiple story lines, and beloved characters running amuck and yet, everything fell into place perfectly.

The murder mystery is surprising, but seeing Stephanie in mother mode was even more unexpected. And she seemed to handle it better than she does most things in her life. When the question of Zook's (the teen in Stephanie's care) paternity comes up, readers will spend the rest of the book waiting desperately for the answer.

Lula and Tank's relationship progression is hilarious. As is Stephanie and Lula teaming up with older celebrity Brenda (one name only, like Cher) for a bounty hunter reality show. While all this is going on, people are trespassing on Morelli's property, looking for buried treasure: nine million dollars worth. And Mooner is back to guard Morelli's house, when he's not playing a computer game that seems to be the obsession of both Zook and Grandma Mazur.

I loved Fearless Fourteen and the way every page had some sort of action on it. Stephanie is always moving, juggling bounty huntering, working for Ranger, taking care of Zook, enduring Lula's craziness and still managing to find the time to have a little fun with Morelli in an alley. Fearless Fourteen may just be the perfect Plum novel.


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