Friday, December 17, 2010

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich

Book Details
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
Hardcover, 320 Pages
2007, St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312349491
Series: Book 13 of Stephanie Plum

New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!
MISTAKE #1 Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either one of them again.

MISTAKE #2 Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (a.k.a. Ranger). Ranger needs her to meet with Dickie and find out if he’s doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, he’s also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger’s favors always come with a price...

MISTAKE #3 Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office. Now Dickie has disappeared and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can she stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, NJ is also keeping Stephanie on her toes—and he may know more than lets on about her…It’s a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum, where the ultimate prize might be her life.

Lean Mean Thirteen wasn't my favorite of the Stephanie Plum series. It felt less light-hearted than previous Plum books. Perhaps it was the focus on Dickie Orr, Stephanie's ex-husband. Stephanie doesn't get angry much, but when it comes to Dickie, she has absolutely no control over her rage. And rightly so. He was awful to her and continues to be disgusting every time she speaks with him. It all makes sense. Unfortunately Stephanie's dark anger took away from usual fun and frivolity, making the entire tone of the novel something less humorous than usual.

All the key components to any great Plum novels are there in Lean Mean Thirteen. Morelli, Ranger, Grandma Mazur, and Lula are all there. There's pathetic attempts at apprehensions, cars destroyed, explosions and mishaps galore. Yet, something was off.

The mystery of Dickie and the rest of his law firm was good and definitely keeps you guessing, but it didn't have the urgency that I usually like. I want to feel that I must keep reading, must find out what happens immediately, feeling and it just wasn't there with Lean Mean Thirteen.

I love the Stephanie Plum series and while Lean Mean Thirteen was decent, I could have easily skipped this installment and not felt like I missed anything important.


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