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Publisher's Summary

All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight...and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs...if she gives him everything he wants. As if things weren't complicated enough, Stephanie's just discovered her Grandma Mazur's own unmentionable alliance with Eddie. Add a series of unnerving break-ins, not to mention the bombshell revelation leveled by Stephanie's estranged sister, and Stephanie's ready for some good news. Unfortunately, a marriage proposal from Joe Morelli, the love of her life, isn't quite cutting it. And now, murder, a randy paramour, a wily mobster, death threats, extortion, and a triple kidnapping aside, Stephanie's really got the urge to run for her life.
Don't forget to download the rest of the Stephanie Plum series.
©2001 Evanovich, Inc. (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"A madcap comic mystery, Jersey-girl style." (New York Times)
"Funny, sexy, and scary." (Booklist)
"It's always a treat to go out on a case with Stephanie Plum, the sassy, adventurous, but not always successful Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter." (Publishers Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sharee Sorenson on 10-01-09

Love Stephanie Plum

I started with book 1 on Audible and fell in love with the character, Stephanie Plum, and the narrator, Lori Petty. I listened to a sample of Loralei King and swore I was not going to listen any further (I loved Lori Petty's Jersey accent). But when it came time for book 7, I caved because I wanted more Stephanie Plum. After listening to this book -- I must say, Loralei King does a tremendous job and I've become a fan. It takes me some time to get use to different narrators but after the first little bit, I was able to adapt. I'm glad I caved because I really enjoy Loralei's rendition of Stephanie and all the other wonderful characters. As for the book itself--loved it--true to form for the series and Janet Evanovich.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Anita on 12-23-12

Using my trick to enjoy this one!

Lorelei King's distracting voice characterization for Grandma Mazur was the worst of all of the three readers of the series. I was glad to see they did not keep the reader for the abridged versions of books five and six of the series because she was the "speedy gonzales" version of narrators and I felt I needed a Valium trying to listen to her read.

King's calm eloquent reading style made the story a less excitable journey than it could have been but, otherwise she was passable.

At first, I felt C. J. Critt was the worst narrator I had ever heard, but now, since these books took me on the "Goldi Lockes" hunt for the perfect narrator, I believe she was actually the best reader of the Stephanie Plum Series! Critt did at least make the exciting fight scenes exciting, and Grandma Mazur's comic relief scenes comical, unlike King's annoyingly shrill voice choice for Grandma which loses all of the comedy in the lines for me. So I'm eating my bowl of "crow" on this one.

All in all, it is still a good book and I will listen to the others. I found a trick for listening to good stories read by narrator's who have reading styles that irritate me. I choose to think of them as a favorite aunt or uncle telling me about their life experience. This mental view makes me more patient and accepting of the narrator's vocal flaws.

So, I had to use my trick with this one too!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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