Friday, July 06, 2007

Lean Mean Thirteen

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum agrees to a favor and this simple act of human kindness results in mayhem, exploding taxidermy, and hilarity in Janet Evanovich's new novel, Lean Mean Thirteen. Stephanie’s ex-husband, Dickie Orr, is involved with his shady law firm partners to the tune of forty million dollars. Agreeing to plant a bug in Dickie’s office for the mysterious, alluring Ranger, Stephanie looses her temper (and grip on reality) with Dickie and consequently becomes Trenton Police’s number one suspect in his alleged death and disappearance. Determined to clear her name and disgusted with boyfriend Joe Morelli’s assurances that everything will be fine, Stephanie embarks on a wild adventure that ultimately includes money laundering lawyers, a grave robbing accountant, and her grandmother’s love life.

Hail, hail the gang’s all here! This thirteenth installment does not disappoint as readers are treated to the secret of Tank’s real name, a long running feud with the cable company, and the requisite flirtation between Stephanie and Ranger, though Stephanie remains loyal (in her own quirky fashion) to Joe. The appeal of the Stephanie Plum series is wide ranging as I learn each summer when her newest novel accompanies me to the ALA annual conference. In the airport, on the plane, in the hotel, or riding on the shuttle to the conference center, copies of Lean Mean Thirteen were present in D.C. with librarians willing to talk about their love of books, this one in particular!

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