I know this book has been reviewed to death, but I'll give it another kick. Stephanie Plum is the consumate bounty hunter noir. Sam Spade, Travis McGee and Mike Hammer now have competition...in pantyhose.
She lost her job as a lingerie buyer for a discount chain, and, when her life began to scrape bottom, her mother suggested she visit her cousin Vinnie, the bailbondsman, for a filing job. Unfortunately, that job had just been filled. But there was always skip tracing -- tracking down clients who have jumped bail.
Not being very shy, and needing money desperately, Stephanie takes the job. And, since finances were the driving factor, she decides to start at the top -- tracking a murder suspect, who happens to be a cop, who grew up in her neighborhood, who she once ran down in her fathers Buick, on purpose.
Anyway, Stephanie gets a crash course in bounty hunting, and picks up her share of scrapes and bruises along the way. And, though she continues to find her jumper, she is having a heck of a time bringing him in.
And then there is Stephanie's grandmother...
My wife nagged me to read this book, and I finally gave in. It is well written and entertaining. Every page is filled with action, and there are lots of light moments to keep the reader afloat. I enjoyed it very much, despite the moderately high estrogen levels. Since I was told the series gets better with the second and third novels, I guess I'll have to continue. I won't tell her I'm looking forward to it :o)
This book grabbed me from the first page and never let go. Stephanie Plum is one sassy, hysterically funny woman! I instantly connected with her. She isn't afraid to say what's on her mind and she'll get the bad guy if it kills her, which it almost does. The other characers are wonderfully three dimensional as well, and the one liner banter between her and Morelli can only make you wonder where it will all lead to.
She's a character you wish you could go out and have a drink with, because you know you'll be laughing all night long!
Really enjoyed this - though I usually like my mysteries less hard-boiled (I'm a dyed in the wool Cozy reader)..but the humor balanced out the (for me) gory, creepy parts.
This was the first Evanovich that I have ever read! I LOVED IT!!
I was laughing do hard I was crying. I have already started book 2.
I can not wait to see what is going to happen with Joe and Steph.
my first evanovich and have to say I love it! I love stephanie and all the other quirky characters. it's not usually my typical book type but I will be trying more by this author. it is mystery/comedy/romance/adventure all rolled into one. can't wait to read the next plum adventure!