Takedown Twenty - Stephanie Plum, Bk 20 Author:Janet Evanovich New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in -- not his poker buddies, not ... more »his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because -- just Stephanie’s luck -- the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose -- and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.« less
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When I spend time and money on a series of books, I expect some character development, personal growth, a resolution of some crisis and then the characters move on to another problem. The most growth I saw in this book is that Stephanie has changed to a messenger handbag!
We are still wondering about Joe vs. Ranger and this is the 20th book with this love triangle. This is beyond ridiculous. The only good thing Ive heard lately is that Evanovich was interviewed and stated that she only owed 1 more book to this publisher.
Each of these (main AND secondary) characters has moved into the realm of a cartoon. I felt the addition of the giraffe to the mix was just padding a feeble story. Evanovich had the gall to enumerate all of the items sold in the hardware store; just how blatant can padding a story be?
Im pleased about the fact that I got the book-on-tape version of this book at the library. Thus, I didnt waste money supporting a series that has outlived its shelf-life. 1 star