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Janet Evanovich , Lorelei King
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June 2005 Stephanie Plum Novels

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#1 Publishers Weekly

 

Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Time for a change, Stephanie thinks. Time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross.

 

So Stephanie Plum quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She wants something safe and normal. As it turns out, jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren’t necessarily safe and normal for Stephanie Plum. Trouble follows her, and the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now. Her past has come back to haunt her. She’s stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He’s killed before, and he’ll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. It might not be the job she’ll keep for the rest of her life, but for now it gives her the technical access she needs to find her stalker. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life---her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her bad-ass boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?

 

Between the adventure and the adversity there’s attitude, and Stephanie Plum’s got plenty in her newest misadventure, Eleven on Top.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Stephanie Plum, Trenton's favorite bondswoman, is having a career crisis, which gives Janet Evanovich plenty of opportunities to showcase her series heroine in a variety of alternative vocations, from dry cleaner to factory worker. Most of them don't last a full working day, which is good for the reader, since it plunges Stephanie back into the always seedy, often dangerous, and always colorful world of fugitives who'd rather flee than face their day in court. She may be tired of having her life threatened, her cars torched or blown up, and her apartment broken into, but one thing she can say about her job is that it's never boring... and neither is she. Despite her intentions of going straight at a job with a little more security and a bit less excitement, an old client won't let her--he keeps leaving her threatening notes, stalking and scaring her, and making sure she needs the protection of the two men in her life--Joe Morelli, the sexy cop who's been bedding her since high school, and Ranger, the even sexier tough guy who can take down the meanest fugitive around but has a tender spot in his heart for the plucky Ms. Plum. All Evanovich fans' favorite characters people this sprightly caper novel, including Lula, the fast-food-chomping former hooker who's hot to take over Stephanie's job but really belongs in a WWE Takedown; Grandma Mazur, who'd rather go to a wake than a fancy-dress ball; Grandma Bella, the matriarch of the Corelli family whose evil eye frightens even the indomitable Stephanie; and Valerie, Stephanie's sister, who's about to embark on another trip to the altar. A great beach read, Eleven on Top is a guilty pleasure that will delight readers of the author's 10 earlier novels and should win her even more fans. --Jane Adams

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Amazon's Significant Seven
Janet Evanovich kindly agreed to take the life quiz we like to give to all our authors: the Amazon Significant Seven.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Uncle Scrooge adventures by Carl Barks. They gave me a lifelong love of the adventure story both in film and literature. And I wouldn't mind pushing my quarters around with a bulldozer in real life, either.

Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: Book: The Neiman Marcus holiday catalog (I can pretend I'm shopping.)
CD: MTV’s Grind, Volume 1 (Happy music and I love the samba.)
DVD: Shrek 2 (Happy movie.)

Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: "No. Your butt doesn't look big in those pants." Said to myself.

Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: No phone. Locked door. Room service. Silence. My cat (Gus) on my lap.

Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: "Later, Dudes!"

Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets)

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: The ability to eat Cheez Doodles and Krispy Kremes and never get fat.


The Stephanie Plum Series

One for the Money

Two for the Dough

Three to Get Deadly

Four to Score

High Five

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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum (last seen in 2004's Ten Big Ones) stumbles out of the gate due to some forced humor, but she eventually hits her usual entertaining stride in a tale that includes exploding cars, volatile wedding preparations and heated romantic entanglements. Stephanie decides to quit her job and seek less dangerous work after receiving a couple of disquieting notes. But the notes turn to threats and attacks, and she learns that her ineptitude is not confined to bounty hunting but transfers well to a succession of low-paying, sometimes humiliating jobs. After taking on Stephanie's previous duties, sidekick Lula naturally calls on Stephanie to lend a hand so that her bounty hunting travails continue unabated. Foul-mouthed Lula proves to have some pretty brutal ideas about how to bring 'em back. Bestseller Evanovich may be performing the same tricks over and over at this point in the series (the bumbling sleuth act, sexual-tension jokes, etc.), but most readers will find this a pleasing romp.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To write for television, you have to create a memorable scene and finish it within 90 seconds. That's tough for comedy because you have to end each scene with a laugh. As wonderful a novelist as Janet Evanovich is, there's an even better script writer hidden inside her novels.

In Eleven on Top, Janet Evanovich has created a memorable scene and laugh every page and a half. That's very tough to do, but she's done it!

Although most will not want to put the book down (who wouldn't want to laugh almost nonstop to the end of a book?), you can read this book before going to sleep knowing that you'll reach a natural breaking point every page and a half.

Much of the humor is visual. It's a remarkable strength of the writing in this book that you can so easily see the slapstick. Few writers can capture slapstick in writing. Eleven on Top marks a new high in Ms. Evanovich's talent in this regard.

If you don't know Ms. Evanovich's writing, it's very much on a par with the very best scripts that Lucille Ball used in her shows with Desi.

Oh, yes, there is a plot. But it's there mainly for people who cannot enjoy a book without a plot. Almost any other plot would have done as well.

Stephanie finds that bounty hunting is just too disgusting for her . . . and quits Vinnie. For the first half of the book, she lurches violently from one job-related adventure to another. In between, Lulu persuades Stephanie to "assist" in capturing a particularly recalcitrant scofflaw. In the second half of the book, she finds a job she likes . . . but it has other complications that you'll love reading about. Someone is also stalking Stephanie and threatening her life. Morelli is obsessed with Stephanie's body . . . and Stephanie finds she "likes" the attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Saya
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I still love me some Stephanie Plum hyjinks! She's still the same ol' crappy bounty hunter with a penchant for destoying her cars and attracting all the wrong kind of attention...but the formula is getting a bit old and wearing thin after this eleventh book in the series. What was once original, hilarious and quirky, I find myself laughing a whole lot less and wanting to smack Steph upside the head more times than I would like. The problem is that since the first book, nothing much has changed. Her hamster Rex is still (impossibily) alive after eleven years (hampsters live to be 3-4 years max.), her relationship with Morelli is stuck in the same old place it's been since they started a relationship, in book four! Ranger is still a complete mystery, Lula is still a complete nutter (although she is one of the few people that still make me laugh) and Stephanie still sucks at being a bounty hunter (and still refuses to carry a damn gun! I mean after so many attempts on your life it may be time to carry a piece ... but then again she'd probably end up shooting herself!). I hear book twelve will have serious revelations about Ranger, to which I say, "It's about time we got something new!!!"

Don't get me wrong, I still liked the book cause it's still a fun read, but it really is beginning to feel as though I've been reading the same story for a while now and Janet needs to change something ... I don't know, but I sure hope book twelve will be like reading the 12th in the series and not as if I've already read that story before ... hasn't really changed since book 8!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love all of Janet Evanovich's novels. They're funny, sexy, witty, and have great characters.

I still can't make up my mind between the two men in Stephanie Plum's life, Morelli or Ranger, so how in the world will she be able to choose? Is there such a thing as keeping both?

Grandma Mazur is hilarious; Stephanie has a wonderful family.

It was a break to have her quit her bounty hunter job and try her hand at all those other kooky jobs ... and then surprise ... surprise ... she goes to work for Ranger. Enough said!

You must buy this book to find out what happens next! It's worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in a while July 26 2005
Format:Hardcover
This was one of the best Plum novels since the first came out. Again, I laughed out loud in many places. It was funny and witty. Stephanie seems to have taken a step in the right direction. I was getting tired of the bounty hunting. SPOILER ALERT : Now, as a sort-of-detective, working with Ranger (YES!), she's fabulous! I can't wait for the next installment. The last two books had been minor let-downs. She's back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! July 14 2005
By kris
Format:Hardcover
I've read all the stephanie books, though not in order and with different intervals between each reading. The first I read of hers I happened on by chance while scanning top ten lists and I loved it so much I had to read the rest. Eleven on Top is fantastic; it's amazing that evanovich never seems to run out of ideas for Stephanie. Her eleventh book about that one person!
And to new would be readers: don't be scared to start with this one, or whatever book of her plum seris you get your hands on first; regardless of what others say, evanovich gives enough info in every book to leave you feeling clued in, not out. Heck, I started on her tenth in this series, and I got hooked. And while reading it, I was never once confused. Ignore the damn order; enjoy them all, however you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Imagination Soars.
Janet Evanovich is in full throttle with this novel ELEVEN ON TOP. Just like her other works she keeps you wanting more by the time you have ended the book. Read more
Published on June 8 2006 by Lover Of True Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!! Best Plum Yet!!
I have to say that this is one of the best Stephanie Plum Books yet. I couldn't count how many times I actually laughed out loud. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2005 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Romp
Another wonderful romp with the delightful novels written by Ms. Evanovich. This one, 'Eleven On Top' is just as juicy. With the heroine Lulu life is filled with mystery. Read more
Published on July 6 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know where she gets her ideas but it's still as good
as the 1st one was!
I hope there will be many more! (her web site say she's on contract up to number 14! Read more
Published on June 25 2005 by N. Lavoie
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