Lean Mean Thirteen Mass Market Paperback – Jun 17 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In her rollicking 13th Stephanie Plum adventure (after Twelve Sharp), bestseller Evanovich is in top, quirky form. Plucky, bumbling New Jersey bounty hunter Plum is reunited with her two-timing lawyer ex-husband, Dickie Orr, while doing a favor for the mysterious, sexy Ranger. But when Dickie disappears from his house leaving behind only bloodstains and bullet holes, Plum becomes the prime suspect in his alleged murder. Determined to clear her name, Plum and her on-again off-again Trenton cop boyfriend, the irresistible Joe Morelli, uncover Dickie's ties to a shady group of men involved in everything from money laundering to drug running. And when Dickie's jilted business partners decide Stephanie holds the key to the $40 million they believe Dickie stole from them, she's in for a wild ride. With the author's usual cast of eccentric side characters—everything from a taxidermist with a penchant for bombs to a grave-robbing tax man—Evanovich proves once again that Stephanie Plum and her entourage are here to stay. (June)
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Stephanie Plum works as a bail bondswoman for her cousin Vinnie in Trenton. She's mostly in love with Morelli the cop, who calls her Cupcake, but she's also mesmerized by Ranger, who works serious security and calls her Babea split in nomenclature that aptly characterizes this delectable long-running series. Ranger needs Stephanie to plant a bug on her ex, the ever-smarmy attorney Dickie Orr. When Dickie goes missing, a lot of bad people and places start to blow up, burn up, and turn up. Evanovich smoothly slips from the hilarious to the hair-raising, from the erotic to the familial, carrying the running jokes we love so well: exploding taxidermy (a regular plot point here); waiting for the cable repair guy ("those fuckers!" say at least half a dozen characters); Stephanie's oddball assortment of colleagues, buddies, and relatives. Stephanie saves herself in the end, as usual, but both Ranger and Morelli mop up the mess, also as usual. We end with pizza and a tangled tale of underwear. Not quite so sparkling as Twelve Sharp (2006) but eminently satisfying nonetheless. DeCandido, GraceAnne A. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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To me, Stephanie Plum has emerged as one of the great comic heroines of crime literature. Could you love her any more? I doubt it.
Unlike some other books in the series, you'll probably enjoy Lean Mean Thirteen more if you've read at least One for the Money of the earlier books so you know the story of her former marriage to Dickie Orr before beginning this book.
Who will love this book? Anyone who cannot get enough of Stephanie Plum as bounty hunter, beloved of two sexy men, and granddaughter of Grandma Mazur.
Who will be disappointed in this book? Those who are looking for Stephanie to choose between Morelli and Ranger.
So what happens? A lot.
Let me tell you a tiny bit about how the book starts to get you in the mood. I'm reluctant to say very much because so much of the humor relies on surprises.
Ranger asks Stephanie to plant a bug on Dickie Orr, her ex-husband. In the process, Stephanie finds lots of reasons to be enraged at Dickie and the lawyer finds himself at risk of becoming a homicide victim at Stephanie's hands.Read more ›
Thankfully, our trouble prone heroine hasn't changed a bit in that she's as spunky as ever. We hear: "I was about to do something I knew I shouldn't do. The signs were all there in front of me. Sick stomach. Feeling of impending disaster. Knowledge that it was illegal. And yet, I was going to forge ahead with the plan. Not that this was especially unusual. Truth is, I've been dealing with impending doom for as long as I can remember. Heck, when I was six years old I sprinkled sugar on my head, convinced myself it was pixie dust, wished myself invisible, and walked into the boy's bathroom at school. I mean you don't know the water's over your head until you jump in, right?"
Well, Steph is usually in water over her head and fans thoroughly enjoying jumping in with her. She can't say no to Ranger, even when asked to get together with her former spouse and ask him a few questions. Many will remember that their married life was very brief as husband Dickie had a roving eye that lit upon Janet Barnhardt. (As did his hands and body).
Nonetheless, Dickie is soon missing leaving behind only a few blood stains in his apartment and Steph is, of course, the prime suspect.Read more ›
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As always, the escapes of Stephanie Plum and Grandma, keep me laughing, interested and wondering what Janet Evanovich can come up with next to top this one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gigi
Excellent, another great read by Ms. Evanovich. Just always keeps you intrigued and Janet's humour is hilarious. Keep them coming.Published 21 months ago by Rachel D. Howard
Although I still enjoy Janet Evanovich's books, I'm getting tired of the same old same old. The thirteenth book has the same premise of the twelve, which was the same as the... Read morePublished on July 25 2008 by NurseB
By now Evanovich has got the formula down. Stephaniès crazy skips and what she has to do to catch them, the crazy case she gets to work on, the humor with grandma, and, of... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2007 by Bernie Koenig
I'm sorry to report that this novel only exists to make up a Bakers' dozen, so that the author can avoid the wrath of the publisher by coming up short. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2007 by Amanda Richards
I was really looking forward to the release of Lean Mean Thirteen, but when I was done with the book, the only thing I could think of was "What a waste of 4 hours of my life! Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2007 by Carineja
After reading TWELVE SHARP, I had to write in about this latest tour-de-force from Evanovich. LEAN MEAN is the story of the quirky and wonderful Plum, the New Jersey bounty hunter... Read morePublished on July 16 2007 by Jane Smith (the REAL Jane Smith)