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Lean Mean Thirteen Mass Market Paperback – Jun 17 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312349505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312349509
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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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 Babe—a 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.

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Format: Hardcover
For my money, Lean Mean Thirteen is by far the best beach read of this summer. Although you could race through the book at high speed in a few hours, there is enough humor in here to keep you chuckling, guffawing, and rolling on the floor in tears from now until long past Labor Day. So another way to read this book is to stop every time you laugh out loud . . . and pick it up again the next day. I suspect that would be the best way to enjoy the book . . . but naturally, I didn't have that much self control. I did, however, keep track of where I laughed aloud when I read the book and the total exceeded 160 times!

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.
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I read the first 2 negative reviews and had to chip in some positive: I love this series! It was hard to have a follow-up to 12 Sharp; that book was my favorite in the series so far. I thought Thirteen was funny and while the mystery wasn't as good as some have been in the past, it was still a good plot. I want to see the relationships between Steph and the love interests advance more (let's be real here: I want her to pick Ranger). I also wish the books came out more than once a year. You tend to forget the previous plot lines and have to go back and re-read and it takes away from the overall experience.
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Nothing stales the infinite variety of Janet Evanovich. We are back in the Burg, (aka Chambersburg) a decidedly ethnic area of Trenton, New Jersey. For the past thirteen novels the Burg has been the home of Stephanie Plum and her vast extended family. (At times Stephanie appears to be kinfolk to the Burg?s entire population. Well, the more or less law abiding folk anyway.) Among them are Stephanie?s grandmother, a pistol-packing septuagenarian with oddball enthusiasms in whose company life is never dull, and Stephanie?s long-suffering mother. Mom longs for her daughter to marry Morelli, a dangerously attractive cop, and stop playing around with the much more dangerous Ranger, ex-Special Forces, who operates a security company. She also wants Stephanie to retire from the perils of bounty hunting miscreants who have skipped bail on behalf of Cousin Vinnie?s bail bond business. Stephanie?s assistant Is Lula, ?a black woman with a Rubenesque body and a Vegas wardrobe that?s four sizes too small.? Lula is a sort of Grandma on steroids, and my favourite. The plot need not detain us long. Stephanie?s ex-husband, Dickie, has disappeared, assumed dead, and $40 million worth of ill-gotten assets have vanished with him. His weird law partners are turning up dead. Ranger is hot on the trail and Stephanie divides her time between working for him and being protected by him from the surviving partner, a murderous madman who wants the dough and believes Stephanie has the key to it. Read on.
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I'm a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series, but this one was a let down. The Morelli-Ranger dance is the same old tired lines, nothing exciting happens. After the rush of sexual tension with Ranger in the last two novels, you expect something new and dramatic to finally happen. But it still the same old "I'm with Morelli but I'm attracted to Ranger" thing, but without much sexual tension in this one. And it seems more and more unbelievable how passive Morelli is about the whole thing. The bad-tempered Italian stallion hasn't showed much spine lately, letting Stephanie flirt and co-habit with Ranger without barely batting an eyelash. Hey, something has to sizzle, we need some sparks here! Plus, in this one, Stephanie is all shaken up and weepy by the events happening to her, although those events seemed a lot less traumatic (in Stephanie land) than in previous books where she handled it much better... no consistency with the character developed in the series. It's still ok, but it really didn't do much for me.
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Thanks to the prolific pen of Janet Evanovich everyone's favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is back in her thirteenth battle with the bad guys. And, who narrates the latest travail filled tale starring this feisty gal? Of course, it has to be and is Lorelei King. This actress has been dubbed favorite reader by Evanovich and she is surely one of ours, too. When you listen to her opening line it's a bit like picking up the phone and hearing the voice of a friend - she's read so many of the Plum series that she has become Steph's one and only voice for many of us.

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.
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