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From Publishers Weekly
"Just because I know how to change a guy's oil doesn't mean I want to spend the rest of my life on my back, staring up his undercarriage." From the word go, Evanovich delivers her usual goods, albeit in a different vehicle. After 10 Stephanie Plum novels, each more successful than the last, Evanovich introduces Alexandra Barnaby, aka Barney. Barney hails from Baltimore rather than New Jersey, but she's from the same slice of working-class life as Stephanie; she donned mechanic's overalls in her father's garage during summer breaks from college. Her younger brother, Wild Bill, shares her passion for cars, and now he's disappeared from Miami, along with NASCAR star Sam Hooker's boat, the Happy Hooker. Evanovich doesn't mind showing her romance roots, as Barney and Sam start off snarling at each other; as any reader can tell, they have to team up (a) to save Bill and (b) to enjoy delicious sex. As in the Plum books, plot takes a back seat to riffs, roughups and dialogue—and in the last lies the book's most notable distinction. If Stephanie bids fair to be New Jersey's Dorothy Parker, Barney is Baltimore's echo of Robert Parker. Conversation is terse and coded, full of sexual innuendo, with a high premium on toss-away lines uttered under duress. Despite the amazing quantity of physical jeopardy, there's little tension; it's all about hanging out with Metro Girl and NASCAR Guy—which may be just what millions of Evanovich fans will want.
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–A comic misadventure from the start, this mystery is a good combination of light thriller and fast-paced action. Alex Barnaby receives a late-night call from her brother that ends in mid-sentence with a woman screaming in the background. Being the dependable sister that she is, she catches the next flight down to Miami to find out what happened. Alex soon discovers that her brother has gone missing with a recent Cuban immigrant who may or may not know the location of a warhead and a fortune in gold. She cuts down the inept bad guys with her wit and a few well-placed accidental kicks and moves. For fans of the author's "Stephanie Plum" series, the book is a letdown as there are moments when readers have to suspend disbelief and accept contrived plot twists. Evanovich is better at dialogue than description, which may frustrate some seasoned readers, but the dialogue is what keeps the story moving and is, ultimately, the novel's saving grace.–Erin Dennington, Chantilly Regional Library, VA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I for one love her Stephanie Plum novels, so I was extremely excited at hearing she would be starting a new series. I wondered if the new series would be as funny, if the main character would be as wonderful as Stephanie and if the mystery would draw me in from the get go. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. In fact, I was overjoyed. "Metro Girl" is an incredible read!
In it, we meet Alexandra Barnaby, or Barney to her friends and family. Though she hails from Baltimore instead of New Jersey, she is just as funny and endearing. Working in her father's garage over the summers has instilled her and her brother "Wild" Bill with a love of cars. But, as she says: "Just because I know how to change a guy's oil doesn't mean I want to spend the rest of my life on my back, staring up at his undercarriage." Barney wants the quiet life, which is quickly shattered when her brother goes missing.
Things heat up when Barney flies to Miami to try and find her brother. She has no idea where to start, but quickly finds out that he disappeared on a boat named the Happy Hooker belonging to Sam Hooker, famed NASCAR race driver. Things are complicated, however, when Sam Hooker tags along with Barney to help her find her brother; he wants his boat back. Barney at first doesn't want anything to do with the handsome racecar driver.Read more ›
Why? Not because of the premise. If anything it was not used to its full potential. The basic idea was great, but there was little follow through The main reason I disliked this book was because of its insanely self conscious writing. It's like the author actively set out to create characters that would be cooler, zanier, funier, just plain better than Stephanie Plum and company. In doing so, she forgot that the readers have to be able to relate to her characters. This is why Sam Hooker and Barney feel so flat, because they are just over the top.
Also, it's all nice to use NASCAR as a backdrop for Sam Hooker, but if it's not going to add anything to the plot, then you shouldn't have that character keep repeating over and over that afterall, he's a NASCAR driver. It got annoying the fourth or so time, never mind the many times it was repeated after that.
All in all, I'd say, trying to hard is just as bad as not trying at all.
The dialogue was snappy and the story moves along quickly. If your looking for a light hearted romp, with a bit of wit, this is the book for you.
It is very amusing and enjoyable. I loved it.