Twelve Sharp Paperback – 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
The mixture of slapstick and gunplay that has put Evanovich's series about a sassy, less than competent New Jersey bounty hunter at the top of bestseller lists once again works its magic in Stephanie Plum's latest caper (after 2005's Eleven on Top). Stephanie, who freely admits her failings as a hunter of fugitives, faces a growing work backlog that threatens the continued existence of her job. Her clumsy efforts to clear some cases, along with the help of her outrageous colleague, Lula, result only in their adding another sad sack to the office payroll—a forlorn shoe salesman who's talked off a ledge by Stephanie's offer of a position as file clerk. Stephanie's ambivalence toward the two men in her life becomes harder to maintain when one of them, the mysterious Ranger, is accused of kidnapping his own daughter. Countless over-the-top scenes, including one at a funeral parlor, will delight longtime fans.
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*Starred Review* In a manner almost elegant in its offhandedness, Stephanie Plum gets us up to speed on her life as a bounty hunter in Trenton, NJ; her ever-eccentric family; and her fellows in her cousin's bail-bond office. It doesn't take more than a few pages. Then someone who is mistaken for Ranger--one of the two men in and out of Stephanie's life (the other is Morelli the cop)--is accused of kidnapping his daughter. Evanovich uses all of her considerable arsenal here: wisecracking humor and set pieces about cars, neighborhoods, family matters, and the funeral parlor (now with new directors straight out of Queer Eye for the Burg Guy). Then, at one point, both Morelli and Ranger are living out of Stephanie's apartment (she flees to her childhood bedroom). Evanovich also deftly uses celebrity stalking and identity theft to sketch a quite scary bad guy, and she creates in Ranger's daughter, Julie, a spirited 10-year-old version of her mesmerizing father. The ending is downright terrifying, but the coda is soothing and features a cake with icing roses. Kids? Cupcakes? What could possibly be next? GraceAnne DeCandido
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Top Customer Reviews
I thought that Twelve Sharp was by far the most impressive novel in the series. The story-telling moves beyond Pink Panther comedy into dealing with the serious consequences of actions we take. At the same time, the book goes down very smoothly.
The serious side is well done. Stephanie finds herself stalked by a young woman with a gun she doesn't mind using who claims to be Ranger's wife. What's that all about? Stephanie is also at risk for being kidnapped. And then Ranger's daughter is missing. It's a nicely complicated mystery and is unraveled in fine fashion. While this part of the story is not yet up to Dame Agatha's best, it's more than satisfying.
The character development of Stephanie and Ranger through the plot is quite remarkable in this story. In the past, Ranger has been the Superman of mystery who could do no wrong. She's been in his thrall . . . but kept at a distance only by his self-restraint. So why has he been self-restrained? In this story, we learn more about Ranger and begin to sense his vulnerabilities. An unexpected pregnancy made Ranger a father at a young age. Since then, he's met his financial responsibilities and kept his distance from similar complications. But that all comes unglued when his daughter is kidnapped and Ranger is the suspect the police are looking for. As a result, Ranger has to go undercover.Read more ›
Things get extremely steamy when Batman decides to hang out in a new bat cave, and when Stephanie's longtime sometime boyfriend finds out, the guano really hits the fan.
No one stops at her door
They just go right on through
Now the pressure's on her and him and him
Three's company too.
All the usual suspects are back again, but this time they're joined by a bunch of out of control FTAs, wannabe bounty hunters, plus two fiery, black clad super-crazy females, only one of whom is Joyce, Stephanie's archenemy.
The fun keeps flowing when Lula decides to embark on a new career, complete with short shorts and chicken feathers, and Stephanie's grandmother takes on the new undertakers in town.
Stephanie's in one of her most dangerous predicaments so far, and that's not even taking into account the new murderer in her life. Twelve Sharp puts a fresh spin on familiar territory.
Anything goes and a lot happens with this 12th installment. Janet Evanovich proves herself the master of wit with dialogue to die for and plenty of humor topped with loads of action. The triangle between Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger continues but a new relationship has been added to the mix: Lula and Tank, Ranger's number one man. Highly recommended.
How true, so sit back and enjoy Twelve Sharp where we find Stephanie the victim of a stalker. Seems that the bounty business is in a bit of a nose dive so Stephanie takes on another bail-enforcement officer. Who would turn up to apply for this job? You cannot imagine!
In true Evanovich fashion the plot's a bit zany but always laugh-out-loud funny. You see, it seems that Ranger has kidnaped his own daughter. No way. But, you'll want to listen to find out who and why. Nonetheless, Ranger turns to Stephanie for help. And the closer he gets to Stephanie, the more Joe Morelli doesn't like it. Now, toss in a few stunts by Grandma Mazur and the resurrection (pun intended) of Stiva's Funeral Parlor and you have another riotous romp from the popular, prolific Evanovich.
- Gail Cooke
Most recent customer reviews
I have never laughed so much reading a book. Steph and Lulu are so hilarious and the Ranger - Joe dilemma is wonderfulPublished 5 months ago by Theres Geering
This book is entertaining, the characters escapades are so unreal and comical you can’t help but smile at times. This is a wacky, hilarious fast-paced novel.Published on Sept. 28 2007 by Toni Osborne
This is only the second Plum novel I have read, but I do agree with some of the comparisons to Agatha Christie's books. It has a lot of romance, suspense, and comedy. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2006 by Paul Keller
I love the Stephanie Plum Novels, I check out the release dates, mark them on my calendar and pre-order the books. This one was great....it was one of my favorite from the series. Read morePublished on July 3 2006 by Mrs. Q: Book Addict