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Twelve Sharp

A book by Janet Evanovich

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Yes, Ranger is human after all...

  • Sep 11, 2006
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Yes, I'm a Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum fan. I look forward to each new installment in this series. The latest is Twelve Sharp, and I finally made it to the top of the hold list at the local library. And as always, it was well worth the wait. My only complaint is that I finish them too quickly...

Stephanie, Lula, Morelli, and Ranger are back at it again... running down bail jumpers and criminals in "the Burg". Ranger goes "off-line" down to Miami to take care of some bad business, as he puts it. But while he's gone, his "wife" shows up and is ready to kill Stephanie to find Ranger. Since Ranger has never mentioned a wife, Stephanie's a bit concerned, especially when she's staring down the barrel of a gun. While the wife is staking out the bond office following Plum everywhere, she meets an untimely demise at the hands of "Ranger". Ranger returns to find everyone looking for him as the prime suspect of both the murder and the kidnapping of his daughter (another fact that Stephanie didn't know about). He has to remain hidden until he can flush out the imposter, find his daughter, and also prevent Plum from getting killed by psycho-Ranger. And of course, all this protection involves close contact between Ranger, Morelli, and Plum (whose hormones are in overdrive)...

Evanovich has an incredible knack for painting vivid scenes that are improbably funny. Lula, "Sally", and Grandma appear in major doses, and I'd love to see these characters make it to the big screen. It'd be a hoot. The main element in this story is Ranger's mortal-ness. He's finally in a situation he can't solve, he has to keep himself under control in situations where he really just wants to kill someone, and he really does bleed. The final scene is more intense than usual, and had the doctor called me back a few minutes earlier I would have told him to wait until I finished. :)

A great installment in the Plum series, and I can't wait for #13...

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review by . December 05, 2006
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review by . July 10, 2006
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review by . June 29, 2006
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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'sEleven 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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ISBN-10: 0312349483
ISBN-13: 978-0312349486
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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