New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet!
Dickie Orr. Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her arch-nemesis Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping to never see either one of them again.
Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (a.k.a. Ranger). Ranger needs her to meet with Dickie and find out if he’s doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, he’s also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger’s favors always come with a price…
Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office. Now Dickie has disappeared and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, NJ is also keeping Stephanie on her toes-and he may know more than he’s saying about many things in Stephanie’s life. It’s a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum, where the ultimate prize might be her life.
With Janet Evanovich’s flair for hilarious situations, breathtaking action, and unforgettable characters, LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN shows why no one can beat Evanovich for blockbuster entertainment.
Originally published in hardcover June 2007, St. Martin’s Press
I enjoyed this book, I did. But I do not hold it up on the same par as the last few of the numbered books in this series.
In book eleven, she was working for Ranger. In book twelve, she wan’t working for him any longer. Evanovich never said why Stephanie was no longer working at RangeMan, and implied that she still did from time to time. Yet, Stephanie still had her remote and identification to get into the office building.
This time, she says she isn’t working for him because the four walls started closing in on her. Ranger offered to let her work for him on an as-needed basis, and gave her the remote key back. This is the first time that there has been a glaring enough inconsistency to bug the crud out of me.
The mystery in this book is a good one! I didn’t see the punch line coming at all. So, good job there. I got a good kick out of the position Stephanie felt herself being put into.
I enjoy having a story be told to me in the first person. It makes me feel like I’m in her shoes, that I’m discovering the cases right along with her.
But, there was one part of this book that the point-of-view annoyed me, though. It was when we find out what Morelli has been up to. I kept thinking about all the hilarity that Evanovich could have put into the book, if only we could have jumped into Morelli’s head for a while. Although, later on, we do get a glimpse of what I felt the initial part was lacking when Steph joins Morelli at his house, and the guy he’s been babysitting is there.
I also saw the humor in Stephanie’s situation when Ranger became involved. But again, I felt like Evanovich could have done more to get additional humor from the situation she had created for her characters.
All right, thirteen books in, plus two holiday specials, and Stephanie finally talks about getting her period. I was wondering where in the heck it had been. I mean, no one particularly likes talking about it, but, come on. She’s been a bounty hunter for round about a year and a half or so in her world, it had to inconveinience her at some point, right? I was beginning to wonder what kind of birth control pill she could possibly be taking that would keep it away for that long. Maybe she was pregnant and in constant denial, but her jeans were buttoning just fine this time around. Honestly, after this many books, these are the things that start to bug me.
Morelli had seemed to relax about his adversion to her being a bounty hunter. But in this book, Evanovich is setting up for it to be a problem, again, in the future. He keeps wavering back and forth. Sometimes he takes Stephanie’s constant state of being in danger in stride, and other times he needs antacids. Being that he’s talking about it again, maybe Ranger will finally get a real chance to explore what life with Stephanie is really like. Ranger has been kept at arm’s length, he even says so himself, and I think he’s starting to loose patience with it.
Evanovich also seems to be trying to set Grandma Mazur up with somebody. If you ask me, at the end of this book, I think Grandma finds a guy who is, himself, eccentric enough to be able to handle Grandma. We’ll see if anything comes of it in later novels.
One thing I’d like to say to Morelli: Yes, Morelli, women have to concentrate. All men would do well to bear that in mind.
One idea this book has given me: The next time I want to put my husband in the mood, I should try an action movie with lots of adventure.
I want to say three pairs of handcuffs for falling short on the humor, and making me talk about inconsistencies. But I want to give it five for the mystery itself.
So I say, four pairs of handcuffs.