Stephanie Plum is back in Seven Up, this time hunting (quasi) retired criminal Eddie De Chooch. Eddie, of course, doesn't want to be caught, and he's crazier and meaner than Steph, not to mention a better shot. Bodies keep showing up - as usual - and some of Steph's friends have disappeared. When Grandma Mazur gets kidnapped, though, Steph knows she'll have to solve the mystery and sort things out. She can't do it without the help of bounty hunter extraordinaire Ranger, which is unfortunate, since he's demanding a night in bed with her as payment. And that's doubly unfortunate, since she's apparently engaged to Morelli. Or is she?
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Stephanie is presented with the serach for Eddie DeChooch, an old, depressed former mob guy who takes shots at her every time she comes near him. After a series of events that put Steph in a bit of a humiliating position, she calls her mentor Ranger. Ranger agrees to help, but for a price: if he does, Stephanie must spend an uninterrupted night with him.
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St. Martin's, Jun 2001, 24.95, 320 pp.
Trenton, New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum becomes nervous as her boyfriend police detective Joe Morelli begins talking about marriage. Stephanie's mother wants a date set so they can buy a bridal dress and rent a hall. Stephanie stalls and uses a case from cousin Vinnie, owner of a bail bond business, to evade her mother and her lover.
Stephanie is expected to pick up a seventy something years old person who never made his court appearance. However, she finds him difficult to apprehend as he keeps slipping away. During her search, Stephanie is shot at, propositioned, and threatened. She uses herself as bait to catch her mark, but instead he kidnaps her grandmother. He uses his victim to force Stephanie to accept his terms. Desperate, she turns to former mercenary Ranger to help her even as she wonders whether she really wants to pay the price he extracts from her for his services.
This is the seventh book in the Plum series and it is the funniest and most enjoyable of a strong collection of novels. The villain is likable with many quirks and the budding romantic triangle provides a human angle to the characters, especially Stephanie. Janet Evanovich shows her talent by creating an innovative and delightful story line.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner