Twelve Sharp Book Summary and Study Guide

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Stephanie Plum is back again in the 12th book of the series. It turns out that Ranger has been keeping some secrets from Stephanie (big surprise). While tracking down her FTA Stephanie discovers that some weird woman is stalking her. The woman dresses exactly like Ranger, has the same attitude as Ranger, and identifies herself as his wife.
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Ranger and Stephanie pair up together to find a kidnapper, rescue a child, and try to avoid to get nabbed in the process. Joe Morelli, Stephanie's on-again off-again boyfriend, isn't too happy with how close the two have gotten and decides to intervene. In this story Stephanie is once again caught between wanting Ranger and Joe Morelli, it isn't until one of them gets hurt that she decides she is in love.

The review of this Book prepared by Amy Honan

It's business as usual at Vinnie's bonding agency. Stephanie Plum, perhaps the second worst bounty hunter in New Jersey (her recently licensed sidekick Lula edged her out for first place), is staked out waiting for a bond jumper to surface when a woman in black walks up to her car and introduces herself as Ranger's wife. Carmen Manoso claims that Ranger has married her, dumped her, emptied their bank account and fled the scene, all within the last six months. This comes as a major jolt to Stephanie who knows little about the mysterious and secretive Ranger, but finds it impossible to believe he is dishonorable enough to have done this to any woman, including herself.

Carmen, convinced he's shacking up with Stephanie, proves how upset she is by firing a bullet into the rear fender of Stephanie's new Morris Minnie. Carmen proceeds to stake out the bond agency around the clock, waiting for Ranger to show up. Meanwhile, it checks out that Ranger is missing along with his 12-year-old daughter who has been kidnapped from her birthmother and stepfather in Miami, launching an all-points search for Ranger. Stephanie knows little about Ranger's daughter except that he has maintained a good relationship with her and her birth mother. Facts just don't add up, and Stephanie launches a search of her own.

For the first time, Janet Evanovich fleshes out the elusive Ranger. Left to our own devices, most readers have imagined (or fantasized about) what he looks like, who he really is and how he became the head of a global, super-secret private security force. Now we get a glimpse of the private Ranger as he goes to ground until his personal problems are resolved.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 35%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   catching con-artist

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   bounty hunter Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog
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