Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Fearless Fourteen

By Janet Evanovich

Another in the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie is a bounty hunter. She tracks down people who have missed their court date and hauls them back to jail. She is not a trained law enforcement officer, she is just a woman who needed a job and was able to land one with her cousin Vinnie who owns the bail bond company.
Stephanie has an on-again, off-again relationship with Joe Morelli, who is a cop. In this book, the relationship is definitely on, with Stephanie spending most nights at Joe's house. But while she is sleeping with Joe, she still has eyes for Ranger, who owns a security company and he sometimes throws work her way. In this story, Stephanie is body guarding an aging star who is making an appearance in Trenton. But this is just a side story to the main story, which is about a long-ago bank robbery.
Joe's house used to belong to his aunt, but when she died she left the house to Joe, something that Joe's cousin Dom didn't anticipate when he hid a very valuable set of keys in her basement, keys to a garage and a van full of nine million dollars stolen in a bank robbery by Dom and his gang. Now that Dom is out of prison, he is looking to find those keys and finally split the money with the rest of the gang. Dom took the fall for the robbery while the other members of the gang remained free and anonymous.
So now Dom is angry at Joe for usurping his inheritance, for shtupping his sister Loretta, and for standing between Dom and the nine million. But when the dead bodies start to pile up, it turns out Dom is not to blame and that someone in the gang has turned against his fellows. And as per usual, Stephanie manages to find herself smack in the middle of all the action.

This was a pretty good story and lots of fun, despite the body count. Stephanie manages to get herself dyed blue while searching for a clue to the whereabouts of the money and a potato gun plays a significant role in foiling the guy out to get all the money for himself. Lulu is there to help in her usual outrageous outfits and also giving her boyfriend Tank the heebee-jeebies when she tries to finagle him into marriage. All in all, it is another excellent and fun addition to the Stephanie Plum saga.

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