Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels) [Hardcover]

I've finished "Explosive Eighteen the 18th book in her Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Product Description

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photo — Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.

Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?

Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.

The hardcover edition of Explosive Eighteen contains a tear-out calendar inside!

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and graphic novels, Wicked Appetite (the first book in the Lizzy and Diesel series), and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

Product Details
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345527712
ISBN-13: 978-0345527714

My Review:

Stephanie Plum has arrived home earlier than expected from Hawaii because her boyfriend Trenton's hot cop Joe Morelli got into a fight with her mysterious sex-on a stick co-worker Ranger.  We learn why both men were in Hawaii and both put up a good fight.

The man sitting next to Stephanie on the airplane slipped a photo with a pic that looks like Tom Cruise into her travel bag.  Then he soon ends up dead in California and then a whole barrage of people are after Stephanie after they figure out she's the only one who could have the photo.  She doesn't have the photo because she threw it away when she discovered it.  She is hounded by the FBI, two fake FBI agents, a Russian gangster and the man's fiancee.

This book had some very funny situations and Lulu was a hoot as ever - how does she eat so much?


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