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Janet Evanovich is an American writer who has written a hilarious series of books about a bounty hunter or bail enforcement officer called Stephanie Plum. As the title 'Ten Big Ones' suggest this is the 10th in the series. The series is currently up to 19 with latest being Notorious Nineteen.
You don't have to read the series in order - I've dipped in and out depending what my local library has in stock. I have to say I really enjoy these books - they are fast paced with endearing characters and they appeal to my sense of humour.
Set in Trenton, New Jersey, Stephanie is of Italian-Hungarian parentage and works at her somewhat dodgy cousin Vinnie's bond enforcement agency. Her side-kick is Lula, a former hooker now working at the agency as a file clerk but more interested in going on Stephanie's missions to capture felons who have missed their court date. Chaos inevitably ensues with cars blown up, explosions and general mayhem.
Colour is added by Stephanie's family including an eccentric grandmother and long suffering parents. Love interest is provided by Joe Morelli, a Trenton cop and on-off boyfriend. His rival is the mysterious Ranger. Of Cuban extraction, Ranger is a very professional bounty hunter and Stephanie finds it difficult to resist his obvious charisma and sex appeal. No Stephanie Plum novel is complete without mention of Rex, Stephanie's hamster who somehow seems to leave quite happily in a soup can while yet another madcap adventure unfolds.
In this book, Stephanie unwittedly runs over a member of a notorious Trenton gang and finds herself with a contract out on her. Joe is desperate to keep her safe but never wanting to opt for safety, Stephanie tries to carry on with her job as normal. Normal, of course, being nothing but normal. Ranger is out of town but she discovers his 'bat cave' - in fact a very luxurious apartment and takes refuge there.
As with all the Plum books, this is fast-paced and has some serious laugh-out-loud moments. If you are looking for some light relief, try this book. However beware, Stephanie Plum novels are seriously addictive. I for one I'm hooked.