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Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

by Janet Evanovich

St. Martins Press | June 17, 2008 | Hardcover

Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel is rated 3.1538 out of 5 by 26.

Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.

The Crime:  Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars

Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn’t be more proud. He always was the smart one. 

The Cousin:  Joe Morelli

Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom’s sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

The Complications:  Murder, kidnapping, destruction of personal property, and acid reflux

Less than a week after Dom’s release from prison, Joe Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. He’s getting threatening messages, Loretta is kidnapped, and Dom is missing.

The Catastrophe:  Moonman

Morelli hires Walter “Mooner” Dunphy, stoner and “inventor” turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli can’t afford a lot on a cop’s salary, and Mooner will work for potatoes.

The Cupcake:  Stephanie Plum

Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She’s a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she’s involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one.

The Crisis:  A favor for Ranger

Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie’s evening activities.

The Conclusion:  Only the fearless should read Fourteen.

Thrills, chills, and incontinence may result.

 

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.44 × 6.4 × 1.1 in

Published: June 17, 2008

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312349513

ISBN - 13: 9780312349516

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun read. I read Janet Evanovich years before Plum came into existence and I loved her quirky sense of humor and characterization. This story is well written but I think some of the funny has turned into slapstick doing a disservice to the rich and interesting characters she creates. I'd like to see the characters move forward.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Fourteen You've got to love a book that has you laughing by page 4. I love Stephanie Plum. As with any series that has this many books there are hits and misses, but overall this is a highly entertaining series. Stephanie Plum, the hapless bounty hunter is at it again. This time round there is a psycho who wants to kill Morelli, a missing stash of cash, treasure hunters digging up Morelli's yard, a kidnapped woman and a kid named Zook that spray paints anything that doesn't move (and even things that do....poor Bob). It's always a wonder how Stephanie manages to solve the mystery, but it doesn't really matter how unlikely it is, you know you are going to have a good time getting there. This book offers many laugh out loud moments. If you have never read a Stephanie Plum novel, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series because you really need to get to know all the characters (and I mean characters - they're all slightly certifiable) to truly appreciate them.
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not the best but good As a true fan of this series, I went out and spent $30 on this one. It is not as good as the others and seems to reflect a trend that begun at book 13. They are getting tired. This one lacked the life and death bounty hunter moments and sexual tension of the others. I read them for Ranger and it just wasn't that magical. I will keep buying because I have to know what happens with these people but things need to pick up.
Date published: 2008-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fearless Reading Great intro of new characters --Brenda is about as crazy as Grandma Mazur and her bitches__LOL --A cross between tina Turner and Reba Mcintyre (my thoughts Anyway),Gary thestalker was hilarious as was Zook and the mooner.--Good storyline as usual.
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a bit of a let down I am a huge fan of the Stephanie Plum series. This book is a disappointment compared to the others. It is an okay story but not much of a storyline when it comes to Grandma Mazur or Ranger (some of my favorite characters). It had some good points but overall a let down compared to previous books.
Date published: 2008-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh Out Loud Moments This instalment in the Stephanie Plum series is actually better than the last. Yes, Stephanie is still waffling between Joe and Ranger, but the humour is bang on in this book. More laugh out loud moments than the last three books combined. Short on character development, but still enjoyable, this is a quick read that will leave you smiling.
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fearless to finish reading I was so dissappointed, I have read them all and found even older books not on line, whats up? This was a huge dissappointment, so much so I have turned to other authors. Books are less story now and not so much fun. Good luck next time.
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good title Not as good as past books. Dissapointed that no cars blew up. Wanted more of grandma and her family.
Date published: 2008-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fourteen! This is one of my favourite series! So fun and entertaining. The last few books have been disappointing, but Fearless Fourteen definitely steps up - funny and full of great characters and great fun. Looking forward to number fifteen already!
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad Not as funny as some of the other numbers books but I enjoy the Stephanie Plum novels regardless.
Date published: 2008-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! This book is another winner. They are all so different but the writing in all the "Stephanie Plum" novels is incredible. I never read these books in public because I find my self laughing out loud too often. It is so enjoyable to get lost in a book and forget everything else. The only bad thing is the wait between books.
Date published: 2008-07-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fearless Fourteen I LOVE this series, and have recommended it to well over thirty people. However, I have to agree with other comments, this one was her least funniest. I think the formula is great and is always good for a laugh. But, the characters are now so ingrained that they have begun stagnant. Something needs to happen to any or all of the major players. Things need to be shaken up a bit, to keep the readers interested. I'm sure that no matter what Janet throws at our beloved Stephanie, she wil be able to roll with it and bounce back - she always does.
Date published: 2008-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Plums This is one of my favorite series ever and this book did not let me down. True it wasn't as funny or as exciting as some of her other books but hey....every book can't be a winner. No matter what Lulu and Gramma are up to you know you are going to get a chuckle. Sure there wasn't alot of Ranger but if you are Morelli fan...you get your fill. I can't wait til #15....Go Stephanie!
Date published: 2008-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from B- Not as funny as I would have liked. I admit that I went into this book with low expectations. I try to never read reviews of books I know I will read, as I hate spoilers. Big time. Having finished Fearless Fourteen, I skimmed a bunch of reviews, and I have to say, I disagree with many of them. Big surprise there. When do I ever agree with the majority? IMO, Stephanie has come a long way. Even though she does minimal bounty hunting in this book, she does appear to be more confidant with herself as a apprehension agent. Compared to her clumsiness in the few first books, she is almost a new person. When any of her misfit friends tag a long on a pick up, she is very take charge and alpha in work mode. Fearless Fourteen was not as funny as the other books. I did smile a few times, mostly because of Lula and Grandma Mazur, but I did not laugh out loud. There were equal amounts of Joe and Ranger. I continue to be on the 'Babe' team, but the 'Cupcake' side is appealing, too. One of my all time favourite secondary Characters in the previous books was Mooner. He was back in Fearless Fourteen, so yay for that. I'm going to go ahead and give this one a B-. Stephanie's character has grown, and there was a fresh spin on the old formula... No one was trying to kill Steph, but she still did stumble across some dead bodies. Her car did not get blown up, but it did get a graffiti make over. Weekly dinners at the Plum house were included in Fearless Fourteen, which is good. I enjoy Mr. Plum's heavy silence, Mrs. Plum's not so hidden drinking problem, and Grandma Mazur's naive bluntness. I just wish it had been laugh out loud funny. I don't have a single funny quote to mention in my post, like I usually do when I review this series.
Date published: 2008-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Love It! This is still my favorite series and this book was still great. It is defiantly one you have to read for yourself and make your own decisions. It was not as funny as the past books but it was still good and i think she is taking the characters in the right direction. My only wish was to have more Ranger but we did get a lot more Morelli which I suppose compensated. I will still eagerly anticipate number 15!
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT AS ALWAYS I'm not sure what book some of the other reviews read, but it couldn't have been this one. I was laughing all the way through it. Stephanie's as crazy as always & when it comes to Joe & Ranger well don't most women wish they had that problem! Can't wait for the next one! I know I'll be rereading this one a few times!
Date published: 2008-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different - but still good I quickly ran out on the day that Fearless Fourteen was released and bought the book and spent that night and the next reading it. When I finished it, I had to think about it a bit before I decided whether I really liked it or not. If you're expecting the usual Stephanie Plum adventure, then you may be disappointed but having said that, I would still recommend this book. The usual cast of characters are still present including Stephanie and Morelli, and Lula, and Grandma, and of course Bob the dog. What is missing is a lot of the action and adventure that you usually get in a Stephanie Plum caper. After discussing the book with some friends, I think this book was Janet's ode to the Morelli fans. Stephanie's latest adventures have involved a lot of Ranger and I think this one gave the Morelli Cupcakes what they've been clamoring for. Don't fear Stephanie Plum fans, I'm sure there are many Plum antics to come.
Date published: 2008-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from whats with the neg reviews just as good as the other books in the series . Please don't be discouraged by the bad reviews. i think you need to read it for youself and make your own judgement
Date published: 2008-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre, but true to formula. I don't read Evanovich books for intellectual stimulation, and never have; I read them for four or five hours of silly entertainment. This book DOES deliver that...but it's not very exciting. I'm not one to mind a writer working by a winning formula, but after 14 books, this one is getting really old. And the characters are acting more and more ridiculous, perhaps to make up for the fact that the plot is basically always the same and no one ever changes in any meaningful way. So, it was fine. But this series hit it's peak with book 12, it seems, and it feels a little like the author is writing on autopilot, now.
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better then expected After reading reviews about the book yesterday I was worried. Janet Evanovich's number series has been one of my favourites and I couldn't believe she could have written such a disappointing book. I bought it and brought it home today and it was fantastic! Just as good as her previous books and still laugh out loud funny. Don't be put off by bad reviews - if you're a real Plum fan you'll love it.
Date published: 2008-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fairytale ending for Janet. Once upon a time there was a struggling writer. Her name was Janet Evanovich. She wrote nice little romances. But then one day she hit the jackpot. She gave the world Stephanie Plum. Stephanie Plum, a sassy, dynamite woman from the “Burg” in Trenton, NJ. Stephanie Plum and Janet Evanovich took the world by storm. She skyrocketed to #1 on the NY Times Bestseller list. And for good reason. Janet Evanovich enamored her readers with books filled with rich characters, heart pounding villains, wonderful plots and mysteries, scenes that had you laughing until you cried, two drop-dead gorgeous, heart-stopping males and had fans marking calendars waiting for the next year’s book. I was one of those fans. I read or listened to every Janet interview. I devoured every book in one sitting. Then, last year, along came your newest installment. Lean Mean Thirteen. Oh my! What happened? One book, I won’t re-read, says, I. Something is amiss. Okay, I will let this slide. Even the best author might falter once. Have no fear, next year Janet will give us another wonderful book. Didn’t happen. What exactly did happen, Janet? You have said in interviews that some of your ideas for your storyline comes from real life. Let me ask you this. Is that where the Lula in this book came from? Did your new son-in-law wake up one morning to find he was engaged and your daughter had a ring on her finger that she bought herself? Is that when he fainted? I thought Morelli was a good cop? A top detective does not need to hire a former stoner to watch his house…be more worried about his basement concrete floor than is cousin or her teenage son that might, or….might not be his own son. More time spent playing softball and taking trips down memory lane about all the unsavory women he slept with? One of them just might have been his cousin? Did the aunt you say you modeled Grandma Mazur after start dressing in Goth this year and hunker in the living room playing computer war games with her old lady cronies? I can tell you how this fairytale ends. Janet Evanovich, #1 bestselling author drops off the charts because she thought she could give her fans drivel, sloppy writing, and the total annihilation of the characters they so loved. Life is not a fairytale Janet. To stay at #1, you have to write #1 books. Fearless Fourteen is NOT a #1 book. I find it hard to believe that you actually wrote this book. These are not the characters you loved. Who are they?……. and who have you become, Janet? It does not appear that this fairytale that we have shared, you/writer and me/reader will have a happily ever after ending.
Date published: 2008-05-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rerun I really, really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I can sum up my feelings in one word. Boring. Not much mystery, very little adventure, and several scenes/situations taken from previous books. Waste of a couple of hours.
Date published: 2008-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Fan Once upon a time, there was a PlumFan, who every year breathlessly anticipated the new installment of the Stephanie Plum series. I'd run to the nearest Wal Mart and beg for the new book at twelve sharp. Those days are over. I spent last night reading an ARC and ohhhh boy am I disappointed. Ms. Evanovich, what happened? Where is the fast paced, razer sharp wit, and where oh where is the mystery and plot? It's a sad day here for the former Plum Fan. I'd buy two books, the newest hard over and a copy of the cd's. Not this year. I can't tell you how sad I am to lose my summer ritual of Plum. Save yourself the aggravation and take the afternoon and read it at your neighborhood bookstore. I was a little disappointe after Lean Mean Thirteen but after reading a comment at Ms Evanovich's website about rededicating herself to this series and her fans, I thought I'd give her a chance. No. This is not rededicated. This is regurgitated and one big Bore from start to finish.
Date published: 2008-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Janet Evanovich - No longer my literary Hero This is a sad review from an avid reader who once held Janet Evanovich in the highest literary regard. I can honestly say that I considered myself one of her greatest, most loyal fans. It all started when I opened a book entitled One For the Money, the literary world’s introduction into the world of Stephanie Plum. A wonderful world that kept me mesmerized for twelve books. Books written by an author whose voice rang loud and clear. Through twelve books, I was drawn into this world. A world filled with the richest main characters, the very best side characters, the scariest villains, the best funny moments in the literary world and the most diverse, fresh plots. Twelve books written in Janet’s amazing voice. Tight, edgy, funny, scary. She could say it all in a three word sentence. Yes, indeed, this series had taken me for a wonderful ride. Then last year, Lean Mean Thirteen was released. Okay, forgiveness. Everyone author should be entitled to one mistake. Janet’s voice was not in Lean Mean Thirteen. It felt like a fast rewrite. Fearless Fourteen....anger. What has she done to those I loved? She has insulted and humiliated Stephanie, Morelli, Lula, Grandma, Tank......who ARE these characters in this book???? Where is the “mystery”? What have you done to Morelli? You’ve taken him from the lovable best detective in Trenton to a total sleeze who slept with so many sluts he can‘t remember them all, …Oh, please! He deserves better than this! What have you done to Lula? You’ve taken that former ’ho, from hanging beat up and bleeding on Stephanie’s fire escape to a manipulative, cheap trick idiot. A character that I grew to love and respect. What have you done to her? I don’t believe that the Lula you have given me in Twelve books would have become this. Tank? You can’t do this to Tank. You turned him into a “simple wuss.” Grandma Mazur? Oh, yes, always over the top. But, come on, hunkered in the Plum living room, dressed in Goth, playing computer war games with her old lady cronies? Mrs. Plum, downing a glass of whiskey? No, not the Mrs. Plum I knew from twelve books. Ranger - It’s sad to watch Stephanie keep using him. And last, but not least, what have you done to “my” Stephanie? Where is her edge? Her “Burg” attitude. I miss her. I know, I know, I am venting. Venting because I have lost something wonderful. The world of Plum that Janet Evanovich gave me in twelve wonderful books. Now she is passing off slapstick, sloppy meandering writing, loose plots, embarrassing characters as her next foray into the World of Plum. Many great TV shows ended while they were “on top”. Janet should have ended this series with Twelve Sharp. Gone out on top. I must apologize for this long review. However, this reader is angry and grieving. Angry that Janet Evanovich has lost her voice. Fearless Fourteen is NOT the voice of Janet Evanovich that I devoured and loved in twelve books. This is slapstick. I am embarrassed for what she has done to my beloved characters. I won’t buy this book. I will not buy future books until Janet gets back her “voice”. Instead, I will be content to re-read the first twelve books. Oh, Janet, what have you done to my world of Plum?
Date published: 2008-05-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A sad ending to what used to be my favorite series While Evanovich may still have a contract to write another 2 novels and a few more novellas in her Plum series, Fearless Fourteen is the last book of hers that I will ever read. After breathlessly waiting year after year for every excerpt to be posted and every new book to be released, this decision is not an easy one for me. I discovered the series when book 2 was released in paperback and immediately went out and bought book 3 in hard cover, and have done the same thing for every book since. But I can't in good faith continue to read or spend money on a series that demonstrates so little respect for women, particularly women who are willing to be independent. Evanovich apparently labels such women as "sluts," which is fortuitous for the cop Morelli who brags to Stephanie that he has always "had good luck with sluts." I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book, and while I was extremely excited about the opportunity when I started reading Fearless Fourteen, I was only relieved that I hadn't paid retail for the book by the end. Evanovich used to be an author I respected and was willing to spend twelve months desperately waiting to read more of, but no longer. These last two novels have been thoroughly disappointing, and if Fourteen is a sign of the future, this trend is just going to continue. It seems as though Evanovich does not even respect her main character any longer. No longer is Stephanie a dynamic woman meeting life head on; she is now a caricature of who she used to be, and she is not someone I can respect in the least. Like this book's creation of the main character, the entire book is lack-luster and, for me, proves conclusively that Evanovich has become bored with the series and is just collecting a paycheck until she gets inspired to write something actually good. Fourteen is a pathetic excuse for a book, a further disappointment following the superbly flawed Lean Mean Thirteen. Like the majority of the book's extra characters' names, the scenes are recycled from previous books and display little new creativity or thought. After the masterpiece of writing and plotting displayed in Twelve Sharp, Evanovich should be ashamed of putting forth such a horrible effort. Her willingness to do this 2 novels in a row suggests an extreme amount of contempt for her reading public, the very people who have made her the top-rated author she is today. While this fact is disgusting all on its own, Evanovich has used her last 2 books to also reverse her previous message that any woman can fly, and has instead started spouting the virtues of complacency and the willingness to be a doormat. I'm not certain if this is because Evanovich genuinely believes it is good and right for women to allow themselves to be taken for granted and be treated as though they are worthless, or if she is simply amused by her ability to influence popular thought, but Evanovich has taken the confidence she built up through her success in Twelve Sharp and allowed it to become arrogance. Fearless Fourteen demonstrates that she does not respect her buying public, and for that reason alone I cannot allow myself to invest in any book of hers again.
Date published: 2008-05-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from FUBAR Fourteen If you're a fan of Stephanie Plum, the spunky, free-spirited bounty hunter from Trenton, New Jersey, you probably won’t be after reading this lacklustre entry into the acclaimed mystery series. That Stephanie is a no-show, and in her place is some spineless, brain dead imbecile who flits around like a bored extra from The Hills for approximately 300 of the book’s 320 pages. It's hard to write the kind of review I think this book deserves without certain expletives, but I'll do what I can. This book is unbelievably bad. It's embarrassingly bad. Rosanne Barr’s national anthem performance bad. Heidi Montag’s clothing line bad. The kind of bad that makes a person want to pull the neck of her shirt over her head just to escape the embarrassment. The kind of bad that makes a person want to roast the book over an open flame and sanctify its ashes in holy water, because simply throwing it away isn't enough to dispel the negative aura of badness from her home. To give a frame of reference, I once sliced off the tip of my left middle finger with a sheet of aluminum foil, and if I had to choose between the two--dismemberment by aluminum foil or reading this book a second time--I would choose the aluminum foil. It’s THAT bad. In her fourteenth Stephanie Plum adventure, Evanovich ditches her trademark humor and wit for something a bit more domestic—endless, mind-numbing boredom. Nearly a decade ago, Dom Rizzi and three other men robbed a bank and hid the money. Now he’s out on parole and his partners are turning up dead. On top of that, his sister Loretta has gone missing, leaving her teenage son Zook in the joint care of Stephanie and Morelli. And the only way to get to the bottom of the situation is to find a key hidden somewhere in Morelli’s house that will lead everyone to the money. Sound familiar? It should. Evanovich has used this same plot three times in as many years. Same number of partners, same treasure hunt philosophy. The only thing that changes is the amount of money gone missing and what crazy, zany scheme is going to rectify it in three pages or less at the end. And that’s not all that’s recycled this year. Lines, paragraphs, sometimes entire scenes plucked from earlier books are used and reused ad nauseum, giving the impression the author spent about as much time and energy on her product as a flighty fourteen-year-old would on a poorly-written essay the night before it’s due. It just goes to show that Evanovich is not to be underestimated. Just when you think she’s gone as low as she can go, she picks up a shovel and starts digging. The interactions between Stephanie and the two men in her life, Ranger and Morelli, range from awkward to bland to vomitous and back again. Stephanie is still countering Morelli’s offer of marriage with an offer of sex, while at the same time still countering Ranger’s offer of sex with an offer of commitment. I countered this book with nine ibuprofen and two pots of coffee…the closest I could come to an epidural on such short notice. From there on out, the character confusion keeps growing exponentially, and not only because Morelli may or may not have fathered his cousin’s…yes, his cousin’s…teenage son. His explanation? He's slept with so many sluts, he can't possibly be expected to remember all of them, even if they are part of his family tree. And really, he doesn’t care either way. Boy, what a guy. The only way to top a catch like that is with a nasty case of anal gonorrhea. Which might explain the author’s reassurance in chapter one that Stephanie has not yet caught any communicable diseases…that she knows of. The two comedic subplots that take up the majority of the book pack even less of an entertainment punch. Tank and Lula, Ranger’s and Stephanie’s respective seconds-in-command, end up sort of engaged, causing Tank to keel over in a dead faint and turning Lula into a plus-sized, foul-mouthed Bridezilla. Has-been performer Brenda, for whom Stephanie and Ranger performed security during the first 100 pages, seemingly forgets she’s got a cabaret act going on and becomes a TV presenter-slash-reality star halfway through the book. I think both of these things are supposed to be funny, but by that point I was too confused to figure out why. Overall, this book reads like a biting satire of its own series, a foray into self-cannibalism the likes of which washed-out poptarts such as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan can only dream of achieving in their lifetimes. Which might be perversely amusing in a self-deprecating sort of way if it weren’t so gorram sad. In the end, Stephanie alternates between doing nothing and doing even more of nothing, taking only a brief time out to fantasize about Ranger naked and contemplate the meaning of her pathetic existence, and the sad sham of a “mystery” plot resolves itself by default with potato machine guns and a pre-ordained frozen pizza falling from the sky.
Date published: 2008-05-16

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Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

by Janet Evanovich

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.44 × 6.4 × 1.1 in

Published: June 17, 2008

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312349513

ISBN - 13: 9780312349516

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Chapter One In my mind, my kitchen is filled with crackers and cheese, roast chicken leftovers, farm fresh eggs, and coffee beans ready to grind. The reality is that I keep my Smith & Wesson in the cookie jar, my Oreos in the micro wave, a jar of peanut butter and hamster food in the over-the-counter cupboard, and I have beer and olives in the refrigerator. I used to have a birthday cake in the freezer for emergencies, but I ate it. Truth is, I would dearly love to be a domestic goddess, but the birthday cake keeps getting eaten. I mean, you buy it, and you eat it, right? And then where are you? No birthday cake. Ditto cheese and crackers and eggs and the roast chicken leftovers (which were from my mother). The coffee beans are light-years away. I don''t own a grinder. I guess I could buy two birthday cakes, but I''m afraid I''d eat both. My name is Stephanie Plum, and in my defense I''d like to say that I have bread and milk on my shopping list, and I don''t have any communicable diseases. I''m five feet, seven inches. My hair is brown and shoulder length and naturally curly. My eyes are blue. My teeth are mostly straight. My manicure was pretty good three days ago, and my shape is okay. I work as a bond enforcement agent for my cousin Vinnie, and today I was standing in Loretta Rizzi''s kitchen, thinking not only was Loretta ahead of me in the kitchen-needs-a-makeover race, but she made me look like a piker in the Loose Cannon Club. It was eight in the morning, and Lore
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Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.

The Crime:  Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars

Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn’t be more proud. He always was the smart one. 

The Cousin:  Joe Morelli

Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom’s sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

The Complications:  Murder, kidnapping, destruction of personal property, and acid reflux

Less than a week after Dom’s release from prison, Joe Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. He’s getting threatening messages, Loretta is kidnapped, and Dom is missing.

The Catastrophe:  Moonman

Morelli hires Walter “Mooner” Dunphy, stoner and “inventor” turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli can’t afford a lot on a cop’s salary, and Mooner will work for potatoes.

The Cupcake:  Stephanie Plum

Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She’s a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she’s involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one.

The Crisis:  A favor for Ranger

Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie’s evening activities.

The Conclusion:  Only the fearless should read Fourteen.

Thrills, chills, and incontinence may result.

 

 

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.
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