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Four to Score

by Janet Evanovich

May 7, 1998 | Hardcover

Four to Score is rated 4.6923 out of 5 by 13.
A Featured Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Main Selection of the Mystery Guild

Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly, scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine''s friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie''s archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie''s attitude never wavers-- even when aided by crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet-- and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with a vice cop Joe Morelli. RATED PG35 for licentious wit and libidinous cohabitation.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 294 pages, 9.6 × 6.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 7, 1998

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312185863

ISBN - 13: 9780312185862

Found in: Fiction and Literature, Women Sleuths

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stephanie Plum always gets her man...eventually America's favourite bounty hunter is back in Four to Score, and this time, the felon she's chasing after is a woman. Uh oh. The Stephanie Plum books are the kind of stories that leave me grinning from ear to ear. I get these people. Stephanie and her lovable, wacky friends just make sense to me. And I feel like they would understand me, too. That’s one of the great things about these books; I can relate. While the story itself was engaging, I thought the ending was a little rushed - it was basically all wrapped up in one chapter. The new character, Sally, was alright and there were some pretty big developments in the Steph/Morelli relationship,which were good to see. Those two really are perfect for each other. And it was really good to get deeper into that relationship and explore what it is that's keeping them apart. As always, looking forward to the next adventure with Stephanie Plum.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "I make lots of mistakes. I try hard not to make the same mistake more than three or four times." Mmmmm...Break me off a piece of that Morelli. I can't get enough of Evanovich's novels! I've read the four of them in five days, and am now moving onto number five. She has a wide collection of characters in this novel. She introduces Sally Sweet and male transvestite that couldn't be any more manly and womanly at the same time. If that makes any sense. And big things happen with Morelli in this novel. And his Grandma sees visions of their future. SO GOOD!!! And of course there is her trusty side kick who really knows how to have a friends back, especially if that means taserring an enemy three time. Love it. This novel kept my glued to it and I finished it under 24 hours and that includes going to work, socializing, and of course a little sleep. Does Evanovich know how to write a gripping novel? As Stephanie would say "Damn Skippy."
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another hit for Evanovich When Stephanie agrees to find a first time offender for skipping bail she expects it to be easy. Well, Stephanie should know by now that nothing comes easily for her. As she finds herself in yet another predicament, Stephanie will need the help of some old friends as well as some new ones to bring in her latest FTA. As she struggles to finds clues that will lead her to her missing woman, Stephanie finds herself completing against old foe. That’s right, Joyce Barnhardt, our most hated retailer is now a bounty hunter. Four to score will have you laughing out loud as always. Our favourite characters are back and ready for action. Lola and Grandma Mazur are as hilarious as always, Moreilli is as sexy as ever and Ranger is still a mystery that has you dying to discover. I find myself enthralled by both Moreilli and Ranger. Stephanie is a very lucky lady to have those two hunks in her life. I can’t wait to see which path Evanovich will explore in the future with those three. As much as I approve of Stephanie’s taste in men, it seems that she lacks common sense when it comes to food: Peanut butter and olive sandwhich? Can you say: EWWW!! Along with our favourite character a new player that goes by the name of Sally Sweet is introduced. Sally is a transvestite musician that finds the world of bounty hunting very interesting. Sally is a very interesting character that adds even more entertainment to our already very entertaining gang. I hope to see more of him in the future. As always the crew will have you staying up late and laughing by yourself.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU CAN NOT READ THIS WITHOUT LAUGHING OUT LOUD!!! The bounty hunter from hell is back!! In Four to Score, Stephanie Plum comes back in perfect form! She teams up with Lula, who we all know and love, and with a “new brief member”: Sally, a very fun straight transvestite! They’re all after a first-time offender, Maxine Nowicki. You would think because she’s a first-time offender and a woman, that she would be easy to “catch”… but no!! Anything wrong and bad that could happen, of course happens!!! And to top things off, they’re not the only ones running after Maxine; in this adventure, Stephanie gets some competition: the annoying Joyce, who you will hate as much as Stephanie does! But you will be laughing out loud through the whole adventure. One of the best parts though, is that we got to see more of sexy Morelli!! Mmm… I won’t get into the details, but it’s definitely hot and fun!! And of course Grandma Mazur is not to be missed. In the other hand, Ranger is a little bit absent; but that wasn’t a problem! You will also get to meet some new characters, all very special. So far, I find this book to be the funniest! … But then again, I thought the 3rd one was hilarious! It just gets better and funnier! YOU GO STEPHANIE !!
Date published: 2009-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of fun!! Stephanie Plum is at it again, pretending to be a bounty hunter. Her latest case is to find Maxine, who skipped out on bail after stealing her boyfriend's car. Stephanie soon learns that her arch enemy, the woman who she caught having sex with her ex-husband, is also trying to find Maxine. Stephanie soon learns that Maxine is leaving clues for her boyfriend in a sort of treasure hunt. Not being very good at puzzles, Stephanie enlists the help of a cross-dresser Sally Sweet. Of course, Grandma Mazur, Lula, Ranger, and Joe Morelli are always around to help or make fun of Stephanie in her quest to take down Maxine. As expected, this book was a lot of fun and had me laughing in certain parts. I was happy to finally see Stephanie and Joe get together, although I wish he would commit! They are obviously meant to be together. I'm sure there's more to come in the books ahead!
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very funny!! Stephanie Plum is hot on the trail of a waitress(Maxine) who skipped bail for stealing her boyfriend's car. Maxine is out for revenge and sets up a treasure hunt for Stephanie and her ex to follow. Stephanie can't solve the clues and enlists the help of a transvestite musician. Also looking for Maxine is Stephanie's enemy, the woman she caught her husband with. Stephanie is always good for a chuckle. There is murder and mayhem aplenty. I especially loved the scene where she and Ranger go to pick up an elderly bond skipper and Stephanie gets plastered with egg. Way too funny!!
Date published: 2009-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a good series Another very entertaining Stephanie Plum novel. This time Stephanie is looking for Maxine, a waitress who has jumped bail. Along with Lula, Grandma and now their new friend, Sally Sweet, they go through the motions of trying to find Maxine. Some funny stuff Stephanie comes home and runs into a elderly neighbor who is complaining about the heat. > Next, the boyfriend of the skip got invited to dinner at Stephanie's parents house by Grandma Mazure. Steph tells her mom how creepy the guy is, then.... > This next scene is with my favourite gal, Lula. See, Joyce has been following Stephanie and after Steph tell Lula about it Lula decides to fix the problem. > In this next quote, Lula and Steph are talking to the guy who ate the dirty chicken from the kitchen floor. > This next scene isn't what I would call funny, but I include it because I love Ranger. I'd be happy to see Steph and Ranger hook up. I'd be happy to see a Stephanie sandwich with Joe on top and Ranger on the bottom. > In this book Stephanie gets help from Sally Sweet, a drag queen musician. Grandma is meeting him for the first time here. > Any sort of dialogue with Grandma Mazur and Lula is going to be good. > Those are just some of the hilarious moments that had me peeing my pants. I wish there was a bit more of Ranger though. I really like him.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising good read!! This is the first Janet Evanovich book i've read, and i couldn't put it down, it was fabulous and surprising. I totally recommend it!!! IT IS SO LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY. I will read all her books!
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Help! I am completely addicted to the Plum Series....I have bags under my eyes from a lack of sleep! Once you start with One For the Money, I swear you can't stop. Evanovich is one hell of an amazing writer and storeyteller!
Date published: 2006-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Evanovich is Top! Four to Score alright! Evanovich Scores with this AWESOME novel ... a great addition to the Plus series! of which, ALL are great great great great READS!
Date published: 2002-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Four to Score This book was one of the greatest I've ever read... the whole Plum series is the best! I recommend books 1 through 8 to anyone looking for the greatest combination books ever!
Date published: 2002-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Four to Score Stephanie Plum is a Pip! She is fun to hang out with and her friends are energetic, too! It is so refreshing to laugh and enjoy a character with such unique foibles attached to a long list of calamities. I bumped into Stephanie at a garage sale and have enjoyed that happenstance enormously. Lovers of good laughs coupled with a fast paced mystery should love to get to know her, her family and her co-workers. I can't wait to find out what happens next as she continues her bounty hunter career in downtown Trenton, New Jersey. As a fellow Italian--I can relate!
Date published: 2000-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Four to Score Stephanie Plum mysteries are hilarious, sexy and klutzy. Stephanie makes her living as a bounty hunter in the Jersey town where she grew up. She encounters some pretty eccentric characters in her line of work. Believe me, they are nothing compared to her friends and family. I enjoyed the writing immensely, and recommend Evanovich's novels to fans of Diane Mott-Davidson or Nancy Pickard.
Date published: 1999-03-07

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Four to Score

by Janet Evanovich

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 294 pages, 9.6 × 6.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 7, 1998

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312185863

ISBN - 13: 9780312185862

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CHAPTER ONE Living in Trenton in July is like living inside a big pizza oven. Hot, airless, aromatic. Because I didn''t want to miss any of the summer experience I had the sun roof open on my Honda CRX. My brown hair was pulled up into a wind snarled, curls-gone-to-frizz ponytail. The sun baked the top of my head, and sweat trickled under my black spandex sports bra. I was wearing matching spandex shorts and a sleeveless oversized Trenton Thunders baseball jersey. It was an excellent outfit except it gave me no place to stick my .38. Which meant I was going to have to borrow a gun to shoot my cousin, Vinnie. I parked the CRX in front of Vinnie''s store front bail bonds office, lunged out of the car, stalked across the sidewalk, and yanked the office door open. "Where is he? Where is that miserable little excuse for a human being?" "Uh oh," Lula said from behind the file cabinet. "Rhino alert." Lula is a retired hooker who helps clean up the filing and sometimes rides shotgun for me when I do my fugitive apprehension thing. If people were cars, Lula would be a big, black ''53 Packard with a high gloss chrome grill, oversized headlights, and a growl like a junk yard dog. Lots of muscle. Never fit in a compact space. Connie Rosolli, the office manager, pushed back at her desk when I entered. Connie''s domain was this one front room where friends and relatives of miscreants came to beg money. And to the rear, in an inner office, my cousin, Vinnie, slapped Mr. Johnson around and c
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From the Publisher

A Featured Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Main Selection of the Mystery Guild

Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly, scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine''s friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie''s archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie''s attitude never wavers-- even when aided by crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet-- and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with a vice cop Joe Morelli. RATED PG35 for licentious wit and libidinous cohabitation.

From the Jacket

Janet Evanovich''s Stephanie Plum Novels Are:

"Suspenseful."
--Los Angeles Times

"Terrific."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Irresistible."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Thrilling."
--Midwest Book Review

"Hilariously funny."
--USA Today

"A blast of fresh air."
--Washington Post

"Inventive and fast-paced."
--San Diego Union-Tribune

"Superb."
--Detroit Free Press

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.

From Our Editors

Bounty-hunting Jersey girl Stephanie Plum is hot on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress wanted for bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Aided by a plethora of eccentric characters, including a funeral aficionado, an ex-hooker, and a transvestite rock musician, Steph's humor and attitude never waver--even when her apartment is fire-bombed

Editorial Reviews

"Suspenseful."--Los Angeles Times

"Terrific."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Irresistible."--Kirkus Reviews

"Thrilling."--Midwest Book Review

"Hilariously funny."--USA Today

"A blast of fresh air."--Washington Post

"Inventive and fast-paced."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"Superb."--Detroit Free Press
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