Stephanie Plum Series, Book 10
Description (taken from Janet Evanovich's website):
She’s accidentally destroyed a dozen cars. She’s a target for every psycho and miscreant this side of the Jersey Turnpike. Her mother’s convinced she’ll end up dead…or worse, without a man. She’s Stephanie Plum and she kicks butt for a living (well, she thought it would sound good to put it that way…)
It begins as an innocent trip to the deli-mart, on a quest for nachos. But Stephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum…except that she becomes the target of a gang. And the target of an even scarier, more dangerous force that comes to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysteriously than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), Stephanie finds herself with a decision to make: how to protect herself and where to hide while on the hunt for a killer known as the Junkman. There’s only one safe place, and it has Ranger’s name all over it-if she can find it. And if the Junkman doesn’t find her first. With Lula riding shotgun and Grandma Mazur on the loose, Stephanie Plum is racing against the clock in her most suspenseful novel yet. Ten Big Ones is page-turning entertainment and Janet Evanovich is the best there is.
This book takes off right away with Stephanie witnessing a robbery gone wrong, her car going up in flames and everyone whipping out their guns. Once Lula and Stephanie talk themselves into locating a fugitive by driving through gang streets, there's a certain gang that notices Stephanie Plum, for better or worse. This forces Stephanie to try to protect her loved ones by staying away. But all Joe wants is Stephanie to stay home and lose the bounty-hunting gig. Which of course isn't going to happen. And we enter the Stephanie Plum entertainment world.....
I enjoyed this book because we got to know a little more about Ranger. The story's main plot is similar to all of the others, but it's the side plots and the side characters that keep you going. However, I do have to say this: the whole Ranger-Joe-Stephanie triangle is getting old fast. And that's probably why I pick up these books once every other month. I'm going to keep reading them because they're addicting, but it's the same-ol', same-ol'.
If you haven't started the Stephanie Plum series, there's 21 books out there. I'm not even halfway through them. So you'll be like me: on the long road of Stephanie Plum-ism. It's a fun series to try.