Stephanie Plum is once again hunting FTAs (Failure To Appear) in Trenton, NJ, trying to make a living as a bounty hunter. This time out (the fourth in the series), her supporting cast is at its most colorful: Lulu, a large blond ex-prostitute who wants to follow Stephanie into the profession; Sally Sweet, a 7' male transvestite rock singer; and, as always, Joe Morelli, the cop with whom Stephanie still shares a mutual attraction. Stephanie is forced to rent a room in Joe's apartment when hers is firebombed because of her search for Maxine Nowicki. Maxine stole her boyfriend's car and is now leading Stephanie and the boyfriend through a clue-laden treasure hunt. As friends of Maxine turn up mutilated or dead, Stephanie begins to wonder why this case has turned so serious. The bold and expressive narration provided by C.J. Critt fits the story and characters perfectly. Rich, passionate, and well laced with humor, her vocal talents extend to the intonations of an ethnically mixed Trenton. The listener races along as Stephanie attempts to determine, moment to moment, where this case (and her life) are heading. Highly recommended.ÄMelody Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Half-Hungarian, half-Italian and all-Jersey, Trenton's best-known bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is a raucous delight in this fast-paced sequel to Three to Get Deadly (1997). There's no such thing as a simple assignment for Stephanie. When Maxine Nowicki, charged with stealing her boyfriend's car, skips her court appearance, she's fair game to be hauled in‘no big challenge, thinks Stephanie. Wrong. Before the case is over, Stephanie will invade an Atlantic City casino with her intrepid allies: sneaker-shod Grandma Mazur; her colleague Lula, "a two-hundred pound black woman with blond baloney curls all dressed up like Cher on a bad day"; and Sally, a seven-foot transvestite rock singer. Although Stephanie is the bounty hunter, she's the only one of the quartet who isn't armed. She also loses another car and her apartment, moves in with handsome cop and longtime love interest, Joe Morelli (causing a stir in his family and hers), has several memorable run-ins with arch rival Joyce Barnhardt, discovers a corpse and, finally, catches her quarry. With her brash exterior and high emotionality, Stephanie Plum is a welcome antidote to suave professional PIs. The supporting cast members, eccentric and recognizable, are as entertaining as those devised by Westlake and Leonard. Major ad/promo; author tour. (June)