Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, shes knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and shes flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A.Read more...
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Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, shes knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and shes flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now hes dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
Only one other person has seen the missing photoStephanie Plum. Now shes the target, and she doesnt intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, shell need to watch her back.
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnies temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanies wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanies apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
Morelli, Trentons hottest cop, isnt talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isnt talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is... Its complicated.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-03-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Life is never dull for Stephanie Plum, but now she's got an assassin and the FBI on her tail in Evanovich's less than stellar 18th entry in her main sequence featuring the New Jersey bounty hunter (after Smokin' Seventeen). Back in Trenton after a disastrous trip to Hawaii that involved both Ranger and Joe Morelli (don't ask, she won't talk), Stephanie tries to go about life in the bond business, accompanied as always by her sidekick, Lula. But Hawaii won't stay buried, especially when news that her seatmate turned up murdered and his killers are convinced that Stephanie now has a photograph he was carrying. With Stephanie's luck, the photograph did end up in her luggage, but she threw it away, thinking it was junk. But try telling that to the FBI—and the shady men masquerading agents—or the hit man who goes by Razzle Dazzle and wants to kill her and take the photograph, not necessarily in that order. There are still bond jumpers to catch—like Buggy, who repeatedly steals Stephanie's car—and the perpetual Morelli versus Ranger question to answer. In the end, there's little to distinguish this installment from its recent predecessors. (Nov.)