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A new look for the eighth novel in the bestselling Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich, the funniest, sassiest crime writer in modern fiction. The world of Plum has never been wilder.

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Janet Evanovich lives in New Hampshire but, like her heroine, grew up in New Jersey. She's won major crime fiction awards for her Stephanie Plum novels: ONE FOR THE MONEY won the CWA John Creasey Award and the Dilys Award; TWO FOR THE DOUGH the CWA Last Laugh Award; and THREE TO GET DEADLY the CWA Silver Dagger.


The menace is more personal for Trenton's favorite bounty hunter and the energy more manic in this latest outing than in last year's Seven Up. As a favor to her mother's next-door neighbor, Mabel Markowitz, Stephanie agrees to check up on the lady's granddaughter, Evelyn Soder, who has suddenly taken off with her little girl, Annie, leaving behind a child custody bond against Mabel's house. The son-in-law is a bad guy who lost his bar to Eddie Abruzzi, a very nasty character who owns Evelyn's building. Soon someone in a bunny suit is trailing Stephanie, her car is blown up, her apartment infiltrated and a dead body appears on her couch. She calls in her associate, Ranger, the gorgeous and mysterious Cuban bond agent, while her sometime boyfriend, Morelli the cop, also gets on the case - a real doozy for which she's not getting paid. On the home front, ever-raunchy Grandma Mazur is eager to assist. Sister Valerie and kids have moved back in as well, so there's nowhere but the couch for Stephanie and one bathroom for all. Valerie is inexplicably attracted to Evelyn's goofy lawyer, who's been tagging along with Stephanie and the ever-outrageous file clerk and ex-hooker Lula, further complicating this twisted case. Life in the Burg takes on a sinister turn with serious results. evanovich does it again, delivering an even more suspenseful and more outrageous turn with the unstoppable Stephanie, heroine of all those who have to live on peanut butter until the next check comes through. Waiting for nine will be tough. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (One-day laydown June 18) Forecast: Seven Up landed on most bestseller lists at #1 first week out, not only because of the author's popularity but also because of clever positioning of on-sale date by St. Martin's. Whether or not the house can repeat the trick, expect huge sales for this title. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Stephanie Plum is at it again, in true Jersey style. Lula, Ranger, Joe Morelli, and the rest of the crazy cast all return along with some new characters, such as a lawyer named Klaughn (sounds like Clown) who is dating Stephanie's sister and trying to be her partner in the bail bondsman business. This is Evanovich's eighth outing (following Seven Up) into north Jersey with Stephanie and her crew, and it is just as funny and exciting as the others. In this adventure, Stephanie needs to find a missing mother and child, which leads her into all kinds of predicaments with a life-size rabbit out to kill her and a crazy mobster with a Napoleon complex. On top of the dangerous threats to her life and her new Honda CRV, Stephanie is also on the outs with long-term beau Morelli and on sexy Ranger's to-do list. Whatever can a Jersey girl do? Maybe go shopping and eat some donuts. This is great summer reading. Recommended for all public libraries. - Marianne Fitzgerald, Media Specialist, CMS, Charlotte, NC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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