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Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers Association's John Creasy Memorial, Last Laugh, and Silver Dagger Awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award. Her books include Notorious Nineteen, Takedown Twenty, and Top Secret Twenty-One. She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure. Debi Mazar, a New York native, made her feature film debut in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas as Ray Liotta's junkie mistress. From that auspicious beginning, she has appeared in numerous films, such as Little Man Tate, Toys, Bullets Over Broadway, Batman Forever, The Insider, Collateral, and Be Cool. She has had recurring roles on The Practice, the HBO series Entourage and Ugly Betty, and has appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Debi has narrated a number of titles of the New York Times #1 bestselling Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
Actress Mazar (Goodfellas) has just the right sassy streetwise accent to fit the first-person voice of Evanovich's hero, Stephanie Plum. Mazar sounds poised yet real in her role as the New Jersey-based bounty hunter (the fifth adventure in the series and the second reading for Mazar). She gamely throws herself into the dramatic "bits" along the way, playing out the dialogue scenes with relish. Plum is a tough character, coolly navigating her way through the male-dominated terrain of North Jersey's criminal element. But she's also fragile on the inside, sensitive and haunted by the violence and chaos in her life. Her boss, her cousin Vinnie, runs a business that naturally attracts lowlifes prone to nasty crimes: a man blows himself up with a bomb, a homicidal boxer is on the rampage. Meantime, the love of Plum's life, Morelli, a rakish Trenton vice cop, treats her badly. But her luck isn't all bad, as when she is given a Porsche (she rationalizes, "When you had a car like this, you didn't mind so much that your boyfriend was boinking a skank"). On tape, Plum's attitude holds more sway than the plot, as she sails from case to case with a blistering irreverence that's sure to keep listeners charmed. Based on the 1999 St. Martin's hardcover. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
In her latest adventure, Stephanie Plum, New Jersey's Bombshell Bounty Hunter (as the local newspapers call her) has a full plate. Her cheapskate Uncle Fred has disappeared, leaving behind some grisly photos of body parts in a garbage bag. She is being followed by a bookie who also wants to find Uncle Fred. In addition, the bounty-hunting business is in a slump; with her rent due, Stephanie is reduced to doing odd jobs for the sexy, mysterious Ranger and tracking Randy Briggs, an obnoxious computer programmer who happens to be "vertically challenged." (He's three feet tall, but he's not a midget!) As if this weren't enough, Stephanie is stalked by the rapist Ramirez, keeps losing the fancy cars Ranger lends her (one is blown up, the other stolen), and, worst of all, has to find a dress to wear to a Mafia wedding. Evanovich (Four To Score, St. Martin's, 1998) deftly combines eccentric, colorful characters, wacky humor, and nonstopÄif a bit farfetchedÄaction into an entertaining, satisfying summer read. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/99.]ÄWilda Williams, "Library Journal" Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
"Actress Mazar has just the right sassy streetwise accent to fit the first-person voice of Evanovich's hero, Stephanie Plum. Mazar sounds poised yet real in her role as the New Jersey-based bounty hunter. She gamely throws herself into the dramatic 'bits' along the way, playing out the dialogue scenes with relish." --Publishers Weekly