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The brilliantly funny, unputdownable new novel from Janet Evanovich, No. 1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum books Alexandra Barnaby knows how to change a guy's oil and rotate his tyres. "Barney" is less proficient in the finding-a-husband department, but, hey, she's got a well-paid job and total control of the television remote, so the single life has its compensations. Too bad she's about to lose it all, thanks to her worthless baby brother, Wild Bill. He's up to his gonads in trouble after hiring himself out to some shady characters ferrying suspicious cargo to Cuba. Now he's disappeared and Barney's been dispatched to Florida to find him. As if the bugs and heat and bad-hair-day humidity weren't enough, Barney's spending her days making the rounds of Bill's broken-hearted bimbos. And just when she's thinking things can't get much worse, along comes Sam Hooker, stock-car racer and studmuffin, on the trail of his missing boat, The Happy Hooker. A trail that leads to Wild Bill. And since Wild Bill's trail leads to Barney, Sam sets off in pursuit. High stakes, hot nights, murder and crooked deals ensue. Not to mention car chases, car races, car explosions and car sex, as Barney and Sam lay waste to the bad guys and blast their way from Daytona to Key West.
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* Key title The brilliantly funny, unputdownable new novel from Janet Evanovich, No. 1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum books * The brilliant new, standalone novel from the worldwide bestselling author of Stephanie Plum novels. * With all of Janet Evanovich's trademark acerbic wit, humour, action and fantastic new characters. * Massive marketing campaign for this brand-name author. * Fantastic new cover approach to broaden her readership * For all fans of Roseanne, Sex and the City and Thelma and Louise

About the Author

Janet Evanovich grew up in New Jersey, but now lives in New Hampshire. Her series of books featuring Stephanie Plum has won her millions of fans and frequently been on the bestseller lists. She has received many awards including the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award and CWA Silver Dagger Award.

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Simultaneous with the HarperCollins hardcover. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Janet Evanovich: 'Hilarious reading, with a gorgeous fistful of believable and only occasionally murderous eccentrics' Mail on Sunday 'Evanovich's comic surrealism is in the same league as Carl Hiaasen's' Marcel Berlins, The Times 'Janet Evanovich's name raises expectations of a laughaloud story... an entertaining frolic' Sunday Telegraph 'Punchy, saucy and stacks of fun' Mirror 'The pace never flags, the humour is grandly surreal and the dialogue fairly sizzles off the page' Irish Times

"Just because I know how to change a guy's oil doesn't mean I want to spend the rest of my life on my back, staring up his undercarriage." From the word go, Evanovich delivers her usual goods, albeit in a different vehicle. After 10 Stephanie Plum novels, each more successful than the last, Evanovich introduces Alexandra Barnaby, aka Barney. Barney hails from Baltimore rather than New Jersey, but she's from the same slice of working-class life as Stephanie; she donned mechanic's overalls in her father's garage during summer breaks from college. Her younger brother, Wild Bill, shares her passion for cars, and now he's disappeared from Miami, along with NASCAR star Sam Hooker's boat, the Happy Hooker. Evanovich doesn't mind showing her romance roots, as Barney and Sam start off snarling at each other; as any reader can tell, they have to team up (a) to save Bill and (b) to enjoy delicious sex. As in the Plum books, plot takes a back seat to riffs, roughups and dialogue-and in the last lies the book's most notable distinction. If Stephanie bids fair to be New Jersey's Dorothy Parker, Barney is Baltimore's echo of Robert Parker. Conversation is terse and coded, full of sexual innuendo, with a high premium on toss-away lines uttered under duress. Despite the amazing quantity of physical jeopardy, there's little tension; it's all about hanging out with Metro Girl and NASCAR Guy-which may be just what millions of Evanovich fans will want. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (Nov.) Forecast: Evanovich will see major marketing for her HarperCollins debut, including TV and prints ads and a national bus tour with the author, her webmaster daughter and Barnaby the St. Bernard, which means that Alexandra Barnaby will likely prove as popular as Stephanie Plum (the Plum novels are published by St. Martin's). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-A comic misadventure from the start, this mystery is a good combination of light thriller and fast-paced action. Alex Barnaby receives a late-night call from her brother that ends in mid-sentence with a woman screaming in the background. Being the dependable sister that she is, she catches the next flight down to Miami to find out what happened. Alex soon discovers that her brother has gone missing with a recent Cuban immigrant who may or may not know the location of a warhead and a fortune in gold. She cuts down the inept bad guys with her wit and a few well-placed accidental kicks and moves. For fans of the author's "Stephanie Plum" series, the book is a letdown as there are moments when readers have to suspend disbelief and accept contrived plot twists. Evanovich is better at dialogue than description, which may frustrate some seasoned readers, but the dialogue is what keeps the story moving and is, ultimately, the novel's saving grace.-Erin Dennington, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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