Janet Evanovich - Page 1
First British Edition Headline (2006) |
Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is about to implode in Janet Evanovich’s wildest, hottest novel yet!
First A Stranger Appears
While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her.
Then, The Stranger Reveals Her Secrets
The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso...street name, Ranger.
Next, Somebody Dies
The action turns deadly serious, and Stephanie goes from hunting skips to hunting a murderer.
Soon, The Chase Is On
Ranger needs Stephanie for more reasons than he can say. And now the two are working together to find a killer, rescue a missing child, and stop a lunatic from raising the body count. When Stephanie Plum and Ranger get too close for comfort, vice cop Joe Morelli, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, steps in.
Will the ticking clock stop at the stroke of twelve, or will a stranger in the wind find a way to stop Stephanie Plum ... forever? Filled with Janet Evanovich’s trademark action, non-stop adventure, and sharp humour, Twelve Sharp shows why her novels have been called ‘hot stuff’ by the New York Times, and why the Sunday Telegraph said ‘Hooray for Janet Evanovich, who continues to enliven the literary crime scene’.
Praise for Janet Evanovich
‘Evanovich’s series of New Jersey comedy thrillers are among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction …all the easy class and wit that you expect to find in the best American TV comedy, but too rarely find in modern fiction’ GQ
‘Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue, the latest Evanovich will delight her legion of fans – and with good reason. Plum is not just a smart private eye but a heroine with a sense of humour – and that makes her much more fun to be around than female contemporaries like Sara Paretsky’s V.I.Warshawski’ Daily Mail
‘Classic Evanovich… She is simply the best at being irresistibly funny… Buy it, read it – and join the many Evanovich fans’ Yorkshire Post
‘Romantic and gripping, this novel is an absolute tonic’ Good Housekeeping
'Hilarious reading, with a gorgeous fistful of believable and only occasionally murderous eccentrics' Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday
`Hooray for Janet Evanovich who continues to enliven the literary crime scene’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Pithy, witty and fast-paced’ The Sunday Times
Janet Evanovich's characters are eccentric and exaggerated, the violence often surreal and the plot dizzily speedy: but she produces as many laughs as anyone writing crime today.' Marcel Berlins, The Times
‘For sheer uncomplicated fun, Stephanie Plum is hard to beat’ Express on Sunday
‘Evanovich’s series of New Jersey comedy thrillers are among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction... all the easy class and wit that you expect to find in the best American TV comedy, but too rarely find in modern fiction’ GQ
`The pace never flags, the humour is grandly surreal and the dialogue fairly sizzles off the page’ Irish Times
'Punchy, funny and stacks of fun. I'm hooked.' Daily Mirror
'There are many excellent women crime writers and many interesting female characters but Evanovich has cornered the market on funny - and what a difference a sense of humour can make' Sunday Express
'Not recommended for reading in public unless you have no inhibitions about laughing out loud in front of strangers' Sunday Telegraph
'Deliciously sexy, satirical and action-packed' Glasgow Herald
'I laughed out loud many times' The Scotsman
'Crime writing at its funniest ... classic black comedy' The Big Issue
'Stephanie Plum is on ass-kicking form… Utterly delightful' Cosmopolitan
'As smart and sassy as high-gloss wet paint' Time Out
Eleven on Top
First British Edition Headline (2005) |
Stephanie Plum feels her career as a bounty hunter has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, mooned at, fire-bombed and attacked by dogs. It’s time for a change; time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross.
So Stephanie quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She wants something safe and normal. But it turns out jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren’t necessarily so for her. Trouble follows her, and the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to what she’s facing now. Her past has come back to haunt her. She’s being stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own.
Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie re-examines her life and the possibility that her old job is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. It might not be the job she’ll keep for the rest of her life, but for now it gives her the technical access she needs to find her stalker.
But tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life - her on-gain, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her bad-ass boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie take the heat? Can you?
Between the adventure and the adversity there’s attitude, and Stephanie Plum’s got plenty in Eleven On Top.
|Paperback - Headline (2005) |
Ten Big Ones
First British Edition Headline (2004) |
She’s accidentally destroyed a dozen cars. She’s a target for every psycho and miscreant this side of the Jersey Turnpike. Her mother’s convinced she’ll end up dead ... or worse, without a man. She’s Stephanie Plum, and she kicks butt for a living (well, she thinks it sounds good to put it that way...).
It begins as an innocent trip to the deli-mart, on a quest for nachos. But Stephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum, except that she becomes the target of a gang - and of an even scarier, more dangerous force that comes to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysteriously than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), she finds herself with a decision to make: how to protect herself and where to hide while on the hunt for a killer known as the Junkman. There’s only one safe place, and it has Ranger’s name all over it - if she can find it. And if the Junkman doesn’t find her first. With Lula riding shotgun and Grandma Mazur on the loose, Stephanie Plum is racing against the clock in her most suspenseful novel yet. Ten Big Ones is pageturning entertainment, and Janet Evanovich is the best there is.
First British Edition Headline (2003) |
To the Nines
|Paperback - Headline (2004) |
The Number One Best Seller
Stephanie Plum’s got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of the week (much to the dismay of her mother, her family, the men in her life, the guy who slices meat at the deli. .. the list goes on). An ordinary person would cave under the pressure.
But hey, she’s from Jersey.
Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she’s pretty damn good at turning situations her way ... and she always gets her man.
Her cousin Vinnie (who’s also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, who mysteriously disappears just as his work visa is running out. And Stephanie is on the case to ensure the elusive Mr Singh doesn’t make his disappearance more permanent. But what she uncovers is far more sinister than anyone imagines and leads to a group of killers who give a whole new meaning to the word `hunter’. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.
The unforgettable characters, non-stop action, high-stakes suspense, and sheer entertainment of To The Nines define Janet Evanovich as unique among today‘s writers.
First British Edition Headline (2002) |
Stephanie Plum, the bombshell bounty hunter of Trenton, New Jersey, thinks she already has problems. Her relationship with gorgeous cop Joe Morelli is so complicated it’s now over. Plus, she’s called in her attractive, if terrifying, mentor and tormentor Ranger once too often to deal with difficult fugitives, and Ranger is ready to collect his reward.
But Stephanie can always count on her family to add to her troubles. Though her mother hates Stephanie’s job - no one else’s daughter shoots people for a living - and Grandma Mazur wants to ride shotgun on every pickup, when the pair gang up to insist she finds their neighbour’s missing granddaughter Evelyn and her child Annie, Stephanie can’t refuse. Mabel Markowitz signed a custody bond guaranteeing Annie would stay in Trenton after her parents’ acrimonious divorce. Now Evelyn and Annie have disappeared, Mabel will lose her house to True Blue Bail Bonds Agency.
If following Evelyn’s and Annie’s trail was going to be simple, however, Stephanie’s competitors would have found them days ago. She’s perturbed to find a Ranger-trained babe on the case for True Blue Bonds, and petrified when property lord and war game fanatic Eddie Abruzzi expresses his own sinister interest in tracking Evelyn down. Where have they gone? What does Abruzzi really want from them? And why is a giant rabbit stalking Steph?
Witty, fresh and full of surprises, Hard Eight is Janet Evanovich’s most explosive thriller yet – and Stephanie’s funniest misadventure. The world of Plum has never been wilder.
About The Author
Janet Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire but, like Stephanie Plum, grew up in New Jersey.
She has won a major crime fiction award for each of her Stephanie Plum novels so far: One for the Money was presented with the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award and the Dilys Award, Two for the Dough won the CWA Last Laugh Award and Three to Get Deadly was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger for 1997.
Eleven on Top
Ten Big Ones
Headline Pbk Jun 05
To the Nines
Headline Pbk Jun 04
Headline Pbk Mar 02
Headline Pbk Jun 01
Four to Score
Three to Get Deadly
Penguin Pbk 1997
Two for the Dough
Penguin Pbk 1996
One for the Money
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