Year Published: 1997
My Rating: 5 stars
This is the third book in the Stephanie Plum series.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the hunt again. She becomes persona non grata for looking for the local candystore owner Uncle Mo who does nothing wrong according to everyone she asks, but has jumped bail. She then starts tumbling on dead bodies of drug dealers everywhere she seems to go looking!
Ranger did a lap and jogged by us without acknowledgment of our presence or lack of.
She then gets threatened by guys with ski masks who want her to step away from all the action that is happening.
All this with the help of Lula the ex-ho that's working as a file clerk at Vinnie's office. She is hillarous!!!
I enjoyed this book even more than the one before, Stephanie and Joe seem to be getting closer and closer with so much tension in the air. Grandma Mazur is incredibly funny, plus she gets a man and invites him to dinner with the family.
I'm already reading the next book.. Don't know when I'll halt this series and go check other books, but for now I feel I need a bit of comedy and light reading so I'm sticking to this one.
Quotes I enjoyed from the book:
I glances over at Connie. "There isn't anything else I should know, is there? Like, was he armed when arrested?
"Nothing out of the ordinary," Connie said. "A forty-five, a twenty-two and a seven-inch blade."
My voice pitched to incredulity. "Two guns and a knife? Forget it! What do I look like, a suicide waiting to happen?"
He was six hours over on a five o'clock shadow. Even in the darkened barroom I could see the tiny network of lines that appeared around his eyes when he was tired. He slouched with one elbow on the bar and picked at my fries.
"If you had a decent sex life you wouldn't need to gratify yourself like this," he said, his mouth curved into a grin, his teeth white and even against the dark beard.
"My sex life is ok."
"Yeah," Morelli said. "But sometimes it's fun to have a partner."
Ranger stripped off his sweatshirt. "adequate is being able to run five miles. how are you going to catch the bad guys if you can't outrun them?"
"Connie gives the bad guys who can run to you. I get the fat, out-of-shape bad guys."
"You're a walking disaster. A man would have to be a total masochist to be interested in you."
"So why are you really here?" I asked Lula.
Lula's eyes never left Ranger. "I'm here 'cause he's the shit."
"Yeah, you know...the shit. The king. The cool."
"Do we know anyone else who's the shit?"
"John Travolta. He's the shit, too."
We watched Ranger some, and I could see her point about Ranger being the shit.
"I've been thinking," Lula said. "Suppose there really were superheroes?"
"That's it. That's what I'm saying. It'd be someone who was the shit."