The seventh novel in the bestselling Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich, the funniest, sassiest crime writer in modern fiction.
The smash hit No. 1 bestselling author takes you on the ride of your life in the seventh Stephanie Plum adventure. Stephanie thinks she's going after an easy FTA: a senior citizen charged with smuggling contraband cigarettes. But when she and Lula show up at his house, they get more than they bargained for a corpse in the woodshed and an old man on the lam. Stephanie's mind is on other matters, however, because she has two proposals to consider: vice cop Joe Morelli is proposing marriage, and fellow bounty hunter Ranger is proposing a single perfect night...
About the Author
Janet Evanovich lives in New Hampshire and has won major crime fiction awards for her Stephanie Plum novels: ONE FOR THE MONEY received 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.
It's mystery and detecting on the lighter side, the perfect way to cleanse your palate.
New York Times Book Review
Janet Evanovich's madcap comic mystery is pure, classic farce--Jersey Girl style.
Evanovich's books are ...loads of fun. They're full of modern-day slapstick and yuck-it-up dialogue with laughs on every page. It's mystery and detecting on the lighter side, the perfect way to cleanse your palate.
Expect a laugh per page...a clever cast of good-hearted hoods and nutty family members to rival The Sopranos...Bottomline: Plum Pick.
It's always a treat to go out on a case with Stephanie Plum, the sassy, adventurous, but not always successful Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter. In her seventh outing (after Hot Six), Stephanie's employer, her bailbondsman cousin, Vinnie, gives her an easy job: pick up vicious senior citizen Eddie DeChooch, who is constantly sighted racing around Trenton in a borrowed white Cadillac, but whom no one can grab. While in Virginia picking up the cigarettes he's charged with smuggling into New Jersey, he stole the heart from the recently dead body of his enemy, Louis DeStephano. The heart's whereabouts define the darkly hilarious trajectory of the plot. The usual characters inhabit the novel: Steph's former high school buddies, the zonked-out Dougie and Mooner; and Evanovich's best creation, feisty Grandma Mazur. Stephanie's much-resented sister Valerie returns from California with her two daughters, her "perfect" marriage ended, and moves in with her parents, to their dismay. Steph and her lover Joe Morelli almost set a wedding date, but again she avoids commitment, still attracted to fellow bounty hunter Ranger. At times the plot meanders: Stephanie and pal Lula spend too much time running from house to house in the inbred Burg neighborhood, while two semi-retired crooks looking for DeChooch keep breaking into her apartment for little reason. All in all this is another zesty Evanovich read, but one that doesn't quite hit the high marks of her last two. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Fans of Trenton, NJ, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum will find much to enjoy in this, her seventh outing. As usual, she is on the trail of some weird people who've not appeared in court, including a senior citizen involved with contraband cigarettes and a previously meek man who trashes his ex's wedding in some imaginative ways. Involved in all this is Joe Morelli, Trenton cop and Stephanie's lover, who's stressing her out by proposing; her grandmother; Lola, the former hooker who now works with Stephanie; and her sister, who's flown in from L.A. after her husband leaves her. Evanovich makes all this not only credible but funny and exciting to boot. Narrator Tanya Eby is able to make Stephanie and those who inhabit her world real, vital, quirky, and just as lively as Evanovich writes them. The vocalizations are appropriately urban, and her rendering of Grandma Mazur-catching the wavery quality of some elderly voices-is especially impressive. Recommended.-Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
When her cousin Vinny, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, tells Stephanie Plum that her next unwilling subject is DeChooch, who's skipped to the tune of $50,000, Steph is less than thrilled. Fuhgedaboudit, says New Jersey's least productive, most seductive bounty hunter: "He's old, and he kills people, and he's dating my grandmother." But no experienced Plum-watcher will take that as definitive. Steph (Hot Six), often means yes when she says no—particularly if the question involves money or sex. In this case, the money amounts to five large if she can bag DeChooch. As for sex, enter hunk Trenton detective Joe Morelli and hunk bounty hunter Ranger Manoso, both eager to resume the never-ending battle for Steph's bodacious body, of which both have made notable conquests. But now there's a complicating factor. Steph appears to have engaged herself to marry Morelli, though Ranger can be forgiven if he perceives a certain ambiguity in that complex relationship. At any rate, DeChooch proves exactly the handful Steph feared he might. True, he's got cataracts, and it's been a while since he actually blew anyone away, but the old lion is nobody's pussycat. Besides, he has lots of friends and enemies, none of them out to make Steph's life easier. Though Steph and company try hard, there's an unsettling sense of the overfamiliar this time—the sense of a long-running series hitting the wall. It'll do for the army of true-blue fans, but it's not the one to use as a recruiting tool.
"A madcap comic mystery--Jersey-girl style."--the "New York Times"
"A clever cast of good-hearted hoods and nutty family members rival "The Sopranos"."--"People"
"If you like your summer reads hot and sassy, try "Seven Up"."--"Boston Herald"
"Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction . . . "Seven Up" is brassy, comical, and light-hearted."--"Bookpage"
"["Seven Up"] is funny, sexy, and scary."--"Booklist"
"Edgy romantic triangle, the loopy family relationships, or the bounty-hunting jobs that skate between absurdity and genuine tension."--"Denver Post"
"Expect a laugh per page . . . Bottom line: Plum Pick."--"People"
Series: Stephanie Plum Novels
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: June 2002
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 11.1 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.168