- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 172mm x 28mm | 159g
- Publication date: 15 November 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345527704
- ISBN 13: 9780345527707
- Sales rank: 3,558
"Where there's smoke there's fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. " Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie's name is on the killer's list. Short on time to find the murderer, Stephanie is also under pressure from family and friends to choose between her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie's mom wants her to dump them both for a former high school football star who's just returned to town. Stephanie's sidekick, Lula, suggests a red-hot boudoir "bake-off." And Joe's old-world grandmother gives Stephanie "the eye," which may mean that it's time to get out of town. With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie's life looks like it's about to go up in smoke.
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, the Lizzie and Diesel series, "How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, " and, with her daughter Alex, she co-wrote the graphic novel, "Troublemaker."
By Marianne Vincent 07 Feb 2013
Smokin' Seventeen is the seventeenth full-length novel in the Stephanie Plum series by American author, Janet Evanovich. De rigeur for each Stephanie Plum novel is: Lula needing food at every moment; Grandma Mazur attending at least one funeral home viewing; Stephanie wrecking at least two, and usually more, vehicles; visits to Tasty Pastry and Cluck-in-a-Bucket; Stephanie pursuing skips that are never ordinary; Lula enthusing about a career for which she shows absolutely no talent; Lula gets indignant about someone calling her fat and Stephanie examining her guilt about wanting both Ranger and Morelli. This instalment has all of those and more: Grandma Bella makes a long overdue appearance; Stephanie drives a funeral casket down the main street in a Jeep; Lula's weapon of choice, when not using her stun gun, is a supersoaker filled with holy water; quite a lot of sex, thanks to Morelli's Grandma Bella; Lula fears she is growing fangs; there are cockfighting, foodfighting, granny pants and a dancing bear. Stephanie is on at least 3 hit lists, spends a lot of time avoiding people trying to kill, maim or cook for her, and ends up with tickets to Thailand. If the reader guesses the villain before getting even halfway through the story, the finding out how and why is still lots of fun. Best quote: "I'd hate to list our specialties. Wreck cars, eat donuts, create mayhem" which pretty much sums up Lula and Stephanie. Plenty of laughs.
Praise for Janet Evanovich "No less than her plotting, Evanovich's characterizations are models of screwball artistry. . . . The intricate plot machinery of her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists."--"The New York Times" " " "[Evanovich's novels are] among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction."--"GQ" "Chutzpah and sheer comic inventiveness . . . The Evanovich/Plum books [are] good fun.""--The Washington Post"