Publish Date: 5/15/2012
|With the arrival of "Explosive Eighteen," readers won''t have to wait very long to find out what happens next in Evanovich''s popular Stephanie Plum adventure series.|
|From the Publisher:
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she's knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she's flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he's dead?and a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph he was supposed to be carrying.
Only one person has seen the missing photo: Stephanie Plum. Now she's the target. An FBI sketch artist helps Stephanie re-create the person in the photo, but Stephanie's descriptive skills are lacking. Until she can improve them, she'll need to watch her back.
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. Vinnie's temporary HQ has gone up in smoke. Stephanie's wheelman, Lula, falls for their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie's apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
Morelli, Trenton's hottest cop, isn't talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn't talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It's complicated.
Janet Evanovich and her charmingly off-the-cuff heroine Stephanie Plum have been riding their wave of success since 1994, when the first in this series, ONE FOR THE MONEY, hit the shelves. With the release of EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN following fast on the heels of SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN in the same calendar year, marks a highpoint for Evanovich, Plum, and delighted readers. (The film adaptation of the first book, starring Kathleen Heigl, is the next in the multi-media Plum franchise.) In this adventure, Stephanie randomly gets assigned to sit next to a dead man on her flight back from her Hawaiian vacation. They guy was alive until L.A., but during the layover he managed to get himself canned. Unfortunately, between the island and the mainland he showed Stephanie a photograph. This picture turns out to be the key to the mystery of his death, placing Stephanie at the top of everyone's list. And as always with an Evanovich romp, there are plenty of other hilarious romantic, familial, and professional fires for Ms. Plum to put out, making EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN as exciting as all the rest.
Stephanie Plum, the New Jersey-based bounty hunter featured in Janet Evanovich's popular crime series, has been called "a cross between Nancy Drew and Dirty Harry." The Plum books routinely appear on the bestseller lists and have made Evanovich one of the wealthiest and most visible writers working today. Born in a working-class section of New Jersey, Evanovich was the first in her family to continue her formal education past high school. After earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Douglass College, part of New Jersey's state-university system, she stayed at home to raise her two children and took sporadic secretarial jobs through a temp agency. She also began writing romance novels, and although she diligently sent her work to agents and publishers, it took a decade before she sold her first manuscript, HERO AT LARGE, which was released in 1987 and earned her $2,000. She published several more books over the next few years, initially using the pen name Steffie Hall. "It was a rewarding experience," she has quipped, "but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre." The first Stephanie Plum book, ONE FOR THE MONEY, was published in 1994, and the bumbling bounty hunter became an immediate hit with readers. Since then, Evanovich has published approximately one Plum novel a year, and in 2012 a movie version of the first book, starring Katherine Heigl, was released. In addition to that series, Evanovich writes comic adventures set in the world of NASCAR racing as well as an occasional paranormal caper. In 2012 she made the Forbes list of the 100 top celebrities in the world, based on entertainment-related earnings plus media exposure; she was one of only a handful of authors to be featured on the list, which is comprised mainly of actors and singers.
"In Plum world, math and calendars don't exist; otherwise, the shapely divorcée of 1994 would be approaching 50, the hamster Rex would be dead, and Stephanie's hilarious Grandma Mazur would no longer be collecting beaus."
- Deirdre Donahue