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Twelve sharp
Janet Evanovich
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From Publishers' Weekly:

The mixture of slapstick and gunplay that has put Evanovich's series about a sassy, less than competent New Jersey bounty hunter at the top of bestseller lists once again works its magic in Stephanie Plum's latest caper (after 2005's Eleven on Top). Stephanie, who freely admits her failings as a hunter of fugitives, faces a growing work backlog that threatens the continued existence of her job. Her clumsy efforts to clear some cases, along with the help of her outrageous colleague, Lula, result only in their adding another sad sack to the office payroll a forlorn shoe salesman who's talked off a ledge by Stephanie's offer of a position as file clerk. Stephanie's ambivalence toward the two men in her life becomes harder to maintain when one of them, the mysterious Ranger, is accused of kidnapping his own daughter. Countless over-the-top scenes, including one at a funeral parlor, will delight longtime fans. 1.25 million first printing; author tour. (One-day laydown June 20) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The latest in the extremely popular Stephanie Plum mystery series is once again narrated by the very talented Lorelei King. In this installment, the not terribly competent bounty hunter tries to bring in some small-time criminals to lower the number of outstanding cases. As usual, Stephanie has a retinue of enthusiastic albeit in-effective helpers: her gun-crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-prostitute Lula, and on-again/off-again boyfriend Joe Morelli. The main focus of this mystery is the disappearance of her sometime lover Ranger's daughter. Certain he didn't kidnap the girl, Stephanie tries to help solve the crime. King voices Stephanie's Jersey accent and ditzy confusion perfectly. She sounds appropriately nutty as Grandma and outrageously raunchy as Lula. Joe sounds sexy and reliable. The only character King is less successful with is Ranger. However, this is a minor quibble in another wonderful Evanovich audio production. Fans will be especially pleased by an added feature-an interview with the author. Recommended for all collections.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Lib., Sag Harbor, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Stephanie Plum
Age: 30
Works at her cousin's bail-bond recovery job; in love with both Joe and Ranger.
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Joe Morelli
Unethical; dating Stephanie.
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