High Five

High Five

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Baker & Taylor
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum returns in her fifth adventure as she struggles to make ends meet while coping with a missing Uncle Fred, homicidal rapist and stalker Benito Ramirez, amorous vice cop Joe Morelli, and would-be lover Ranger. 150,000 first printing. Tour.

McMillan Palgrave
Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie throws caution to the wind and follows in the entrepreneurial bootsteps of Super Bounty Hunter, Ranger, engaging in morally correct and marginally legal enterprises. So, a scumball blows himself to smithereens on her first day of policing a crack house and the sheik she was chauffeuring stole the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect! Anyway, Stephanie has other things on her mind. Her mother wants her to find Uncle Fred who's missing after arguing with his garbage company; homicidal rapist Benito Ramirez is back, quoting scripture and stalking Stephanie; vice cop Joe Morelli has a box of condoms with Stephanie's name on it; and Stephanie's afraid Ranger has his finger on her trigger. The whole gang's here for mirth and mayhem. Read at your own risk in public places.


Blackwell North Amer
Bail jumping in Trenton is down to small potatoes. Stephanie's only open case is a small bond for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie's frustration level in big ways. So, short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan - diversify! Signing on as an intern with entrepreneurial Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger's mostly morally correct and marginally legal operations.
None of this makes vice cop Joe Morelli a happy man. The cop in him can't help but wonder as to the source of Stephanie's expensive new car. And the rest of him, the man who's been friend and lover to Stephanie, can't help but wonder if there's more to the partnership than meets the eye.
The internship is downgraded to second priority when Uncle Fred goes missing. Even though Grandma Mazur is sure he was abducted by aliens, Stephanie sets out to look for Fred. He's a perfectly average senior citizen, and he's disappeared without a trace while running errands. He's left his ten-year-old Pontiac station wagon locked up nice and neat in the Grand Union parking lot, the cleaning is carefully arranged in the backseat, and his wife is at home, waiting for him to return with the bread and the milk and the olive-loaf bologna. Locked in the top drawer of his desk are photos of a body, dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag. And locked away in the computer files of another average citizen are the clues that will lead Stephanie to Fred.

Baker
& Taylor

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum struggles to make ends meet while coping with a missing Uncle Fred, homicidal rapist and stalker Benito Ramirez, amorous vice cop Joe Morelli, and would-be lover Roger

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312203030
0312203039
Branch Call Number: M EVA
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm.

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Fully embrace the crazy
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Plum is on her fifth outing, looking for her missing uncle and one angry little man. Uncle Fred was complaining about paying for garbage pickup, and the truck skipped his house. So he went into complain and disappeared. Of course, he's in the Plum family, so the weird part is he left behind photos of severed body parts in garbage bags. Aunt Mabel wants Stephanie to look for him, although she's not entirely sure she wants the cheap bastard found and brought home. Plus, a midget missed his court date.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Stephanie's family is definitely on the wild side, and the uncle is pretty out there for 70. Fun to see all the pieces at play. Plus Stephanie decides she needs to "diversify" her income sources, so asks Ranger to help mentor her in new areas (i.e. to work for him), so we get to see more of his line of work and meet his crew/employees (like Tank). And Lulu and Stephanie chasing the short guy is hilarious to read.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Morelli's family is not as much fun as the Plums, and fairly one-dimensional. Plus Benito Ramirez is back, and is just annoying. My biggest objection though is a "cliff-hanger" ending on the romance side that deliberately plays with point-of-view to keep it vague who Stephanie is talking with at her door.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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miinas
Aug 31, 2016

Fun read! And hot!!

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shelbysmom1996
Jun 10, 2016

this story had so many different characters involved that it was hard to keep track of everyone until the end, when everything was explained.

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Madmanintheattic
Oct 19, 2014

I don't understand what is so good about this series. By book 5 Plum has learned nothing. She still doesn't carry her gun because she is afraid of it; she has learned nothing about her job; she is still whining about Morelli; she goes on jobs wearing mini-skirts; all her gear is in her purse and she can never get at it; she is face-to-face with a murderous stalker and has his gun trained on his belly but she doesn't shoot him; her diet is crap and she doesn't exercise yet she is said to be thin and fit; she has not grown or developed in any way I can see.

I hate books which keep their characters stupid with no learning or character development so they continue to make the same stupid decisions over and over just for the sake of keeping the story going. If she was even incrementally becoming a better bounty hunter and a better human being with increasing discipline and learning I might stay interested but I cannot read about the same incompetent person making the same mistakes and taking the same stupid decisions over and over. What is the attraction to stupidity in Fiction?

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spintodebader
Jun 29, 2012

Love these easy, fun reads. A good way to laugh and unwind.

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Clovershade
Aug 27, 2011

I really enjoy Evanovich's fast paced style. Her multiple plotline method really keeps me interested and involved in her stories. I will say however that these titles definitly fall into the candy for the brain category! Lots of fun and a good way to unwind but brain-junk-food.

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scorpio21
May 12, 2011

I love this series.

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Carlscolin
May 01, 2011

I love all of Janet's books that I have read, mainly the Stephanie Plum series. I like the humour and the characters, and think they should make at least one film from the 'numbers' series.

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c210flyer
Dec 29, 2010

Good for when you need a laugh. 6 of 10 for me.

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Cabby
Nov 04, 2007

This book is hilarious and I love this author.

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miinas
Aug 31, 2016

Another good book in the Stephanie Plum series. But who was it at the end!!!

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