Its' a slow time in the world of New Jersey bounty hunting, which leaves Stephanie Plum feeling the financial pinch. Her rent is due and she has nothing on her plate but one small case. Then her Uncle Fred disappears. Nosing around for Fred's last known whereabouts, Stephanie finds instead a grisly series of photos depicting a dissected female body. What in the world was Uncle Fred involved in?

Stephanie's love life is also stagnant. Her on-and-off relationship with Detective Joe Morelli isn't going anywhere. But to Stephanie's shock, her mentor, bounty hunter extraordinaire Ranger, suddenly turns on the sensual heat. And he offers her extra work to ease her financial crunch. Although leery at first, Stephanie throws caution to the wind and accepts. Then an angry little man she apprehended on a Failure to Appear loses his apartment and moves in with Stephanie, and an attempt on her life tops off the end of a very bad week. 

Welcome back to the weird and wonderful world of Stephanie Plum. Janet Evanovich's genius for delivering hilarious scenarios laced with intrigue and danger is unmatched! (Jun., 304 pp., $23.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith