Actress Mazar (Goodfellas) has just the right sassy streetwise accent to fit the first-person voice of Evanovich's hero, Stephanie Plum. Mazar sounds poised yet real in her role as the New Jersey-based bounty hunter (the fifth adventure in the series and the second reading for Mazar). She gamely throws herself into the dramatic ""bits"" along the way, playing out the dialogue scenes with relish. Plum is a tough character, coolly navigating her way through the male-dominated terrain of North Jersey's criminal element. But she's also fragile on the inside, sensitive and haunted by the violence and chaos in her life. Her boss, her cousin Vinnie, runs a business that naturally attracts lowlifes prone to nasty crimes: a man blows himself up with a bomb, a homicidal boxer is on the rampage. Meantime, the love of Plum's life, Morelli, a rakish Trenton vice cop, treats her badly. But her luck isn't all bad, as when she is given a Porsche (she rationalizes, ""When you had a car like this, you didn't mind so much that your boyfriend was boinking a skank""). On tape, Plum's attitude holds more sway than the plot, as she sails from case to case with a blistering irreverence that's sure to keep listeners charmed. Based on the 1999 St. Martin's hardcover. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/28/1999 Release date: 07/01/1999 Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 418 pages - 978-0-7862-2107-3
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-57815-264-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-57815-545-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-55927-964-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 340 pages - 978-0-312-97134-2
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