- Ten Big Ones (novel)
infobox Book |
name = Ten Big Ones
image_caption = First edition cover
language = English
St. Martin's Press
release_date = May 31, 2004
media_type = Print (
pages = 312 pp (first edition, hardback)
isbn = ISBN 0-312-28972-3 (first edition, hardback)
preceded_by = To the Nines
followed_by = Eleven on Top
Ten Big Ones is the tenth novel by
Janet Evanovichfeaturing the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. It was written in 2004.
When Janet Evanovich was questioned why she decided to focus on gang violence in this book, she replied, "I keep in touch with the Trenton Police Department. Over the last few years Bloods and Crips have come into the Trenton area, and it's caused serious problems." [Citation | last =Ward | volume= 9 | publisher = Crescent Blues | issue=1 | first =Jean Marie | title =Janet Evanovich: Delivering a Plum Good Read | url =http://www.crescentblues.com/7_9issue/int_evanovich.shtml | accessdate = 2007-07-16 ]
The title is also the amount of money that Stephanie got for capturing Joe in the first book.
In this installment of
Stephanie Plum's bounty hunter adventures, Stephanie has no central FTA (Failure to Appear) to capture this time around, but is being hunted herself. The novel begins with Stephanie and her sometimes-partner Lula sitting outside in their car debating about food. They accidentally witness a Gang robbery and are swept up into the underground life of Trenton, New Jersey.
She's accidentally destroyed a dozen cars. She's a target for every psycho and miscreant this side of the Jersey Turnpike. Her mother's convinced she'll end up dead...or worse, without a man. She's Stephanie Plum and she kicks butt for a living (well, she thought it would sound good to put it that way...)
It begins as an innocent trip to the deli-mart, on a quest for nachos. But Stephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum, except it makes her the target of a gang... and the target of an even scarier, more dangerous force that has come to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysterious than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), Stephanie finds herself with a decision to make: how to protect herself and where to hide while on the hunt for a killer known as Junkman. There's only one safe place, and it has Ranger's name all over it, if she can find it... and if Junkman doesn't find her first.
With Lula riding shotgun and Grandma Mazur on the loose, Stephanie Plum is racing against the clock in her most suspenseful novel yet.
* Ford Escape - Fire bombed by Red Devil Robber
* $200 Lincoln Town Car - Sprayed with graffiti and shot to bits by The Slayers.
Almost Car Death
* Uncle Sandor's powder blue Buick - Sprayed with graffiti, but somehow spared being destroyed; recovered by Morelli and detailed back to normal
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