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BOOK REVIEW: TWELVE SHARP
BY JANET EVANOVICH

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Readers the world over are familiar with Janet Evanovich's heroine Stephanie Plum. The cars constantly meeting disaster, the two men in her life, her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, her mother's pot roast, her pet hamster, the way all kinds of events spiral into chaos when Stephanie is on the scene.

And readers the world over have wondered how long Evanovich, the acknowledged master of comic mystery fiction could sustain the level of hilarity which has become her hallmark. I think it's a very good sign for Evanovich's fans to report that in TWELVE SHARP she has broadened the scope of Stephanie's story and serious issues and confrontations are now part of the mix.

A mysterious SUV has begun to follow Stephanie on her bailbondsman rounds. After she stops to question the driver, Stephanie is startled to be face to face with a gun. And even more startled when the woman holding the gun announces she is Ranger's wife, and warns Stephanie to leave her husband alone.

A brief search through Internet identity records produces the unsettling news that someone is impersonating Ranger, one of the two men who are so attractive to Stephanie. Things get worse, much worse, when a young girl, Ranger's daughter, who has been living in peaceful anonymity with her mother and stepfather is reported kidnapped.

To say much more would reveal too much of rest of the story. Don't worry, Evanovich dishes up another round of her well drawn humorous situations and there's still a lot to giggle at. But there is genuine suspense as well, genuine concern for a little girl in danger and a lot to learn about the enigmatic Ranger. What we learn deepens our respect for this guy and at the same time deepens Stephanie's comic dilemma over which man has a permanent hold on her heart.

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