Explosive Eighteen

Explosive Eighteen

Paperback - 2012
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Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
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B efore Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she's knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she's flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he's dead--and a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph he was supposed to be carrying.
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O nly one person has seen the missing photo: Stephanie Plum. Now she's the target. An FBI sketch artist helps Stephanie re-create the person in the photo, but Stephanie's descriptive skills are lacking. Until she can improve them, she'll need to watch her back.
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O ver at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. Vinnie's temporary HQ has gone up in smoke. Stephanie's wheelman, Lula, falls for their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie's apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
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M orelli, Trenton's hottest cop, isn't talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn't talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It's complicated.

Publisher: New York : Bantam, 2012
ISBN: 9780345527738
0345527739

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shelbysmom1996
Jul 21, 2016

there were too many sub-plots, and too many secondary characters to make this a fun story. It was choppy.

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pearl80
Jun 28, 2015

Love the whole series. Great Laughs. Occupies my time on BART between Daly City and Pleasant Hill.

robhoma Aug 23, 2014

When asked if she got married in Hawaii, Stephanie replied, 'Not exactly.' When asked to clarify, Stephanie said, 'It's complicated.' Her philosophy, inherited from her family, is that if you do not talk about a problem it might go away. This problem, as we learn, was a doozy.

'18' is a great story with many of the regular characters involved in the Plum series, and all of the staples – men breaking into Steph's apartment, viewing at Stivas, love triangle, goons like Slasher and Lancer, etc. Evanovich also added a little Razzle Dazzle to the story.

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JackieFC13
Jan 15, 2014

Another wonderful addition to the series!! Laughed Out Loud through the whole book!

At some point I'd really like Lula to be good for something rather than her typical worthless attitude and her need to constantly eat. A little character development would be nice.

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eleanorthomas
Nov 26, 2013

Vintage Stephanie Plum.

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bridge1
Oct 27, 2012

You don't look for a lot of substance with this series; however, there's a lot of laughs!

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ralphdyer
Aug 06, 2012

Who reads this stuff!!! New York Times best selling author!!! Obviously, I did! Picked the book up from the one week read list to fill in inbetween books. I just can't believe that someone can make a living writing such stuff.

NGarcias Aug 04, 2012

This was my first Evanovich read, and I was not impressed at all. I loved the main character and her mysterious men, however the writing was too simple and corny to say the least. I know that this is a part of a series so will try another.

czerniakt Jul 18, 2012

Stephanie seems to be getting dumber, wimpier and shallower with each book. She makes the same stupid mistakes with the same predictable results. The fun and somewhat naive girl from the earlier books is a dolt that has lost much of her endearing qualities. I have lost respect for her character.

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LeslieP9
Jul 17, 2012

Another fun romp of a book by Janet Evanovich. The main character Stephanie Plum finds herself in the most ridiculous situations--generally very funny ones. This is a fast an easy but satisfying read.

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