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    HOT SIX by Janet Evanovich (see her website)

    St. Martin's Press, July 2000

    Stephanie Plum, the world's worst bounty hunter, is assigned Ranger as her next case. There's no way Stephanie will hunt down Ranger--instead, Ranger asks her to investigate the men who may have framed him for murder. In the meantime, she has to deal with her grandmother who moves into her apartment, another car blown up, a couple of dopers who look to her for business advice, and two incompetent thugs who threaten to snip off significant parts of her body.

    For five volumes, Stephanie has been lusting after both Joe Morelli and Ranger. In HOT SIX, both seem interested back. As usual, family, Morelli's pager, and Ranger's strange ethics generally get in the way. Still, Stephanie seems destined to back her way into a relationship--once she can decide who she wants it with. That is, assuming she can bring in the man who ran over his wife and threatens to do the same to Stephanie, and survive Bob, the dog who will eat anything (and everything).

    The Stephanie Plum series is laugh-out-loud funny and HOT SIX is another classic. Janet Evanovich (see all reviews of novels by this author) makes Stephanie seem like every-woman, with all of the fears and inadequacies that make her human. Still, she blunders through, relying on a basic good will toward others, massive luck, an occasional rescue from one of her friends, and just enough brave cleverness to make her an appealing heroine. Evanovich teases the reader with the hard-to-consumate relationship and the two men Stephanie has crushes on.

    HOT SIX was one of the most anticipated books of the year (we all had to find out which man it was that told Stephanie to lose the dress at the end of HIGH FIVE. Unlike many sequels, this one was worth the wait.

    Four Stars

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