High Five
By Janet Evanovich
St. Martin's Press - 1999
ISBN: 0312203039 - Paperback

Reviewed by: Christy French, MyShelf.com
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This is the fifth in the Plum series by Janet Evanovich. New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum who tracks FTA's - bail-jumpers-now goes after Randy Briggs, a "little person" who refuses to be taken in, outwitting Stephanie time after time until she finally corners him. The two tussle, resulting in Randy falling down the stairs and the door to his apartment being damaged. When Randy's apartment is burglarized, he appears on Stephanie's doorstep and moves in with her until the damage is fixed, blaming her for the burglary.

In the meantime, Stephanie's Uncle Fred has disappeared and her Aunt Mabel and Grandma Mazur convince her to try to find him. In the course of her investigation, Stephanie finds pictures in Uncle Fred's desk of the contents of a garbage bag which appear to be body parts, leading her in the direction of the garbage company Uncle Fred had a tiff with.

In order to supplement her income, Stephanie approaches handsome mystery man Ranger, asking for work, which results in engaging in some marginally legal operations, not to mention losing some expensive cars in the process. If that's not bad enough, people connected to the investigation into Uncle Fred's disappearance begin to meet with tragic deaths. Ramirez, an evil man Stephanie helped put into prison, is out and stalking her, promising to take her to see Jesus. She's being followed by a federal agent named Bunchy, posing as a bookie looking for Uncle Fred. Aunt Mabel, who doesn't seem to miss Uncle Fred in the least, begins to make some pretty funny changes to her life. Stephanie's boyfriend, Joe Morelli, worries over Stephanie working with Ranger while Stephanie worries over Joe being seen with a former girlfriend.

Of course, it all comes together in the end and Ms. Evanovich leaves us wondering about the triangle she has now presented involving Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger. Ms. Evanovich, who is known for her sense of humor, zany characters, and quirky dialogue, does not disappoint the reader. A fun read that will have you laughing out loud.

Christy Tillery French is the author of Chasing Horses and Wayne's Dead.

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