#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.
Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college—and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks.
As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.
I think it's time for this series to fade off into the sunset, or shoot itself in the foot and exit, limping, stage right.
The first nine or so Stephanie Plum books were pure magic for me. They were laugh-out-loud and wake-the-hubby funny. I couldn't wait to rush the 25 miles, one way, to the nearest bookstore on their release dates.
This book, like the last four or five, just seem to be a pumped out formula with no inspiration and imagination behind them.
I think it's time for a final book in two versions. One version could end with Stephanie marrying Joe; the other ends with her marrying Ranger.
It would be so wonderful if these final stories had just some of the heart and soul of the first nine, with the far-fetched humor and bizarre characters all blending into story worth reading.
I'll confess; I am only 3/4s through "Tricky 22". I am finding it hard to force myself to muddle through the last part.
I was a #1 fan for years. This will be my last Plum purchase unless I find books "23" and beyond in a bargain bin or garage sale.