Hero at Large

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In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. The romances were originally published between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately went out of print and could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.

I'm happy to tell you that those stories have now been re-released by HarperCollins, presented ...

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Overview

Dear Reader:
In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. The romances were originally published between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately went out of print and could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.

I'm happy to tell you that those stories have now been re-released by HarperCollins, presented in almost original form. I've done only minor editing to correct some embarrassing bloopers missed the first time around.

Hero at Large was the very first book published. It's about a sexy guy who cooks a potholder in spaghetti sauce and charms a single mom and former world-class ice skater with the promise of a ride on his Zamboni. It's got broken bones, giant turkeys, cantankerous cars, and Aunt Edna.

This was the book that changed my life forever and made me a published author. When Hero finally reached the bookstores, I was almost arrested for loitering in Walden's. I stationed myself in the romance section and wouldn't leave until I saw someone buy my book. It took three days!

Enjoy!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061985942
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 275,200
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a longstanding member of RWA.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Loved it!!!!!

    The first and only book i have read by janet....cannot wait to read another!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Pleasant read

    The 'I'm in love with you' happened to quickly, not believable, took from the story. The beginning was somewhat slow, took awhile to develop storyline. Overall decent read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    An Early, But Disappointing Attempt At A Romance Novel

    I have been an avid Evanovich fan for quite a while. I find her writing creative, and her characters offbeat and amusing. "Hero At Large" is one of Evanovich's early attempts at writing a romance novel. It is not unusual that when a writer becomes popular, the publisher "digs up" early works, and makes them available for fans. What a disappointment! The writing was juvenile, there was no character development, and even less of a plot. The publisher would have been better off leaving this particular work buried. The book was a waste of my time, and my money.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Light and Fluffy

    This book is predictable but fun. I did enjoyed it and really like Janet Evanovich's writing style. She is able to capture the moments and environment without becoming tiresome. If you need a break from the hectic day to day this is a light read for an afternoon or in a waiting room. It won't leave you riveted but it is enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic Evanovich

    It's not my fave of hers, but it is still good. You gotta love the crazy aunt. There are a few laugh out loud parts that make the book worth while.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    It's a must read

    The female character could be me. It is a well written book and I appreciated the humor usually began by the male character. I would have liked to see more about the dog. I enjoyed this book alot. I would buy another from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    ohh, if only men were really like this! Great reading!

    I liked this book. It's a typical Janet Evanovich, quirky and funny, with enough romance tossed in to make it interesting. I just wish I could find a real man that's this nice. Hey, this is fiction, and worth reading. She just knows how to write entertaining stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    A must read!

    Loved this book. Endearing and funny to boot! Classic Evanovich.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    A Waste of Money

    I found no value in this audiobook -- There were some comical situations, but the reading was so awful I just couldn't enjoy them. The narrator should read to children, not adults. Her "voices" were not good and not believable. I never got use to her, so I didn't enjoy anything about the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Pretty Good

    This wasn't the best love story I've ever read, but it was still pretty good. While the lead characters often acted like hormonally uncontrolled teens, they did have some great moments. There's some wicked humor. From the first meeting where Chris maims him and tells him it's his fault for flirting to her talking about her car and the 'car fairy', she had me laughing. And talk about accident prone. That lady needs a warning label! Aunt Edna was a riot too, talk about incorrigible matchmaker. But the most unincorrigible had to be Ken himself. The man just can't help himself. He's got such a spirit. He'll flirt anytime anywhere, he's also very sweet and good w/both kids and animals, strong yet a little boy hiding behind the man. How he works his way into her life was deviously brilliant. Haha. There was a twist I didn't see coming and how it was righted was so charming. The closer to the end it got, the more it felt like a love story, in that it was so heartwarming. I'd say maybe 3 1/2 to 4 stars.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

    Okay fun read

    Not as funny or well defined as Janet Evanovich's later works but a cute story and quick read; especially good for if stuck in bed recovering/sick.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Hero At Large

    I am a very big Janet Evanovich fan. I think she does a fantastic job on all her books. This book is great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Loved the book

    I really enjoyed this book! It was so funny! I had to explain myself because I was laughing so hard out loud! Great for a rainy day or if you need a pick me up!
    Read and enjoy!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    I enjoyed reading...very funny in parts

    Not as funny as her Stephanie Plum series but fun to read. I have read every thing she has written...family and friends share the books and laugh till we cry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    This book helps pass a sleepless night.

    Janet Evanovich has given us another light, silly, cheerful book - easy read just for fun. Thank you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    fast,easy read, good for airplane trips

    Janet E, Stephanie Plum books are usually good, the numbered ones are the best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Like all of Janet's books, they leave a smile on your face and wanting to find the hero, too.

    This was another fun Janet read. I have read ALL of the books she has written/co-wrote. I really liked that the main character is a strong independent single mom, and she stumbles across her knight in a big truck.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Just a bit of fluff....

    But can be read in one sitting and has its own charm. You read this type of thing when you need to not think about what you're reading. You have to appreciate it for what it is... a bit of fluff and escapism that will keep you entertained for a few hours.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Hero at Large

    I love Evonivich's works. She if a great writer for light reading.
    I have tried to read all her books.
    This may not have been her best work, but I like her style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Great book

    Excellent reading. Truly enjoyable

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