Hot Six (Stephanie Plum Series #6)

Hot Six (Stephanie Plum Series #6)

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by Janet Evanovich, Debi Mazar, Debi Mazar
     
 

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Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos.

Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene, he's with the victim, and he's the number-one suspect.

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Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos.

Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene, he's with the victim, and he's the number-one suspect. Ranger is former special forces turned soldier of fortune. He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address. He moves in mysterious circles. He's Stephanie's mentor--the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension. And he's more than her friend.

Now he's the hunted and Stephanie's the hunter, and it's time for her to test her skills against the master. But if she does catch him...what then? Can she bring herself to turn him in?

Plus there are other things keeping Stephanie awake at night. Her maternal grandmother has set up housekeeping in Stephanie's apartment, a homicidal maniac has selected Stephanie as his next victim, her love life is in the toilet, she's adopted a dog with an eating disorder, and she can't button the top snap on her Levi's.

Experience the world of Plum--in Janet Evanovich's new thriller. It's surreal, it's frenetic, it's incendiary. Hot Six. It's the best yet.

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh, and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award. She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

bn.com
The Barnes & Noble Review
New Jersey's wackiest bounty hunter is on the trail of a whole new batch of "skips," and that means fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series are in for a treat. Uppermost on the minds of readers of High Five is the question of just whom Stephanie slept with last time around, Ranger or Morelli. Well, the answers to that and a whole slew of new questions are provided in the next installment in the series, Hot Six. And hot it is, a sizzling miasma of flaming cars, blistering looks, scorching comments, and fiery kisses.

This time out, Stephanie has one of the meanest skips she's ever tried to bring in, a brutal bully who killed his wife. His intense hatred for women easily extends to Stephanie, who barely escapes with her life several times. Her survival is dependent in part on help from Lula, that larger-than-life ex-prostitute turned file clerk, who, as usual, is carrying a mini-arsenal she's all too eager to use. Stephanie's job is made twice as hard by the fact that her usual backup from Ranger isn't there. In fact, Ranger is the leading suspect in a murder case and has skipped bail. Knowing Ranger won't be found if he doesn't want to be, Stephanie lets her nemesis, Joyce Barnhardt, take the case.

It turns out that Stephanie doesn't need to find Ranger; he finds her. And this honor earns Stephanie two determined tails who follow her everywhere she goes: Joyce Barnhardt, and two henchmen named Mitchell and Habib who are working for some unknown boss. At first Mitchell and Habib seem to be a pair of bumbling fools who are more annoying than anything. But before this case is solved, they will demonstrate their true acumen in a very frightening way.

Just when Stephanie thinks her life can't get any worse, she finds herself with an unexpected roommate: Grandma Mazur, who has moved in on the heels of a major disagreement with Stephanie's father. About the same time, Stephanie asks for a favor from one of the detectives on the police force, and in exchange he asks her to watch his dog while he's out of town. The only problem is, he never goes out of town. Nor does he return for the dog. So on top of Grandma Mazur, Stephanie now has yet another roommate: a large, smelly dog named Bob with a penchant for chewing everything in sight and howling like a banshee whenever he's left alone.

Between bringing in her own skips, trying hard to keep Joyce away from hers, doing some side work at Ranger's request, and bumping into Morelli (though never in the way either of them is hoping for), Stephanie's life couldn't get much more bizarre. Or could it? There's still this ongoing confusion between the men in her life, both of whom are vying for her company and attention. And of course, there are the requisite fires, explosions, and sundry vehicles that suffer inexplicable damage -- except for the monstrous old powder-blue Buick, which seems to be indestructible. But even the Buick may come to suffer if Grandma Mazur succeeds in her quest to get a driver's license and hit (perhaps literally) the road.

With the usual collection of wacky characters, both old and new, Hot Six makes for a fun adventure that is equal parts suspense and hilarity. Evanovich trained her writing muscles by churning out sizzling romances for several years before she switched her focus to a dark comedy featuring a wisecracking Jersey girl who went from selling department store underwear to bringing in bail skippers. Neither Trenton, New Jersey, nor the mystery genre has been quite the same since. The fun just doesn't get any better than this. (Beth Amos)

Beth Amos is the author of several mainstream suspense thrillers, including Second Sight, Eyes of Night, and Cold White Fury. She lives in Wisconsin and is at work on her next novel.

Jill M. Smith
Janet Evanovich has a gift for delivering unabashed humor and intriguing suspense. This is one remarkable series that just keeps improving with age!
Romantic Times
Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction
In this mystery featuring Stephanie Plum, readers follow as she teams up with vice cop Joe Morelli to find the missing bounty hunter, Ranger, but Stephanie's real concern is her Grandma -- who moves in with her after a fight with Stephanie's Dad.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sexy, smart-talking New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum returns for her sixth wildly amusing mystery (after 1999's High Five). Determination and contacts (she's grown up with half the cops and crooks in Trenton) compensate for Steph's poor aim with a gun, bad luck with cars and soft-hearted approach to her job (one bail jumper evades her four times). The police are after her mentor, the mysterious Ranger, wanted for killing drug and gun dealer Homer Ramos. Claiming he's innocent, Ranger persuades Steph to help him keep an eye on the Ramos clan. Steph teams up with her lover, vice cop Joe Morelli, then strikes out on her own when she realizes neither Joe nor Ranger will share information with her. When Mafia thugs get involved, she barely avoids kidnapping and torture. Meanwhile, there's her love life to deal with. Can she be physically attracted to Ranger and be in love with Joe? Evanovich spins all these threads, plus more, into a lunatic tapestry of nonstop action peopled by wacky characters straight out of a 1930s screwball comedy: Steph's Grandma Mazur, 80 years old, with the world view of a teenage punk; Mooner and Dougie, two lovable but zonked-out stolen goods dealers who have a closeout sale before going to jail; Habib and Mitchell, mobsters who follow Steph when Mitchell's wife doesn't need the car for kids' soccer games; and Steph's co-worker and pal, Lula, a gun-toting ex-prostitute always ready for an adventure. Evanovich just keeps getting better. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Fans of Stephanie Plum Jersey girl and bounty hunter will be happy to find out just whom Stephanie spent the night with, as it was left to one's imagination at the end of the preceding book, High Five. In this adventure, Stephanie learns that her friend and mentor, Carlos "Ranger" Manoso, is being sought for murder. Can Ranger be guilty? Stephanie helps to chase down a murderer and contend with two inept thugs, not to mention her growing attraction to one of the men in her life. Our heroine meets with the usual car-related misfortunes how many cars has this lady had destroyed? and the usual cast of colorful characters. The action is fast, and the dialog is sharp and flavored with Evanovich's broad humor. There's plenty of sexual banter and suspense to carry the listener along. C.J. Critt does a good job of giving each character a distinct personality; her voice paints pictures. Those who want an action-packed mystery laced with some steamy romance will love this audio. It's pure fun to enter Stephanie's universe, and who can't use an escape now and then? Go ahead, six is your lucky number. Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Samantha Miller
Realism takes a backseat to humor in this series, but the snappy one–liners and oddball characters will have readers coming back for more.
People Magazine
Kirkus Reviews
"I have so many dilemmas," says Stephanie Plum—Trenton's most adorable, least reliable bond enforcement agent—"I can't even remember them all." And no question about it, they do come in bunches in this sixth venture into bounty-hunting ineptitude. There's the dilemma of the heart, for instance. Steph can't decide which of the two hunks in her life, each abrim with testosterone, turns her on faster. Is it the sexy policeman, Joe Morelli, the guy she's known all her life, the guy who succeeded in taking her teenage virginity without even trying? Or the enigmatic Ricardo Carlo Manoso, a.k.a. Ranger, the bounty-hunting mentor she can't say no to, though he only half asks? Nor can she decide what to do about the Ramos dilemma, derived from a family of hard cases who want to kill her, mostly because, unlike most of Steph's prey, they prefer fight to flight. Then there's the pimple dilemma (it's right in the middle of her chin! Should she squeeze or wait?); the Grandma Mazur dilemma (she's suddenly Steph's roommate); the big, slobbering dog dilemma (a love-hate relationship worthy of a deeply confused heroine); the suicidal-girl-on-the-bridge dilemma; the . . . well, you get the idea. The essential thing is that the day this Jersey tomato decides to diarize, Bridget Jones had better look to her laurels. Steph and company make for another helping of energetic entertainment (High Five)—a savory Plum pudding for her growing army of fans.
From the Publisher

“Actress Mazar has just the right sassy streetwise accent to fit the first-person voice of Evanovich's hero, Stephanie Plum. Mazar sounds poised yet real in her role as the New Jersey-based bounty hunter. She gamely throws herself into the dramatic ‘bits' along the way, playing out the dialogue scenes with relish.” —Publishers Weekly

“Steph and company make for another helping of energetic entertainment--a savory Plum pudding for her growing army of fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A lunatic tapestry of nonstop action peopled by wacky characters straight out of a 1930s screwball comedy...Evanovich just keeps getting better.” —Publisher's Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578155460
Publisher:
Media Books, L. L. C.
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Stephanie Plum Series, #6
Edition description:
Abridged, 3 CDs
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.58(d)

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I>HOT SIX is the book everyone has been waiting for! In this sixth Stephanie Plum adventure, you follow the foxy Plum on her biggest quest yet. Ranger, the super bounty hunter, is on the lam and Stephanie has to team up with vice-cop Joe Morelli to find him. But has Ranger really broken the law? Is he a psychotically dangerous criminal? Sexual temptation, homicidal maniacs, FTA's and donut addiction are small poattoes to Stephanie because Grandma Mazur has a fight with Stephanie's father and moves in with Stephanie and Rex, the hampster. Anything can happen--and everything does--in Janet Evanovich's HOT SIX.

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh, and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award. Her books include Top Secret Twenty-One, Tricky Twenty-Two, Turbo Twenty-Three, among many others. She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

Debi Mazar, a New York native, made her feature film debut in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas as Ray Liotta's junkie mistress. From that auspicious beginning, she has appeared in numerous films, such as Little Man Tate, Toys, Bullets Over Broadway, Batman Forever, The Insider, Collateral, and Be Cool. She has had recurring roles on The Practice, the HBO series Entourage and Ugly Betty, and has appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Debi has narrated a number of titles of the New York Times #1 bestselling Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hanover, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
April 22, 1943
Place of Birth:
South River, New Jersey
Education:
B.A., Douglass College, 1965
Website:
http://www.evanovich.com

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Hot Six (Stephanie Plum Series #6) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 539 reviews.
Cristina Haynes More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich is one if the best authors there is. She definatly knows how to get you on the edge of your seat. She keeps the tension going with the crazy action Stephanie Plum deals with on a daily basis. If you're in for some acion, I suggest you read this book.
Eaglesgirl05 More than 1 year ago
Jenet did it again this book was Funny, kept my attention the whole time I never wanted to put it down. I was laughing throughout the book. If you haven't picked up on e of Janet Evanoviche's Books please do they are worth the while.
risuena More than 1 year ago
So I immediately got this book to find out who's behind the door. Boy, can the author write sexual tension or what. I really got a kick out of grandma, and Mooner turned out to be a nice addition, a comforting support. But the whole Ranger fiasco reminded me of the first book, an introduction to Joe Morelli. I thought she would develop Ranger's relationship with Stephanie in a more original way. The crime wasn't as thrilling this time, but it's worth reading for the humor and romance.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Another awesome book! Hot six is jam packed with action, comedy, and a little romance. These books never get boring! Another hit for Evanovich. A+++
Kelianna More than 1 year ago
Fun series of books. Got hooked when I saw they had a movie out. I checked out the book first. Glad I did. The books were definitly more entertaining. I do however have Debbie Reynolds forever in my mind as Grandma!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is delightful with interesting and colorful characters and a good sense of humor all while solving a mystery.
Booker61 More than 1 year ago
I get so engrossed in these books I have trouble putting them down. I reread them because they are that good. I almost have the whole series
DAA81 More than 1 year ago
Hot Six is a book that kept me turning the pages. It is about a murder where Stephanie Plum who works for a bail bondsmen tries to help out her friend. It has twists and turns throughout the story but the best part is it kept me laughing. Who ever heard of a bounty hunter (Stephanie) doesn't carry a gun or even know how to use it? Stephanie encounters numerous obstacles along the way which makes the story even funnier. It is a quick and funny read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Stephanie and all of her adventures.. Laugh out loud funny... I am wondering if anyone knows about the Nook Books the # of pages in the More Plums in one where you get 4,5 & 6 they only had 200 pages each,however I see that the paperbacks have 300+ pages. I hope I am not missing anything. Please advise..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I was literally laughing out loud and finding myself sharing stories about Bob the dog with friends and family. And of course there's no shortage of plum's love life. Great quick read and my fav thus far.
romantic-mystery-buff More than 1 year ago
Again another keep you guessing;laughable antics; with a splash of romance from two very different studs book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so addicted to see what Stephanie gets into next and if she ever hooks up with Ranger. My vote is for Joe.
joanna rose More than 1 year ago
all of the stephanie plum books are easy and fun reads. can't wait for the next one. ... summer 2011
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Hot Six' was a blast to read! It was hilarious! At parts I was laughing so hard, I started to cry. This is a great book and series to read!
Anonymous 21 days ago
Great
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It was boring but the others were good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been disappointed in her writings. I only hope she continues writing. Grandma Mazur is such a fun person. Ms. Evanovichs imagination is wonderful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for everyone but if you like mysteries with lots of quirky humor it is a nice change from more serious books of this type. I got hooked after reading the first one on vacation. They are light and funny but still incorporate a good storyline. A little romance thrown in doesn't hurt either.
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Plum is back with a new crew of helpers and old favorites in "Hot Six." Fellow bounty hunter, Ranger, is accused of killing dastardly Homer Ramos, and skips bail. Steph turns down Vinnie's request to find Ranger, but that's where the trouble begins. Everyone thinks Stephanie can find Ranger. Arturo Stolle has two men trail her. Joyce trails her. Dougie and Mooner sell goods of questionable origin and Steph's stuck with a dog named Bob. The cherry on the top? Grandma Mazur comes to live with her.  Ranger pulls Stephanie into the action when he asks her to do surveillance on Hannibal Ramos' house. Unknown to her, she witnesses several important clues that could wrap up the police case, but can she put them together before she starts getting shot at again? The writing is crisp and clever. The pacing is spot on, giving the reader a chance to breath before picking up again.  The characters shine. Stephanie's at her best when she listens to her intuition. Lula's loyalty warms the soul. Joe does his level best to deal with his frustration. All the characters expose their faults along with their strengths and that's what ultimately makes "Hot Six" resonate with readers.   The novel is a cozy mystery with a zig here and a zag there that keeps the readers on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next. "Hot Six" is full of excitement, action, and laughter. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were a few times when I liked the author's humor. However, overall, I did not like the book and won't read another like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago