Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby Series #1)
  • Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby Series #1)
  • Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby Series #1)

Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby Series #1)

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by Janet Evanovich, C. J. Critt, C. J. Critt
     
 

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Buckle your seat belts. Number-one New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the

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Buckle your seat belts. Number-one New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

"Wild" Bill Barnaby's dropped off the face of the earth and big sister Alex heads for Miami, Bill's last known sighting, on a harrowing hunt to save her brother...and maybe the world. Alex blasts through the bars of South Beach and points her search south to Key West and Cuba, laying waste to Miami hit men, dodging Palmetto bugs big enough to eat her alive, and putting the pedal to the metal with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker. Engaged in a deadly race, Wild Bill's "borrowed" Hooker's sixty-five-foot Hatteras and sailed off into the sunset...just when Hooker has plans for the boat. Hooker figures he'll attach himself to Alex and maybe run into scumbag Bill. The race to the finish is hot and hard.

Performed by C. J. Critt

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Editorial Reviews

Maureen Corrigan
By the time Barney and Hooker were stranded, "Survivor"-style, on a desert island complete with creepy-crawly creatures and a rogue bomb, I was won over by the sheer comic ingenuity of Metro Girl's loopy plot.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
"Just because I know how to change a guy's oil doesn't mean I want to spend the rest of my life on my back, staring up his undercarriage." From the word go, Evanovich delivers her usual goods, albeit in a different vehicle. After 10 Stephanie Plum novels, each more successful than the last, Evanovich introduces Alexandra Barnaby, aka Barney. Barney hails from Baltimore rather than New Jersey, but she's from the same slice of working-class life as Stephanie; she donned mechanic's overalls in her father's garage during summer breaks from college. Her younger brother, Wild Bill, shares her passion for cars, and now he's disappeared from Miami, along with NASCAR star Sam Hooker's boat, the Happy Hooker. Evanovich doesn't mind showing her romance roots, as Barney and Sam start off snarling at each other; as any reader can tell, they have to team up (a) to save Bill and (b) to enjoy delicious sex. As in the Plum books, plot takes a back seat to riffs, roughups and dialogue-and in the last lies the book's most notable distinction. If Stephanie bids fair to be New Jersey's Dorothy Parker, Barney is Baltimore's echo of Robert Parker. Conversation is terse and coded, full of sexual innuendo, with a high premium on toss-away lines uttered under duress. Despite the amazing quantity of physical jeopardy, there's little tension; it's all about hanging out with Metro Girl and NASCAR Guy-which may be just what millions of Evanovich fans will want. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (Nov.) Forecast: Evanovich will see major marketing for her HarperCollins debut, including TV and prints ads and a national bus tour with the author, her webmaster daughter and Barnaby the St. Bernard, which means that Alexandra Barnaby will likely prove as popular as Stephanie Plum (the Plum novels are published by St. Martin's). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Simultaneous with the HarperCollins hardcover. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-A comic misadventure from the start, this mystery is a good combination of light thriller and fast-paced action. Alex Barnaby receives a late-night call from her brother that ends in mid-sentence with a woman screaming in the background. Being the dependable sister that she is, she catches the next flight down to Miami to find out what happened. Alex soon discovers that her brother has gone missing with a recent Cuban immigrant who may or may not know the location of a warhead and a fortune in gold. She cuts down the inept bad guys with her wit and a few well-placed accidental kicks and moves. For fans of the author's "Stephanie Plum" series, the book is a letdown as there are moments when readers have to suspend disbelief and accept contrived plot twists. Evanovich is better at dialogue than description, which may frustrate some seasoned readers, but the dialogue is what keeps the story moving and is, ultimately, the novel's saving grace.-Erin Dennington, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Tulsa World
“The action is lickety-split”
Boston Globe
“Moves at a breezy pace, engaging the reader...fun in the Florida fast lane.”
Kansas City Star
“Clever, approachable characters.”
Tampa Tribune
“Clever, fast-paced.”
Raleigh News & Observer
“A quirky, fast-paced thriller.”
Pittsburgh Tribune
“Breezy.”
Detroit Free Press
“A fast, crisp book.”
Newhouse News Service
“A lot of fun.”
Orlando Sentinel
“A rib-splitting debut.”
Washington Post
“Sheer comic ingenuity.”
Reviewingtheedvidence.com
“Cracking fun.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“This is a bright and breezy book, and a welcome change for Evanovich fans.”
New York Times
“A spunky heroine....cheery.”
Columbus Dispatch
“The characters are breezy and spontaneous....Evanovich’s story has attitude.”
Arizona Republic
“Screwball entertainment.”
Miami New Times
“A mysterious romp involving cold-blooded murder and a sexy NASCAR driver.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061126529
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/25/2006
Series:
Alex Barnaby Series, #1
Edition description:
Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 Hours
Sales rank:
1,461,845
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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