Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum Series #22)

Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum Series #22)

by Janet Evanovich
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Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum Series #22) by Janet Evanovich

#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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345542977
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: Stephanie Plum Series , #22
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 20,313
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

Hometown:

Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey

Education:

B.A., Douglass College, 1965

Read an Excerpt

ONE

GINNY Scoot was standing on a third-­floor ledge, ­threatening to jump, and it was more or less my fault. My name is Stephanie Plum and I work as a bounty hunter for my bail bondsman cousin Vinnie.

Ginny had failed to show for a court appearance and it was my job to find her and return her to the authorities. If I don’t succeed my cousin is out his bond money, and I don’t get paid. On the other hand, there’s Ginny, who would prefer not to go back to jail.

My colleague Lula and I were on the sidewalk, looking up at Ginny, along with a bunch of other people who were taking video with their smartphones.

“This here’s not a good angle for her,” Lula said to me. “Everybody could look up her skirt and see her hoo-­ha. I guess technically you could see her thong, but we all know her lady parts are lurkin’ in there behind that little piece of red material and ass floss.”

Lula was originally a respectable ’ho. A couple years ago she’d decided to relinquish her corner and take a job as file clerk for the bonds office. Since almost all the files are ­digital these days, Lula mostly works as my wheelman. She’s four inches too short for her weight, her clothes are three sizes too small for her generously proportioned body, her hair color changes weekly, her skin is a robust dark chocolate.

I feel invisible when I stand next to Lula because no one notices me. I inherited a lot of unruly curly brown hair from the Italian side of my family, and I have a cute nose that my grandma says is a gift from God. My blue eyes and pale skin are the results of my mother’s Hungarian heritage. Not sure where my 34B boobs came from, but I’m happy with them, and I think they look okay with the rest of me.

Just ten minutes ago I’d almost had the cuffs on Ginny. Lula and I were at her door, and I was giving her the usual bounty hunter baloney.

“We need to take you downtown so you can reschedule your court date,” I’d said to Ginny. “It won’t take long.”

This was partly true. The rescheduling went quickly. Whether she would make bail again was a whole other issue. If she didn’t make bail she’d be a guest of the penal system until she came up to trial.

“Screw you,” Ginny said, and she flicked her Big Gulp at me, slammed her door shut, and locked it.

By the time Lula and I got the door unlocked Ginny had climbed out her bedroom window and was standing on a two-­foot-­wide ledge. So here I was, in a soaking wet shirt, trying to talk Ginny off the ledge.

“Okay,” I yelled at her. “I’m out of your apartment. That’s what you wanted, right? Go back inside.”

“I don’t want to go to jail.”

“It’s not that bad,” Lula told her. “They let you watch ­television in the dayroom, and you’ll make new friends.”

“I’d rather die,” Ginny said. “I’m going to jump.”

“Yeah, but you’re only on the third floor,” Lula said. “You’ll just break a bunch of bones. And anyways you never know about these court cases. Sometimes they get dismissed.”

“She cut off her boyfriend’s penis,” I whispered to Lula.

“It could have been justified,” Lula said.

“It was his penis!”

“So probably chances of him dismissing the charges aren’t so good,” Lula said. “Men don’t like when you cut their dick off. I hear it’s real hard to sew a dick back on.

“If you want to die you have to make sure you land on your head,” Lula yelled up to Ginny. “That probably would do it.”

Two Trenton PD squad cars drove up and parked at an angle to the curb. They were followed by a fire truck and an EMS truck.

One of the uniforms from the squad car came over to talk to me.

“What’s going on?”

“She’s FTA,” I told him. “I went to cuff her, and she managed to get away and get out on the ledge.”

A satellite truck from the local television station pulled up behind the fire truck.

“Can you get someone to talk to her? A relative or her ­boyfriend?” the cop asked me.

“Probably not the boyfriend,” I said.

The fire department put a bounce bag on the sidewalk under the window, and a cameraman from the SAT truck started to set up.

“You’re not gonna look photogenic when you hit that bounce bag, what with your short skirt and all,” Lula yelled at Ginny. “You might want to rethink this.”

Joe Morelli sidled up to me. He’s a homicide detective with the Trenton PD. He’s six foot tall with a lot of lean, hard muscle, wavy black hair, and a smile that makes a girl want to take her clothes off. I’ve known Morelli all my life, and lately he’s been my boyfriend.

“Looks like you’ve got a jumper,” Morelli said.

“Vinnie bonded her out, and she went FTA,” I told him. “I was about to cuff her, and she ran for the ledge.”

“What’s her charge?”

“She cut off her boyfriend’s pecker,” Lula said.

This got a grimace out of Morelli and the uniform.

“Maybe you can talk to her,” I said to Morelli.

Morelli had gone from a bad kid to a petty officer in the Navy, and had become a really great cop. He’s smart. He’s ­compassionate. He believes in the law, the American dream, and the inherent goodness of human beings. If you break the law or step on the American dream, he’ll root you out like a wolverine going after a ground squirrel. He has a house, a dog, a toaster, and a level of maturity I suspect I haven’t yet obtained. The men in his family are drunks and womanizers and abusive. Morelli is none of those. He’s movie star ­handsome in a ­Jersey Italian kind of way, and he oozes testosterone. And from the first time he was able to put a sentence together he’s had a ­reputation for being able to talk a woman into doing anything. He got to peek at my cotton Tinker Bell underpants when I was a little kid, and he relieved me of the burden of my ­virginity when I was in high school. It seemed to me that ­sending Morelli up to the third floor to talk a woman off a ledge was a no-­brainer.

“Is she armed?” Morelli asked me.

“I don’t think so.”

“No butcher knives? Paring knives? Box cutters?”

“Didn’t see any.”

He disappeared into the building, and a couple minutes later I saw him at the window. Ginny inched away from him, beyond his grasp. The fire guys moved the bounce bag over to accommodate her. I couldn’t hear what he was saying, but I saw her smile. They talked a little longer, she nodded agreement, and inched back toward him. He reached out for her, and when she tried to take his hand she lost her balance, slipped off the ledge, and plummeted to the ground. She hit the bounce bag with a solid thud and didn’t move. The EMTs immediately ­converged on her.

Everyone watching took a sharp intake of air and went silent, focused on the EMTs. I felt Morelli move in behind me, his hand on my shoulder. And suddenly Ginny sat up.

“I’m okay!” Ginny said. “Wow, that was a rush. I bet I could be a stunt girl in the movies.”

Morelli motioned an EMT over to us.

“Is she going to be okay?” Morelli asked.

“She just had the air knocked out of her. We’ll transport her to St. Francis Hospital to get checked out and then she’ll be released.”

“She’s going to need a police escort,” Morelli said to the ­uniform who was still with us. “When she’s done at St. Francis she gets booked downtown.”

“Boy, for a minute there that was a heart stopper,” Lula said. “I don’t even want to hear anything go thud like that again. That made my stomach feel sick. I need a burger and fries. And then I’m going home on account of my favorite television shows are coming on.” Lula looked over at Morelli and looked back at me. “Do you need me to take you home or are you going with Officer Hottie?”

“I’ll take her home,” Morelli said.

Lula left, and I followed Morelli to his car. “How did you happen to turn up here?”

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Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum Series #22) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
MickeyGirl More than 1 year ago
While I love the Stephanie Plum series, for the last several books, it seems like she is "phoning it it." The length of 190 pages of content (not counting the preview chapter for another book and the early non-content pages) with large font doesn't really justify the price. There were several laugh out loud sequences, but not as many as in her earlier work. Nor is the romance conflict very much developed. I'm still a fan, just disappointed. Hope the next one is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. However, this book felt rushed to me. I was a little disappointed that nothing played out between Stephanie and Ranger. While I enjoy the the craziness that happens during her job, I'm hoping to see more with either of her relationships in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun,fast read. Some of the character quality has dropped a bit compared to her other Stephanie Plum novels. There's a few laughs along the way & the story was entertaining but it still left too many loose ends for me. I felt like she wrote this book when she was tired .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read them all. Yeah I did laugh a few times. Stephanie doesnt have any romance with anyone in this book. Lula though I love her was boring. Same jokes and goofy antics as all the others. I missed the love scenes. I just had to read one more to make sure I wasnt missing anything. Its like reading some of the earlier books in the series again. Please end the series in the next book and we can all move on. Good luck Janet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best thing about the Stephanie Plum books us that the plots are creative and completely wacky. This one has been one of the crazier, more entertaining ones. I can just imagine my own dysfunctional family doing stuff like this. Great job, Janet Evanovich. Keep 'em coming. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I love these characters and Lula was funnier than ever. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After 21, I was worried as it was not her best but 22 is fun exciting and keeps you interested to the end. I love the triangle between Ranger, the cop and Stephanie.DON'T marry them off, you will loose the whole fun of the connection
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad to see that the characters are finally getting more mature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best. The last couple left me underwhelmed, but this one is on point with the stellar storyline and humor from earlier books in the series. It left me eagerly anticipating the next book!
skybluepink More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series. I'm not even sure why I keep up with them anymore. I remember at first I use to count down until the new one was released in November every year. Now I'm like oh yeah it's out ok I'll read it. These books are all the same: Stephanie and Lula try to apprehend people that don't show up for their court date. Of course they suck at it. Stephanie's love life is between Ranger and Morelli. She can never pick. Grandma Mazur need put on a short leash. She's the type of grandmother that embarrasses you like no other. Stephanie always gets cars blown up and needs rescued one way or another. One thing I can count on though with these books...it's a mindless fluff read that's a quick read. I wish the series would end and Stephanie would pick a man already though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm very disappointed. I feel like this was not worth purchasing at all. I'm a big fan of this series but the last couple of books have been bogus. Fool me once, shame on you..fool me twice.. I won't purchase another, with regret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors, and Stephanie is one of my favorite fictional friends! Whenever a new book comes out (no matter which series), family and friends know to leave me be while I close myself in my room and devour it. When I grow up, I want to be just like Grandma Mazur!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
22 books and still Stephanie manages to get herself in a TON of trouble. The best part however, well I can't tell you. I'd ruin the surprise!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Tricky Twenty-Two is the twenty-second book in the popular Stephanie Plum series by American author, Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum, bond enforcement agent, is having only moderate success bringing in skips. But then her hot boyfriend, Joe Morelli, gives her some unwelcome news. Ranger employs her for duty protecting a rich couple at a mortuary viewing, which ends in an undignified scuffle, and some weird packages, both naughty and nice are turning up in Stephanie’s mail. It seems Grandma Mazur has been busy online… This instalment of Plum pursuits includes three murders, fleas, fireworks, a frat house, snakes and freezers filled with grisly finds. Stephanie bakes a cake (by herself!!), gets a big pimple, suffers a bruise on cheek (and several more injuries) and gets a marriage proposal (amongst other, less desirable proposals). Her Ranger-donated Mercedes is destroyed by geese, and the Porsche Macan, by explosives, but Uncle Sandor’s powder blue ’53 Buick remains indestructible. More than one character is considering career change, Stephanie’s mom, Ellen, gets into the action and, while Joe Morelli may be a hottie, his attitude leaves something to be desired in this instalment. A fun read, as always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephaine & Grandma never a disappointment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wgt a great read!!!!Makes you laugh out loud at tomes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read enjoyed this as I have the first 21
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the other reviewers, I have been a loyal reader of this series since the beginning but I'm no longer interested. I have continued to buy the books thinking that the characters will evolve. After all, Stephanie has been a bounty hunter now for a few years, Joe has to want kids but will insist on being married so no more playing around with things, and if any guy ever called me his comic relief, I'd get a clue. By this time she should have gotten wise to being the local joke and gotten it together. I'm embarrassed for this character because she's just so sadly nonchalant about being absolutely nowhere. Fix it please. You're a better writer than this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest Plum stories yet! I actually was laughing out loud. Team Morelli!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Originally I really enjoyed this series of books, but the last few have really gone downhill. Dont waste your money on this book as it was really bad and seemed as if someone else wrote it instead of Janet Evanovich. Time for this series to end!
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
For the past six books or so, I have been contemplating no longer reading this series. I was tired of the love triangle between Stephanie, Morelli and Ranger. The books were just not as funny as they had once been. The new characters were not as crazy as previously, but then again, how can you ever beat exploding stuffed squirrels? The only reason I continued to read them was because I was holding out hope that Janet Evanovich would begin to write the stories I had come to enjoy so much. Although this book is still not completely up to par, it actually made me laugh out loud a few times. These books do not need to be read in order. Evanovich sums up the basics at the beginning of each new book. But if you haven’t read any Stephanie Plum books before (What?!? Have you been living in a cave??), then I would start at the beginning so you can see why so many people love these books. The love triangle seems to be coming to a close, which I am so happy about. Grandma and Lula are as entertaining as ever. I also enjoyed that Vinnie, and Stephanie’s mom got more face time in this book. To actually see her mom in an environment outside of the kitchen was a wonderful change. To me it felt like Evanovich is beginning to put more effort back into the stories, instead of just cranking out another one, knowing the money will follow. I am looking forward to the next book, and hope she can continue this good momentum.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephanie and Lula always keep me laughing. I finish one book and can't wait for the next in the series. Keep them coming Janet!!
Jbjfan More than 1 year ago
One of my fav in the series. So creative and funny and full of everything I love in a funny mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't get enough of the Plum series, I get through them and think how much I can't wait for the next!!! I love to read but am very picky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the whole Stephanie Plum series!! This book did not disappoint!!! I am very upset though that once again, I read the book in 2 days & now I have to wait for what seems like an eternity to read #23!!! I need to slow down & pace myself, but these books are always so good - I can't help it!!!!