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#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.

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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.

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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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L. Burns
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Tricky? Sorry folks - Ms. Plum doesn''t have any new tricks up her sleeve
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2016
“There’s a difference between having maturity and being mature. I’m not ready to be mature. I don’t want to see the AARP magazine stuffed in my mailbox.” –Joe Morelli (pg. 207) Oh Joe honey, I hear ya. It’s a sad day when the AARP magazine replaces Cosmo in... See more
“There’s a difference between having maturity and being mature. I’m not ready to be mature. I don’t want to see the AARP magazine stuffed in my mailbox.” –Joe Morelli (pg. 207)

Oh Joe honey, I hear ya. It’s a sad day when the AARP magazine replaces Cosmo in your mailbox – trust me, I know. But here’s the thing…you and Stephanie have been going around in circles since 1994. Now I know that time moves at a different pace in the land of Plum, but even so you two haven’t made much progress since High School, and before you know it you’ll be staring at a 40 year old man in the mirror. Isn’t it about time you grew up just the teeniest bit?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Plum series then “Tricky Twenty-Two” will feel eerily familiar. And that’s because it just more of the same. Same cars getting annihilated, same break-up then make-up tango with Morelli, same platonic sleep-overs at Ranger’s place, same Lula scarfing down fried food. There’s absolutely nothing new here, even the big zit on Stephanie’s chin has made an encore appearance.

So why do I keep reading these books? Good question, and one I ask myself every single time I finish a Plum novel. I think it’s a combination of hope and nostalgia. Nostalgia for a series that I adored way back in the day and hope that I’ll catch a glimpse of the magic that made the early books so special. Alas, my hopes were dashed with this one; no magic to speak of here, but it did bring back memories (mostly because the plot was recycled).

I’m going for three stars with this one – it was ‘OK’ for what it is. Keep your expectations low and you won’t be disappointed.
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KaraTop Contributor: Coloring
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This is the End for me...
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2018
Sorry, this is where I have to step off. The issue with the series is that it takes a long-running comic strip approach to the characters, but what works for Garfield (who also hasn''t changed much in 40 years) can only make it so long in a novel format. (And honestly, even... See more
Sorry, this is where I have to step off. The issue with the series is that it takes a long-running comic strip approach to the characters, but what works for Garfield (who also hasn''t changed much in 40 years) can only make it so long in a novel format. (And honestly, even Arbuckle eventually got a girlfriend!)
It''s a little tricky, since the author doesn''t let the characters age, and uses a similar formula book after book plotwise, to provide any maturing of the character. There were already around 20 or so of these when I started reading, so I made it through the first fairly fast and while the formula was noticeable, I didn''t really pick up on the lack of character development until I had to wait for the next installments, and now I get what previous long-time fans have said about the character issues. I don''t really see a way to fix this, since it seems intrinsic to the book series, so I''m leaving while I still have fond memories of finding out what happened to the car this time...sorry Trenton
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E.P. Clark
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
More of the Same, But Still Laugh-Out-Loud Funny
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2018
Stephanie Plum, the world''s worst bounty hunter, rides again. This times she goes back to college, to untangle a plot involving a misbehaving frat, an obsessed dean, and a crazy professor. Plus some of Trenton''s finest businessmen are getting whacked (so what else is new),... See more
Stephanie Plum, the world''s worst bounty hunter, rides again. This times she goes back to college, to untangle a plot involving a misbehaving frat, an obsessed dean, and a crazy professor. Plus some of Trenton''s finest businessmen are getting whacked (so what else is new), Ranger is being his usual inaccessible self, and Joe Morelli, Stephanie''s cop boyfriend, has the runs so bad he decides it''s time for them to take a break.

I''ve been a huge--HUGE--fan of the Stephanie Plum novels for years, but as often happens with a long-running series, I have mixed feelings about the later books. "Tricky Twenty-Two" is still laugh-out-loud funny, with plenty of slapstick, mainly involving Stephanie and Lula''s failed attempts at apprehending FTAs, but Evanovich has been milking this series for 20 years now, and there''s only so many ways Stephanie can trip over garbage cans while trying to cuff a rapist. And while the final confrontation with the bad guy is reasonably exciting, we know that Ranger is going to find her just in the nick of time because it''s already happened 21 times before. And as an academic I have to say that her caricature of academia is...well, it''s not that far off, to be perfectly honest, but it''s still a caricature written from the outside.

On the other hand, like I said, there are still a number of scenes that made me laugh out loud, which is more than I can say for the vast majority of other books I''ve read recently, including the ones supposed to be funny. And while certain members of the ultra-PC crowd (a crowd I am nominally a part of, so don''t think I''m saying this to dump on them) may find the story about a cute working-class white girl, her loudmouthed black sidekick , and her macho male protectors to be a bit...what''s that word...oh yes, how could I forget, *problematic,* the fact is that Evanovich tackles issues of race, class, and sexual objectification and harassment in a straight-on yet entertaining way that more sensitive and "woke" authors can rarely manage.

If you''ve never read any of the Stephanie Plum books, I highly recommend starting with 1995''s "One For the Money," which is a classic for a reason and combines Evanovich''s trademark slapstick with some genuinely edgy stuff. The later books have veered increasingly into slapstick territory and out of that edgy zone that truly good detective novels need to occupy (in my humble opinion), but they''re still more entertaining than 90% of what''s out there, so if you''re a Plum fan and you''re jonesing for a fix, this book will probably set you up for a little while.
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Emilia Taneva
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Different setting, same great comedy
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2021
Love all the Stephanie Plum novels in Janet Evanovich''s excellent cozy mystery series, but this one struck me as having a little bit of a Scooby Doo vibe...maybe it was just the age group of some of the suspects and their setting (a college frat), but even without the... See more
Love all the Stephanie Plum novels in Janet Evanovich''s excellent cozy mystery series, but this one struck me as having a little bit of a Scooby Doo vibe...maybe it was just the age group of some of the suspects and their setting (a college frat), but even without the costumed (not-so) supernatural element, I couldn''t get the meddling kids phrase out of my head. I don''t think that will bother most readers (it didn''t bother me), and as always I enjoyed the bumbling and exploits of titular character Stephanie Plum, professional (sort of) bounty hunter. This one was a little bit of a departure from the usual setting of lowball characters (mafia bosses, used car salesmen, etc.) but still hilarious and enjoyable.
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isoinfo
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Total rip off. It''s not the book, it''s ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2016
Total rip off. It''s not the book, it''s a jerk writing a one page summary of each chapter and then selling it with the title, claiming it''s a novel and taking the cash. AVOID J MORGAN!
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Ligtstar
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Always an Enjoyable Read With Some Laugh Out Loud Moments
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2016
This book got off to a slow start. I still enjoy the characters but it seemed to take awhile for them to hit their stride in this book. Overall the book was better than the past few because once it got going there were surprises and twists and at the end I was... See more
This book got off to a slow start. I still enjoy the characters but it seemed to take awhile for them to hit their stride in this book.

Overall the book was better than the past few because once it got going there were surprises and twists and at the end I was roaring with laughter. That is what I expect out of a Stephanie Plum story.

However, if you are a fan of facts and continuity, this book was seriously lacking. Descriptions of locations from earlier in the series, do not match the descriptions given in this book. That is what lowered the star rating. But if you could care less if the office is 5 stories or ten stories and can just go with the flow, the story is a good light read.

I think the story could have been improved with a bit more Ranger with just a few more words and a bit more action. He played a rather small part in this story and if you read "Babe" once, you have about read his part.

The geese were a nice twist that I did not see coming. It is those twists that keep me coming back to this series.

I loved that the characters grew a bit in this book and we got to see some other sides of them. I cheered when Stephanie''s mother joined the action because she is usually a background character. So, I hope the next book will see more growth and show more of the humor that makes this series a fun read.

I do hope a better editor is employed in future stories to check facts and continuity to bring the quality of the books up.
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Kindle Customer
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Little Action
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2015
I think it is time to sign off with this author. No tension and not much action almost as if the author has gotten tired of the characters. Come on Janet, pick up the pace and add some action to the stories!
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Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Another amusing story in the life of Skip Tracer Stephanie Plumb!
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2016
Morelli tells her he is thinking of changing vocations. Steph decides it would be a good idea for her to change careers as well. Just one big score and she can fix her dilapidated car. Trouble is the only big money skip is a BIG person and a rapist who probably eats his... See more
Morelli tells her he is thinking of changing vocations. Steph decides it would be a good idea for her to change careers as well. Just one big score and she can fix her dilapidated car. Trouble is the only big money skip is a BIG person and a rapist who probably eats his victims after. When even the small ones give her and Lula trouble how are they going to nab a big guy with a big price tag? Also, someone is killing people who seem to be connected to one of her small skips. A college student arrested for breaking and entering and bodily harm. Ranger is tasked with protecting the partner of the last victim and enlists Stephanie to be his "date" for the wake. A wake means Grandma will be around to liven things up! Looks like mother will be doing a lot of ironing!
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Boingboing
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Stephanie''s at it again.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 2, 2017
It''s a fair bet that if you''re reading book 22 in a series, you''ve got a pretty good idea what to expect. To be honest, all the Stephanie Plum books are pretty interchangeable. You don''t really need to have read any of the others because (sorry) they''re kind of all the...See more
It''s a fair bet that if you''re reading book 22 in a series, you''ve got a pretty good idea what to expect. To be honest, all the Stephanie Plum books are pretty interchangeable. You don''t really need to have read any of the others because (sorry) they''re kind of all the same. And that''s just fine with me. Just as people go back time and time again to their favourite restaurant or rewatch Dirty Dancing a hundred times, there''s something really comforting about reading Stephanie Plum adventures. You know she''ll never get too badly hurt, she''ll never make a decision about her love life, she''ll destroy a lot of cars, eat a lot of mum''s cooking and grandma will randomly shoot up a few scenes. But that''s all par for the course. I found this one better than the last couple. Things are evolving a bit when I look back to the early days. She''s got a mobile phone, GPS trackers, a taser, and Grandma''s doing online dating. What more could you need. And how old is that poor hamster after 22 books?
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Dee
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I love Janet Evanovich, but.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2016
If you have got to number 22 then your a die hard fan like me. So it pains me to say that it was more of the same as in previous books. I kept turning the pages waiting for something different to happen, for exciting twists and turns or even a steamy scene with Ranger, but...See more
If you have got to number 22 then your a die hard fan like me. So it pains me to say that it was more of the same as in previous books. I kept turning the pages waiting for something different to happen, for exciting twists and turns or even a steamy scene with Ranger, but it didn''t happen. Now, not only have I loved all of the 22 books in the series but so have both of my daughters and we all own our own collection. Some are stronger than others it''s fair to say. I can forgive the long life of her hamster, or how no one ages, even the predictable job where you know she will be out and bounty hunting with Lula, but after 22 books it would have been exciting to see maybe a new character or a bounty that took us to a different state or country even. But it didn''t, it just gave more of the same safe format that has been used for the past 6-8 books. Iv given it 4* because despite the disappointment it''s still a great read of characters iv grown to love over the years. I won''t give up, nor will other fans I''m sure. But don''t expect too much of this, just enjoy it because you love the others and will read the new books with fondness.
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Mr. Stephen F. Male
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Another Great Story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2019
There is no one quite like Janet Evanovich and her book about Stephanie Plum and co are a delight. If you are looking for a few hours of escapist fun then read this book. If you want more than a few hours then read th e series, they''re all superb.
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Bookworm Karen 📚!!
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Hilarious!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2016
I love Stephanie Plum books they always make you smile, if you''re having a bad day it''s perfect to read all the shenanigans and bad luck that is always following her. I really recommend these books because it is not just one person, its about her family and friends too, you...See more
I love Stephanie Plum books they always make you smile, if you''re having a bad day it''s perfect to read all the shenanigans and bad luck that is always following her. I really recommend these books because it is not just one person, its about her family and friends too, you get to know them and you enjoy finding out what is happening to them all.
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lucy green
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Am starting to get annoyed now with the pretense that no one seems to ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2016
It was okay, a bit samey and the jokes aren''t as laugh out loud as they once were. Am starting to get annoyed now with the pretense that no one seems to actually age at all, or want to grow up. I am however liking the Wicked series because I see that these can only be seven...See more
It was okay, a bit samey and the jokes aren''t as laugh out loud as they once were. Am starting to get annoyed now with the pretense that no one seems to actually age at all, or want to grow up. I am however liking the Wicked series because I see that these can only be seven long, it''s good to know when to finish on a high
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