Seven-up

Seven-up

Book - 2001
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Semiretired mob guy Eddie DeCooch is caught trafficking contraband cigarettes through Trenton, New Jersey. When DeCooch fails to show for a court appearance, bond enforcement agent Stephanie Plum is assigned the task of finding him and dragging his decrepit ass back to jail. Not such an easy job, it turns out, since DeCooch has learned a lot of tricks over the years and isn't afraid to use his gun. He's already shot Loretta Ricci, an innocent old lady, and left her for worm food in his shed.He wouldn't mind shooting Stephanie next.

Likeable losers (and Steph's former high school classmates) Walter "MoonMan" Dunphy and Dougie "The Dealer" Kruper have inadvertently become involved with DeCooch. They've gotten sucked into an operation that is much more than simple cigarette smuggling and holds risks far greater than anyone could have imagined.

When Dougie disappears, Steph goes into search mode. When Mooner disappears, she calls in the heavy artillery and asks master bounty hunter Ranger for help. Ranger's price for the job? One night with Stephanie, dusk to dawn. Not information she's want to share with her sometime live-in roommate, vice cop Joe Morelli,

A typical dilemma in the world of Plum.

And on the homefront, Stephanie's "perfect" sister, Valerie, has decided to move back to Trenton, bringing her two kids from hell with her. Grandma Mazur is asking questions about being a lesbian, and Bob, the bulimic dog, is eating everything in sight--including the furniture.

Mud wrestling, motorcycles, fast cars, fast food, and fast men. It's Seven Up . Absolutely Janet Evanovich at her very best.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312980146
9780312265847
0312265840
0312980140
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 25 cm

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Love the Moonman, hate the wedding talk
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Seven Up (published by St. Martin's Press, 2010, ISBN: B0017POSDC, series: Plum (7)) is the seventh outing in the Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, series. This time she's after an old mobster who kills people and is dating her grandmother.
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WHAT I LIKED:
As with many of the Plum stories, it is often the secondary characters that add spice and liveliness to the story. DeChooch, the old and inept mobster, is a hoot and we get to see a lot more interactions with Moonman. There are so many cute scenes -- like when she finds a bunch of stolen merchandise in a bedroom, asks for an explanation, and ends up buying a toaster. Oh and there's a little thing about planning a wedding.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The basic premise of why everyone is looking for DeChooch is a bit far-fetched, but whatever. In addition, the arrival of sister Valerie with two kids in tow adds little to the story. And don't get me started on the kidnapping of Grandma.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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shelbysmom1996
Jun 21, 2016

mud wrestling was probably never so much fun!

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bebebe
Nov 19, 2014

Love Lula!!!!!!!!!!!

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marciemcgowan63
Jun 01, 2013

As always lots of fun. I always laugh out loud when I read a Stephanie Plum adventrue.

lfranz Jul 13, 2012

Great fun mystery read - enjoy the family as much as the bounty hunter adventure

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Clovershade
Aug 27, 2011

Great read and loads of fun as usual Stephanie Plum is up to ears in disaster. I don't normally enjoy mystery or crime novels but these make me laugh out loud!!

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cozmolicious
Jun 28, 2011

Hey if you are waiting for a copy of this book....there are a bunch available in the large print edition.

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Cabby
Nov 29, 2007

She is a great author. Very funny and I love the characters.

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marciemcgowan63
Jun 13, 2013

I KNEW SOMETHING bad was going to happen when
Vinnie called me into his private office. Vinnie is my boss
and my cousin. I read on a bathroom stall door once that
Vinnie humps like a ferret. I’m not sure what that means,
but it seems reasonable since Vinnie looks like a ferret. His
ruby pinky ring reminded me of treasures found in Seaside
Park arcade claw-machines. He was wearing a black shirt
and black tie, his receding black hair was slicked back, casino pit boss–style. His facial expression was tuned to not
happy

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