Our favorite bounty hunter once again takes on what is supposed to be an easy FTA (Failure To Appear), but nothing in Stephanie Plum's life is easy. The sleazy boyfriend of her FTA offers her an extra payment if she helps him. His name is Eddie Kuntz -- I kid you not with that name.
She also has new competition - Joyce Barnhardt - the same woman she found "bare-assed " on her dining room table playing "hide-the-salami" with her ex-husband. Fortunately, Joyce isn't her romantic competition. Instead, Joyce has also been hired to apprehend the same FTA as Stephanie. GIRL FIGHT!!!
Her car is blown up, her apartment is fire bombed, and she gets shot at. Still, things are looking up for Stephanie Plum. I won't give away any more than that.
I'm not sure if this is the best FTA mystery she gets wrapped up in, but we get to see a whole lot of Joe Morelli. Oh boy, do we ever! *sigh* Then again, no matter how good the twists and turns of the FTA mystery was, for me it was only a distraction from the Morelli action.
Evanovich doesn't disappoint as she gives us some great one-liners, from Stephanie, Grandma Mazur and Morelli. Also, Stephanie takes a few trips down the shore to Point Pleasant. As always, she makes me proud to be a Jersey girl:
"And the best part is the smell. I've been told there are places where the ocean smells wild and briny. In Jersey the ocean smells of coconut-scented suntan lotion and Italian sausage smothered in fried onions and peppers. It smells like deep-fried zeppoles and chili hot dogs. The scent is intoxicating and exotic as it expands in the heat rising from crowds of sun-baked bodies strolling on the boardwalk."
Welcome to Point Pleasant. She nailed it.
About the Book:
Four To Score (Stephanie Plum, No. 4) by Janet Evanovich
Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1998 edition (July 1, 1998)
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