#1 "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she'll pull it all off: top secret.
Trenton, New Jersey's favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he's out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city's hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer's whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn't want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti's bookkeeper and knows all his boss's dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti's list of people to put six feet under.
To top things off, Ranger--resident security expert and Stephanie's greatest temptation--has been the target of an assassination plot. He's dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he'll have to enlist Stephanie's help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly "untrained" assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day's work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur's wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli's Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what's number one on the list--but that's "top secret."
Praise for "Top Secret Twenty-One"
"The combination of biting dialogue, outrageous characters and intense story lines are consistent throughout. And Janet Evanovich] novels are the true definition of a guilty pleasure."--Associated Press
"Evanovich doesn't disappoint. . . . She] weaves setting, family, romance and crime to pull the plot of "Top Secret Twenty-One" forward."--"Bookreporter"
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About the Author
Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including "One for the Money" and "Sizzling Sixteen", and the Diesel & Tucker series, including "Wicked Appetite". Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn't have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, "When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency." But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet's favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.
LORELEI KING has recorded over 200 audiobooks, including several titles from Janet Evanovich's bestselling Stephanie Plum series and Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series. Her many awards include the 2008 Audie Award for Female Solo Narration for "Tallgrass" by Sandra Dallas, the Radio Times performer of the Year for "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood, and "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for "Eleven on Top" and "Twelve Sharp, " both by Janet Evanovich. "AudioFile" also deemed her one of the "Best Voices of 2008."
King's screen credits include "Notting Hill, House of Mirth", and "Cold Feet", among others. She has appeared as regular and recurring characters in popular British television shows such as "Chef, Cold Feet", Alistair McGowan's "Big Impression, Emmerdale, " and the saucy "Mile High". King now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.