My Thoughts On High Five

This past Saturday I managed to complete my reading of Janet Evanovich’s High FiveHigh Five is the fifth book in her Stephanie Plum series.  High Five is the final book I needed to read as part of an agreement with my sister for her to read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with my brother and I.  I checked out the hard cover version of the book from the library, and here’s what the inside jacket says:

Bail jumping in Trenton is down to small potatoes.  Stephanie’s only open case is a small bond for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie’s frustration level in big ways.  So, short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan – diversify!  Signing on as an intern with entrepreneurial Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger’s mostly morally correct and marginally legal operations.

None of this makes vice cop Joe Morelli a happy man.  The cop in him can’t help but wonder as to the source of Stephanie’s expensive new car.  And the rest of him, the man who’s been friend and lover to Stephanie, can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the partnership than meets the eye.

The internship is downgraded to second priority when Uncle Fred goes missing.  Even though Grandma Mazur is sure he was abducted by aliens, Stephanie sets out to look for Fred.  He’s a perfectly average senior citizen, and he’s disappeared without a trace while running errands.  he’s left his ten-year-old Pontiac station wagon locked up nice and neat in the Grand Union parking lot, the cleaning is carefully arranged in the backseat, and his wife is at home, waiting for him to return with the bread and the milk and the olive-loaf bologna.  Locked in the top drawer of his desk are photos of a body, dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag.  And locked away in the computer files of another average citizen are the clues that will lead Stephanie to Fred.

Criminally original and stone brilliant, this Intermediate Bounty Hunting Survival Manual is blockbuster entertainment.

I didn’t find High Five to be as good as Four To Score.  While there were some entertaining portions of the story, it just didn’t seem as high paced as the previous installments.  While I enjoyed learning more about Ranger, Stephanie seemed more clueless than ever, even more so than in the previous novels.  I’m just disappointed that her skills seem to be not improving at all.  She’s also getting closer to getting killed herself.

I did like the fact that High Five did end with a cliffhanger, which almost tempts me to read the sixth book of the series.  We’ll see though.  But for now, I’m going to take a break from the world of Stephanie Plum.


About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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