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Ten Big Ones [Hardcover]

Janet Evanovich
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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21 Jun 2004
It begins as an innocent trip to the deli-mart, on a quest for nachos. But Stephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum...except that she becomes the target of a gang. And the target of an even scarier, more dangerous force that comes to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysteriously than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), Stephanie finds herself with a decision to make: how to protect herself and where to hide while on the hunt for a killer known as the Junkman. With Lula riding shotgun and Grandma Mazur on the loose, Stephanie Plum is racing against the clock in her most suspenseful novel yet. Ten Big Ones is page-turning entertainment and Janet Evanovich is the best there is.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (21 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755302486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755302482
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award.
She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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Amazon Review

The latest of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum adventures, Ten Big Ones places New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie in rather more jeopardy than usual. She has inconvenienced a local street gang and finds herself with a price on her head; the contract killer known as the Junkman has a taste for torture as well as murder, and she is the last victim on his list. As usual, she finds herself caught between her regular boyfriend, cop Morelli, and the dangerous and charming Ranger; as usual, the main plot goes on in the intervals between her regular rounds of catching up with bail defaulters and delivering them to court, and her involvement with her eccentric Hungarian and Italian relatives.

There are few surprises here--Janet Evanovich is good and funny on the subtle variations in New Jersey's suburbs and the differences between good and bad neighbourhoods, and she has always had the knack of constructing knockabout scenes of slapstick and farce. If at times she drifts towards the formulaic and stale, this is only really evident in retrospect. As one reads the book, she is as entertaining as always. --Roz Kaveney

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'The familiar mix of screwball dialogue and oddball secondary characters still retains terrific vitality' The Sunday Times, 27/6/04 (The Sunday Times)

'Look out for Sally the swearing tranny who drives the school bus. She's a star - and so is Evanovich' Mirror (4 starred review), 19/6/04 (Mirror (4 starred review))

'Janet Evanovich's series is as addictive as corn chips - and, 10 books in, not losing any of its salty crunch' Who Weekly, Australia, 12/7/04 (Who Weekly, Australia)

'Reads like the screen-play for a 1930s screwball comedy: fast, funny and furious... The rollicking plot...keeps the reader breathless' Publishers Weekly, 7/6/04 (Publishers Weekly)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent effort. 6 July 2004
Format:Hardcover
Ten Big Ones, the tenth novel in the Stephanie Plum series , is yet another funny, action packed and fast paced ride on the wild side.Unfortunately Ten Big Ones does not measure up to earlier efforts by Janet Evanovich, and in my opinion it is too short and even though the ending is very interesting, it seemed awfully rushed to me.Ranger, the best character in the Plum novels, is not in the book for close to 150 pages whereas Lula and Stephanie are left to carry the story along.The villains are good and Morelli is coming on nicely but Ten Big Ones is not a great novel.Hard Eight, in my estimation the best Stephanie Plum novel to date has all the elements Ten Big Ones is lacking;Lots of Ranger, mysterious plotlines and not stupid forced laughs, bundles of Albert Kloughn and the characters each get a fair share of the narrative.Ten Big Ones is a funny, light read but isn't the best Plum novel.I hope Metro Girl, the new Evanovich franchise will be more exciting than Ten Big Ones...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Something. 10 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Although "Ten Big Ones" is an entertaining enough light read, it is not nearly as good as the other books in the series. One of the pleasures of the Stephanie Plum series, is that you know exactly what to expect when you start reading one. Although all the usual characters are there, it doesn`t have as many laughs as the other books, and at the end left me thinking, "Is that it." I would still recommend fans to read it, but I do wonder how much longer the series can continue, especially to keep to the standard of the first nine books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Plum! 30 Jun 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
After finding "To the Nines" to be an almost perfect Plum, I was wondering how Ms. Evanovich could hope to match that wonderful book. You may recall that I found the mystery of "To the Nines" a little too easy to solve in the last 60 pages. I am delighted to report that Ms. Evanovich has written a perfect Plum this time. What an accomplishment!
To be this good, Ms. Evanovich must have gone back and examined every review she has ever received . . . and looked for ways to improve her writing.
Ten Big Ones has generous doses of all your favorite characters form the earlier books including Grandma Mazur, Lula, Morelli, Ranger, Connie, Valerie, Albert Kloughn, her Mom and Dad, and Sally Sweet . . . along with delightful cameos by such stalwarts as Vinnie Plum, the usual eye-rolling members of the Trenton PD, and Ranger's crew.
Ten Big Ones has more bounty hunts in it than ever before, and Stephanie plays a more complete role in trying to solve everyone's problems . . . not just bring in a felon for a body receipt.
Cars play a big role. There's romance. There's action. There's threat. There's family drama. It's marvelous!
Unlike other books in the series, you could begin with this one and still understand what is going on with few problems. The opening has a wonderful reintroduction of Stephanie and her life. But this book is so good, it will spoil you for the others. So please go back and start with One for the Money if you haven't read the others.
This book builds around being in the wrong place at the wrong time . . . and lets events develop from there.
Unlike many of the other books in the series, this one seems to have a more serious theme: What is the correct role for a single woman in a dangerous, demanding society?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Plum! 30 Jun 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
After finding "To the Nines" to be an almost perfect Plum, I was wondering how Ms. Evanovich could hope to match that wonderful book. You may recall that I found the mystery of "To the Nines" a little too easy to solve in the last 60 pages. I am delighted to report that Ms. Evanovich has written a perfect Plum this time. What an accomplishment!
To be this good, Ms. Evanovich must have gone back and examined every review she has ever received . . . and looked for ways to improve her writing.
Ten Big Ones has generous doses of all your favorite characters form the earlier books including Grandma Mazur, Lula, Morelli, Ranger, Connie, Valerie, Albert Kloughn, her Mom and Dad, and Sally Sweet . . . along with delightful cameos by such stalwarts as Vinnie Plum, the usual eye-rolling members of the Trenton PD, and Ranger's crew.
Ten Big Ones has more bounty hunts in it than ever before, and Stephanie plays a more complete role in trying to solve everyone's problems . . . not just bring in a felon for a body receipt.
Cars play a big role. There's romance. There's action. There's threat. There's family drama. It's marvelous!
Unlike other books in the series, you could begin with this one and still understand what is going on with few problems. The opening has a wonderful reintroduction of Stephanie and her life. But this book is so good, it will spoil you for the others. So please go back and start with One for the Money if you haven't read the others.
This book builds around being in the wrong place at the wrong time . . . and lets events develop from there.
Unlike many of the other books in the series, this one seems to have a more serious theme: What is the correct role for a single woman in a dangerous, demanding society?
Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars another fun book
If you love the Stephanie Plum series, this will not disappoint.....full of the usual trials and tribulations of our heroine, explosions, chases, misunderstandings, and a laugh a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by CN2013
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Stephanie Plum
Stephanie Plum is just the greatest bounty hunter she is so funny and often seems in too deep but still gets the job done
Published 10 months ago by Karen Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Janet Evanovich
I have read all the current novels in this series and can recommend them all without reserve. Try one and see for yourself
Published 11 months ago by Ameurta
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it and am addicted to the Plum series.
I love it and am addicted to the Plum series. It is the only set of books I laugh out loud at.
Published 12 months ago by Maureen Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun
I love the Stephanie Plum series, I love anything that can make me giggle and laugh out loud. JE really got it right wuth Plum, I hope there will be more, so far, none of them have... Read more
Published 19 months ago by oma
4.0 out of 5 stars A Plum treat
I'm new to the work of Janet Evanovich and her creation, erstwhile and accident-prone bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, but on the strength of this book, I'll keep an eye on the... Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by A. Chell
5.0 out of 5 stars Flipping A
This is my first Stephanie Plum book and I LOVE it. It is funny but exciting, and the characters are simply fantastic. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by H. B. Hosegoood
3.0 out of 5 stars A distraction
Its' a light read. Thats it nothing more. I'm re reading them all and advise you to stop at 6. I love Morelli and Ranger but by now they need a change of story line direction. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
All the Stephanie Plum series are great fun to read,Stephanie is a bounty hunter always in trouble and helped out by her Cop boyfriend or the mysterious Ranger A great read for any... Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by joan
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Plum laughs again
It is a while since I read the last one of the Stephanie Plum series and it lived up to the laughs I remembered. Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by M. Ballantyne
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