Metro Girl Low Price Ed Mass Market Paperback – 26 Dec 2012
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More beguiling criminal diversion from the ever-dependable Janet Evanovich, Metro Girl may not introduce any new elements into the quirky Evanovich universe, but fans wont give a damn--all the usual fingerprints are well in evidence. Previously, her carefully numbered Stephanie Plum novels offered real delight for those who could get past the arch name of the heroine, and her brilliantly drawn New Jersey settings were counterbalanced by machine-tooled plotting and a cherishable sardonic wit.
Metro Girl has a slew of unlikely elements stirred into a heady brew: treasures sunk beneath the ocean, bloody murder and (believe it or not) a highly sensuous stock car racer. The unreliable Wild Bill Barnaby has vanished, and his not-to-be-messed with sister Alex makes her way to Miami to track him down. Alex fights to keep body and soul together in the sultry climate, as both unmanageable coiffure and vicious thugs threaten her equilibrium. She discovers that Bill unwisely appropriated the yacht of the formidable Sam Hooker, and Sam realises that keeping close to Alex may lead him to Bill, with a little score-settling on the menu. Soon, both are heading into dangerous waters (both literally and figuratively) with Cuban gold and leftovers from the Cuban missile crisis making things very hot for the protagonists.
Alex is one hell of a heroine, and the perfect conduit for the reader through the unlikely (but strangely plausible) narrative. Youve heard books described as a wild ride before--this is one time where that description really fits the bill. Get your ticket and climb aboard--and dont forget your hairspray.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Janet Evanovich:
‘Hilarious reading, with a gorgeous fistful of believable and only occasionally murderous eccentrics’ Mail on Sunday
‘Evanovich’s comic surrealism is in the same league as Carl Hiaasen’s’ Marcel Berlins, The Times
‘Janet Evanovich’s name raises expectations of a laughaloud story… an entertaining frolic’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Punchy, saucy and stacks of fun’ Mirror
‘The pace never flags, the humour is grandly surreal and the dialogue fairly sizzles off the page’ Irish Times--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I appreciate good literature but I'm not going to deny that after a tiring week's work there can be a place for a simple amusing read like this. I recommend it for a pleasant wind-down of an evening (glass of chilled Chardonnay a must).
My friend had never read any other of the Evanovich books, Plum series, etc and she wondered why I raved about the first Plums.
I can't even imagine Evanovich fans would enjoy this. If are thinking about reading any of Janet Evanovich books, don't read this one, it is by far her worst. Try One for the Money or Two for the Dough.
Metro Girl is absolutely pathetic. I still can't believe Evanovich wrote it herself. If so, she has gone downhill very fast.
If you like the Stephanie Plum series, as I do, you will probably be disappointed with this book. If Evanovich was not already a household name, I am sure no publisher would have touched Metro Girl with a barge pole. It is embarrassingly bad.
The plot is ridiculous, but unfortunately it is not redeemed by the characters. Evanovich has tried to make them funny by adding some good one liners, and this is the only reason I give it a star at all. In truth the central characters are two dimensional, annoying in the extreme and the reader really couldn't care if they survive or not. I found it very hard to finish the book and it was only because I was stuck on a plane and had nothing else to read, but it was hard work. Every previous Evanovich book, I have not been able to put down.
Nascar man is beyond awful. I grimaced at every one of his lines. Where has the author been since 1970? Do men like that still exist? If so, who wants to read about them? Alex is the sort of person, you would cross the road to avoid. Tarty dresser, candyfloss hair, and is definitely quite a few pickets short of a fence. I couldn't think of a heroine I would least like to be or know than Alex.
There are too many characters in the book, and none are well developed. Janet Evanovich must be in her sixties by now, and trying to write from the viewpoint of 20-30 year old woman no longer works. I'm 34 and it is certainly not aimed at my age group, perhaps Metro Girl is a fantasy novel for old age pensioners/senior citizens.Read more ›
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I am a huge fan of Stephanie Plum, having found her only 2 months ago, i have now read all 16 books & loved them. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2010 by Ap Nj Dorrall
The reviews are quite negative, but I am a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series and really liked this one aswell!Published on 11 Oct. 2008 by Diela
i feel that some of the reviews here a little severe. ok so its not going to win the greatest literature award but for what it is, that is a funny, silly adventure romance comedy i... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2007 by Lindymck
I think some of the reviews on here are a little harsh to say the least. Ok, it'll never make the halls of must reads, but if you want something undemanding to read this is ok,... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2006 by Yorkshire Lass
Janet Evanovich promises much but delivers little in this hotchpotch of plots, childish dialogue and unappealing characters.
I feel cheated that I spent my money on this. Read more
If you are thinking of buying this book - DON'T. It is so bad, you will be laughed at by booksellers the world over when you take it up the counter. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2006 by Laurie