Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich ****

Ostensibly about a successful bank heist with one of the gang jailed and everyone scrambling to get the loot for themselves, Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich is reminiscent of the movie A Fish Called Wanda. Beyond the plot similarities, both stories use the plot as an excuse to introduce a stream of quirky characters, throw them into improbable situations, and watch them interact.

The book includes an aging pop star in her sixties, but refusing to act her age, a feisty, video gaming grandma, a psychic stalker, a muscular detective baffled by his girlfriend who informed him one morning that he had proposed and they were to be married next month. Potato guns, pizzas, an edible underwear all play a role in this story of fun and folly.

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