|Plot Summary of Ten Big Ones|
St. Martin's, June 2004, 25.95, 320 pp.
Bond Enforcement Agent Stephanie Plum and her sometimes partner Lula are outside the deli-mart trying to decide what to eat when a man wearing a red devil mask runs out of the store. He has a Molotov cocktail that he throws into the store he just robbed but the manager catches it and throws it back bouncing it off the culprit's head into Stephanie's car. The car catches fire and the criminal takes off his mask and Stephanie realizes she can identify him.
Her live in lover Joe Morelli tells her he is associated with the street gang Comstack Street Slayer. Without thinking of the consequences, Stephanie and Lula go into Slayer territory to look for the Red Devil robber when gang members, some of which jump on her car, surround them. She drives away, throwing the gang members into the street and the next thing she knows the Slayers have imported the hitman Junkman to take her and a few other people out. Stephanie comes up with a plan to find out who is on the Junkman's hit list and why but she is still in danger with Joe and Ranger, the sexy bounty hunter who is Joe's rival doing their best to protect a woman who needs her freedom.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter who witnesses a robbery, and the robber sees her and decides to go after her. She continues to hunt him against the advice of her boyfriend and colleague, and along the way destroys several vehicles and puts herself in danger. "
liz doran, Resident Scholar
|"Stephanie Plum, an inept bounty hunter who manages to survive on luck and connections alone, is back and in more trouble than ever before. Stephanie witnesses a robbery and is the only person capable of identifying the person who did it. While attempting to do her job and find the person responsible for the robbery, Stephanie becomes the target of a gang. In order to stay alive, she has to go into hiding, but she can't afford not to do her job. Morelli, Stephanie's cop boyfriend, wants her to stay safe and not leave the house, and her actions, not to mention her strange relationship with the mysterious Ranger (another much better bounty hunter), puts their relationship in a rocky situation. Stephanie has to resolve things with the gang before they find and kill her, something which looks harder and harder as the number of the gang's kills mounts."
Melissa Cookson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ten Big Ones|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 23.3%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- breaking up gang
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- bounty hunter
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
- Smarter than most other characters
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
Motive of antagonist
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
Part of a series?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog