Top Secret Twenty-One

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Don’t miss Janet Evanovich’s short story “Pros and Cons” in the back of the book.

Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.
To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.

Praise for Top Secret Twenty-One
“The combination of biting dialogue, outrageous characters and intense story lines are consistent throughout. And [Janet Evanovich] novels are the true definition of a guilty pleasure.”—Associated Press
“Evanovich doesn’t disappoint. . . . [She] weaves setting, family, romance and crime to pull the plot of Top Secret Twenty-One forward.”Bookreporter

Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich Summary

Janet Evanovich (born Janet Schneider; April 22, 1943) is an American writer. She began her career writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name Steffie Hall, but gained fame authoring a series of contemporary mysteries featuring Stephanie Plum, a former lingerie buyer from Trenton, New Jersey, who becomes a bounty hunter to make ends meet after losing her job. The novels in this series have been on The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller lists. Evanovich has had her last seventeen Plums debut at #1 on the NY Times Best Sellers list and eleven of them have hit #1 on USA Today Best-Selling Books list. She has over two hundred million books in print worldwide and is translated into over 40 languages...

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Top Secret Twenty One5 star

Great book, Janet Evanovich never lets you down. Fun, easy read, enjoyable I love finding out what's happening next with Grandma Mazur, I find myself laughing out loud at her antics Ranger, Joe, and Stephanie although I would like to see Stephanie cross the unspoken line with Ranger again. These books cannot be written and published fast enough for me. Love Them! 55


More of the same but that's OK4 star

I'd love to see the characters evolve, but I guess that's not what this series is about. So I've tamed any expectations and take each book for what it is. I still enjoy the humor, who dun it plots (holes and all), and exploding cars. And I continue to change my mind about Team Ranger or Team Morelli. 45


I'm disappointed .3 star

I'm disappointed of this new book I was expecting more of Ranger life, motive to do what he's do in the rescue think and at least Stephanie, be a little more secure of what she wants and there was no important secrets. 35

Fiercesum Bunny

Great!5 star

Love it! When do we get #22? 55


Janet Evanovich Top Secret Twenty-One5 star

I just love visiting with Stephanie, Lula, Morelli and Ranger. Twenty-One was non-stop fun. Can't wait for Twenty-Two. 55


Awful. Really awful.1 star

Wow. I swore after the giraffes that I was done with Stephanie Plum. I couldn't imagine anything worse than that storyline. Of course, I hadn't yet read this book... a convoluted plot, Grandma Mazur who wasn't funny, Lula who had no reason to be included and, amazing as it may be, Ranger and Morelli who are no longer sexy or even slightly interesting. (How does that happen?). I had hopes for Briggs but nothing materialized. After years of enjoying this series, I am done. JE has lost her credibility by continuing to churn out this trite, sophomoric crap. It's time to let Stephanie join the ranks of the Button Factory and let us remember when these characters were laugh-out-loud funny. 15


Get on with it2 star

I've been reading this series for about 10 years now. If feels as though with each book Janet is losing interest in writing about Stephanie. As sad as it is I think this series needs to come to an end... Or move on to the next story line in it. 25


Like Reading the Same Book Over and Over Again2 star

I stopped buying the books a long time ago in favor of checking them out at my local library instead. It's just not worth it anymore. The last 4 or 5 books are pretty much the same book. Not really anything new, no evolving of characters, same situations. The books can still be a fun little read, but I've given up on expecting anything to actually happen. I think the series has run its course...time to wrap it up. 25

Nicholette Bergquist

21 and done1 star

I've read all the books in this series but I won't read another one. The last couple of books are all the same. 15


Love all her books!5 star

This book is like all the others a great fun read!!! Grandma Mazur now has a bucket list and actually accomplishes a few of those things on her bucket list! I can't wait for book 22! 55

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