Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
A Stephanie Plum Novel

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15 Critic Reviews

When Janet Evanovich began her Stephanie Plum series in 1994, she couldn't have anticipated that there would or should be an end-game. Obviously, the numbers would never run out. However, TAKEDOWN TWENTY shows some signs of aging, and perhaps a little “nip and tuck” is in order.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Powerhouse author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are “as entertaining as ever” (Entertainment Weekly), “brilliantly evocative” (The Denver Post), and “making trouble and winning hearts” (USA Today).
 
Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
 
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
 
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor. 
 
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Janet Evanovich's Top Secret Twenty-One.
 

About Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.
 
Published November 19, 2013 by Bantam. 354 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Takedown Twenty
All: 15 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 7

Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Maggie Harding on Nov 22 2013

When Janet Evanovich began her Stephanie Plum series in 1994, she couldn't have anticipated that there would or should be an end-game. Obviously, the numbers would never run out. However, TAKEDOWN TWENTY shows some signs of aging, and perhaps a little “nip and tuck” is in order.

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Curious Book Fans

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Reviewed by koshkha on Dec 08 2013

The characters are not so complex as to need a lot of padding out or explanation. There are good guys and bad guys, weird relatives, strange colleagues and lots of unhealthy bad food, and of course there’s a hamster and a dog, both of whom will live forever because that’s what Evanovich’s fans need them to do.

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Reviewed by AMY MAAS on Dec 08 2013

Every time that "mysterious" giraffe - dubbed Kevin by Lulu - was mentioned, my eyes glazed over. It was an absurd distraction from the plot.

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Booking Mama

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Reviewed by Julie P. on Feb 03 2014

I don't think any reader will be all that shocked when the secrets are revealed ...I didn't spend a lot of time trying to figure them out. This book was just light and fun, and I definitely didn't take it too seriously!

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All the Books I Can Read

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Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Dec 19 2013

It’s always sad to farewell a favourite series. But it’s even sadder that I’m doing it because I can’t stand what it’s become anymore, rather than having it just end.

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Always With A Book

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Reviewed by Kristin on Dec 17 2013

I love the relationships between all the characters - they are fun, and make the book that much more enjoyable. Even the ones that are don't get along are fun...

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Kathy Takes on Books

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Reviewed by Kathy Davie on Feb 26 2014

Evanovich is setting Stephanie up, per usual, but the set-ups aren’t going anywhere but through the motions. It’s dull, it’s boring.

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Angela's Anxious Life

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on Feb 12 2014

...it's not the best literature ever... but it makes me smile and laugh. The books are very short which is all I need really.

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YA Book Nerd

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on Nov 30 2013

As always, Lulu kills me, Grandma Mazer's entertaining, and Ranger's intriguing. It's entertaining as always and the perfect fun read.

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Another Look Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Michelle Kelly on Dec 11 2013

There was a lot of repetitious jokes from previous books...if you've read the previous books, you know exactly what you are in for. I wish with all my heart, Janet Evanovich dove a bit deeper into the mystery aspect of her stories like she did in the earlier books.

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Somewhere Only We Know

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Reviewed by Sandy Farmer on Mar 07 2014

Janet Evanovich has done a great job of creating such memorable characters that have their own way of speaking, their own taglines, their own patterns...

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Reviewed by The Mole on Jan 16 2014

With tons of humour and impossible deeds, beautiful characters and almost constant action these books must appeal to almost anyone that can read.

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Dru's Book Musings

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on Dec 22 2013

...Stephanie fights for her life with the comedic aplomb that defines who she is. An amusing tale with hijinks, car disasters, fire and two men who vie for Stephanie’s attention.

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on Jan 05 2014

...I think that it was a fun read and I completely devoured it. If you haven’t read the Stephanie Plum series, I recommend it. The series is fun...

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GenerationgBooks

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on Dec 21 2013

Grandma Mazur is the only person who seems like herself here. Everyone else is just a distracted footnote. My main beef is that, and add to it the ending to both scenarios. It seems a little contrived.

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