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Ten Big Ones: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich; Lorelei King, reader (Audio Renaissance, 7 CDs, unabridged, 8.5 hours, $34.95). Stephanie needs to watch her back. Her supporting cast is starting to show more life than the intrepid Trenton bounty hunter, though she still gets in some licks in this 10th romp of the series. Stephanie and file clerk Lula-the-large interrupt a convenience store robbery. Bad luck: a returned Molotov cocktail destroys yet another Plum vehicle; worse luck: the robber's red devil mask slips, and Stephanie sees his true ugly face. She knows; he knows she knows; his gang, the Slayers, know she knows too darn much and gives West Coast goon Junkman the task of taking her out. So Stephanie's on the run (again), contending not only with evil creepos but also sister Valerie's wedding, her niece's horse fetish, cop lover Joe Morelli's demand that she quit her job (negatory, Officer), mentor Ranger's witting (knows she's using the truck) and unwitting (but not the penthouse) support. Lorelei King does a fine job with the voices except for Ranger ("Baaaaaaaaaabe"), a throaty wheeze that in a singles' bar would go home alone.

-- Knight Ridder Newspapers

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