Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie throws caution to the wind and follows in the entrepreneurial bootsteps of Super Bounty Hunter, Ranger, engaging in morally correct and marginally legal enterprises. So, a scumball blows himself to smithereens on her first day of policing a crack house and the sheik she was chauffeuring stole the limo. But hey, nobody’s perfect! Anyway, Stephanie has other things on her mind. Her mother wants her to find Uncle Fred who’s missing after arguing with his garbage company; homicidal rapist Benito Ramirez is back, quoting scripture and stalking Stephanie; vice cop Joe Morelli has a box of condoms with Stephanie’s name on it; and Stephanie’s afraid Ranger has his finger on her trigger. The whole gang’s here for mirth and mayhem. Read at your own risk in public places.
Talk about the best kind of cliffhanger. So keen to start Hot Six but let’s talk about High Five first.
The Morelli – Ranger decision is a bubbling point of conflict throughout, and damn, is it good. Somehow I want them both to win and lose. Good thing this is a long-ass series – I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities for wins and losses on both sides.
Briggs is a great new addition – changing an FTA to a sidekick/roommate is an interesting development. But at the same time, it makes me sad because I remember being excited for the addition of Sally in the last book, and he hasn’t been seen since. Unfortunately, I’m sure Briggs will meet the same end.
Lula and Grandma Mazur are the best sidekicks. I get that they’re kitschy and cliché, but I don’t care. In the same way that Stephanie’s father’s silent disapproval and disengagement to his surroundings will always entertain, I’m not ready to write them off either.
High Five was another solid book, and after five, I’m not tired of the series… yet. I’m sure the FTAs and side drama will become repetitive at some point, and I’ll need a palate cleanser, but I’m not there yet!