Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos.
Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He’s at the scene, he’s with the victim, and he’s the number-one suspect. Ranger is former special forces turned soldier of fortune. He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address. He moves in mysterious circles. He’s Stephanie’s mentor–the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension. And he’s more than her friend.
Now he’s the hunted and Stephanie’s the hunter, and it’s time for her to test her skills against the master. But if she does catch him…what then? Can she bring herself to turn him in?
Plus there are other things keeping Stephanie awake at night. Her maternal grandmother has set up housekeeping in Stephanie’s apartment, a homicidal maniac has selected Stephanie as his next victim, her love life is in the toilet, she’s adopted a dog with an eating disorder, and she can’t button the top snap on her Levi’s.
Some of the action and sidekicks and FTAs are starting to feel a little monotonous, but I still enjoyed Hot Six. Luckily Ranger and Morelli are keeping things interesting.
I think two books in a row of Stephanie being tailed by ‘bad guys’ the entire time made this too similar to High Five. Add in Ranger recruiting Stephanie to work for him again, yet another car fire, and another new sidekick likely to never be heard from again and it’s just too repetitive. I understand that these things make it easier to read the novels as standalones but shouldn’t the readers who make it through the whole series be rewarded as well?
I say all of this as someone who still really enjoyed this book and read it in a couple of days so don’t let me discourage you from reading as well. With Ranger on the run and Morelli becoming more and more persistent there are definitely some good bits. Stephanie continues to be relatable and interesting especially as she takes on bigger roles and gets better at fighting back and standing up for herself.