Don’t drop your newspaper or spill your coffee, but Janet Evanovich is coming to Sacramento for a special edition of the Bee Book Club.
The mega-best-selling romantic-adventure novelist was scheduled to appear for the book club in November 2012, but an unexpected circumstance forced her to cancel. New York Times best-selling thriller novelist Lee Child replaced her.
Now Evanovich is scheduled to appear Nov. 21 for the book club for “Takedown Twenty,” her new Stephanie Plum novel (Bantam, $28, 320 pages; on sale Nov. 19).
This is a free event, but tickets are required. They are limited to two per person. You can get them at www.beebuzzpoints.com starting today.
Evanovich has been bonded to her main character, the wise-cracking Stephanie Plum, since introducing the plucky New Jersey-based bounty hunter to her fans in “One For the Money” in 1994. The new entry in the rollicking series, “Takedown Twenty,” will be in bookstores Nov. 19.
Evanovich cleverly populated her heroine’s universe with a cast of memorably eccentric and ongoing characters, including two men she loves in different ways. Joe Morelli is an Italian American cop and Stephanie’s on-again, off-again boyfriend. Ranger, who runs the security agency called RangeMan, is Stephanie’s protector and mentor.
Grandma Mazur is Stephanie’s maternal grandmother, and lives with Stephanie’s parents. She’s an over-the-top senior citizen who hangs out in funeral parlors and carries a Glock. She once shot a cooked chicken at the family dinner table.
Moviegoers finally met that cast last year in the film version of “One For the Money,” with Katherine Heigl from “Grey’s Anatomy” as Stephanie Plum.
In “Takedown Twenty,” Stephanie is on the trail of mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi, who’s on the lam somewhere in Trenton. Seems he’s wanted for murdering a rival in an especially brutal way – by running him over with a car. Twice. But Stephanie’s bouncing off a stonewall of silence, and compounding it is a startling discovery: Uncle Sunny is Joe Morelli’s godfather.
As if that weren’t enough, Ranger turns to Stephanie for help with an investigation into the suspicious death of a client’s mother, who just happened to be bingo buddies with Grandma Mazur at the senior center. Between working undercover at the center and dodging mob hit men, Stephanie has to find enough cool for the end-game takedown – if she survives. Oh, one more thing on her to-do list: Figure out why a giraffe named Kevin is running loose in the hood.
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TICKETS TO JANET EVANOVICH EVENT
Janet Evanovich will appear for The Bee Book Club at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Her presentation is a free event, but tickets are required. They’re available now; the limit is two per person. To get them, go to www.beebuzzpoints.com and click on “Bee Events.”
Barnes & Noble will be at the event to sell “takedown Twenty” for 30 percent off the list price.
“Takedown Twenty” will be offered at a 30 percent discount from Nov. 19 through Nov. 21 at these stores: Barnes & Noble, Avid Reader at the Tower in Sacramento, Avid Reader in Davis, Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, Time Tested Books, Underground Books, Hornet Bookstore at California State University, Sacramento, the UC Davis Bookstore and the Bookseller in Grass Valley.