Stephanie Plum doesn’t usually investigate missing persons, but as a favour to her parent’s neighbour, she agrees to look into the disappearance of the lady’s great-grandaughter, seven year old Annie Soder. She disappeared along with her mother and now a variety of people are looking for her, not all of them nice. Following the trail leads to some unpleasant associations with the scary Eddie Abruzzi, someone who both Morelli and Ranger advise her to stay away from. But she needs answers. With her usual caseload of FTA’s she fast needs help and turns to Ranger, whose price might just be too high to pay, however exciting it might be.
I found this book a little more serious than the previous ones. That’s not to say it didn’t have it’s laugh out loud moments and madcap antics but the major case Stephanie deals with is a little more serious than normal. Perhaps it’s because it’s outside her normal area and that she isn’t a private detective but I found it a little hard going. Don’t get me wrong, it was very good and made a nice change of pace, just Stephanie outside of her comfort zone and having to turn to Ranger to deal with the bad guys, knowing what the price would end up being felt a little… off. All in all very enjoyable but not one of my favourites.