That Jersey girl is Stephanie Plum, New Jersey's "fugitive apprehension" agent (aka bounty hunter), introduced to the world by Janet Evanovich in the award-winning novel One for the Money.
Now Stephanie's back, armed with attitude -- plus stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her trusty .38. She is after Kenny Mancuso, a hometown boy who is fresh out of the army and suspiciously wealthy, and has just shot his best friend.
With her pal Ranger advising her occasionally, Stephanie staggers knee-deep in corpses and caskets in back alleys and funeral parlors. Fortunately -- or unfortunately -- nobody knows funeral parlors better than Stephanie's irrepressible Grandma Mazur, whose favorite pastime is grabbing a front-row seat at a neighborhood wake. So Stephanie uses her as a cover, but loses control when Grandma starts packing a cool pistol.
Vice cop Joe Morelli joins in the case too, since the prey happens to be his young cousin. And if the assignment calls for a stakeout with a woman who puts his libido in overdrive, Morelli's not one to object.
But despite help from family and friends, Stephanie faces danger alone when embalmed body parts arrive on her doorstep and she's targeted by her most loathsome adversary yet. Another case like this and she'll be a real pro.