On Stephanie Plum

Could Stephanie Plum Really Get Car Insurance?

By JA Konrath

By my count, Stephanie Plum has been involved in the loss or destruction of twelve vehicles at the time of this writing (8:55A.M., Eastern Standard). But, in all fairness, I’m not very good at counting. Plus, I listened to two of the books on abridged audio, which is known for cutting incidental bits from novels, such as characterization and plot.

Since I had nothing better to do today, other than to donate my kidney to that sick guy who paid me fifty thousand dollars, I decided to find out if Ms. Plum could, in the real world, get insured.

Let’s take a moment to look at the phrase “in the real world.”

Have you taken a moment? Good. Let’s move on.

Since Stephanie Plum is a fictitious character, who lives in a fictitious place called Trenton, New Jersey, she isn’t expected to conform completely to all aspects of reality, such as car insurance, or gravity. But today’s reader demands verisimilitude. (And I wish she’d stop demanding that, because it’s rude to stomp around, demanding things. Plus, I’m not sure what verisimilitude means.)

Since I knew that the task before me would involve a great deal of painstaking research and determination, I immediately went to work. After work, I went to a movie. Then, I took a nap. I had to take the phone off the hook while I did it, too, because I kept getting obnoxious messages along the lines of “Where’s that kidney?” and “You have to get to the hospital immediately!” and “He’s  …

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