Three To Get Deadly: A Stephanie Plum Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jul 15 1998
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As readers of Janet Evanovich's two previous books about funny, feisty, family-tied bounty hunter Stephanie Plum already know, she operates in "the burg"--a "comfy residential chunk of Trenton, New Jersey, where houses and minds are proud to be narrow and hearts are generously wide open." On this turf, Plum fights for justice and fashion points--this time in pursuit of a beloved neighborhood candystore owner who seems to be moonlighting as an anti-drug vigilante. Evanovich now lives in New Hampshire, but authentic affection for Trenton energizes her prose. Plums in paperback include One for the Money and Two for the Dough. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Trenton, N.J., bounty hunter and former lingerie buyer Stephanie Plum (last seen in Two for the Dough) becomes persona non grata when she tracks down a neighborhood saint who has failed to show up for his court appearance. No one wants to help Stephanie, who works for her bail-bondsman cousin, Vinnie. While questioning admirers of the man nicknamed Uncle Mo, Stephanie is attacked and knocked out as she cases his candy store. She comes to next to the dead body of her attacker, who turns out to be a well-known drug dealer. Suddenly, she can't avoid stumbling across the bodies of dead drug dealers: one in a dumpster, one in a closet and four in the candy store basement. Stephanie suspects that mild-mannered Mo has become a vigilante and is cleaning up the streets in a one-man killing spree. But when she's repeatedly threatened by men wearing ski masks, she wonders if Mo has company and just might be in over his head. Despite her new clownish orange hair job, Stephanie muddles through another case full of snappy one-liners as well as corpses. By turns buttressed and hobbled by her charmingly clueless family and various cohorts (including streetwise co-worker Lulu, detective and heartthrob Morelli and professional bounty hunter Ranger), the redoubtable Stephanie is a character crying out for a screen debut. Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild alternate; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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But from the first moment a grateful reading audience read Stephanie Plum's exploits in her debut novel "One for the Money", the plot never has been the thing. "Three to Get Deadly" doesn't change a thing about that. Character development, slapstick comedy, earthy blue-collar New York dialogue and sticky wickets that would do "The Perils of Pauline" proud are what have rocketed this series to the top of the best-selling lists. No doubt about it. Janet Evanovich continues her string of successes and laugh-out-loud hilarity reigns supreme from first page to last.
Did you like Grandma Mazur in the first two books of the series? Then you'll die for Lula, former juiced hooker, newly minted office assistant and bounty hunter in training under Stephanie's dubious tutelage. She's "f"-ing amazing - funny, frolicsome, free-wheeling, full-figured, feisty, fired-up, frantic, in your face and fabulous! She's got a salty mouth and an attitude that any self-respecting trucker would be might proud of! What a piece of work.
By now, klutzy Stephanie is settled into her career as a bounty hunter employed by her sleaze-ball cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman in beautiful Trenton, NJ, a job she took in desperation after being fired from her previous gig as a lingerie buyer. Her latest quarry is the affectionately-named Uncle Mo, the elderly, unmarried owner of the neighborhood ice cream and candy emporium, who skipped bail after being charged for carrying a concealed weapon - everyone in Trenton carries, it seems - by an overzealous cop on a traffic stop. In trying to track Mo down, Plum discovers that little is known about him by neighbors and relatives. But, Stephanie is considered Pond Scum by all for hounding a man akin to the Pope and Santa Claus all rolled into one. Then, local drug dealers start disappearing. And what's that putrid smell coming from the basement of Mo's store? As Stephanie delicately puts it, "Is it dookey?"
For me, the series hasn't become stale because Evanovich either brings to the forefront a tangential character from a previous novel, or inserts a brand new one into the plot. In THREE TO GET DEADLY, Lula, a reformed ho beaten and left for dead on Stephanie's fire escape month's before, now does filing for Vinnie and insists on "assisting" Plum on her takedowns. And we're initially introduced to Stephanie's former first husband, the shyster lawyer Dickie Orr.Read more ›
I can't recall a dumber major character in a book. Stupid moves compound themselves for the major character, making it difficult to root for someone so completely clueless floundering in her chosen profession.
The main character should be stocking shelves in a department store, not trying her inept hand at bounty hunting. (Ex: A bounty hunter that: A. forgets her gun often B. Forgets to load her gun C. Can't seem to keep her cell phone batteries charged.)
I'm sure this might be more interesting to someone from Jersey.
If you liked "Dumb and Dumber" which many people did, you might like this character.
My thoughts run toward: Any bouty hunter this weak, stupid and unprepared would not last much more than a week. Couldn't buy into the idiocy, making the contrived humor harder to take.
If you like true crime or well thought out murder mysteries, avoid this like the plague.
If you're a fan of oprah, jersey and thought "dude where's my car" is a masterpiece, this might just be for you.
I want the hours of my life spent reading this book back.
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I took "Three" and "Four" on a cruise expecting two treats. Instead what I got from this one was pure boredom. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Avid Reader
I'm completely bewildered as to why this series is so popular, but it only seems further evidence of the decline of Western Civilization where trash has become mainstream, be it... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
Stephanie's newest job is to find the elusive Mo, patron Saint of the Burg (at least that's what everyone she asks about him tells her). Read morePublished on Dec 14 2003 by Scarletaka
Looks like Janet Evanovich has finally found her stride as 'Three to get deadly' so far tops the whole Stephanie Plum series with a great main plot (which is less predictable than... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by Jan-Thorsten Reszat
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Three is a much better book than Two was, and I enjoyed it immensely. Stephanie is back and she's just as funny and endearing as ever. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by Shirley Schwartz