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Product Details

  • Series: Stephanie Plum Novels (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312966091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312966096
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

More About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on June 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Janet Evanovich has done it again. Three to Get Deadly, begins as Stephanie Plum, ex-lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter is given the go to pick up Mo Bedemier. Uncle Mo, as he's known in "the burg", Stephanie's working class, Trenton neighborhood, owns an ice-cream parlor/candy store, has missed his court appearance and seems to have left town. Stephanie's on the case and is soon caught in the middle of anti-drug vigilantes, murdered men and porno films. This is another terrific ride through Trenton with Ms Evanovich's cast of unrivaled, wonderful, quirky characters and Stephanie gets lots of help from her mentor, Ranger and vice cop, Joe Morelli. The writing is witty, irreverent and down to earth, with dialogue that will have you laughing out loud. Though the mystery itself is a bit of a stretch, it doesn't matter, because spending time in Trenton, with Stephanie and company, is such a joy. Start with One for the Money and read all the books in this series. They will put a smile on your face.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on October 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stephanie Plum, the lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter, after blackmailing her cousin Vinnie. As usual, Stephanie Plum's trials and tribulations had me laughing out loud!
In this third book Stephanie is after "Uncle Mo," the local candy store/ice cream parlor owner, known by everybody in the neighborhood! Uncle Mo skips his court appearance for carrying a concealed weapon, and Stephanie, goes after him. Uncle Mo is nowhere to be found. The case soon winds up with attacks by strange anti-drug vigilantes, murdered men and porno films. The body count of the local drug dealers around his store continues to rise! Stephanie gets no help from the locals, only threats to leave uncle Mo alone. Lula, the prostitute turned file clerk, has a much greater voice in this novel, and she truly adds laughter to the story with one trip out on her bounty hunting training. Police officer Joe Morelli is back and Stephanie is even concerned he has a girlfriend since he no longer seems interested. Ranger is also back, with help and exercise!
This novel you really get closer with all the characters. The family dinner time just wouldn't be the same if one of Stephanie's friends wasn't invited to join them.
The book flows at a blistering pace, and Evanovich's writing style is packed with humor. The suspense is outstanding and it is the best mix of comedy and mystery out there. It is hard not to enjoy this book! I highly recommend this series you will laugh off your chair and out loud all the same!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on August 10, 2001
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I said to myself, "Self, you are not going to laugh aloud and make a fool of yourself. After all, this is the third book in the series already." And I almost made it. For about 10 pages at least. Then I fell apart.
In this outing, La Stephanie is after a much-revered Burg icon: Mo, the long-time owner of the neighborhood's candy store. "Mo would never do anything wrong," Stephanie is told by just about three-quarters of the Burg, most of whom are calling her mother to complain. But Stephanie, intrepid bounty hunter that she is, perseveres.
With her trusty pocketbook in tow (handcuffs, pepper spray, stun gun, a revolver if she remembers to take it from its hiding place in the cookie jar--and of course, every Burg Girl's must-have: a huge can of hairspray), Stephanie is off and running. Her trusty sidekicks in this outing include the hefty Lula, ex-hooker extraordinaire; the incredibly sexy and mysterious Ranger; and the equally sexy Morelli. (Readers of Book 2 will remember that Morelli and Steph experienced "Buick Interruptus" during their adventures; I am sorry to report that this time it's "kitchen floor interruptus").
Eight bodies and several incredibly hilarious mishaps later, Stephanie manages to get her man. I think. I was laughing so hard by the end of the book I had a coughing fit--and NOT from Stephanie's pepper spray, either!
On to Book 4. And for that one, I am NOT GOING TO LAUGH. You hear that, Grandma Mazur?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on September 10, 2002
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"Three to get Deadly" continues Janet Evanovich's superb Stephanie Plum series and it does not disappoint. Our favourite inept bounty hunter, Ms. Plum herself, is back in action, surrounded by all of the eccentric and quirky characters from Trenton, New Jersey that we have grown to know and love. Fast-paced and full of laughs, "Three to get Deadly" is a book you don't want to miss.
Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter extraordinaire, is on a new case that she really doesn't want to have. Usually her FTAs (failure to appears) are not the finest society has to offer and nobody minds Stephanie hunting them down. Unfortunately, this time Stephanie is looking for Moses "Uncle Mo" Bedemier, Trenton's favourite citizen and their beloved neighbourhood candy store owner. It seems strange to Stephanie that Uncle Mo jumped bail on the minor charge of carrying concealed, which would more than likely only have gotten him a slap on the wrist. Despite the hostility she's generating searching for Uncle Mo, Stephanie sticks with it, though it isn't easy to get even a single lead with all of Trenton banding together to protect Mo.
But Stephanie has an uncanny knack for walking right into the middle of things, and while taking a unauthorized tour of Uncle Mo's candy store, Stephanie gets knocked out and wakes up next to a dead man. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that there's something more going on here than a concealed weapon charge, and as local drug dealers start turning up dead all over the place, it leads Stephanie to believe that good old Uncle Mo has become an anti-drug vigilante.
The mystery in this book is top-notch, and it is blended perfectly with the laugh out loud humour that is so prevalent in this instalment.
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