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- Publication date : July 15, 1999
- File size : 1733 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Publisher : Scribner (July 15, 1999)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000FC0VZW
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312948964
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,634 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Inspired by the Author's volume "How I Write," I picked up this, the second of her lengthening series (twenty-some) of Stephanie Plumb novels. The first, "One for the Money," was too expensive, but the subsequent ones are very reasonable, and I enjoyed the present reading well enough to pick up "Three to Get Ready," also read by Lori Petty.
I listened to an abridged version and that always leaves me wondering what I missed. On the other hand, a three-disc book (2 and a half hours) goes quickly and is a suitable for audio-listeners afraid of commitment, or who want a change of pace after finishing a volume from Durant's "Story of Civilization."
It is an action-packed story with lots of colorful characters, narrated from the protagonist's point of view. Some are in the middle world between ethnic background and thoroughly American, sharing a long history in the Trenton New Jersey neighborhood. As a "bounty hunter," a private agent who finds those who have skipped out on bail for the bonding company, Stephanie learns on the job and responds to surprising developments in equally surprising ways. A man refuses to go with her to court, and moons her in his living room, in front of his wife, no less- so Stephanie tasers him in the rear and he slumps on the floor. Note how the problem shifts from finding, to persuading, to transporting, and similar sequential chains extend through the story leading the reader to wonder either what will happen next, or how she will get out of this one. The dynamics are similar to detective stories but with more focus on events than a given problem.
Our main character, Ms. Plumb, is not given to reflection and is kept so busy by her job and family, and occasional shopping or romantic interest, that she doesn't have time to think much beyond the job. The injuries and threats are so numerous and attention grabbing that she doesn't have time to hurt. She is running in heels the day after she had suffered some injury, and the attempt on her grandmother's life is a problem to be solved rather than the crisis it would be for most of us. It recalls cartoon fights where the character is clunked on the head hard enough to make him unconscious and the next moment he is as good as new. All this stuff is entertaining, and harmless as long as we realize that it isn't real.
It struck me that there are no real adults in the story, no principled individuals, just people to accommodate to, whether your mom's demand that you have dinner on Sunday, or the oily funeral director, or the police guy who comes on in the middle of a stake out. Part of our protagonist's problem solving skills is her willingness to cut corners whether it is trespassing, assault, lying, or "borrowing." What we admire as "pluck" may actually be what Nietzsche described as the "Superman" who we admire and follow because he (or in this case she) does what we would scruple to do.
Interestingly, there is an absence of feminist consciousness. Our protagonist is too busy trying to pay the rent to entertain thoughts of solidarity with other women. And she is thoroughly independent and self-reliant, untroubled by doubts as to her attractiveness, which she takes for granted. This is literature for working people. It is their experiences in service industry, fixing cars, embalming bodies, enforcing law, and collecting bills that are portrayed here. One part of the series' success is that the stories reflect that often-neglected world where people are hustling to make a living, more concerned with people and events rather than ideas and ideals.
In sum, the story is vivid, entertaining, a little shallow, but colorful, an enjoyable comic book experience.
I like and care about the characters. The writing is really witty and outright hilarious sometimes. The whole thing is just ridiculous and really nice at the same time somehow.
The whole story is really not a priority and the crimefighting storyline seems to be needed only to maintain some framework for the other craziness happening. This will possibly change slightly (if Stephanie gets into the business a little bit more), but if not, it does not bother me.
It's just pure, innocent fun.
I really recommend it.
While "Two for the Dough" includes the same cast of characters, the originality of each character in the first book has been replaced by characters who do the same thing over and over again regardless of past mistakes. e.g: Maybe the fifth time that Stephanie sits in the open in her brightly colored vehicle she wont be spotted!
If you are not as picky as me, book two will probably make you happy. It is in the same vein as the first book.
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The story took a while to get going and a long time for me to get into it. The chapters seemed too long and were, particularly at the beginning of the book, very repetitive, which didn't help grip me. The plot really felt that it wasn't going anywhere, and at the end I was left feeling cheated out of anything much happening, and that the characters hadn't been on any sort of journey.
The main character is quite annoying, and the rest of the cast are equally frustrating to read about. The comedic elements felt very forced and slapstick and the male characters are entirely one-dimensional.
Looking back, I enjoyed the first book in the series, and commented on how well-constructed the characters and plot were. This sequel then was a terrible disappointment. I hope it's just a blip and that the remainder of the series will turn out stronger when I read them.
Grandma Mazur steals this book for me, she is such a hilarious, wonderfully written character, so hats off to Evanovich. That's not to say that I don't love Stephanie, and all of the other characters. That Morelli, well, let's just say there's a certain car scene where I would have made the complete opposite decision that Stephanie did.
I gave this four stars rather than five because for me it wasn't quite as good as the first Stephanie Plum novel, One for the Money, but I'm not entirely sure whether that's because the plot was slightly slower or because with the first one I was so excited to have found a truly unique, in my reading experience at least, book and with the second I kind of knew what I was getting.
If you like mystery with some action, major laughs and a little sexy time thrown in then this is the series for you. I will definitely be buying the next book in this series.