Three to Get Deadly
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|February 14, 1997|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3555.V2126 T48 1997|
|Preceded by||Two for the Dough|
|Followed by||Four to Score|
When a kind old candy store owner (Uncle Mo) goes FTA (failure to appear) after being arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is sent out to haul him back to jail.
Explanation of the novel's title
The title comes from the saying "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to GO!"
Stephanie is on the trail of beloved Moses Bedemier, a mild-mannered, predictable man who runs an ice-cream parlor/candy store in the Burg. Mo is an upstanding citizen with ties to almost every family in Jersey. Unfortunately, he gets ticketed by an overly-excited fresh-out-of-the-academy cop for carrying a concealed weapon, and then doesn't show up for his court date. No one wants to help Stephanie haul "Uncle Mo" (as he is widely known) to jail, so her detective work is frustratingly slow. "Mo would never do anything wrong," Stephanie is told by the Burg residents.
Since her neighbors and family refuse to help her, she calls on her mentor Ranger, her sidekick (and aspiring bounty hunter) Lula, and Joe Morelli, vice cop and former lover. As Stephanie attempts to resume her relationship with Morelli, they are constantly interrupted - first by criminals, then by Stephanie's accidental dye job that makes her look like Ronald McDonald.
When Stephanie begins stumbling across the bodies of dead drug dealers, including four buried in the candy store basement, she suspects that mild-mannered Mo has become a vigilante. Was that why Mo carried a concealed weapon?
Stephanie must figure out if Mo has begun cleaning up the streets in a one-man killing spree.
- Baby Nissan Pickup, shot by a rocket launcher
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