Two for the Dough
1996 Paperback cover
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|January 10, 1996|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3555.V2126 T96 1996|
|Preceded by||One for the Money|
|Followed by||Three to Get Deadly|
Two for the Dough, published in 1996, is the second novel by Janet Evanovich featuring the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Like others in the Stephanie Plum series, Two for the Dough was a best-seller, spending 36 weeks on the Top 150 list.
Stephanie Plum is still an inexperienced bounty hunter, so her boss and cousin Vinnie gives her an easy case: apprehend local boy Kenny Mancuso, accused of shooting his best friend in the knee and then jumping bail. Because Kenny is the blacksheep cousin of vice cop Joe Morelli, Morelli is on Kenny's trail as well.
While Stephanie is looking for Kenny, his friend is fatally shot in the head, which complicates the case. Lula, the hooker introduced in the previous book, One For the Money, gets a job as a file clerk at Vinnie's Bail Bonds company, but decides that being Stephanie's sidekick is more interesting than filing.
Stephanie talks to Spiro Stiva, the son of the owner of the local funeral home and a childhood friend of Mancuso. Stiva asks Stephanie to help him find the 24 bargain basement caskets that have mysteriously gone missing...along with various body parts.
As the book continues, Stephanie begins finding embalmed body parts in her apartment along with threatening notes. Then, a number of weapons go missing from a military installation. Eventually, Stephanie and Grandma Mazur find themselves locked in the basement of Stiva's Funeral Home and end up setting the place on fire.
Stephanie's Jeep Wrangler, Sahara model, stolen outside of the Eternal Slumber funeral home on Stark Street, and most likely wound up in a chop shop.
This book marks the introduction of the late Uncle Sandor's indestructible '53 Buick. It is a running joke in the series that Stephanie quickly destroys every car she owns, but the Buick has emerged unscathed as of Sizzlin' Sixteen.
- "Best-selling Books Database", USA Today, retrieved 2007-07-16
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