Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum)
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Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.
From the Hardcover edition.
men went silent for a beat, probably trying to decide if they should get the butterfly net out for Lula. “It’s a full moon,” the shorter one finally said. The other guy nodded, and they loaded Ralph into the truck and drove off. “Now what?” Lula asked me. “We going to look some more for Uncle Sunny, or we going to have a different activity, like getting a pizza at Pino’s?” “I’m done. I’m going home. We’ll pick up Sunny’s trail tomorrow.” Truth is, I was going home to a bottle of champagne I
I’ll let you know what I find.” SIX I ROLLED OUT of bed at seven A.M., made coffee and took it into the shower with me. I got out of the shower, toweled off, and examined myself. No warts, no rash, no boils, no hemorrhoids. My hair hadn’t all fallen out during the night. My teeth weren’t rotting in my mouth. Not that I believed in Bella’s ability to give people the eye, but still it was good to confirm that nothing hideous had happened to me while I was sleeping. It was a little after
shooting handheld missiles into my living room. I called Morelli. “What?” Morelli said. “Are you in a bad mood?” “I’m not in a good mood.” “Because?” “Bob horked up last night’s dinner on the rug.” “What did you feed him?” “Hot dogs.” “Duh. Anything else?” “My television isn’t working.” “And?” “That’s it.” “That’s not much. I bet I can put you in a really bad mood.” “Don’t do me any favors.” “I think there’s a good possibility your mom is hiding Uncle Sunny.” “Hiding?” “In her
knew their handles. Bitsy was ‘Little Bit,’ and Lois was ‘Hotsy Totsie.’ ” “When did they play?” “Just about every night, but usually not until after nine o’clock,” Grandma said. “There’s other things to do up to nine o’clock. Television shows and real-life Bingo.” My mother had stopped ironing. “This is the first I heard about this.” “That’s because you don’t play Bingo, and you sleep at night,” Grandma said. “When you get older you nod off all day long, and then you don’t need to go to bed
and found one that was exactly like my mother’s. “I’ll take that one,” I said. Ten minutes later I was on the road with my new vacuum. I took it home, plugged it in, and cleaned my apartment, wishing I could have the same success at cleaning up my life. My life was a mess. I had a crappy job, no car of my own, and too many men in my bed… at least mentally. “I’m going to fix it,” I said to Rex. “I’m going to start with Morelli. I’m going over to his house and talk to him about our relationship.