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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (Oct. 26 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141001593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141001593
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,029,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Jo-Anne on May 30 2014
Format: Paperback
This book has it all. The characters were described well and the humor had me laughing out loud. We meet Stephanie right away who has a good job, house, money and car. Then she suddenly loses her job and can't pay the bills so she sells just about everything she owns to get her phone turned back on and pay other bills Desperate for a job, she blackmails her cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a job at his bail bond business as a recovery agent. She has no experience in finding people who have run out on their bail so she gets herself into some very dangerous situations. She takes on her first case because she needs the money and didn't think it would be very hard to find someone who had skipped bail. But once she starts looking, she sees that it will be really hard to find and apprehend Joe Morelli who happened to be someone she was intimate with in high school. Joe is now a cop who was charged with murder, maintains he is innocent so skips bail and tries to find the evidence he needs to prove his innocence.

Stephanie is cute and funny but because of her 'I gotta do this job' attitude, she is not too smart a lot of the time, getting herself into dangerous situations. In the beginning we learn that Joe was scum when Stephanie knew him as a teenager but later learn that he has grown into a pretty decent man.

After reading the reviews for One For The Money I was really looking forward to reading it but it turns out that I didn't love it as much as most of the other readers. Don't get me wrong - it is a good book but just not as great as I expected. Stephanie came across as a bumbling idiot and I didn't like the neighborhood setting. It's an easy read with an uncomplicated plot and terrific last few chapters. The ending was great and I was surprised with the way things wrapped up.
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I love to read her books.They are funny and well written.
I have read several in the series.Would recommend it greatly.
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By leslie graham on Jan. 1 2014
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One of my friends had read a Janet Evanovich book and suggested her to me. I decided to start with first book of the Stephanie Plum novels. I loved the title character right away but the story line was lacking IMHO. I will continue reading this series of books to see how the character developes and see if the stories get better.
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By Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 2 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This series starts out with Stephanie Plum down on her luck. Recently unemployed, recently divorced, and recently out of a vehicle and furniture (poverty can do that to a person). She's forced to beg for a job from her slimebag cousin Vinnie and soon goes to work as a bounty hunter. She is a Bad Luck Schleprock and you have never seen anyone go through cars like this girl but for all the bad luck she's had, she's unusually lucky in this new profession. She sticks with it and I'm really glad she did.

Soooo glad I didn't watch the movie when it came out. I heard it was awful and I never would have picked up the book after seeing that, but a friend has been reading the series and talked me into trying the first one. I'm 6 books in now. Even thinking back to when I was a kid, I don't think I have ever sat giggling to myself so much as I have since starting this series. I managed to get the first 6 down in a week (and I have a job), so they are definitely easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable. Looking forward to my next week's worth of reading (I need to know what happens with Stephanie and Joe....or Ranger, whoever!!)
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Je me serais crue en train de regarder quelques épisodes de Remington Steel
ou de moonlighting. Suspense humoristique et sexy
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By Cee Ess TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 24 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Written in 1994, "One for the Money" is the first in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series by Janet Evanovich, now at number 19 in 2012. The 2011 movie of the same title closely mirrors the book.

Recently divorced and unemployed, thirty year old Jersey girl Plum signs up for collection recovery work with her cousin Vinnie's bail bonding business. Her first "plum case" is vice cop and alleged murderer Joe Morelli, who dumped her after a one day fling when she was sixteen. Bitterness fuels her tenacity to snag Morelli and scoop the $10,000 recovery amount, leading her to dangerous dudes and dumpsters. Written almost 20 years ago the story details are dated, but nonetheless, this is a page turning mystery-comedy with a likable protagonist in Stephanie. She's flawed and yet the reader is compelled to root for her success. I'm keen to read the next two, but after that, it would take a lot to keep it fresh.
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By Jessica Jones on June 25 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stephanie Plum is a modern woman. She's smart and sassy. She finds herself in completely ridiculous yet surprisingly logical situations. She works her butt off to pay the rent. And she manages to resist a sexy, dangerous cop, do her job, and keep her integrity, which means she'll never show up on Ricky Lake or Jerry Springer, but that's fine with me!
ONE FOR THE MONEY is a mystery set in New Jersey in a neighborhood referred to as "the burg." Stephanie is poor and desperate for a job as she recently lost her position as a lingerie salesperson. Her mother suggests she contact "Cousin Vinnie," a bond agent who is looking for help. She agrees to become a bounty hunter. She goes from selling underwear to toting guns, pepper spray, and a stun gun to track down hardened criminals. Did I mention that she is desperate?
Her first job is to bring in a cop on the run, a man who is dangerous, and who, as an 8-year old boy once talked little Stephanie into letting him play "choo-choo" in her panties. He's a tough-as-nails vice cop who is wanted for murder. She agrees to chase him down because the money is irresistible, but it's a big job for her very first time out.
I don't want to give too much away -- it is, after all, a mystery. On to my opinions . . .
The book is written in first-person, which I have found to be annoying in other books, but it works great for Evanovich's tales. As I read through the story, which goes REALLY FAST, I found myself feeling like I was Stephanie and whenever she was scared, angry, or amused, I was right there with her.
ONE FOR THE MONEY has some of the craziest, most colorful secondary characters that I've ever met. Grandma Mazur is her -- yes, you guessed it! -- grandma, but is like none other on the earth.
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