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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 (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,670,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn't own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

If that hard-luck story doesn't sound compelling enough, Stephanie's several unsuccessful attempts at pulling in Joe make a downright hilarious and suspenseful tale of murder and deceit. Along the way, several more outlandish (but unrelentingly real) characters join the story, including Benito Ramirez, a champion boxer who seems to be following Stephanie Plum wherever she goes.

Janet Evanovich shares an authentic feel for the streets of Trenton in her debut mystery (she developed her talents in a string of romance novels before creating Ms. Plum), and her tough, frank, and funny first-person narrator offers a winning mix of vulgarity and sensitivity. Evanovich is certainly among the best of the new voices to emerge in the mystery field of the 1990s. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First novels this funny and self-assured come along rarely; dialogue this astute and raunchy is equally unusual. The gutsy heroine introduced here is Stephanie Plum of Trenton, N.J., a recently laid-off lingerie buyer who has no job, no car and no furniture. She does have a hamster, a deranged grandmother, two caring parents and several pairs of biking shorts and sports bras. Finding work with her cousin Vinnie, she becomes a bond hunter and scrounges money enough to buy a gun, a Chevy Nova and some Mace. Her first assignment is to locate a cop accused of murder. Joe Morelli grew up in Stephanie's neighborhood. Possessed of legendary charm, he relieved Stephanie of her virginity when she was 16 (she later ran over him with a car). In her search, Stephanie catches her prey, loses him and grills a psychotic prizefighter, the employer of the man Morelli shot. She steals Morelli's car and then installs an alarm so he can't steal it back. Resourceful and tough, Stephanie has less difficulty finding her man than deciding what she wants to do with him once she's got him. While the link between the fighter and the cop isn't clear until too late in the plot, Evanovich's debut is a delightful romp and Stephanie flaunts a rough-edged appeal. Mystery Guild alternate; author tour; film rights optioned to Tri-Star.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Effie on Jan. 30 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finally met Stephanie Plum. I had been hearing about these books but never really got around reading them until now. There are 16 books so far and One For The money is the first one.

We meet Stephanie Plum when she loses her job as a lingerie buyer, desperate to find a new one. She's behind on her rent and her car has just been taken away. Not knowing where to turn, she goes to her cousin Vinnie who owns a bail-bond business.

She bacically blackmails Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond job worth $10.000 even though she doesn't know anything about law enforcement and is afraid to use her new gun.

Even if this wasn't enough for Stephanie, now she has to put her emotions in control because the guy she's looking for is a suspect for murder and she knows him very well. She once ran her car over him.

I had hard time figuring out what this book is. Is it crime? Mystery? Comedy? I think they it's all of them. The story is a page turner and Stephanie is such a fun person. The chemistry between her and Joe Morelli was fantastic. I definitely want to see more of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 6 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never heard of this book or its author until seeing the same on Amazon. The reviews were good. Everyone seemed to like it, so I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately, the book must rank amongst the worst I've ever read, particularly as regards the standard of writing.
The plot had some interest but was pretty transparent; the sort of thing that may just make an OK TV mini-series.
The main character seems a bit shallow given all the problems she's supposed to have had and the others are not much better. One character, supposedly the bounty hunter to end all bounty hunters has to retire hurt part way through because of a minor wound. The other main character, Morelli, is hardly credible at all. Supposedly a run of the mill cop, he appears to have had similar training to James Bond.
All that mixed with poor grammar (I know it's not everything but the writing itself shouldn't make your teeth go on edge, as it does with this book) results in a very disapponting read.
Finally, perhaps someone should tell the writer of the back cover notes that "shagging" obviously has an entirely different meaning in the States as it does in England (!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had heard a great deal about how wonderfully humourous this series is, so I decided to start with book number one. What a mistake. I am not amused by either junior high humour or violence against women. I found this to be a dreadul book with a sophomoric plot and a degrading, violent, abusive view of women. I did not finish it and will never read another book by this author. I stongly suggest no one else do so, either.
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By Jo-Anne B. TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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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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