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One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1): A Stephanie Plum Novel
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One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1): A Stephanie Plum Novel [Kindle Edition]

Janet Evanovich
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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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0684196395
  • Publisher: Scribner (Feb. 24 1999)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0SJ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK May 30 2014
By Jo-Anne
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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5.0 out of 5 stars It is written by Janet Evanovich. March 6 2014
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Jan. 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun book 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Comme une série télé May 5 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Plum Fun for Number One Dec 24 2012
By Cee Ess TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast! 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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