One for the Money Paperback – Oct 26 2000
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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Also this is a first for me from this author.
I really enjoyed how well Stephanie Plum could roll with the punches, her life is going to the dogs pretty fast and she bounces back so well. If it were me I would have been rocking in a corner somewhere.
So she makes due and does what she has to, too not only keep a roof over her head but food in her belly and if that means taking a job for her cousin as a bounty hunter, then so be it.
She does this with wit and charm.
Joe Marelli is a cop who is also a bail jumper and Stephanie has to bring him in. Joe’s trying to clear his name only Ms. Plum get in is way a lot. Sparks fly between these two.
This book had more twists and turns then the movie I really liked that but I found the movie to be more witty and I like Joe better on screen then I did on the pages. Still a great read. And I am glad I took the chance.
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.
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 (!)
This book introduces Stephanie Plum, a good girl down on her luck, who falls into bounty hunting to pick up some cash and avoid having to move back home. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey, and dances around the question of whether she wants to bed Joe Morelli again -- the local cop who stole her virginity when she was young and foolish, and then wrote about it on the bathroom walls and the stadium bleachers. She got revenge years later by almost running him down with a Buick. No cream puff here, she is also not exactly an expert at being a "fugitive apprehension agent". More like an apprehensive agent, and the descriptions are hilarious.
WHAT I LIKED:
Stephanie is supposed to find an elusive man -- Joe Morelli! Yep, her cop foil and first-love is wanted for allegedly shooting an unarmed suspect. Morelli claims there were other guys in the apartment, and there was a gun, but that doesn't change the fact that Plum needs to bring him in to get the money. And she isn't experienced enough to match wits with him for most of the book. But she has help from a lot of extra support characters -- Ranger, the experienced bounty-hunter; Vincent, the bail bondsman; and Plum's family.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Her grandmother is a little over the top but so are Lulu and Jackie, hookers in the downtown neighborhood; and one seriously disturbed boxer, with a passion for hurting women.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him her on social media.
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Definitely a must read. I loved the characters and humor of this skillfully narrated novel. The only reason I will not continue on with the second book in the series is the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by sandy mcnichol
A likeable heroine. Fast moving plot. My tbr list just got much biggerPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The caracter of Stephanie Plum is to funny... Can't wait to read number 2...Published 21 months ago by LindaC
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. Read morePublished on May 30 2014 by Jo-Anne B.
I love to read her books.They are funny and well written.
I have read several in the series.Would recommend it greatly.
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2014 by leslie graham
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). Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2013 by Rose
Je me serais crue en train de regarder quelques épisodes de Remington Steel
ou de moonlighting. Suspense humoristique et sexy