Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.
She's a product of the "burg," a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.
Now Stephanie's all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad's, doing her best to sever the world's longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.
Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.
Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie's virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario's Sub Shop. There's still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.
It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At worst, it could lead to murder.
Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money is among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season.
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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1 . A winner
Posted September 01, 2010 by Trinity , Tulsa, OkI liked this book. I had heard it was hilarious... I don't know about that but there were some really funny moments. It was hard for me to connect with Stephanie but still an over all good read.
2 . WANT TO READ OVER AND OVER!!!!
Posted July 10, 2010 by Cyndal , LawndaleI love it!!!! My friend reads all 16 twice each summer!! I asked all the time were they really that good. Over and over she would say " Thery are amazing!!! You have got to read them! They are your kind of book! ". I would just put it off, and put it off. Till I needed to read a good book and i thought, Jan (that is my friend) she will let me borrow her book! Needless to say I was up till 5 in the morning finishing the last 100 pages!!! You have got to read!!! You will want to read it over and over agian! So suspensful!!! If you like action, romance, funny, and Bounty Hunters, then this is your kind of book!!! Please buy you will never regret it!!
3 . You will get hooked! This is where it all starts!
Posted October 18, 2009 by Melissa , OhioI was totally skeptical when my sister convinced me to read ONE FOR THE MONEY. Now I am PLUM ADDICTED! When you read the Plum books, you can just see her and her former hooker side kick barreling around the burg in that powder blue boat of a car. You have to give her a shot. Once you do, she will win you over.
August 22, 1994
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