One for the Money

One for the Money

Book rating: 01 Paperback Stephanie Plum Novels

By (author) Janet Evanovich

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 175mm x 25mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312990456
  • ISBN 13: 9780312990459
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 10,712

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ONE FINE MESS Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash-fast-but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family... ONE FALSE MOVE Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. As does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants, to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water-wanted for murder... ONE FOR THE MONEY Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight-and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man...

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Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including "Two for the Do"ugh and "Sizzling Sixteen," and the Diesel & Tucker series, including "Wicked Appetite." Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn't have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, "When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency." But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet's favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.

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By Colleen 14 Jul 2012 1

"...Okay, so you know she doesn't die trying, since there are several other books in this series, but I had to say it anyway. I don't know if you could tell, but I thought this book was kind of awful, which really disappointed me. I've heard so many people rave about this series, about how funny it is, and all I can say is that I have no idea what they were talking about. I only finished reading One for the Money because I hate leaving a book unfinished. I might pick up the second book just to give Evanovich a second chance, but I'm certainly not going to go out of my way to find a copy.

Stephanie is just ridiculous. The woman is a total joke. If you're going to take a job as a bounty hunter, wouldn't you figure it's a good idea to prepare yourself? Even if getting a gun and learning to use it isn't her first idea, I'd have thought she'd be smart enough to pick up a can of defense spray right off or to enroll herself in some kind of self-defense or martial arts class. Request to meet with one of her cousin's other recovery agents to learn some things, or try to find a book or something...

...Back to Stephanie and her new vocation, however. Her incompetence leads to a lot of things happening that are less than fantastic, and I am puzzled as to how she managed not to get herself killed. If it weren't for the hot douchebag who wrote lewd poems about her on bathroom walls after seducing her in high school and the sexy and mysterious ex-Special Forces bounty hunter, she probably would have been dead before the end of one week...."

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"Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air...Goes down like a tall, cool, drink." -"The Washington Post" "Snappily written, fast paced and witty." -"USA Today" "Evanovich is funny and ceaselessy inventive." -"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Evanovich's writing is smooth, clever and laugh-aloud. Her plot is ingenious and fresh, her dialogue breezy, bright, witty, and gutsy." -"Booklist "(starred Review)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANET EVANOVICH ONE FOR THE MONEY A Stephanie Plum Novel "Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air...Goes down like a tall, cool, drink." -"The Washington Post" READ THE DYNAMITE BLOCKBUSTER THAT STARTED IT ALL! "Snappily written, fast paced and witty." -"USA Today" ONE FINE MESS Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash-fast-but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family... ONE FALSE MOVE Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. As does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants, to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water-wanted for murder... ONE FOR THE MONEY Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight-and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man... "Evanovich is funny and ceaselessy inventive." -"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Evanovich's writing is smooth, clever and laugh-aloud. Her plot is ingenious and fresh, her dialogue breezy, bright, witty, and gutsy." -"Booklist "p0(starred Review)