- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Griffin (13 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312362080
- ISBN-13: 978-0312362089
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 0.1 x 0.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,086,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum Novels) Paperback – 13 Jun 2006
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"Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air."
--"The Washington Post"
"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)
Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air.
Evanovich's writing is smooth, clever and laugh-aloud. Her plot is ingenious and fresh, her dialogue breezy, bright, witty, and gutsy.
"Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air." --"The Washington Post"
"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)"
Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air. "The Washington Post"
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)""
Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air. The Washington Post
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)"
"Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air." --The Washington Post
"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)
From the Back Cover
Read the Dynamite Blockbuster that Started It All!
"Evanovich is funny and ceaselessly inventive."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Snappily written, fast paced and witty."
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.
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither 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.
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It. Is. A. Hoot!
I loved the book. It's a lot of fun and a great example of a good story really well written.
In ONE FOR THE MONEY, author Janet Evanovich kick starts Stephanie's new career. Plum immediately jumps into the proverbial deep end by convincing a skeptical Vinnie to give her a chance at finding Joe Morelli, a local cop accused of murder. The finder's fee is 10 grand, and that'll buy a lot of chow nuggets for Rex, Stephanie's pet hamster.
Plum's considerable appeal lies in her complete ineptitude for her new career. (It doesn't help that she and Morelli have a "past". At six, she'd allowed Joe to play train under her skirt in Old Man Morelli's garage. At sixteen, Stephanie was relieved by Joe of her virginity behind the pastry counter at the bakery where she worked. At nineteen, she intentionally clipped Morelli with the right front fender of her Dad's Buick.) Within the first few days on the job, Plum finds Joe four times, but fails to make the bust, a tough assignment if your quarry leaves you buck naked, dripping wet, and handcuffed to your own shower curtain rod. Or your car keys have been tossed into the putrid muck at the bottom of a dipsy-dumpster.
Another source of amusement for the reader is Stephanie's family: Mom, Dad, and Grandma Mazur. The inspiration for Grandma might well have been Dorothy's mother Sophia on the TV series GOLDEN GIRLS
I'm giving this first book in the series five stars because it's truly amusing and the Plum character is (for me, at this late date) fresh.
Now, Joseph Morelli, an ex-cop and a sexy hunk, is on the run from a murder charge. He and Stephanie have a long history together that goes way back to childhood. When she was six years old, and the precocious Morelli was just a few years older, he taught her to play "choo-choo" in the Morelli garage. When she was 16, she and Morelli spent their first and last date on the floor of the Tasty Pastry Bakery, after working hours. She didn't see him again for 3 years. When she finally did run into him, 36 months later, hanging on the corner of Giovichinni's Meat Market, she literally ran into him - with her father's Buick. He lived to tell the tale.
In "One For The Money" Ms.Read more ›
Motivated by the ten grand she’ll earn for bringing Morelli in, Stephanie nevertheless struggles to adjust to her new career. Help comes from Ranger (a bounty hunter with incredible skills) but she soon realises that she’s in a heap of trouble and might just get herself killed before she can get her man …
Janet Evanovich’s debut Stephanie Plum novel sets the tone for this long-running crime series. Light-hearted and conversational in tone, it’s got some laugh-out-loud moments (particularly the Plum family dinners and Grandma Mazur, who is a scream) and a decent mystery revolving around the Morelli. Personally, I could have done without the romance element between Morelli and Stephanie, particularly as I found it pretty sexist and I’m bored with romances that are dependent on the female character making a fool out of herself or being constantly outwitted by the man. I also found Stephanie to be a little irritating at times because for all her mouthy sass, she makes some incredibly obvious mistakes and doesn’t seem to learn from them (particularly about where to keep her gun).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! Very funny. Love the characters. this was my introduction to the series, and I'm coming back for more!Published 9 months ago by Stephen Fender
I have just re-read this, the first Stephanie Plum novel and it is still as good as it was 25 years agoPublished 9 months ago by mary lynch
I chose this book because I was looking for an 'E' for an A - Z reading challenge and it has turned out to be an excellent choice. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda Dobinson
The first book I read by this author and I really hope she gets better with the next ones.Published 13 months ago by Locasta
I guess this is what some of my so called 'well educated' friends refer to as "low-brow commercial pulp fiction". Yep! And it's the best of the grange. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Love My Reads!
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I have enjoyed this book and have most of the series on Kindle. An amusing light read. Read more