One for the Money

One for the Money

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2003
Edition: St. Martin's paperbacks ed
Description: 338 p. ; 18 cm
ISBN: 9780312990459
0312990456
9780684196398
0684196395
Branch Call Number: Evan
Additional Contributors: Evanovich, Janet. One for the money

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SIRENREAD
Apr 17, 2020

The series has a lot of appeal for many readers and I think that is why it's so iconic. 1) It is a ongoing immense series that has not slowed momentum. This is attractive to readers who can't get enough of one particular author or series. Janet Evanovich readers know that there will always be a book in the works, and that their wait is short. 2)The ever evolving and changing cast of characters and awkward obstacles bring light hearted comedic elements to this series that will have you dying with laughter. 3) This series has elements of erotic romances that give it a rom-com feel. There are several handsome romantic interests that support the plot movement, and continuously show up through out the series for fan service. 4) The contemporary setting in New Jersey is unexpected and brilliant. It gives you those nostalgic mob moments.
There are many more reasons to pick this series up, but those are the most prevalent in my mind.

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Gunnybear2
Mar 23, 2020

A little unrealistic for my taste.....Got to Chapter 4. It was recommended to me. I may attempt at another time, but too many other interesting books to read.

FPL_SheriS Jan 25, 2020

Have you ever thought what kind of woman would become a bounty hunter? Then this might be the book for you. This is a flashback to the late 80s early 90s complete with cordless phones and spandex shorts, and is the first in the popular Stephanie Plum novels. This is a gritty and uncomfortable story. The protagonist is strong and has a survival mentality, but the pervasiveness and acceptance of brutality against women is hard to take.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Jan 16, 2020

Was really reading this just to say I had. By the end it had grown on me but I almost stopped reading partway through the first chapter due to some graphic situations.

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Sarabel75
Mar 04, 2019

A quick and easy, yet fun read. We're not talking mind expansion or literary craftsmanship, but for entertainment value, Janet Evanovich really nails it. A very sordid tale out of the lower-income 'burbs of New Jersey-- lowbrow fun.

After catching the trailer for the movie, I was intrigued and I thought I would first give the book a read. It is first in the series about Stephanie Plum, a down-on-her-luck girl who decides to take up bountyhunting to make ends meet. Though some of it is dated because it was originally written in the 1990’s, most of it is still relevant. It is a good light-hearted mystery which makes me want to read the entire series. Definitely worth a look if you hadn’t read it before. (submitted by SC)

LoganLib_Aavishka Nov 28, 2017

This book was amazing! I just love the way Evanovich writes, and being more of a fantasy romance reader, I wasn't sure initially if I would enjoy this book, I was very wrong! One for the Money had me captivated and in fits of laughter. It had a good storyline and fun characters.

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

PLOT OR PREMISE:
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.

BOTTOM-LINE:
Excellent first in the series

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prlange22
May 25, 2017

I borrowed this book because the series was so highly rated on the Internet. I was looking forward to finding another author to read. However I only read the first 10 pages of this book. Stephanie is molested at age 6 by an 8 yr old boy. This same boy takes advantage of her as a teenager. In retaliation, she hits him with her car. This is all supposed to be funny, but I found it terribly sad. There was far too much profane language and ugly concepts even in the first 10 pages. I crossed Evanovich off my list of authors to read.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

The first book in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and my first Janet Evanovich read. This was a pretty decent book; it's a mystery, but for the most part, it doesn't read like a formulaic mystery: murder, clues, resolution. It reads more like a book about Stephanie's life, and her new job as a bounty hunter and all the dangers that go along with that.
No, it's not "classical literature", but it was a fun read and I'll probably read at least a couple more from the series.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Jan 16, 2020

Sexual Content: Many mentions to sexual assault and rape

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Jan 16, 2020

Violence: Several people get shot

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Jan 16, 2020

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

Violence: This series is about the criminal element, therefor there is violence.

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

Coarse Language: Coarse Language runs amok in this series.

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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dstarr
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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

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SIRENREAD
Apr 17, 2020

In the suburbs of the burbs recently laid-off lingerie saleswoman, Stephanie Plum, must find work fast or else she will have to move in with her over stepping Italian/Hungarian family. Temped by a filing position at her pervert cousin Venny's bounty hunter business, she discovers bounty hunting is more lucrative, and the bounty on her ex high school fling sweetens the hunt! Can this amateur sleuth capture these criminals, or will she fail spectacularly. 20+ books says: both?

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dstarr
Jun 03, 2012

A recently-laid off woman is down to her last few dollars. She's hocked everything she has and is forced to work for her bail bondsman uncle as a bounty hunter just to buy groceries. The story follows her exploits at learning the business while tracking a most uncanny bond-skipper. In the interim, she meets up with some really inscrutable characters.

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

This series is about about a woman bounty hunter, her co-workers, foes, friends, and family. Often you can relate to her misadventures, other times they are so out there you know they can't really be true, but you laugh anyway.

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kaijene
Feb 04, 2018

Just to clear the air, I'm sorry I wrote that poem about you on the stadium wall when we were in high school.

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