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Friday, February 3, 2012
One For the Money
One For the Money by Janet Evanovich
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Movie Tie-In edition (November 22, 2011)
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.
I just may be the last person on the planet to read this book. I have had this series recommended to me by so many different readers. I bought a used and abused copy of it a long time ago and pulled it out. I heard it was a laugh out loud read and I was ready for a good laugh. This book delivered in the laugh department. Stephanie Plum is hilarious. She gets herself into some of the funniest situations. I like her spunk!
Like any crime story, there is violence and some explicit scenes. Stephanie is a bounty hunter after all and criminals on the lamb don't exactly want to be taken in.
The ending was nicely wrapped up but not too tightly as we know the series does go on. I hope to be able to read some more of the series and look forward to seeing the movie at some point.
If you are looking for a fun crime novel, this might be the book for you! Thank you to all those bloggers and friends who recommended this series to me.
I read this book for the month of February for the Just For Fun Challenge.