Title: One for the Money
Stephanie Plum series #1
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publish Date: June 13, 2006
Publisher: St Martin's
Paperback, 320 pages
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I walked by this book at work so many times and never even picked it up, then it showed up on our New in Paperback table with Katherine Heigl's picture on it and I stopped in my tracks. WHAT?! A movie of hers I had missed? That's crazy talk. When I looked up the movie, I realized it hadn't come out yet. I was on a mission to read the book before the movie comes out. I plan on seeing that movie.
I was so pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed these books. Granted, I did picture the ever exciting and funny Heigl as the actor in this role, but it is written so funny. Stephanie is the main character. A woman who is losing her life. She is out of a job, can't pay her rent or bills. She takes a job as a bounty hunter - just some easy grabs til she can get back on her feet. Unfortunately, she is the most unpredictable woman who ends up accidentally falling in to the wrong places at the wrong time. She meets horrible men who despise women, especially women who are as self supportive as she is. I find myself laughing out loud, struggling to control the grin spreading across my face. Janet Evanovich has done a spectacular job bringing Stephanie Plum to life.
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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.
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.