You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do?
If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man who took Stephanie’s virginity at age 16 and then wrote details on a bathroom wall. With pride and rent money on the line, Plum plunges headlong into her first case, one that pits her against ruthless adversaries - people who’d rather kill than lose.
The New York Times Book Review calls Stephanie Plum “a Jersey girl with Bette Middler’s mouth and Cher’s fashion sense.” In Stephanie Plum, Evanovich has created a resourceful and humorous character who stands apart from the pack of gritty female detectives.
Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.
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All you need is a sense of humor. Actually, you don't even need that. Or a personality. You just have to be able to read, or, in the case of an audible book, listen. Janet Evanovich has given Stephanie Plum enough personality and wit for 10 women. Or men. And with supporting characters like Joe Morelli, Ranger, Lula and Grandma Mazur, all that's necessary is that you read/listen in spurts so you don't die of laughter before the book ends. I'm telling ya, even Rex the hamster, who doesn't even have a speaking part, is funny.
It also isn't hard to find someone to hate in “One for the Money,” the first book in the Plum novels. Joyce Barnhardt comes to mind. She's the series bitch and Stephanie's arch enemy. Why? She slept with Stephanie's husband-at-the-time, Dickie Orr, and neither got much sleep. Speaking of sex, Stephanie and Morelli have had the on-and-off hots for each other since forever, and have been fighting and flirting since childhood.
Then there's fellow bounty hunter Ranger. He and Ms. Plum have nothing in common, except a mutual attraction to each other. He's the consummate professional to Stephanie's bumbling neophyte slob. Ranger's an almost vegetarian and she's never met a cheeseburger she doesn't like. But he seems to always turn up when Stephanie needs him, and in "One for the Money," she needs him several times. Heck, she needs a lot of help. A natural at bounty hunting, she isn’t.
Of course, it also helps to have a fearless family member like Grandma Mazer, who wouldn't back down from a circle saw, and who takes to carrying a pistol (a really big one) in her purse in the next book in the series, "Two for the Dough." She also, much to Stephanie’s dismay, starts tagging along with her on searches for FTAs (failure to appear).
Bottom line: "One for the Money" is a hoot from start to finish. It will leave you wanting more. Fortunately, there is more. A lot of it.
The audio version is better than the print version.
I liked the characterizations, especially Stephanie Plum. Stephanie had no idea what skip tracing involved and it showed. From her dress to her lack of fire arms training and her reluctance to use a gun, Stephanie was out of her element. If not for some luck and a lot of help from her "friends," Stephanie could have ended up in one of the barrels she found at the marina.
Stephanie Plum was my favorite character. Even though she took the job just to pay her bills, she ended up peformimg quite well for a novice.
I found this book to be funny on several levels. The comedic elements seemed to come at just the right times to break the tense moments in which Stephanie found herself.
This was the first book by Janet Evanovich that I read. I fell in love with Stephanie Plum and will surely continue with the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I have read other books by Janet Evanovich and enjoy her stories very much. she keeps you in suspense until the end.
love audio books - Anglophile
I much prefer Lori Petty's reading of the abridged version of One for the Money to C.J. Critt's unabridged version. Petty or Lorelei King would have been preferable for the unabridged version. I noticed that this C.J. Critt version was copyrighted 1995 and the Lorelei King readings started later. I personally prefer more of a performance narration like that of Lori Petty - loved the accents.
I have not finished listening to the book, but it is taking a while because the narrator is annoying to me. Hearing her constantly take the deep breaths, to me is distracting. Maybe it's her style, but I think you can convey sacrasm and move the story forward without hearing the breaths after every pause. ANNOYING!
I am goiong to need to see how this ends and see if it's the same narrator throughout the series. So not sure.
Her annoying heavy breathing! She doesn't do the voices of the other characters as well as other narrators I have listened to. I like Judy Kay from the Grafton series and the gal from the JD Robb Series isn't too bad either.
It is a movie now, but I haven't seen it.
Janet Evanovich's books have been highly recommended to me by several people so this was my first exposure to her writing. Overall the story is good, although it takes about 3 hours to become totally engrossed to the point of being eager to hear what happens next. The voice of the narrator was not a match for the description of the main character, it was too mature. However, the narrator did do a good job creating different distinct voices for the other characters.
Its among the top 5
Yes, always wondering what Stephanie is going to blow up.
She was okay, I just felt like the words didn't flow. There were to many pauses at the wrong times.
A MUST SEE...HILARIOUS.
I have read all of the Stephanie Plum novels and love each one.
my mother in law introduced me to this author while we were truck driving up and down the west coast from California to Washington state. I've been in love with the character Stephanie Plum ever since. Can't wait to hear what happens in the next book
This was a good book. I enjoyed the narrations and suspenseful plot. It is well written and at time comical. Another good job by the author
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