One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
(Movie Tie-in Edition) (Stephanie Plum)


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Guys, I guarantee you'll enjoy both her peril...and her triumphs.
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The New York Times bestselling blockbuster novel from Janet Evanovich that began the wildly entertaining Stephanie Plum series.

Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.

She's a product of the "burg," a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.

Now Stephanie's all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad's, doing her best to sever the world's longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.
Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.

Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie's virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario's Sub Shop. There's still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.
It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At worst, it could lead to murder.

About Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.
Published February 24, 1999 by Scribner. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Feb 12 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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A smartly paced debut with an irresistible heroine who...will have readers hooked by page three.

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Evanovich's debut is a delightful romp and Stephanie flaunts a rough-edged appeal.

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Blog Critics

on Jul 14 2005

Guys, I guarantee you'll enjoy both her peril...and her triumphs.

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Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Jan 04 2012

‘One’ was a short read, but really fun. I felt it had a clearer storyline...There was also the feeling of wanting Plum and Morelli to have one big smash/kiss/romantic scene...I would recommend ‘One for the Money’ if you are looking for a fun summer in winter book.

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Book Reporter

on Jan 22 2011

Janet Evanovich has introduced a refreshing, sassy, new female detective to the genre. This page turning, award winning mystery is the perfect way to spend a long summer day.

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Suite 101

on Nov 11 2010

The detective story is first-rate and is full of enough twists and turns to keep even the most seasoned detective fiction readers surprised.

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The Readers Cafe

on Nov 08 2012

She leaves the reader shaking their head and laughing out loud at situations that would have this reader wetting her pants in fear if she found herself in Stephanie’s situations.

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on Apr 08 2009

This was an interesting and intriguing book because the author grabbed the reader's attention and kept the plot and suspense moving until the end of the book.

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