One for the Money

One for the Money

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Meet 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.

One for the Money is now a major motion picture starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum and Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur.
Publisher: New York : Scribner's, c1994.
ISBN: 9780684196398
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 25 cm.


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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.

Sep 26, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Excellent first in the series

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.

ArapahoeAlice Sep 03, 2016

I laughed so hard reading this that I had an asthma attack--and it was worth it. This is the novel that made Janet Evanovich a best-selling author. Stephanie Plum, having lost her job buying lingerie, takes a job as a bounty hunter. She is incompetent, but lucky and spunky. Cop Joe Morelli is one of the world's hottest heroes. Dinners with Stephanie's family are bizarrely funny, Enjoy!

Jun 01, 2016

saw the movie - decided to read the book. It's a good mystery, with enough physical chemistry between the 2 main characters to keep the mystery from getting too serious. I look forward to reading more of this series of books.

SFPL_ExcelsiorLib May 05, 2016

If you are looking for a light and funny beach read, this series about the (mis)adventures of novice bounty hunter Stephanie Plum may be just the thing for you.

Feb 23, 2016

Saw the movie first, thought it was pretty funny and well done, the book seems to be the same. More details in the book, more 'cases' and you can see the growth of Plum a bit better.
Get the next one too!

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Aug 19, 2008

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

Aug 19, 2008

Coarse Language: Coarse Language runs amok in this series.

Aug 19, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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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.

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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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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