One For The Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel

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One For The Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel

by Janet Evanovich
As told by Janet Evanovich

June 13, 2006 | Trade Paperback

One For The Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel is rated 4.4828 out of 5 by 29.
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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.23 × 2.17 × 0.39 in

Published: June 13, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312362080

ISBN - 13: 9780312362089

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome Book! The stephanie plum series, is truly an enjoyable, quick read. My best friend and I have read almost the whole series and we are truly in love with the main characters. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is a very easy going book, that allows the reader to be absorbed by Stephanie Plum and all her adventures. This book is not only a mystery novel but it also has a touch of comedy in it. Making it a very refreshing book to read. I recommend this book to all who are interested in mystery, romance, and comedy. The book is about a women named stephanie who is in a tough pinch. She is out of money and has no job. She is desperate for a job, so she turns to bounty hunting. She has no clue what she is doing, but her instincts kick in making her into a fairly good bounty hunter. All the characters in this story are entertaining , especially Morelli. The relationship between Morelli and Stephanie will definitely be a funny one. I truly enjoyed this novel!
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Finally, a new series I can get excited about. Okay, so it's not new, I'm very late to the party on this one, and it probably hasn't been that long since the last series I discovered that I fell in love with, but it feels like it. I'm so glad I finally picked up this book. In Stephanie Plum, Janet Evanovich has created a funny, relatable character that I instantly liked. One for the Money is a quick read that keeps you wanting to turn the pages. Steph is an ordinary girl who finds herself in a tough situation - out of money and totally desperate for a job. She knows she's out of her league, but she needs the cash, and as it turns out, actually has some good bounty hunter instincts. But of course, it's not just Stephanie, I loved the whole canvas of characters. Morelli was particularly interesting. I can't wait to keep reading this series and see where that relationship goes. On to book two!
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from http://frosybookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/one-for-money-book-review.html I finally met Stephanie Plum. I had been hearing about these books but never really got around reading them until now. There are 16 books so far and One For The money is the first one. We meet Stephanie Plum when she loses her job as a lingerie buyer, desperate to find a new one. She’s behind on her rent and her car has just been taken away. Not knowing where to turn, she goes to her cousin Vinnie who owns a bail-bond business. She bacically blackmails Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond job worth $10.000 even though she doesn’t know anything about law enforcement and is afraid to use her new gun. Even if this wasn't enough for Stephanie, now she has to put her emotions in control because the guy she’s looking for is a suspect for murder and she knows him very well. She once ran her car over him. I had hard time figuring out what this book is. Is it crime? Mystery? Comedy? I think they it’s all of them. The story is a page turner and Stephanie is such a fun person. The chemistry between her and Joe Morelli was fantastic. I definitely want to see more of them. Overall I loved the book. It’s fun, light and a quick read. This is my first mystery-crime type of book. Although this genre is not my thing I loved it because of the witty characters. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys good comedy with a mix of mystery.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun, witty and sexy loved this book! stephanie plum is such a well written character. The sexiness between her and joe morelli is perfect and it has me on the edge of my seat and i cant wait to read more.
Date published: 2011-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plum Goodness with a side order of sexy cop and sexy bounty hunter. These read like a Sookie Stackhouse novel minus the supernatural stuff. And even better....there are now seventeen of them. Oh my I have some reading to do. Evanovich hit the jackpot with a sexy character like Stephanie plum who is basically SO affraid of things in this novel that she scares herself calm and makes everyone (except for sexy Joe Morelli) thinks she calm, collected and knows what she's doing. Yet she is determined. She sees dollar signs in her eyes when it comes to bringing in Joe and has no time to worry about it. Evanovich has written a character that i'm sure she can continue to write about for a long while. Cause let's face it everyone cannot get enough. I know i couldn't.
Date published: 2011-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Desperate times calls for desperate measures I would like to start off by saying how disappointed I am in myself for not having gotten around to reading this series before now. For years, I’ve heard about Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, but for some reason it just didn’t seem that appealing to me. After multiple recommendations from friends and fellow Chapter members, I finally decided to check it out and boy I’m I glad I did! One For the Money is the first book of the famous Stephanie Plum series. This book takes place in Trenton, New Jersey. Evanovich created an interesting plot that will have you on the edge of your seat. Stephanie Plum fines herself in a tough spot after losing her job as a lingerie buyer for E.E. Martin. As she starts to run out of options and money, she decides to go with her last resort, her cousin Vinnie. Vinnie’s a little worm and sexual lunatic who owns a bail bonding company. As Stephanie discovers the world of bounty hunters, she soon realizes just how over her head she’s in. The characters are very intriguing, especially Stephanie. Being raised in the Burg Stephanie Plum has a short temper, a big attitude and an even bigger mouth. She also manages to get herself in the worst situations. Lucky for her, she has the help of a few friends; Moreilli, Ranger and Gazarra. Moreilli is a hot Italian vice cop with a long, intriguing history with Stephanie. Ranger is a notorious bounty hunter who seems to find Steph’s predicaments entertaining and serves as a mentor in order to help her get on the right track of bounty hunting. Eddie Gazarra is a long time friend of Stephanie’s and police informant. Stephanie may hold alliances with these men but she also makes a few enemies while trying to do her job. In this book the main antagonist is known as Benito Ramirez. Benito is a total psycho and I hope to never come across t a crazy lunatic like him. Ramirez is a heavyweight boxing fighter who likes to physically and mentally torture women. Now Stephanie must get her man before he gets her. This book offered suspense, interesting characters and laugh out loud moments. I would definitely recommend it and I can’t wait to see what Stephanie will do next!
Date published: 2011-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh Out Loud Funny! My sister highly recommended this series, so I finally went out and bought book one in this series of Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter. Fun and entertaining to read, this cleverly written story will leave you wanting more. And on that note, I will be going out and buying book two tomorrow. I may be a little late in saying this, but if you haven't started this series, put it on your TBR list.
Date published: 2011-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Read in a Long Time! I was looking for something to read that would keep my attention span and I could fall in love with when a friend suggested Stephanie Plum. I fell in love with the characters in the series from the begining I have read all the way to Finger Lickin Fiften and look forward to the Between the numbers books and number 16. The only warning I have about the sereies is beware that they are extremely addictive! Janet Evanovich is a writting genius!
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One hell of a ride! There are very few books that I read slow and carefully in order to absorb every tiny detail. And those books are generally very good. This is no exception! This novel offers everything all books should have! Stephanie Plum is an entertaining protagonist and the fact that it was told from her viewpoint only made it better. It was rare that I read a chapter and didn't laugh out loud at least once. I even managed to get a few strange stares from people on the bus and even family. The fact that there was an actual plot with a pretty good twist made it all the more better. It's rare to ever find a book that delivers so many emotions and genres but this one definitely did. Suspense, mystery, thriller, romance, humor...all of these and more. A truly great and fun read.
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot of fun Funny & very entertaining... Well worth it!
Date published: 2009-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining & Funny would give this a try, all I can say is I am happy that there are still 13 plus books in the series. I thought this introduction to Stephanie Plum and her entourage family and friends to be funny and suspenseful. I could not put the book down and thouroughly enjoyed it beginning to end.
Date published: 2009-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous This is the first book in a 14 book series (so far) There are also 4 "inbetweens". This introduction to Stephanie Plum, her family and the men in her life is delighful and suspensful at the same time. I couldn't put it down and then bought all the other books.
Date published: 2008-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Violence, gore, the worst humanity has to offer…this book has it all If you’re way too happy and long to start hating your fellow man, this book is for you. If you get a big kick out of crushing poverty and horrible misfortune, you’ll be laughing out loud. It you love descriptions of women torn apart from being raped with a jagged broken beer bottle, you’ll read this book with a big smile. If you like the thought of a woman and her children being victimized in a grisly apartment fire-bombing because they were unfortunate enough to witness a murder, this book is right up your alley. This book is nothing but a poorly written string of gory rapes and murders. With so many out of work these days, this is a depressing reminder of how a couple of misfortunes can snowball into the kind of poverty that leaves you surviving on crackers and peanut butter - even after having sold all your furniture. If you find horrible poverty, gratuitous murder and gory rape A-1 entertainment, you’ll love it. That so many do is a sad commentary on what our country has become and that is far more depressing than bad writing and gore.
Date published: 2008-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny! It was laugh out loud funny. By the end of chapter one I had broken out into laughter at least three times. There have been a lot of books that are supposed to be funny, but this is is truly funny. I was reading it while waiting for my son to get out Karate class, and when I kept laughing one of the other parents wanted to know what was so funny. Stephanie Plum is a down on her luck. She lost her job and she has no money. She blackmails her cousin into giving her a job as a bounty hunter. With her first assignment she has to bring in Joe. A cop on the run and wanted for murder. He is also the guy she gave her virginity to. She later ran him over with her car because he didn't bother to call her after taking her on the floor of her father's bakery. Stephanie's Grandma should have her own book. She is a hoot! I loved every scene that was she was in. If this was a movie, she would have stolen every scene, and won an Oscar for it.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it laughed till i hurt
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun, flirty and hilarious If you're looking for something fluffy and funny this is perfect. Nothing too deep, and 2 sexy guys to keep things interesting. :) Lots of fun!
Date published: 2008-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! I can't tell you how much I love this series! It's clever, funny, sexy and action-packed! The hilarious characters are charismatic and loveable. I've read one through thirteen, and love them all (although I have not read the "in between the numbers" series). I couldn't put them down and read them all in about a month. I can't wait for the 14th to come out in June. You won't regret reading these books!!
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Fun Janet Evanovich and her series of Stephanie Plum novels are a treat for the mind! Stephanie is an endearing and relatable heroine and the stories keep you turning pages well into the night. As with most series, it is nice to get to know the characters. I highly recommend the author and this series in particular for a summer read, a fall distraction or a way to pass the winter months. I simple cannot say enough postive things about the novels - they are funny, entertaining and compteley abosorbing. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laugh out loud! this book is so funny it will have you laughing so hard your stomach will hurt! Setphanie Plum is a lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter when she loses her job. The story is hilarious as she bumbles her way through her case files and ends up with the case being way over her head. It includes her crazy granny with a like of guns, Morelli the sexy cop, and Ranger the uber cool top notch bounty hunter! i can't wait to read the rest of the series!!
Date published: 2006-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HILARIOUS The trials and tribulations of Stephanie Plum are absolutely hilarious. They will have you laughing out loud. Between her and her family, and the oh so sexy Joe Morelli, Lula and the small Trenton Jersey community, you will be roaring out loud at least every chapter! I read it on the bus and provide entertainment for the other commuters laughing at my laughter!! Can't put "One for the Money" down or any of the others in the series!!
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I had never read a mystery novel, but after hearing a lot of hype about the Janet Evanovich books, I decided to give them a try. I started with the first book of the Stephanie Plum series and was not at all disappointed. This book had me laughing right from the beginning to end. It was clever and entertaining. Stephanie Plum has become one of my favorite fictional characters. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries and laughter.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud fun! Only read this book in public places if you're comfortable with giggling to yourself in front of total strangers. Stephanie Plum is a riot and easy to identify with - she's you're average woman - but with an unusual job - but somehow it all works. I've read the entire series several times and plan to read it several more - she is just one of my favourites!
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hysterically Funny It was recommended that I try reading something by Janet Evanovich so I tried “One for the Money”. I am so hook that I am now on book 4! These are books are hysterically funny, charming and they have very charismatic characters.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I really enjoyed this book. Stephanie Plum is characterized as an every day person, just trying to get by. The book is an easy read, funny, thrilling, and addictive. I couldn't put this book down, and once I was finished, I had to pick up Two For The Dough. I had the entire series read within a few weeks.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Book is Hilarious! I have never read another book that made me laugh out loud the way this one does. I highly recommend it as a smart and light book for fun reading.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ***** Great. If you liked it, keep reading, the farther into the series the better the books.
Date published: 2005-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ***** breath takeingly stunning
Date published: 2005-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a book club book This book was okay. It was quick , easy reading and funny at times. However, I read it as a book club book and it has truly no substance whatsoever. This is a day at the beach type book and I am sure the storyline will become boring if you continue to read the series.
Date published: 2005-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected! This book was awesome! A really witty read that leaves you laughing over the main character’s idiosyncrasies and situations that, sometimes, hit home. “…I shuffled into the kitchen and stood in front of the refrigerator, hoping the refrigerator fairies had visited during the night.” This book was entertaining from the first page to the last. With the right mix of suspense and humour, and with an awesome cast, it was hard to put this book down. Grandma Mazur can sum up the tone of this book - “That shooting gave me an appetite, somebody pass me the potatoes”
Date published: 2004-07-10

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One For The Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel

by Janet Evanovich
As told by Janet Evanovich

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.23 × 2.17 × 0.39 in

Published: June 13, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312362080

ISBN - 13: 9780312362089

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CHAPTER ONE THERE ARE SOME MEN who enter a woman''s life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me -- not forever, but periodically. Morelli and I were both born and raised in a blue-collar chunk of Trenton called the burg. Houses were attached and narrow. Yards were small. Cars were American. The people were mostly Italian descent, with enough Hungarians and Germans thrown into offset inbreeding. It was a good place to buy calzone or play the numbers. And. if you had to live in Trenton anyway, it was an okay place to raise a family. When I was a kid I didn''t ordinarily play with Joseph Morelli. He lived two blocks over and was two years older. "Stay away from those Morelli boys," my mother had warned me. "They''re wild. I hear stories about the things they do to girls when they get them alone." "What kind of things?" I''d eagerly asked. "You don''t want to know," my mother had answered. "Terrible things. Things that aren''t nice." From that point on, I viewed Joseph Morelli with a combination of terror and prurient curiosity that bordered on awe. Two weeks later, at the age of six, with quaking knees and a squishy stomach, I followed Morelli into his father''s garage on the promise of learning a new game. The Morelli garage hunkered detached and snubbed at the edge of their lot. It was a sorry affair, lit by a single shaft of light filtering through a grime-coated window. Its air was stagnant, smelling of corner must, discarded tires, and jugs of used motor oil
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Read the Dynamite Blockbuster that Started It All!

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.

From the Jacket

Read the Dynamite Blockbuster that Started It All!

"Evanovich is funny and ceaselessly inventive."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Snappily written, fast paced and witty."
--USA Today

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.

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including Two for the Dough 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.

Editorial Reviews

"Comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air."
--The Washington Post
"Evanovich''s writing is smooth, clever and laugh-aloud. Her plot is ingenious and fresh, her dialogue breezy, bright, witty, and gutsy."
--Booklist (starred review)
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