Dimensions: 864 pages, 3.98 × 2.24 × 0.63 in
Published: November 1, 2007
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743216393
ISBN - 13: 9780743216395
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Chapter 1 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 of Italian descent, with enough Hungarians and Germans thrown in to 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 moment 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
From the Publisher
Three Complete Novels, One for the Money, Two for the
Dough, and Three to Get Deadly, from the New York
Times#1 Bestselling Author, Janet Evanovich!
Here''s where it all began -- the three novels that first brought
us Stephanie Plum, that bounty hunter with attitude who stepped out
of Trenton''s blue-collar "burg" and into the heart of America.
One for the Money: Stephanie''s all grown up and out on
her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad and 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, 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,
el-primo 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''s the
inamorato who charmed Stephanie out of her virginity at
age sixteen. There''s still powerful chemistry between them, so the
chase is interesting.
Two for the Dough: Stephanie takes to the mean streets of
Trenton, armed with attitude (not to mention stun guns and defense
sprays), to find Kenny Mancuso, who recently shot his best friend
and is on the run. Aided by the enigmatic Ranger, who knows a thing
or two about bounty hunting, and by her irrepressible Grandma
Mazur, Stephanie forms a shaky alliance with her favorite cop, Joe
Morelli, for a tumultuous chase through back alleys and Grandma''s
favorite funeral parlors.
Three to Get Deadly: Stephanie is having a bad hair day
-- for the whole month of January. She''s looking for Mo Bedemier,
Trenton''s most beloved citizen, who was charged with carrying
concealed and skipped bail. To help her, she''s got Lula, a former
hooker turned file clerk. Big, blonde, and black, Lula''s itching
to lock up a crook in the trunk of her car. And Morelli, the cop
with the slow-burning smile, is acting polite even after Stephanie
finds more bodies than the Trenton PD has seen in years. That''s a
bad sign for sure.
Funny and fabulous, Janet Evanovich is at her sparkling best in
these three novels that launched a bestselling phenomenon.
About the Author
Janet Evanovich is the acclaimed author of One
for the Money, Two for the Dough, Three to Get Deadly, Four to
Score, High Five, Hot Six, and Seven Up -- with lots
more to come! She lives in New Hampshire. Visit Janet at her
official Web site, www.evanovich.com.
"No less than her plotting, Evanovich's characterizations are
models of screwball artistry. . . . The intricate plot machinery of
her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists."-The New York