Saturday, July 30, 2011

One For the Money by: Janet Evanovich Review

Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Rating: 5 cups
Series: Stephanie Plum #1

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. As 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...

My Review:
This book is the beginning of a series about Stephanie Plum who finds herself in desperate need of a job having been unemployed for the past 6 months.  She's about to loose her apartment, have her utilities cut off, and loose her car.  She goes to her mother's house for dinner where her parents tell her about Vinnie Plum's business and how he may have work for her.  She heads to Vinnie's bent on getting a job and after much persuasion blackmails Vinnie into hiring her as a bounty hunter, which Stephanie knows next to nothing about.  Her first case is to bring in Joe Morelli an ex cop being charged with murder.  The good side would be Stephanie would get $10,000 the bad part Morelli doesn't make it easy to for Stephanie to get her money.  In the meantime she meets Ranger who teaches her some bounty hunting tips.  This book was packed with action, humor *gotta love Grandma Muzur*, relationships and the occasional dinner with the folks. 
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