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One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) (Stephanie Plum Novels) Paperback – June 13, 2006
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If that hard-luck story doesn't sound compelling enough, Stephanie's several unsuccessful attempts at pulling in Joe make a downright hilarious and suspenseful tale of murder and deceit. Along the way, several more outlandish (but unrelentingly real) characters join the story, including Benito Ramirez, a champion boxer who seems to be following Stephanie Plum wherever she goes.
Janet Evanovich shares an authentic feel for the streets of Trenton in her debut mystery (she developed her talents in a string of romance novels before creating Ms. Plum), and her tough, frank, and funny first-person narrator offers a winning mix of vulgarity and sensitivity. Evanovich is certainly among the best of the new voices to emerge in the mystery field of the 1990s. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Turns out to be plenty hard. After all, most of the criminals won't come when asked politely. And she did target Joe Morelli, a cop on the run trying to prove he was framed. Still, that huge paycheck and a shared past keep her focused on Morelli. But when boxer Benito Ramirez starts dogging her trail, she begins to suspect she's in over her head. Can she survive long enough to bring Morelli in?
I've been hearing lots about these books, but hadn't had a chance to try one yet. Wish I hadn't waited so long. The writing style is engaging and the pace fast. I had a hard time putting the book down and couldn't stop thinking about it when I did. When the book ended, I started looking around for the second to see what would happen next to the main characters.
It's easy to see why this series is so popular. The fun characters and storyline make for quick, light reading. I'm looking forward to catching up on the seven books I haven't read yet and hope to enjoy visits with these characters for many years to come.
The dialogue is perfect - smack dab in the centre of a triangle cornered by New York police procedural, hammed up sit-com and cute romance! Yeah, yeah, yeah ... really hard to believe, I know! But Evanovich pulls it off, doles out a generous helping of laugh out loud writing and manages to keep the whole book light enough to polish off at a single sitting! Stephanie's grandmother is completely off the wall and positively hilarious.
Now if only she could have figured out a way to resolve the mystery part of the plot without resorting to the painfully trite cliché of the gloating criminal holding the heroine at gunpoint explaining how nasty he intends to be in intricate, precise detail! And, puhleeeze ... our hero, Morelli, just HAPPENED to catch the whole conversation on tape which of course exonerates him completely from the murder charge.
Full marks for the fluff - humour, romance, characterization, banter, dialogue! Failing grade on plot! OK, we'll call it 3-stars and let everybody decide for themselves whether they want to take on the second book in the series. I'm going to give "Two for the Dough" a read and see how it goes!
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It is a good book, it sets up the characters and the story line, each book gets funnier as the series goes along, I recommend this series to all
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Something to unwind with ... definitely a humors novel. Something I need in a world like this a good laugh.Published 4 days ago by Lynnette Ervin
My first problem with this book killed my ability to even finish it. I know I’m not the only person who has noticed that the main character was sexually molested as a child, but... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Adan Ramie
Easy, engaging read. Action packed as well as funny! Want to read the rest of the series. Looking forward to seeing what Stephanie gets into next!Published 15 days ago by Rhonda Miller
I love her books, they are superbly written and the humor is always on time.Published 19 days ago by Shenikqua Simmons
I love the wacky characters in the Plum novels. The good guys and the FTAs are both a bit crazyPublished 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
Hard to believe that people like this book and this character enough to generate 21 others. Yeah Stephanie is plucky but she is just plain STUPID. Beyond clueless. Read morePublished 23 days ago by John A. Lefcourte