One for the Money
Stephanie Plum is an out-of-work lingerie buyer in need of a job, any job. Her car has been repossessed, she can't make rent and she's forced to move back home with her parents. What could be worse? In desperation, she convinces her cousin Vinnie to hire her as a bounty hunter in his bail bond business. Never mind that she doesn't know what a bounty hunter does, and when she finds out it involves carrying a gun, sitting on stake outs and chasing dangerous people down dark Trenton, New Jersey alleyways, she realizes the lingerie business definitely didn't prepare her for this.
Her first shot at getting out of debt is a $10,000 bounty on Trenton vice cop, Joe Morelli, on the run for suspected murder. Joe and Stephanie go back, way back, to a hot and sweaty grappling match on the floor behind the pastry counter of the local bakery where Joe relieved a 16-year-old Stephanie of her virginity. Frankly, Stephanie's not too disturbed at the idea of putting Joe behind bars, and she seeks him out with a vengeance.
Bringing in a fugitive is a lot harder than she thought, and when she finds out a psycho is after her, the plot takes some surprising and sidesplitting turns. Her borrowed car is bombed, her Grandma Mazur, straight from the Twilight Zone, joins in the hunt, and she discovers, almost too late, that she should have put in some target practice with her new gun.
Janet Evanovich has introduced a refreshing, sassy, new female detective to the genre. This page turning, award winning mystery is the perfect way to spend a long summer day. Movie rights have been sold to Tri-Star.
Reviewed by Roz Shea on January 22, 2011