“One For The Money” by Janet Evanovich was published by Harper Paperbacks in 1994. I got the book in a box of books being given away.
Book Synopsis (back cover details):
The synopsis below is a summary of the details on the back cover.
Stephanie Plum is out of work, out of money, and her car has been repossessed. She turns to cousin Vinnie, bail bondsman to get work. Stephanie figures it’s nice work; shagging bail jumpers for $10,000 a pop; so she joins up. Her first assignment a former vice cop on the run. A cranky ex-prize fighter dogging her and a habit of leaping first and looking later.
Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent
Ratings (1-5 scale):
- Overall: 2.25
- Heroine Likability: 2.5
- Hero likability: 2.5
- Read more than once: Maybe
- Read the next book in the series: Yes
This is the first book in the Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich. It also was turned into a movie by the same name. The book was written in the first person.
The book starts with Stephanie Plums history with the hero; in elementary school, high school, and a few years later when she “ran him over” with a car and broke his leg. It then moves to the present where she is out of work. She ends up using blackmail to get a job from her cousin as a bail bondsman. He lets her take a major case; to find the hero, and soon she finds out she is way out of her league. She runs out of things to sell for money. Ends up stealing the hero’s vehicle in order to motivate him to find her. When she asks for an advance and is turned down then they tell her that it is common to work more than one case at a time. She also gets a mentor to help her.
Stephanie Plum is the center of the book. All other characters revolve around her. She seems comfortable in having the ends justify the means. She needs money so blackmailing her cousin for a job seems reasonable. She needs a car and to find the hero so she steals his vehicle. She has a hamster that she rarely feeds. Everyone seems willing to look the other way when she breaks the law. The other cases in the book seemed to provide her education on how to do her job and provided a little comedy.
There was more than one villain in the book however the book seemed to focus on one; the boxer. The other villains were explained and wrapped up in the last few pages of the second to last chapter. The ending also cuts an action scene in half. The book then jumps in time for the start of the next chapter where the heroine fills the reader in on what happened. It seems to cheat the reader out of the action.
Updated on 4/6/2017 to reflect the rating on a 1-5 Scale.