The first installation in New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich's 'Stephanie Plum' series 'One For The Money' was released in 1994. Now a major motion picture, the book has been re-released with a movie tie in cover as below.
The books, sequentially numbered, 'One For The Money', 'Two For The Dough' and so on, are now up to 'Explosive Eighteen' and the series continues to grow in numbers and in popularity. Information on all of Janet Evanovich's books as well as information about the author and upcoming releases can be found at her website www.evanovich.com
One For The Money' begins the story of Stephanie Plum; down on her luck and out of work. In a moment of pure desperation and hunger (as she has no food in her fridge) she blackmails her cousin Vinnie into giving her a job as a bounty hunter. Knowing nothing about the job, she takes it deciding that whatever it throws at her, it's worth it for the money.
With the help of her super hot mentor and fellow bounty hunter Carlos Manoso, better known as Ranger, she is given the task of bringing in her ex-flame; on the run cop, Joe Morelli. So she ran him over with her car when she was a teenager; she's over it but he unfortunately isn't, and it's her job to bring him in and hopefully collect the reward money.
The result is instant hilarity followed by cheesy jokes and wonderful characters including her crazy but loveable family. Although these books aren't always on the best seller lists in Australia, if you start to talk to book lovers you will discover there is almost a cult following; if a reader has read one book the chances are they have read them all and are eagerly waiting for the next one to be released.
These books aren't intellectually challenging but are great for an easy read, a good laugh and a chance to make you feel normal in comparison to main character's crazy life. There are sexual references, swearing and some violence so I wouldn't recommend the books to younger readers.
If you're looking for a good laugh, a few gun fights and some romance thrown in, 'One For The Money' is the perfect book to sit down and read, possibly in one afternoon if you're really enthusiastic.
Great review! I had heard of these books years ago ubut never read them because they just didn't sound like my cup of tea. then I saw the movie (it happened to be the only decent looking movie on on a night when we had a babysitter) and loved it so I picked up the book and it's great! The writing style's a bit grating at times (I hate it when she says things like "I remoted the door" or "he cut his eyes at me") but the stories are great. I'm three books in so far.