As I started reading a passage of this book to my husband the other morning, he said, "Haven't you read that book before?"
Hysterical laughter followed. "I've read this book a dozen times. At least!"
I've read it so many times, I could just about recite it from memory! But it's like chocolate or chicken soup to me, it's comfort food. When life gets too heavy and I find myself slipping into depression I pull out a book from this series. It's not long - usually the first page - and I'm laughing and feeling much happier.
And, God knows, I need to be in a happy place this morning. I've just realized I need to rewrite the entire romantic suspense that I've been working on for the past year!!!! I've got the wrong mystery! Damn, I hate it when that happens. LOL
Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.
She's a product of the "burg," a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.
Now Stephanie's all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad's, doing her best to sever the world's longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.
Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.
Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie's virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario's Sub Shop. There's still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.
It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At the worst, it could lead to murder.
Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money was among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season.
Originally published in hardback June 1994
I hope it's a fantastic weekend for everyone!!
Peace and love,