by Janet Evanovich
Paperback/Audio Edition – Read August 29, 2012
Length: 334 pages
Official Description:(This is book 1 of the Stephanie Plum series)
Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash–fast–but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie’s bail bonding company. She’s got no experience. But that doesn’t matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father’s Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water–wanted for murder.
Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn’t. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she’ll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight–and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.
I have obviously heard about this book for a while now, it first came out in 1994 so this is nothing new. I just never really got around to reading it but it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for over a year. I kind of hybrid read/listened to this because I was spending a lot of time in my car this past weekend and this was the only audio book my library had that I thought I’d like. I must say I did like the book, it was weird listening to it simply because I had just watched “A League of Their Own” and the narrator was the actress who played Kit. After I got past the “HEY Kit is reading to me” bit then I was rather pleased with the audio version. I think most people have a pretty good idea about the Stephanie Plum books and what they’re about, but I liked that Stephanie was a tough(ish) Jersey chick who was desperate and decided to try bounty hunting. I also liked that her decision was spurred by a) money and b) getting back at her ex. I think the writing style was very easy to follow and the story flowed pretty well. I don’t know how well this will flow through 19 books, book 19 is expected Nov. 20, 2012, but right now this book is rather enjoyable. I think if you’ve been reluctant to pick this up and you like the cozy mystery type books then you would probably enjoy this. It does have violence and what not but it’s not gruesome.
“I had an alarm, I had nerve gas, I had a yogurt. What more could anyone want?”