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Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn't own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

If that hard-luck story doesn't sound compelling enough, Stephanie's several unsuccessful attempts at pulling in Joe make a downright hilarious and suspenseful tale of murder and deceit. Along the way, several more outlandish (but unrelentingly real) characters join the story, including Benito Ramirez, a champion boxer who seems to be following Stephanie Plum wherever she goes.

Janet Evanovich shares an authentic feel for the streets of Trenton in her debut mystery (she developed her talents in a string of romance novels before creating Ms. Plum), and her tough, frank, and funny first-person narrator offers a winning mix of vulgarity and sensitivity. Evanovich is certainly among the best of the new voices to emerge in the mystery field of the 1990s. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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ISBN-10:  0312990456
ISBN-13:  978-0312990459
Author:  Janet Evanovich
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
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review by . March 31, 2011
Let's face it - the basic premise of this book is so whacked that you just gotta laugh before you even start reading it! Stephanie Plum, a down on her luck and out of work lingerie buyer cons her cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a job as a "recovery agent", a skip tracer, a bounty hunter. She's brash, vulgar, feminine, cute, sexy, tarty, sassy, funny and, on top it of it all, she's got balls made of brass. She actually believes she's qualified to chase down an old high school …
review by . November 03, 2006
I first read this book 2 years ago after having listened to my family laugh about the characters for years. I have read and reread this series of books several times. They are hilarious.  In this book, we meet Stephanie. She has been laid off and bribes her wierd cousin into hiring her as a bounty hunter.  She has absoloutely no skills and her first job is a cop accused of murder, Joe Morelli.  Turns out they have quite the history. And I don't want to spoil any of …
review by . July 30, 2006
I picked this book up because so many of my book friends recommended it and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I'm pleased to say that I found the book quite funny and charming; a fast, easy read that pulled me in quickly and kept me grinning throughout.    This is the beginning of the Stephanie Plum series that so far has 12 books. The setup here is Stephanie is out of work and definitely out of money, so she sees her cousin Vinny for a filing job. When that falls …
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