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One for the Money

By Janet Evanovich

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| Paperback | 9780061009051

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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 sa Continue

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

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Divertente... Non esilarante, ma divertente!

    Non trovo nessuna buona ragione per non consigliarvi questo libro!! In vacanza, al mare, mentre si prende il sole, prima di addormentarsi.... Si legge in pochissimo tempo ed in qualsiasi occasione di relax!!

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    Erika Rossi said on Jul 22, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Fucking A!

    Per l'estate ho iniziato la rilettura su kindle.
    Per ora il più divertente e' il terzo, ma come trama questo lo preferisco!

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    Tabathua said on Jul 1, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    2 1/2 - Lettura da spiaggia

    3 stelle per le battute divertenti e inaspettate, ma non posso dire lo stesso per la trama, dato che si può intuire come andrà a finire già nei primi capitoli.
    Interessante l'idea di mettere una donna "normale" a fare un lavoro "a-normale", ma si sa ...(continue)

    3 stelle per le battute divertenti e inaspettate, ma non posso dire lo stesso per la trama, dato che si può intuire come andrà a finire già nei primi capitoli.
    Interessante l'idea di mettere una donna "normale" a fare un lavoro "a-normale", ma si sarebbe potuto sfruttare meglio le sue qualità (ironia, inventiva, capacità di persuasione), invece di farle rischiare la vita ogni 2 minuti e renderla così irresponsabile da rasentare la stupidità.
    Lo stile è molto accattivante e a tratti si ride molto, ma mi auguro che i libri successivi siano molto meno scontati.

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    Domande Irrisolte said on Jun 25, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Un libro carino e divertente, senza troppe pretese.

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    Kemmy said on Jun 4, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    初出茅廬的天兵—珍娜‧伊凡諾維奇《賞金女獵人1:頭號冤家》

    在「皇冠60週年驚天動地60秒搬書活動」中,Astraes搬了不少書
    最近想找一本不需要用大腦、娛樂性強的小說來看,便從中翻出了這本《頭號冤家》!

    《頭號冤家》是「賞金女獵人」系列的首集
    史蒂芬妮‧帕盧是一位三十歲、離過婚,剛被資遣、窮到連車子都不保的單身女子
    為了養活自己和小倉鼠,向堂哥文森應徵歸檔職員
    沒想到動作太慢沒應徵到,卻在秘書的強力推薦下
    接下了有高額獎金的緝拿專員工作—這也就是俗稱的「賞金獵人」
    更沒想到接下的第一個case,目標竟是喬瑟夫‧莫雷利
    一個被控持槍槍殺平民,但身手高 ...(continue)

    在「皇冠60週年驚天動地60秒搬書活動」中,Astraes搬了不少書
    最近想找一本不需要用大腦、娛樂性強的小說來看,便從中翻出了這本《頭號冤家》!

    《頭號冤家》是「賞金女獵人」系列的首集
    史蒂芬妮‧帕盧是一位三十歲、離過婚,剛被資遣、窮到連車子都不保的單身女子
    為了養活自己和小倉鼠,向堂哥文森應徵歸檔職員
    沒想到動作太慢沒應徵到,卻在秘書的強力推薦下
    接下了有高額獎金的緝拿專員工作—這也就是俗稱的「賞金獵人」
    更沒想到接下的第一個case,目標竟是喬瑟夫‧莫雷利
    一個被控持槍槍殺平民,但身手高強的警探
    同時也是史蒂芬妮的初戀情人、頭號冤家
    為了踏入這一行
    史蒂芬妮找來對當《窈窕淑女》希金斯教授深感興趣的大兵當入門教練
    為了磨練技巧
    史蒂芬妮以逮捕醉鬼、偷車賊、暴露狂小試身手
    而為了追捕莫雷利,她不僅惹上有性變態的拳擊手,使自己深陷危機中
    更發現了莫雷利的案子與人口失蹤、毒品交易,以及一連串的殺人滅口、爆炸案有關
    史蒂芬妮這個初出茅廬的賞金女獵人
    真能逮到莫雷利,拿到夢想中的一萬元賞金嗎?!

    《頭號冤家One for the Money》最初出版於西元1994年
    其後便以數字為書名
    陸續出版以Stephanie Plum史蒂芬妮‧帕盧為主角的系列小說
    從作者官網上可發現〈Plum Series〉http://www.evanovich.com/novels/plum-series/
    在今年2014年的6月中,將出版第二十一集,期間還陸續出有外傳四集
    而看來「數字女王」並沒有為續集設限,極有可能不斷發展下去
    不過查了臺灣的出版狀況,不知是出版計畫有變還是銷量影響
    皇冠在2010年連續出版了前三集後就沒有下文了……
    以《頭號冤家》內容來看,故事還蠻討喜的
    尤其作者的文筆語調輕鬆活潑、詼諧有趣,娛樂性非常強
    非常適合想要打發時間、或是想要看輕鬆故事的人來閱讀
    光是看到史蒂芬妮天兵的衝動,就讓人心情變得好好!
    像是一開始回憶她對莫雷利消失的報復
    竟是開著老爸的轎車直撞莫雷利,然後拍拍屁股走人!
    又如當看到立志做賞金獵人的她,竟穿套裝和高跟鞋展開緝捕行動
    不僅被人摔倒在地,還跌下樓梯弄得滿身是傷!
    種種令人瞠目結舌的行動,看得人傻眼
    但對史蒂芬妮來說似乎是理所當然的家常便飯!
    更不用說她為了追捕莫雷利,而「徵用」(實際上就是偷)莫雷利的車
    至於瑪蘇爾外婆開槍打中雞睪丸的段落可說是經典,讓人拍案叫絕!

    從依賴防狼噴霧,只因不敢開槍傷人;到最後彈無虛發救了自己
    《頭號冤家》或許可視為史蒂芬妮賞金獵人之路的養成日記
    也因此這本小說裡的愛情成分只徘徊在曖昧的階段
    (難怪WRN並未將此書列入外曼檔案中)
    但倒也因此讓故事偏向犯罪、推理小說的風格,而獲得不少這類型故事的獎項!

    《頭號冤家》後來也改編成電影,並在2012年上映
    上網找了預告片,改編電影似乎與原著的部分故事情節有所出入
    但似乎沿襲小說中一貫的幽默詼諧風格,讓人產生了想看電影的慾望呢~

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    Astraes Lin said on Jun 3, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Molto carino, divertente, allegro e spiritoso. Un libro piacevole e scorrevole, perfetto per l'estate.

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    Lisa said on May 23, 2014 | Add your feedback

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