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.
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I've just reread it in anticipation of the upcoming movie based on this novel starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum. I still loved it. Stephanie is a divorced, 30 year old, unemployed woman who has fallen on hard financial times. She's sold off most of her belongings and is in dire need of cash. She can't find a job so on a whim she decides to try her hand as a Recovery Agent a.k.a. a Bounty Hunter.
She's plucky, but inept. She gets the assistance of a professional, Ranger, who happens to also be quite hot and is tickled at the idea of playing Henry Higgins to her Eliza Dolittle. She's trying to apprehend Morelli, who is also hot, and with whom she has a past.
Her family is a bit wacky and I love, love, LOVE Grandma Mazur! Her role in this one is quite small, but she gets a bigger role is some of the later books. There is a lot of humor in this book, but also a lot of violence and a bit of pure emotion as well.
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Now about the movie. As usual when it comes to casting movies, I think they have it all wrong here. My dream cast for this movie would include Mike Tyson as Benito Ramirez, Danny Devito as Vincent Plum, and Queen Latifa as Lula.
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