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Book Review: 'One for the Money'

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Stephanie Plum is broke, so she becomes a bounty hunter for bail jumpers. Her first target is an accused murderer who turns out to be Joe Morelli, who years before stole Stephanie’s heart and virginity. But Stephanie’s other, simultaneous case revolves around Benito Ramirez, a thug so slitheringly evil he’ll make you worry about sitting near windows, even on the second floor. This is Evanovich’s first novel, and sometimes it shows. After being beaten up by Ramirez, Stephanie intones patly, ”The afternoon’s assault had been a degrading, frightening experience.” Say what? But mostly Stephanie is intelligent, cheery, and genuine. In fact, of the current lineup of female detectives, almost all of them tediously feisty and quirky, she’s the only one you’d want to eat pizza with. So when’s the sequel? A-