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Hard Eight (2002)

by Janet Evanovich

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Series: Stephanie Plum (8)

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Not ready Bounty Hunter business but Stephanie looks for a missing mother and child, Ranger calls in his debt and saves Stephanie from another psycho. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
Re: last chapter

Finally ... ( )
  sweetzombieducky | Nov 28, 2015 |
I laughed out loud all the way through this installment of the Stephanie Plum series. New characters like a lawyer named Kloughn (pronounced clown) and others are a delight. As always Stephanie has a couple of cars blow up, continues sexual jousting with Ranger, and debates the pros and cons of her love for Morelli. Great fun! ( )
  hemlokgang | Nov 4, 2015 |
Evelyn Soder is on the run with her daughter Annie and her grandmother, Mabel who lives next door to Stephanie’s parents, asks Stephanie for help to find her. Both of Annie’s divorced parents had to take out a child custody bond in case the other took off with their child and Evelyn’s ex is calling it in. Not only is Mabel worried about her granddaughter, but she’ll lose her house if Annie isn’t brought back. Stephanie finds herself involved in a war with Eveyln’s landlord and is constantly under attack while still trying to bring in FTAs.

This one took me a little longer to get in to, but it is still loaded with humor, catastrophes and sexual tension. And in a switch, Stephanie actually finds a use for her gun. There is some sex, but it’s fairly glossed over and not especially detailed.

Still a good quick, relaxing read that still holds true on a re-read.

Evelyn Soder is on the run with her daughter Annie and her grandmother, Mabel who lives next door to Stephanie’s parents, asks Stephanie for help to find her. Both of Annie’s divorced parents had to take out a child custody bond in case the other took off with their child and Evelyn’s ex is calling it in. Not only is Mabel worried about her granddaughter, but she’ll lose her house if Annie isn’t brought back. Stephanie finds herself involved in a war with Eveyln’s landlord and is constantly under attack while still trying to bring in FTAs.

This one took me a little longer to get in to, but it is still loaded with humor, catastrophes and sexual tension. And in a switch, Stephanie actually finds a use for her gun. There is some sex, but it’s fairly glossed over and not especially detailed.

Still a good quick, relaxing read that still holds true on a re-read.

Evelyn Soder is on the run with her daughter Annie and her grandmother, Mabel who lives next door to Stephanie’s parents, asks Stephanie for help to find her. Both of Annie’s divorced parents had to take out a child custody bond in case the other took off with their child and Evelyn’s ex is calling it in. Not only is Mabel worried about her granddaughter, but she’ll lose her house if Annie isn’t brought back. Stephanie finds herself involved in a war with Eveyln’s landlord and is constantly under attack while still trying to bring in FTAs.

This one took me a little longer to get in to, but it is still loaded with humor, catastrophes and sexual tension. And in a switch, Stephanie actually finds a use for her gun. There is some sex, but it’s fairly glossed over and not especially detailed.

Still a good quick, relaxing read that still holds true on a re-read. ( )
  dearheart | Aug 17, 2015 |
Sometimes I like to read stuff that is very bad for me. To say that I read this book for the story is a little like saying I eat ice cream for the health benefits. And yet I read on. The stuff I like, I really like. But there's also a lot of yuck guised as what I suppose is her attempt at being funny. Also, that reminds me. About her funniness, sometimes she reminds me of a little kid, that, when a joke works really well once, they use it over and over again, hoping for the same effect. And, like that little kid, it just gets more and more annoying. But obviously, there's something that draws me in and makes me keep coming back against my better judgment. Must be the charaters. Or at least a few of them. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
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Here's to the great teams of the world:
Betty and Veronica, Stephanie and Lula, Ralph and Alice, and me and Jennifer Enderlin, my St. Martin's editor.
Thanks Jen...you're the greatest.
Op de geweldige teams die deze wereld rijk is:
Betty en Veronica, Stephanie en Lula, Ralph en Alicce,
en ikzelf en Jennifer Enderlin, mijn redactric van St. Martin's.
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Lately, I've been spending a lot of time rolling on the ground with men who think a stiffy represents personal growth.
De laatste tijd lig ik regelmatig op de grond te rollebollen met mannen die menen dat een stijve pik gelijk staat een persoonlijke groei.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312983867, Mass Market Paperback)

In Hard Eight, Stephanie Plum picks up a case a little nastier than anything the wisecracking bounty hunter's seen before. Evelyn Soder and her young daughter have gone on the run, leaving an angry ex-husband who's planning to collect on a child custody bond that will leave Evelyn's grandmother homeless. Stephanie's first clue that there's more to it than that comes in the form of Eddie Abruzzi, a shady local businessman who warns her to butt out of the case. Stephanie doesn't scare easily, but when Abruzzi's henchmen leave a bag of snakes on her doorknob and tarantulas in her car, she has no choice but to call Ranger, the hunky man of mystery whom she already owes too many favors. Steph knows that Ranger will soon be calling in his marker, but with her ex- fiancé Joe Morelli out of the picture, that should be OK--shouldn't it? In the meantime, she's got other fugitives to catch, aided by the usual band of misfits, plus a bumbling correspondence-school lawyer who's developed the hots for Stephanie's sister, Valerie. And Steph's in for a surprise from her mother, who proves she's not above wielding a dangerous weapon to save her daughter's life.

Author Janet Evanovich has made a bold move in using a soupçon of child jeopardy to pull this series out of the comfortable but formulaic pattern it was threatening to fall into. It's still funny, and yes, some cars are destroyed, but now there's a real edge of darkness under the humor. Fans needn't fear, though: Jersey girl Stephanie is still full of sass and Tastykakes. --Barrie Trinkle

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Hard Eight "Keeps up Evanovich's standards for over-the-top situations"-Chicago Tribune. "[A] must read...readers will want to finish this delightful work in one sitting."--Midwest Book Review. "Offers the best action yet."-Newark Star-Ledger. "The girl mercenary is as fresh as ever."-People. "Hard Eight is most emphatically not Raymond Chandler but, like his work, a piece of finely crafted prose."-San Francisco Chronicle. "Plum is one of fiction's most irresistible heroines."-Seattle Post Intelligencer. "Evanovich has certainly come a long way since One for the Money; her latest Stephanie Plum mystery merits a one-day national laydown on June 18."--Library Journal. "Well plotted and cleverly resolved...her wickedly funny characterizations and the intriguing love triangle are what keep her readers coming back for more."-Bookpage. "As close to summer escapism as you can get. Evanovich hits a high note with her newest...a great addition to a well-stocked beach bag."-Houston Chronicle. "A perfect summer vacation book...promises fun, laughter, and unforgettable characters...Evanovich delivers."-Tennessean (Nashville, TN). "Thrills mixed with lust, seasoned with humor: a delightful escape."-News & Record (Greensboro, NC). "Evanovich produces more than "beach reading". She writes rollicking, raunchy, hysterical fiction that is so real, you will laugh out loud and want to visit the Burg."-Rockwall County News. "Just when you think the adventures of Plum and company can't get any funnier or more convoluted, Janet Evanovich proves you wrong-nobody does it better!"-Romantic Times. Seven Up. "A madcap comic mystery-Jersey-girl style."-The New York Times. "Expect a laugh per page...Bottom line: Plum Pick."-People. "If you like your summer reads hot and sassy, try Seven Up."-Boston Herald. "Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction...Seven Up is brassy, comical, and light-hearted."-Bookpage. "Seven Up is funny, sexy, scary."-Booklist. "Edgy romance triangle, the loopy family relationships, or the bounty-hunting jobs that skate between absurdity and genuine tension."-Denver Post. "An adventurous, amusing ride...billed as a crime novel, it has the requisite intrigue and chase scenes, but is also seasoned with humor."-Oakland Press (Pontiac, MI). "[A] fast, funny, and first-rate tale."-Ft. Myers News Press. "Romantic and laugh-out-loud funny, this caper is the perfect summer antidote to serious reading."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The dialogue's snappy...the pace is quick...Evanovich's great gift is an ability to create situations zany enough to provoke bursts of laughter."-Philadelphia Inquirer. "Marked by wise-cracking humor, eccentric characters, and a gritty urban New Jersey setting...Evanovich's 'Stephanie Plum' series attracts an ever-increasing number of fans with each book."-Library Journal. "Loads of fun...with laughs on every page."-USA Today. "Evanovich continues...her successful formula...[she] provides a beginning that illustrates all that is right with this series and an ending that ties the story together, gives us a dose of reality, and leaves us with a cliffhanger."-Chicago Tribune.… (more)

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