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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Headline (23 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755304551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755304554
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,541,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award.
She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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Amazon Review

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 to whom she already owes too many favours. Steph knows that Ranger will soon be calling in his debts, 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 humour. Fans needn't fear, though: Jersey girl Stephanie is still full of sass and Tastykakes. --Barrie Trinkle, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Her gifts for screwball dialogue, vivid phase-making and farcical set-pieces are undiminished; so that, far from feeling stale or samey, her fiction still has a captivating comic energy' The Sunday Times (The Sunday Times)

'Slick dialogue, comic suspense, and surreal adventures' Daily Mail (Daily Mail)

'Fans won't be disappointed by the fast pace' Sunday Telegraph (Sunday Telegraph)

'Fans of Janet Evanovich will love this latest sassy instalment, and newcomers should warm to the endearing heroine.' Good Housekeeping (Good Housekeeping)

'Evanovich pretty well guarantees a laugh on every page.' Scotland on Sunday (Scotland on Sunday)

'Razor sharp wit' Sunday Express (Sunday Express)

'Another delectable plum' Bournemouth Daily Echo (Bournemouth Daily Echo)

'Guaranteed to provoke laughs...The usual mix of sassy attitude, fast-pacing and sharp dialogue keep Evanovich at the top of the female crime hit list' Glasgow Herald (Glasgow Herald)

'Witty, fresh, full of surprises and very funny, Janet Evanovich's most explosive thriller yet is Stephanie's best mis-adventure ever...Hysterical stuff.' Saffron Walden Observer (Saffron Walden Observer)

'This series is a breath of fresh air in the crime genre' Daily Telegraph (Australia) (Daily Telegraph (Australia))

'In the comedy-thriller stakes, Evanovich has few equals, and in Hard Eight she is firing on all cylinders, throwing out her trademark one-liners in a positively spendthrift fashion.' Good Book Guide, London Aug 2002 (Good Book Guide, London)

Surreal, wicked, exaggerated, warped, gorgeous and one of the funniest books on the block, Janet Evanovich just keeps getting better and better. (Chichester Observer)

'Keeps up Evanovich's standards for over-the-top situations' Chicago Tribune (Chicago Tribune)

'Evanovich does it again, delivering an even more suspenseful and more outrageous turn with the unstoppable Stephanie' Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

'The things Evanovich does so well - family angst, sweet eroticism, stealth shopping, that stunning mix of terror and hilarity - are done better than ever here' Booklist (Booklist)

'The girl mercenary is as fresh as ever' People (People)

'Hard Eight is most emphatically not Raymond Chandler but, like his work, a piece of finely crafted prose' San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco Chronicle)

'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 (Romantic Times)

'That girl has some class' New York Times Book Review (New York Times Book Review)

Captivating comic energy. (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
The surreal adventures of Stephanie Plum are as gripping as ever. Although this book does not have the romantic cliff-hanger ending of many of the others in the series, the relationships between the zany bounty hunter and the men in her life are as complicated as ever but, to me, it is the interplay between Stephanie and the other characters (Lula, Connie, the Plum family and even the appalling Vinnie) who make the book sparkle. I look forward to the next one! Next year?? Get writing, Janet!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Malamatenios on 29 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
As an Stephanie Plum addict, I couldn't wait to read about her latest rough and tumble captures, on-off Hot Dates, and catch-up with the Burg gossip. The front book cover shows her standing by motorcycle w/ helmut in hand, with the caption, "Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum always gets her man dead or alive". Oh Boy, now we're talking the housework would have to wait! Over the next few days, I was hooked. Previous characters, Lula, Valerie, Grandma, Vinnie, Ranger, and Morelli were as colorfully vivid as ever. New character, Pilsbury dough boy lookalike lawyer, Ablert Kloughn brings in the laughs, playing wanna-be Bounty backup.The steam from Rangers pecolator sent the whistle blowing, nevermind Morelli's donuts! As ever, a good pacey read filled with steetlife antics. Only one disapointment, the abrupt nonsensical ending, the cover lied. But hey, what are Wizards for. Still hooked! Bring on number 9.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was disappointing. I always look forward to the latest episode of Stephanie's life so was surprised when I realised I was bored half way through reading it. Previous books were much funnier, I think I only laughed twice. The relationship between Stephanie and Morelli has always been the key to the books, this time there was a feeling that their relationship had been played out and there was nothing more to say.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SP66 on 4 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a dedicated fan of the marvellously funny series, I found Hard Eight a total delight! Obviously, as the books have evolved along with the characters, each story gets better but Hard Eight is a real treat. Stephanie faces homicial animals, a moral (and lust) conflict between Morelli or Ranger, not to mention her ever so slightly disfunctional family. Existing characters are developed, new ones appear and make this book a real gem. Having read To The Nines, I still prefer this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
Hard Eight is a great follow up to the rest of the Stephanie Plum series and will have you in hysterics! Stephanie again finds herself in the middle of a ridiculous situation as she tries to help out her next door neighbour. This time she is stalked by a large rabbit...
Before reading this book I was worried it would be a disappointment. I loved the others so much and couldn't see how Janet Evanovich could produce another original storyline but I was proved wrong. If you haven't read any of the Stephanie Plum novels yet you should definitely do so now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly await each new installment of the Stephanie Plum saga and this year was no exception. I finished the book in one day so it rates high as a page turner. I have to say that I thought that it wasn't as good as her earlier books. It may be that the formula is a little tired (or the reader), but I feel that it could do with a bit more pizzaz. I still laughed out loud, just not as much as I usually do. I loved the episode with the geese and I enjoyed the fact that the thriller bit was quite hard edged, getting back to the scariness of books 1-3. I didn't think there was so much romantic tension this time and I quite missed that aspect of the books. Still great but not her best. I am not deterred however, and will still eagerly await 9 this time next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anyone starting the Stephanie Plum series with HARD EIGHT is sure to get hooked. It's Stephanie at her wackiest.
Plum is a disaster-prone bounty hunter working for her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman in Trenton, NJ. In this novel, Stephanie volunteers to help out her parents' next door neighbor, Mabel, who's put up her home to guarantee a child custody bond taken out on her granddaughter, Evelyn, who had one imposed on her by the judge in a recent divorce ruling. Now, Evelyn has skipped town with her daughter, Annie, and Mabel will be tossed into the street if the missing child isn't found. But, as becomes evident in all of Stephanie's adventures, there's more to the story than is obvious. Especially after the corpse of Evelyn's aggrieved husband, Steven, is left on the couch of Plum's apartment. Steven had been sawed in half.
The imagination of author Janet Evanovich worked overtime in making HARD EIGHT perhaps one of the craziest to date. It's a nice touch that Stephanie faces off against a virtual menagerie. And she's finally beginning to take her .38, usually kept unloaded in a cookie jar, seriously. And her unfortunate association with fire-bombed vehicles reaches a record high. Notwithstanding these plot devices, however, books one to eight in the series are basically interchangeable. (I'm struggling, perhaps unsuccessfully, to keep from writing the same review over and over.)
Evanovich needs to mature her heroine, who seems to have a slow learning curve. I suggest that Plum finally marry, or at least permanently set up house, with Detective Joe Morelli. It might not be a relationship made in heaven, but it would supply grist for any number of new episodes.
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