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Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum Novels) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Janet Evanovich , Lorelei King
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21 Jun 2005 Stephanie Plum Novels (Book 8)
Stephanie Plum, the bombshell bounty hunter from New Jersey, already has problems. Her relationship with Joe Morelli is so complicated it's now over. Plus, her attractive, if terrifying, mentor and tormentor Ranger has decided he's ready to collect his reward. But Steph can always count on her family to add to her troubles. When her mother and Grandma gang up to insist she finds their neighbour's missing granddaughter Evelyn and her child Annie, Steph can't refuse. Mabel Markowitz signed a custody bond guaranteeing Annie would stay in Trenton after her parents' divorce. Now Evelyn and Annie have vanished, Mabel will lose her house to a bail bonds agency. Where have they gone? What does property lord and war game fanatic, Eddie Abruzzi really want? And why is a giant rabbit stalking Steph?
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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Abridged edition (21 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593977476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593977474
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,782 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.


'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
4.0 out of 5 stars More page-turning fun! 23 Jun 2002
By Kate W
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can do better 15 July 2003
By A Customer
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put it down!!! 23 Jun 2002
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Eight - Wow! 4 Aug 2003
By SP66
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft Eight 29 Jun 2002
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Evanovich 18 Jun 2002
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expectations exceed reality 12 July 2002
By A Customer
Perhaps my expectations were just too high. But, while entertaining, the eighth Stephanie Plum is just too formulaeic. Her cars get torched, stun guns backfire, her pet hamster continues to be her primary relationship, Gradma Mazur makes off color remarks, Lulu's hair sports ever more colors. Plus Stephanie still can't get her love life straightened out. In her earlier adventures, Stephanie has made me laugh til I cried. This drew a few smiles and left me feeling that I'd really like this remarkable woman to move on in her life! Do read it if you're a fan, but be warned and don't expect too much.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Baby Hard Eight is right! 19 Jun 2002
By A Customer
This is the eighth book in the series featuring Stephanie Plum bounty hunter extraordinaire. To really appreciate this book I think that you need to read the rest of the series. Stephanie is as usual on some bad guy`s hit list, she is still bringing in Fta`s and the supporting cast has been enlerged with some amusing extras : Jeanne Ellen Burrows, the lawyer KLoughn (pronounced clown ) Vinnie and Lula also make an appearance In my opinion this book is a little darker than usual but this makes it a better book . We learn some new information about Ranger and his character is made more realistic. If you are a Ranger Babe I predict that you will love this book !!!!!!
An excellent addition to the series that I strongly recomend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great fun
I love these books, they're silly and great fun. I often laugh out loud when I'm reading them. I plan to read them all.
Published 2 months ago by Gailmcl
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read.
I have really enjoyed all the books I have read by this author. Looking forward to reading lots more books by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Cas
5.0 out of 5 stars My second read of Janet Evanovich
Good book, very entertaing, funny, and captivating story. Can really picture the characters. Will defo read the rest in this series. Good book, would recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Andrea Lund
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Eight
Finally Stephanie gets it together with Ranger - and there's a reason why it's dangerous!
Wow -great story and characters as usual - just love her
Published 8 months ago by Patsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking tales
I you are expecting a fine work of the written work you will be mistaken, but a more entertaining read you will be hard put to find, a terrific bit of escapism.
Published 8 months ago by DRIVER
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
Read this as soon as it came. She writes well and I would recommend to anyone. Try in order and this won't let you down
Published 11 months ago by Libby6
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it and am addicted to the Plum series.
I love it and am addicted to the Plum series. It is the only set of books I laugh out loud at.
Published 12 months ago by Maureen Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars all the way! ;)
If this is the first Plum novel you're reading I'd recommend you start at the first. They can be read out of order and won't spoil the thread but to get the full impact you need to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Catherine Booker
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Stephanie Plumb
After taking a break from this series after reading books 1 to 7 in quick succession, I'm so glad I went back. Funny, entertaining and a real page turner. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Helena Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a LOL read
Janet Evanovich has done it again. "Hard Eight" is another easy to read lough out loud book in the Stephanie Plum series. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Debi Gardner
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