Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, #8)
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Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum #8)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  73,404 ratings  ·  1,433 reviews
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Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum has a big problem on her hands: Seven-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, a shady owner of a seedy bar, is not at all happy. Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, so S...more
341 pages
Published by Turtleback Books (first published July 3rd 2002)
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Patrick Gibson
Feb 19, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't take it all seriously
Shelves: estrogen
Some dastardly doer named Eddie Abruzzi finally forces Stephanie Plum to have sex with Ranger. There, I’ve said it. Not really a spoiler. If you have been reading this series, you knew it was going to happen eventually. I have to hand it to Janet Evanovich—she really knows how to build her wispy writing to a satisfying climax. (Even though this particular orgasm took seven novels to achieve.) Part of the foreplay involves a new character with the great last name of Kloughn (pronounced ‘clown’) a...more
Tilly Slaton

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time rolling on the ground with men who think a stiffy represents personal growth. The rolling around has nothing to do with my sex life. The rolling around is what happens when a bust goes crapola and there’s a last ditch effort to hog-tie a big, dumb bad guy possessing a congenitally defective frontal lobe.

Stephanie and Lula make a wonderful team. They met in book one. Stephanie was just beginning her journey as a bounty hunter and Lula was still working th...more
I am giving this book 5 Stars solely on the grounds that it was beyond hilarious. Never in my life I have read anything so ridiculously funny!
Every character, every situation was so full of rollicking stupidity that it made me burst out laughing. The mystery in this book was okay, I didn't really care much about it because in this installment we had an abundance of entertaining side kicks.

Albert Klough's description of looking like a Pillsbury Doughboy made me laugh lout loud EVERY TIME! xD
Why-oh-why didn't Janet go into a little more detail about Steph's 'escapade' with Ranger? Darnit, I wanted more info than that! LOL! That's okay. He's still just as hot as ever. I enjoyed the story, but it still seems strange, the situation between Joe and Steph. Why is it that he can't accept wholely who Steph is and what she does for a living? Would he feel the same if she was a cop? If you ask me, the attitude is a selfish one, and he's really starting to piss me off. Wonder what the next st...more
In this book, bounty-hunter Stephanie gets a couple two-bit FTAs (failure to appear) to get back to court. She fails miserably a couple times and rewards herself with doughnuts. While juggling lusty feelings for both Ranger and Morelli, she gets an unwanted sidekick tagging along. After getting yet another car destroyed, her neighborhood cops show up to laugh at her. She goes to have dinner with her protective mother and smack-talking grandma, while her father rolls his eyes and quietly eats his...more
In Hard Eight, it begins with Stephanie feeling a little in limbo. She likes her job, generally speaking. However she is getting tired of her tendency to be stalked by crazy people or getting shot at. Both of which happen once again in her latest case. Her neighbor Mabel comes to her for help. Mabel's grandaughter Evelyn and her daughter Annie are on the run from Eveyln's exhusband. Due to a custody-bond agreement where Mabel put her house up for collateral, her house is now potentially going to...more
You know what this series is like? It's Casualty. Each episode has a different story or two related to the job, and sometimes those caught up in it have some sort of connection with one of the regulars, but meanwhile there's a soap-opera plot which depends more on the personalities and out-of-work life of the main characters. A slightly new tale, a familiar formula and the latest status updates from people you've come to care for. OK, so this is bond enforcement in New Jersey, not A&E in Hol...more
Barks & Bites
I received Hard Eight, the unabridged audiobook version, as a present and approached it with a small amount of wariness because the last Janet Evanovich book I read on audio (that would be Seven Up) was ruined by the terrible over the top, cartoon-like rendering of the characters by narrator Tonya Elby. Hard Eight is read by a woman named Lorelei who takes an extremely different approach to Stephanie. Her approach, unfortunately, also does not work for me. Am I too picky, or what?

Stephanie's voi...more
This series is quite simply a never-ending buffet, well maybe it will end sooner or later, but not soon. Just when you think our gal Stephanie's run of bad luck has come to an end, it starts again. Added to the usual cast of characters in this volume is an attorney named Albert Kloughn pronounced "clown". He gets sucked into the F5 which is Stephanie's life and career. Stephanie is on the lookout for her neighbor's daughter, who doesn't want to be found. Trouble is Stephanie may not be the only...more
Anyta Sunday
When more description is given to the homocidal masturbating bunny than Plum's first time with Ranger . . . Something's not quite right.

Amusing, fun, but decidedly disappointing.

Now To the Nines ....
This was a good recovery from the last book for me. I laughed quite a few times in this book and was getting the evil eye from my husband for it again so that's a good thing.

What is it with Stephanie and picking up every stray in the Burg? Kloughn just cracked me up, Lula, God... what a team the three of them make. Misfit Ragtag, but damn funny to read. The dryer scene, I nearly pee'd my pants on that one. Very funny.

And Psycho's? What's up with every psycho in the Burg wanting a piece of her! I...more
I finished this one at about 2:30 in the morning, it's all the previous books fault. I wanted to see if Stephanie paid up on her end of the deal with Ranger, but she doesn't, at the beginning anyways. I should have stopped there, but the potential Ranger goodness sucked me in. And I wasn't disappointed. =D I don't think there's going to be any long term Stephanie-Ranger cause the books seem to always bring her back to boring Morelli, but I'll take what I can get. Ranger's always lurking around w...more
Stephanie Plum is helping out a neighbor of her parents by trying to locate her grand daughter and great grand daughter. Evelyn's sleezy ex and her signed a child custody bond and now Steven wants his money and the bond was bought for Evelyn by putting up Grandmothers house. Steven is connected to a very bad ass named Eddie Abruzzi and is now threating Stephanie and her family. Stephanie is also trying to capture and take in Andy Bender who is a violent drunk. Bender keeps alluding her and peopl...more
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When I'm craving a fun, uncomplicated read, stuffed with familiar characters, recycled plot events, plus chuckles & snorts, the Stephanie Plum series is as comfortable as scruffy ol' house slippers, while still retaining its "life is like a box of chocolates" appeal. The starring cast ~ Stephanie, Lulu, Morelli, Ranger, Grandma ... even slime-bucket Vinnie~ continue to engage the reader in raw, witty, dysfunctional, and downright hilarious ways. I hope they never become "normal" members of s...more
Beth (Ducky)
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The characters. The characters. The characters. DEVELOPMENT. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Okay, I started this series with book 5, then skipped to 17 and 19 and then went back to the start. When I went back to book number one, I noticed that some characters were so different and some were still their witty hilarious self. Now that I’ve read the last 8 in a row, I can say that I’ve seen these characters come together, grow apart, change, grow, and some always seem to sta...more
Feb 03, 2009 Deanna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deanna by: Jennifer Trefz
The menace is more personal for Trenton's favorite bounty hunter and the energy more manic in this latest installment. As a favor to her mother's next-door neighbor, Mabel Markowitz, Stephanie agrees to check up on the lady's granddaughter, Evelyn Soder, who has suddenly taken off with her little girl, Annie, leaving behind a child custody bond against Mabel's house. The son-in-law is a bad guy who lost his bar to Eddie Abruzzi, a very nasty character who owns evelyn's building. Soon someone in...more
Oops, forgot to put this on my "To read" (well, listen to), but these works don't take long, and are filled with all your favorite characters from The Burg and greater Trenton. Some of the book is taken up with brief back-stories, so's you are up to date on the relationships good, bad and - well - complicated. So this time our plucky ex-lingerie-buyer is hot on the trail of a divorcing mother and her, as well as an aging mobster who seems to escape every time you get a cuff on 'im. Yup, Stephani...more
J.C. Hart
Well, I think I am done with Miss Plum. Eight books and she is still terrible at what she does. People are always asking her why she doesn't get a new job, and I have come to the conclusion it's because she has an undisclosed death-wish, why the hell else would you do a job you're bad at where you are constantly putting yourself in danger? She doesn't take it seriously at all. ACK. I'm so annoyed. I've read reviews for books later in the series (17, 18) and it appears nothing changes between now...more
To be honest, I couldn't care less about the triangle nonsense. It makes Stephanie less to not be able to do her job properly, and her going from a guy who wants her to be someone else to one that just uses her for sex...she's better than that. I can't believe she was actually surprised at the latter. At least Morelli has gone out with her, treated her like someone he's interested in. Ranger was only ever physical, with some feelings that he wants her to live, but he's never asked her out.

All th...more
I enjoyed this the least of the Stephanie Plum books, and I suspect the series is taking a downward plunge from here. I do plan on reading the next one, though, just to see if there's any improvement, or if my suspicions are correct.

A lot of the elements I liked were in here, and the way Lula plays off the character-introduced-in-this-book (there's at least one per book, per the Plum Formula) was frequently funny. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the interactions.

And Evanovich does a...more
Stephanie Plum is back and she’s diving into new territory: child custody bonds. The Plums’ next door neighbor, Mabel’s granddaughter Evelyn is missing, with her child Annie and Mabel’s house is at stake if she doesn’t return. So Stephanie sets out to find her. On the way she stumbles across a dangerous plot masterminded by a psychopath, meets a clingy lawyer and with the help of Morelli and Ranger, saves the day.

Favorite new character: I don’t think I really have one for this book. The main cha...more
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Nicole Green
I know a lot of people who say that they loved the feeling of having finished a really good book. I think that's bull-crap. For me, I never want a really good book to end. That is exactly how I felt after reading Hard Eight. I remember getting to the last page and my brain just started screaming: "NOOOOO! I don't want it to be over!" Unfortunately, I had to put the book down, but I still felt very fulfilled in my desire to read not only a great book, but a great Stephanie Plum book.

Hard Eight ha...more
Jennifer Stringer
So every time I would go back to my hometown I would visit my grandmother we would talk books. She would read a book a day! For a few years, she'd ask me if I had gotten around to a Stephanie Plum mystery. I hadn't. But the movie was coming out, so I thought I'd read it before seeing the movie. (Book funny, Movie boring). As a bonus, the next time I saw my grandmother, I mentioned that I had finally read a Stephanie Plum mystery. I told her I thought it was funny and that Stephanie Plum was prob...more
Hard Up Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum has a big problem on her hands: Seven-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, a shady owner of a seedy bar, is not at all happy. Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, so Stephanie follows the trail left by Annie and Evelyn-and finds a lot more than she bargained for. Hard Risk Steven Soder is s...more
The Valerie love story just flat out annoyed me, but I think the reason it annoyed me most is that there are actually women out there like that. Which absolutely terrifies me. Kloughn was annoying. But in a "oh I know people like him" sort of way.

There was no Joyce in this one, which was a nice change. Instead we got to meet a new bounty hunter. Jeanne. She is a protégé of Ranger's and unlike Stephanie, actually knows what she's doing.
She didn't come across as a bitch, which was nice.

This brings...more
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“He [Ranger] stopped in front of my parents' house, and we both looked to the door. My mother and my grandmother were standing there, watching us.
"I'm not sure I feel comfortable about the way your grandma looks at me," Ranger said.
[Stephanie] "She wants to see you naked."
"I wish you hadn't told me that, babe."
"Everyone I know wants to see you naked."
"And you?"
"Never crossed my mind." I held my breath when I said it, and I hoped God wouldn't stike me down dead for lying.”
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