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Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum #8)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  92,040 Ratings  ·  1,741 Reviews
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. During the divorce proceedings, he and Evelyn signed a child custody bond, and Steven is demanding the money guaranteed by the bond to find Annie
Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Mar 01, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, mystery
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May 08, 2016 Jilly rated it liked it
This one was a little bit of a let-down after the previous books. I mean, yeah, there were plenty of cars getting blown-up and a killer in a rabbit suit chasing her, but there was also a kind of sad undertone because of the break-up. I don't want sad and serious in these books! I read them to get away from sad and serious stuff. I'm a sad & serious avoider. It's one of my life-goals.

Stephanie is also not really improving as a bounty hunter. She is afraid of her gun, can never get her pepper
Patrick Gibson
Feb 19, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who don't take it all seriously
Shelves: estrogen
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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
Tilly Slaton
Dec 08, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it really liked it

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
☆ Sammy ☆彡
Hard Eight is a fantastic Plum novel and is one of my favorites :) This story is about Stephanie helping out her parent's neighbor. The neighbor's granddaughter Evelyn and great granddaughter Annie have disappeared so Stephanie agrees to help find them. In the process of locating Evelyn and Annie, Stephanie crosses paths with a dangerous individual by the name of Eddie Abruzzi. Eddie threatens Stephanie to try and get her to stop looking for Evelyn and Annie.

One of my favorite parts of this boo
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2008 Benjamin rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
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
J.C. Hart
Nov 05, 2012 J.C. Hart rated it it was ok
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
Dec 03, 2009 Summer rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2009 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
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
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Mar 30, 2011 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
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
Oct 12, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2014 Anyta Sunday rated it liked it
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 ....
Jun 11, 2016 Steph rated it really liked it
Janet did it again, this one made me laugh out loud a lot of parts. This series is so addicting
Aug 29, 2016 Sara rated it liked it
Finally more action from Ranger in this book!

I was a little disappointed of Steph and Ranger's one night stand, it needed something more. After all the suspence towards it in the last books, I was expecting something.... more.

What would really make me love this series is if there were some POV from Morelli and Ranger... God I would really love to know what is going on in their minds behind all those intense stares and sexy grins!!

So, I guess she is back with Morelli again at the end of this boo
Dec 09, 2013 Manuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 16, 2015 Regina Martinez rated it it was amazing
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Jan 29, 2009 Dacia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-for-funsies
By far my favorite of the series......and all I can say is I am in love with Ranger....
Mar 15, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok
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
Dec 20, 2011 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-library
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
Nov 15, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
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
Amanda McGill
Aug 17, 2016 Amanda McGill rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, audio, 2016-bingo
Another good novel for running.

Stephanie is after 2 people in this novel. The first is the granddaughter of her parent's next door neighbour. She has disappeared with her daughter and has a child bond. The second is a man out on bail who has assaulted his wife. For most of the novel, Stephanie is not very good in either case.

Overall, a typically Stephanie Plum novel, a nice mindless read.
Barbara Valotto
Feb 11, 2015 Barbara Valotto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4stelle e mezzo per una serie da 5 stelle!!! È l'ottavo libro ed è divertente, esilarante, incalzante come i precedenti. Come non adorare Stephanie con tutti i suoi difetti, le sue imperfezioni e quella dose di autoironia che la rende diversa da tutte queste eroine perfettine dei nostri tempi.....una ragazza della porta accanto anche se come vicina di casa sarebbe pericolosa :-)
Nov 30, 2015 ROSE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un brin moins succulent que les deux derniers tomes. Mais ça reste Stephanie Plum, c'est donc très plaisant et légèrement addictif !!!
May 21, 2014 C.j. rated it it was amazing
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Angela Raedel
Aug 10, 2016 Angela Raedel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
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Mary Wellen
Apr 09, 2016 Mary Wellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe everything that happened in this book! Just another great story can't wait to see what other trouble Steph can get into
Sep 16, 2016 Nichole rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
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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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