Hard Eight

Hard Eight

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
When Stephanie Plum is hired to find a missing child, she begins to wonder if she is working on the right side of the law when events turn suspicious, and in the wake of a rocky relationship with Morelli, Ranger finds an opportunity to act on his feelings. 500,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
The #1 bestselling phenomenon continues in the eighth Stephanie Plum novel. The stakes get higher, the crimes get nastier, the chases get faster, and the men get hotter.

This time Stephanie, Morelli, Ranger. Lula, Valerie, and Grandma Mazur are strapped in for the ride of their lives. Stephanie is hired to find a missing child. But things aren't always as they seem and Stephanie must determine if she's working for the right side of the law. Plus, there's the Morelli question: can a Jersey girl keep her head on straight when more than just bullets are aimed for her heart? And with the Plum and Morelli relationship looking rocky, is it time for Ranger to move in for the kill? Janet Evanovich's latest thriller proves that Hard Eight will never be enough.


Blackwell North Amer
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 had signed a child custody bond, and Steven is demanding the money guaranteed by the bond to find Annie. The money was secured by a mortgage on Evelyn's grandmother's house, and the True Blue Bonds Bail Agency wants to take possession of the house.
Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, and Stephanie's mother and grandmother are not about to see their neighbor lose her house because of the abduction.
Even though Stephanie's plate is full with miscreants who missed their court dates, including old nemesis and violent drunk Andy Bender and an elusive little old lady accused of grand theft auto, she can't disappoint Grandma Mazuri. So she follows the trail left by Annie and Evelyn - and finds a lot more than she bargained for. Steven is somehow linked with a very scary Eddie Abruzzi. Trenton cop and on-again, off-again fiance Joe Morelli and Stephanie's mentor and tormentor, Ranger, warn Stephanie about Abruzzi, but it's Abruzzi's eyes and mannerisms that frighten Stephanie most. Stephanie needs Ranger's savvy and expertise, and she's willing to accept his help to find Annie even though it might mean getting too involved with Ranger.
Stephanie, Ranger, Lula (who's not going to miss riding with Ranger) and Evelyn's lawyer/laundromat manager set out to find Annie. The search turns out to be a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds' agent, a Rangerette known as Jeanne Ellen Burrows, and the Abruzzi crew. Not to mention the fact that there's a killer rabbit on the loose.

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& Taylor

When Stephanie Plum is hired to find a missing child, she begins to wonder if she is working on the right side of the law when events turn suspicious.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312265854
0312265859
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 24 cm.

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shelbysmom1996
Jun 22, 2016

OMG Saint Valerie says the "f" word!

SpencerSpencer Oct 28, 2013

This is a fun, suspenseful, adventure thriller with colorful characters, interesting twists, and thrills. It's nice to read these novels every once in a while, it's like catching up with old friends, however, the dialogue is awful. As much as I enjoy these, I can only read them about once a year. Janet Evanovich's dialogue is wildly amateurish. Do people really always use the term 'bad guys'?

lfranz Jul 16, 2012

Stephanie has done it again - involved the family in her bounty hunter activites! FUN FUN FUN

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Clovershade
Aug 27, 2011

You can't miss with the Stephanie Plum series for fun and laugh out loud moments. Although these are crime/mystery novels there is enough of the rediculous that I enjoy them even though there is always a decent dose of mayhem.

hermlou Mar 16, 2010

Evanovich writes humorous books, and this is one of her better ones. She has the same characters and same basic plot of a bounty hunter looking for people, yet she still keeps the plot funny. My complaint is that destruction of a car isn't funny the first time, yet it's repeated more than once.

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BlackMartagon
Jan 23, 2010

This one has the answer to Ranger.

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