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Hard Eight | [Janet Evanovich]

Hard Eight

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, her mentor Ranger, and a host of other - ahem - interesting characters set out to find a missing 7-year-old girl. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds Agency, and the crew of one very scary man named Eddie Abruzzi. Did we mention there's also a killer rabbit on the loose? The world of Stephanie Plum has never been wilder!
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Publisher's Summary

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has a problem: 7-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, is not happy. He and Evelyn signed a child custody bond, and Steven wants the bond money to search for Annie. The money was secured by a mortgage on Evelyn's grandmother's house, and the True Blue Bonds Agency wants to take possession of it.

Finding a kidnapped child is not Stephanie's thing. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, and they're not about to see their neighbor lose her house because of the abduction.

Stephanie follows Annie and Evelyn's trail - and finds a lot more than she bargained for. Steven is somehow linked with the very scary Eddie Abruzzi. Trenton cop and on-again, off-again fiancé Joe Morelli, and Stephanie's mentor, Ranger, enter the scene, and because Stephanie needs Ranger's expertise, she accepts his help - even though it might mean paying some past debts.

Stephanie, Ranger, Lula, and Evelyn's lawyer/laundromat manager set out to find Annie. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds' agent, and the Abruzzi crew. And did we mention there's a killer rabbit on the loose?

This program is produced for mature audiences.

Don't forget to download the rest of the Stephanie Plum series.

©2002 Evanovich Inc., (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

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

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    William Woodbridge, VA, USA 08-05-03
    William Woodbridge, VA, USA 08-05-03
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    "A fun listen"

    It is so refreshing to find an authoress that is not so serious that they lose reality. This book was funny , poignant, and yet moved at a quick pace. I am going back to check her older books. Stephanie is a doll.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sondra S. Mangan Tacoma, WA USA 03-01-03
    Sondra S. Mangan Tacoma, WA USA 03-01-03 Member Since 2002

    Sondra

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    "How did I miss the first seven?"

    What a fun book--laughed outloud at Stephanie eating Tastykakes. Time to get the rest in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James B Boerne, TX, USA 02-27-03
    James B Boerne, TX, USA 02-27-03 Member Since 2002
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    "B Pulp Fiction"

    This book is a joke, a bad one at that. The author confuses dirty talking for sensuality and sillyness for humor. As for the cast of characters, I'll agree they are laughable. I'd discuss the plot more had I found one. If you want mystery and humor, try Sue Grafton. If you want mystery and sensuality, try Sandra Brown, Envy comes to mind.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 02-20-03
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 02-20-03 Member Since 2002

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    "Another Home Run!"

    Once again, Janet Evanovich manages to make me laugh out loud in traffic. The narrator is a new one for me, and she's absolutely terrific with terrific characterizations and voices. Don't Miss it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 06-25-08
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 06-25-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Yuck!"

    Way too brutal, and the torture was horrendous, literally made me sick.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Austin, TX, USA 09-21-08
    Anna Austin, TX, USA 09-21-08
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    "Great Book!"

    typical evanovich...

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    Rip van Winkle CA 09-06-03
    Rip van Winkle CA 09-06-03 Member Since 2001

    Sleep junkie

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    "Wonderful writing ruined by voice"

    I am totally in love with Janet Evanovich's writing. I love Stephanie Plum and Lula and Morelli and grandma and all the goofy characters. I love the stories and how they unfold. So you can imagine my anticipation when this volume was first available. Stephanie on my commute! Yippie! So it is with so much dismay that I have to say that I cannot listen to this book, although I have tried several times. The reader is very good at reading, and she does theatrical-sounding voices for the characters (a little much, but okay I guess). But the bottom line is that her natural voice simply does not sound like Stephanie Plum. It is too mature, too high-class, too lady-like. Stephanie is a working-class girl from Jersey. The right reader could have a ball with the dialog. I'm not suggesting going overboard with an accent or anything -- that would be annoying, too-- but the voice has to be believable when the book is first-person narration. And this just isn't. I am so disappointed. I so wanted Stephanie to keep me company on the way to work.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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