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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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    jamie 01-09-03
    jamie 01-09-03 Member Since 2002
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    Highly entertaining......Action packed, hilarious adventures of Stephanie Plum the incredibly inept bounty hunter. During this tale you will feel at home with the characters and their family life. I actually laughed out loud. ENJOY

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa WHITNEY, TX, USA 03-06-08
    Lisa WHITNEY, TX, USA 03-06-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Love the series!"

    This is the first time I have read this author and have fallen in love with the Stephanie Plum series. I downloaded all 13 books and listened to them all within a week. I couldn’t wait to hear what adventures (and mishaps!) that Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Lula and the rest of the gang would get into. I’ve read some of the previous reviews. I agree with some and disagree with others. I disagree that it gets old and complacent that Stephanie finds herself in the same situations in every book. It appears to me that Stephanie’s character is just one of those people that trouble and mayhem seem to find. I do agree that narrator Lori Petty is the voice of Stephanie. Narrator Debi Mazar’s accent is a bit heavy for audio books and then after all this Lorilei King takes over as narrator for the rest of the series. While Ms. King’s character voices are awesome (she has such a range!) her Stephanie voice has no Jersey accent at all and sound just a little too “blue blood”. Otherwise Ms. King is a joy to listen to. You will fall in love with Ranger and Joe! Both are too hot to handle……no wonder Stephanie can’t choose between the two!

    Don’t let the narrator changes deter you from listening to this funny charming, and at times mysterious series. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for something light hearted to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Holden, ME, United States 12-08-08
    Jennifer Holden, ME, United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2008
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    "The whole series is terrific"

    I love this series by Evanovich. The stories are funny, but also provide a mystery. I have moments of anxiety, wondering how Stephanie is going to get out of her latest bind. It also has moments of laugh-out-loud humor. This particular book has some very funny moments. The lead character has two swoon-worthy men in her life, which adds an element of relationship/love to the stories as well. I would recommend listening to the whole series in order, but it is not necessary. They are very entertaining and light hearted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 11-19-03
    Larissa Evanston, WY, USA 11-19-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Humor"

    I found myself laughing at some of the most unususal places. The action would be at a peak and the suspense just killing me and the characters would say or do something that made me burst out in laughter. I loved it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sonja Flanders, NJ, USA 02-05-03
    Sonja Flanders, NJ, USA 02-05-03
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    "Hard Eight is hilarious"

    This was a great way to kill 7 hours of commute time. Stephanie Plum with her family and cast of characters were delightful. The story was fast paced and had just enough sexual tension to keep it interesting. Her mishaps were both familiar and laugh-out-loud funny. And Gramma Mazur steals the show every time.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie Paterson, NJ, United States 11-29-11
    Jessie Paterson, NJ, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011

    beginning exerciser

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    "Hard Eight is one of my FAVORITE Plum novels"

    The action in this book is great and the villain truly evil. There is a great deal of comedy as well as romance. It is well written and kept me involved throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-03-05
    Judy Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-03-05
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    "AMUSING"

    It was my first Stephanie Plum book, and while it is far from the best audio book I have gotten, it certainly was amusing. I loved her character and especially Ranger. I will definitely check out more of her books, but would like to start with the first. I think you need to get to know Stephanie from the beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MaryJane Zabinski 06-26-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Hard Eight is fun on a long drive home"

    This is my first Stephanie Plum book and I thought it was a "hoot." Not great literature, but a fun way to pass the time on the way home. I am looking forward to her new book to be released in July.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Thompsons Station, TN, USA 02-17-03
    Douglas Thompsons Station, TN, USA 02-17-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Entertaining... A Little Silly"

    This was the first Stephanie Plum novel I've "read." I didn't know what to expect but found myself entertained. The book was a little goofy, but I don't think it's meant to be very serious. Overall, it has decent entertainment value and is worth the listen. The narrator does a great job with her sexy sassy voice and inflection. I may have to try another Evanovich title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carpria 08-05-03
    Carpria 08-05-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Loved it!"

    As someone who just finished "Dreamcatcher", this book was a breath of fresh air. Although few can match Stephen King's character development, this book made me smile and often laugh! Something we all do less and less these days.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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