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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

Critic Reviews

"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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these books are addictive

I can't wait for the next one. they are read with lots of energy to.

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Being of Hispanic dissent, the ZH sound the reader makes when Ranger is saying "you" drives me nuts. Why can't he just see you the regular way? That's all. I love these books.

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What's with the music?

I love the story and the narrators good, but the music is distracting and annoying to me.

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  • jc
  • YORBA LINDA, CA, United States
  • 03-08-16

Liked the Story - Wish the Narrator was CJ Critt!

What did you love best about Hard Eight?

This book has an interesting plot, with lots of twists and turns.

What did you like best about this story?

The shifting relationship between Stephanie and Ranger, and the addition of Stephanie's sister Valerie to the quirky family mix.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

Not in this series. C.J. Critt's comedic timing gave the characters in the Stephanie Plum novels "bounce" and made them LOL fun to listen to, and I miss that with Ms. King's performances (particularly for Grandma Mazur and Ranger, both of whom I thought were a hoot in the C.J. Critt narrated books).

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Great book; lose the music!

Great book; lose the music! Although, I do miss C.J. Critt's narration. And the random music is annoying and distracting.

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These books just keep getting better.

The narrator has a jersey accent and can tell the story better then the rest. It's very satisfying.

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Can't wait for my credits to listen to the next

Love this series. So entertaining and that's what I need most. A break from everything else. I listen to the books in the car, on my walks and when I'm on the elliptical! I also love the narrator.

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Hard eight

The stories by Evanovich are all alike. You listen to one, you have listened to all. They are a quick easy read with a few humorous points. I have discovered they are perfect as audiobooks because Lorelei King has a wonderful storyteller voice and I play them when I have trouble sleeping. Without her as the reader, the books literally have not a saving grace. Okie Reading Specialist

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  • Jude
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • 07-29-15

Great story. Great narration.

Love the book. Love the narrator. I am new to the series and am really enjoying it. Makes me laugh out loud sometimes. Thank you!!

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good as usual - but didnt capture me.

Valerie at the end was the best moment! but overall it was just an ok story.