Hard Eight - Stephanie Plum, Bk 8 Author:Janet Evanovich 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 gu... more »aranteed 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 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 Mazur! 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 the most. Stephanie needs Ranger's savvy and expertise, and she's willing to accept his help to find Annie even though it might mean becoming 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!« less
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Well, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It had funny moments for sure and I enjoyed it overall, but it wasn't my favorite in the series. The major case just didn't end in a satisfying way for me. There was so much build up and craziness and then it was over very suddenly. Of course, I'll still read the series because I love the character in general, but this one just didn't do it for me.
Not reading these in any particular order but that really doesn't seem to impact the story or main characters. It is a fun fluffy kind of book. Something that is easy to pick up at anytime and read. The characters are funny, witty and often predictable but you still turn the page. Interesting story, keeps you working the angles and fun to find out the ending.
As always, Janet Evanovich writes a funny, laugh out loud, novel. Since my mom's family is from Trenton, I can relate to some of the places in the book. In fact, Grandma Mazur reminds me of one of my mom's aunt - always ready for fun with a smart mouth!