In "Hard Eight", Janet Evanovich still writes in those quirky-borderline-stupid annoying secondary characters, but the story actually makes up for it. The case Stephanie Plum is working on does get a bit hairy at times and of course the whole Joe vs. Ranger thing is still a primary storyline. You will not be disappointed.
Evanovich is back on track with the eighth book in the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. (I wasn't really all that enthralled with book seven.) She manages to add yet another quirky character (best described as a puppy who follows you around) and there are a couple of surpises from her all-too-perfect sister. Lots of fun in this one!
As all the other book very funny! I really have enjoyed all of her book so far and I am reading nine now. I wish I could find more writers that would use their sense of humor more. I never seem to grow tired of her books.
From Publishers Weekly
The menace is more personal for Trenton's favorite bounty hunter and the energy more manic in this latest outing than in last year's Seven Up. As a favor to her mother's next-door neighbor, Mabel Markowitz, Stephanie agrees to check up on the lady's granddaughter, Evelyn Soder, who has suddenly taken off with her little girl, Annie, leaving behind a child custody bond against Mabel's house. The son-in-law is a bad guy who lost his bar to Eddie Abruzzi, a very nasty character who owns Evelyn's building. Soon someone in a bunny suit is trailing Stephanie, her car is blown up, her apartment infiltrated and a dead body appears on her couch. She calls in her associate, Ranger, the gorgeous and mysterious Cuban bond agent, while her sometime boyfriend, Morelli the cop, also gets on the case--a real doozy for which she's not getting paid. On the home front, ever-raunchy Grandma Mazur is eager to assist. Sister Valerie and kids have moved back in as well, so there's nowhere but the couch for Stephanie and one bathroom for all. Valerie is inexplicably attracted to Evelyn's goofy lawyer, who's been tagging along with Stephanie and the ever-outrageous file clerk and ex-hooker Lula, further complicating this twisted case. Life in the Burg takes on a sinister turn with serious results. Evanovich does it again, delivering an even more suspenseful and more outrageous turn with the unstoppable Stephanie, heroine of all those who have to live on peanut butter until the next check comes through. Waiting for nine will be tough.
Stephanie Plum lives not far from her parents in a Trenton, New Jersey, neighborhood called the Burg. Things haven't changed much there since the '50s, despite cell phones and computers and the fact that Stephanie works as a bounty hunter. Stephanie still eats her mom's macaroni and cheese for comfort, and Mom's is where her sister Valerie went when her marriage blew up. It's a little darker for our heroine now. She's kind of broken up with Morelli, the gorgeous cop; she's still wary of Ranger, her guide in bounty hunting, who is composed of equal parts magic and darkness; and an eerie, scary bad guy named Abruzzi is putting snakes in her apartment and spiders in her car, when his minions aren't blowing it up. Steph is trying to find the missing daughter and granddaughter of her mom's next-door neighbor, and Abruzzi doesn't like that. 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. This one not only allows Steph some inchoate but graceful complexity but also gives splendid cameos to both her mom and Valerie (the moving automobile as weapon has rarely been employed more outrageously--twice). And Grandma Mazurin the doughnut shop parking lot--well, you won't believe it.
WOW! My favorite book in this series so far! You are going to love this book! If you have not read any other of the books in the series you don't have to start with the first one, but you will be hooked and will go back and get all the others! All I have to say is.....RANGER!!!!
You just can't get enough of Stephanie Plum. But I definitely recommend starting with One for the Money and working your way up. If you start in the middle of the series, you may not understand the characters as well.
This is the first book of Janet Evanovish's i have read. Her character Stephanie Plum is a riot, in a funny, troubled and crazy way.I really enjoyed the book, i found myself saying "oh, no" and "not again" alot, stephanie has a full life of crazy and excitement. I even found myself laughing till i cried a few times.
Now i'm going to start from the beginning of the series. i have to find out how this all stated.
I did click that I liked the book. However, three quarters into the book her adventure
got tiresome to me. There were some giggles. The ending was a shock to me, it was just
cut off. So I am thinking that Janet Evanovich just ran out of what to write and how
to end the story. I liked the previous books but this one was a disappointment to me.
I love all her books, and I love the character of Stephanie Plum. I think hard Eight was not one of the best ones, Seven was better. But she is still such a lovable character its totally wortht he read.
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!
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.
Hard Eight is one of my favorites out of the series so far. The stories are getting more intense, and the relationships between the characters are more complex. Janet Evanovich is a great author. She definitely leaves you wanting more.
Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter like Stephanie Plum. The search turns out to be a race among the Posse, True Blue Bond's agent, a Rangerette, the Abruzzi gang and a killer rabbit on the loose
If you know Janet Evanovich & Stephanie Plum, there isn't anything for me to add here! If you don't know Stephanie & stumbled across this posting by accident, this is the 8th in the series & you *must* start with the 1st one - One for the Money.
I'm really enjoying this series.. all in fun not to heavy and this one did NOT dissapoint. No spoilers here but... if you've read up til seven, you can't NOT read number eight! =) Off to start "To The Nines".... ;-)
Janet never disappoints. Stephanie's relationship with Ranger heats up, while Morrelli get moved to the back burner. Sister Valerie's life spirals out of control. And then there's Grandma. Every time she appears, I end up laughing so hard I nearly pee myself.
Stephanie Plum has a big problem on her hands--seven year old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn have dissapeared. Its not a typical job for a bounty hunter, but since Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's mother, she follows the trial left by Annie and Evelyn---and finds a lot more than she bargained for.
"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.
Stephanie Plum picks up a case a little nastier than anything the wisecracking bounty hunter's seen before. Evelyn Soder and her young daughter have gone on the run, leaving an angry ex-husband who's planning to collect on a child custody bond that will leave Evelyn's grandmother homeless. Stephanie's first clue that there's more to it than that comes in the form of Eddie Abruzzi, a shady local businessman who warns her to butt out of the case. Stephanie doesn't scare easily, but when Abruzzi's henchmen leave a bag of snakes on her doorknob and tarantulas in her car, she has no choice but to call Ranger, the hunky man of mystery whom she already owes too many favors. Steph knows that Ranger will soon be calling in his marker, but with her ex- fiancé Joe Morelli out of the picture, that should be OK--shouldn't it? In the meantime, she's got other fugitives to catch, aided by the usual band of misfits, plus a bumbling correspondence-school lawyer who's developed the hots for Stephanie's sister, Valerie. And Steph's in for a surprise from her mother, who proves she's not above wielding a dangerous weapon to save her daughter's life.
Holy Guacamole! Stephanie works her usual bounty hunter magic and is entertaining as ever! But we open with a custody bail bond and a missing grandchild of her neighbor! Stephanie has one heck of a time getting Bender! Vinnie even shows her how its done! It's so funny even Ranger is laughing! She gets her woman! Although she finds Ramerez's owner Abruzzi is insane and has claimed war against Stephanie throughout the book. The cliff hanger from last book is revealed. Steph get Val a job with Albert Kloughn, lawyer. Steph has a series of bad days. Morelli is distant. Ranger calls in his marker. Stange events unfold in finding the missing granddaughter, but after Steph finds her she lets them go to live a different life. Abruzzi declares war! Val is kidnapped, Stephanie gets burned and Morelli tells her he loves her! What next?