Monday, January 18, 2010

Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

Book Details
Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
Paperback, 352 pages
2003, St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312983867
Series: Book 8 of Stephanie Plum

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.

Stephanie Plum is at it again. Expect a couple of explosions, lots of lost handcuffs and a very interesting development in the Ranger/Stephanie/Morelli love triangle. We get lots of Ranger in Hard Eight, which is always a plus, but don't expect many enlightening background details. He's still very much a mystery. My one complaint is that after eight books, I would love to see Stephanie showing the slightest interest in learning how to actually be a bounty hunter instead of luckily skating by in each book. There wasn't much actual mystery solving in this addition to the series, but there was a lot of action and excitement.


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  1. I just finished Seven Up and am definitely looking forward to this one.

  2. I didn't get to her Stephanie Plum books but the others that I have read are really funny