Hard Eight


Hard Eight by Janet EvanovichTitle: Hard Eight

Author: Janet Evanovich / Audio Narration: C. J. Critt

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 311 / 9 CDs

Genre: Mystery / Best Seller / Audio Book

Geographic Setting: Trenton, New Jersey

Time Period: Modern day (2002)

Series: Stephanie Plum

Plot Summary: This is the eighth book in the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie is a bounty hunter who just had no luck. Her typical bond apprehensions are rarely picture perfect, and her relationships are a juggling act of emotions, between her on-again-off-again cop boyfriend, Morelli, and Ranger, the bad boy bounty hunter who amuses himself by helping Stephanie. In Hard Eight, Stephanie looks for the missing Evelyn and daughter Annie, who have disappeared, while on a custody bond. Although Stephanie’s bond agency doesn’t hold the bond, they are family friends, so she begins searching for the mother and daughter with the help of Lulu, a former hooker who now works at the bond agency. Along to help is the annoyingly endearing Albert Kloughn, Evelyn’s former lawyer and part time Laundromat attendant. Between attacking geese and car bombing rabbits, Stephanie keeps busy as she solves the case. The audio book is narrated by C. J. Critt, whose voice carries a great deal of emotion while bringing the characters to life. There is a nice rhythm and energy brought by her to an amusing character, only marred by long pauses between chapters.

Subject Headings: New Jersey – Fiction, Bounty hunters – Fiction, Missing children – Fiction

Appeal: compelling, fast-paced, familiar, quirky, series (characters), action oriented, investigative, strong language, steamy, contemporary, small-town, dangerous, dramatic, humorous, gruesome, conversational, unpretentious, witty

Three Terms that describe this book: Humor, Danger, Mystery

Similar Authors and Works (fiction):

  • Sarah Strohmeyer’s Bubbles Yablonsky series (female, quirky, wisecracking hairdresser/journalist/investigator with unusual cast of characters)
  • Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series (wise cracking first person narrative also in New Jersey, with a sports agent doubling as a detective)
  • Sheryl J. Anderson’s Molly Forrester series (female, NYC advice columnist turned murder investigator, lots of laughs)

Similar Authors and Works (Non-fiction):

  • The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption by Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure
  • Gotcha!: Tales From a Black Belt Bounty Hunter by Joseph Laney and Cyn Mobley
  • Dish: The Inside Story of the World of Gossip by Jeannette Walls (former E! columnist discussing the role that gossip has played in the US)

Name: Jill Chouinard

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