Hard Eight

Hard Eight

Book - 2002
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Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312265854
0312265859
Branch Call Number: MYS EVANO-J
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 25 cm

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Not bad, but not the best
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Hard Eight (St. Martin's Press, 2010, ISBN/ASIN: B0017I1IZA, Plum (8)) is the eighth book in the Stephanie Plum series. In this one, she's looking for a missing mom and daughter whose grandmother could lose her house if the custody bond is violated.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The story has the typical range of secondary characters, and an addition of a hard-core female bounty hunter along the lines of Ranger. And a hysterical attempted vehicular murder of the Easter Bunny.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
I don't much care for stories that involve moms/wives and children in jeopardy and being shuttled around like a tub of household effects in a move. Part of that is the ick factor, but part of it is the simplistic storyline and emotional range that is usually given to the characters -- the new "damsel in distress" plotline where someone has to come rescue them. I also didn't feel the intitial bad guys were fleshed out very well, particularly as they are easy to spot in fake masks and outfits, and the final boss felt like a comic book character.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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shelbysmom1996
Jun 22, 2016

OMG Saint Valerie says the "f" word!

SpencerSpencer Oct 28, 2013

This is a fun, suspenseful, adventure thriller with colorful characters, interesting twists, and thrills. It's nice to read these novels every once in a while, it's like catching up with old friends, however, the dialogue is awful. As much as I enjoy these, I can only read them about once a year. Janet Evanovich's dialogue is wildly amateurish. Do people really always use the term 'bad guys'?

lfranz Jul 16, 2012

Stephanie has done it again - involved the family in her bounty hunter activites! FUN FUN FUN

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Clovershade
Aug 27, 2011

You can't miss with the Stephanie Plum series for fun and laugh out loud moments. Although these are crime/mystery novels there is enough of the rediculous that I enjoy them even though there is always a decent dose of mayhem.

hermlou Mar 16, 2010

Evanovich writes humorous books, and this is one of her better ones. She has the same characters and same basic plot of a bounty hunter looking for people, yet she still keeps the plot funny. My complaint is that destruction of a car isn't funny the first time, yet it's repeated more than once.

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BlackMartagon
Jan 23, 2010

This one has the answer to Ranger.

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