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Body of Lies [Mass Market Paperback]

Iris Johansen
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March 4 2003 Eve Duncan
Eve Duncan, the signature character of #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, thought her past was long buried. Until she finds herself tracking a killer so deceptive he leaves no trace behind—except for his victims.
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has been summoned to Baton Rouge by a high-ranking government official to identify the remains of an unknown murder victim. Eve wants nothing to do with the project. She has finally found peace from her own tragic past, living a quiet life with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and her adopted daughter, Jane. Then a stunning series of seemingly unrelated events turns Eve’s new world upside down.
Now, in a special government facility, she takes on the project of identifying the victim’s skeleton. But she hasn’t even begun when another death occurs. Someone totally ruthless, who can strike anywhere at any time and with seeming immunity, is determined to put a halt to her work, her life, and the lives of those she loves. Eve has stumbled onto a chilling conspiracy. There is only one person who can give her the devastating truth . . . and he’s already dead.

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Just as there are sculptors who insist they liberate forms imprisoned within marble and granite, Eve Duncan, the strong-willed heroine of Body of Lies, is a forensic sculptor driven by a need to liberate innocence from the shroud of death. Tops in her field, Eve obsesses over recreating the likenesses of faceless, decomposed murder victims, using only their bare skulls as a guide. It's a spooky career that began when Eve's own daughter, Bonnie, vanished and was later discovered, the girl's remains unrecognizable.

In Body of Lies, a killer uncovers a shocking truth about Bonnie, driving a rattled Eve to take a dangerous assignment in the darkest heart of bayou country. There, at the weird behest of a shady senator, Eve rebuilds the visage of the politician's late rival, a challenge that nearly results in her murder, strains her romance with a hard-bitten detective, and uncovers a fantastic global conspiracy over energy profits and much else. Wildly ambitious, Iris Johansen's Body of Lies inspires paranoia about the rich and powerful, though it gets unwieldy when Johansen's action writing and characters don't plausibly sustain the image of a secret society hell-bent on world domination. More effective are her bright supporting characters (especially Eve's Liverpudlian protector, Galen), bursts of descriptive wit, and insights into her wounded but dogged heroine. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is neither the cleverest fictional female detective nor the most original, but the meticulous care she devotes to her profession despite the emotional turmoil in her life makes her highly sympathetic. Here, she is tricked into leaving her adopted daughter, Jane, and cop boyfriend, Joe Quinn, to go to Baton Rouge. An influential senator and a fratricidal psychopath want her to work in a remote bayou to identify a battered skull, which may be all that remains of former senatorial candidate Harold Bentley. Duncan tries to reconstruct the skull's features, but it's hard to focus when someone has just tried to poison you and may be on his way to blow up your family. Duncan and wisecracking Sean Galen, hired by her Atlanta friends to protect her, are soon joined by potbellied reporter Bill Nathan, while in the shadows lurks Jules Hebert, a dangerous man of many disguises. First, Duncan's cook dies, then the cook's son, and then lies and dead bodies begin to pile up as Duncan struggles to finish the reconstruction and forgive Quinn for concealing the truth about her dead daughter, Bonnie. A barely credible anti-environment global conspiracy known only as the Cabal drives villains and good guys alike to violence as the story nears its explosive climax at an ex-president's funeral. Prolific bestselling author Johansen (Final Target) builds suspense by thrusting Duncan simultaneously into the unknown and back into the arms of her family in a romantic thriller whose plot may not stand much probing, but whose humanity keeps the reader rooting for its heroine every step of the way. (Mar. 26)Forecast: Major radio and print advertising and promotion, previewed in every paperback copy of Final Target: the only question here is how high Johansen will climb on the lists.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 2 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story. May 14 2013
By Morwen
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Loved the twists and turns right at the end. Highly recommend this book. Want to read more of this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Body of Lies April 25 2004
By carolyn
This novel was an excellent read. I wasn't able to put it down once. She made this book a wonderful suspense. The plot was excellent, by introducing the troubles in people lives and there sacrifices to cope with bad experiences. I'd recommend this novel to everybody who loves learning new things.
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3.0 out of 5 stars eve, eve, stop your wallowing Feb. 5 2004
By Nicole
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ms. johansen weaves a great tale, but eve has got to get it together. thisis not healthy my friend! the books real good though!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Better used to prop up furniture... Jan. 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was by far, the worst book I have read in a number of years. It was lent to me by a friend and I have to admit, I owe him a beer because he made me promise not to burn it and I did anyhow.
The dialogue is laughable. The characters ridiculous. A gradeschooler with ADHD probably could have polished this novel. In short, don't waste your time with this book. It will make you hate your self and hate the world.
That is all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What an awful book Jan. 11 2004
By A Customer
I got the unabridged recorded book from the library. I kept listening to it (9 CDs!) amazed by how flat and stupid it was. It's hard to believe that the author has any experience in writing novels. The dialog is terrible, and the relationships unbelievable. The conspiracy behind the whole plot is ludicrous.
The reader, Cristine McMurdo-Wallis, is very boring to listen to. One character is supposed to be from Liverpool, but he almost never sounds English, let alone "Liverpudlian." The other characters are all from the south, but they seldom sound southern. Her voice just drones on and on. . .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Starts off with promise, anyway. Dec 1 2003
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Iris Johansen, Body of Lies (Bantam, 2002)
I picked this up after having the first two chapters sent to me on the chapteraday mailing list and reluctantly allowing myself to get intrigued. The first chapter really does pack a wallop. I just with the rest of the book could have carried out the promise.
It doesn't, unfortunately. After the first chapter comes long, drawn-out setup that is in no way justified by the payoff. Robert Parker does the same thing, but he does it in about a third of the number of pages per novel used by Johansen. The woman could use a few lessons in tight prose and how it heightens tension in a novel. But this one's a lost cause; by the time her protagonist finally gets around to reconstructing the face on the skull, will the reader still care? Not this one. (zero)
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3.0 out of 5 stars More like a passing grade 3 and a half. June 5 2003
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Iris Johansen's "Body of Lies" is a fairly entertaining novel.
The cat and mouse aspect is well done, as the hunted do not use super human powers to keep on the move. As the story progresses, a ticking clock subplot propels the action.
A secret society lends an almost credible conspiracy theory to the mix.
Throw in a resourceful hardboiled British bodyguard with a dubious background, a corrupt Senator, a seemingly average reporter, a skillful assassin and a covert research project involving fuel cells and things move rapidly.
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is terrific when doing her job recreating the face on the skull of an unknown murder victim. When fretting about her romance everything bogs down and becomes a pitiful soap opera.
Colorful villains, some wolves in sheep's clothing and the nefarious secret organization keep Eve and Atlanta detective Joe Quinn hopping and the pages turning.
The ending was too pat.
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