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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Proficient but routine thriller April 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book centres on a forensic sculptor ,named Eve Duncan who is living in Atlanta with her lover, Joe, a cop, and her adopted daughter.She is slowly putting her life into some semblemce of order following the death of her young child ,Bonnie ,whom she sees in dreams (or are they visions from the other side ? the question is kept open )
She is a driven woman ,obsesssive where her work is concerned and determined ,as a mission statement almost ,to ensure the unidentified dead are given face and form by her work.
She is pressured by a Presidental aspirant Senator Melton to take on a job in Baton Rouge -identify a skull recently uncovered that may have implications for his career.When she refuses someone goes to great lengths to ensure her relationship is placed in jeopardy and ,under duress she takes on the job .Soon two people are murdered and she herself almost dies from poison.
She together with Joe .and a Liverpudlian hit man ,named Galen ,not to mention an environmentalist/journalist set out to strike back at those responsible -a secret society ,named with stunning lack of imagination ,the Cabal ,and it all build to an implausible climax in Florida
It is solid second string work and its major drawbacks for me where a lacklustre plot and the stylistic unremarkability of the prose .Eve is given more than her share of neuroses and traumas but is a likeable heroine although for me as a Brit the most interesting figure was Galen.A working class guy from Liverpool,he is not the conventional cold and cynical hit man nut a gregarious gastronome with a sly and at times inappropriate sense of pich dark humour
I want more of these two and hope that a stronger plot can be found as a basis for additional Eve Duncan books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Body od Lies April 28 2003
By Coreen
Image your life is just starting to settle down; life is turning up for you. Then disturbing things start to happen around your house and you get a letter that brings back your cold and chilling past. Life is turned upside down and you don't know what to do next.
Well, this is what happened to forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her family in the book Body of Lies by Iris Johansen.
In the story, Eve has finally found peace living with Joe Quinn and her adopted daughter Jane. Eve gets a haunting reminder of her past which promps her to leave her home in Atlanta and go to Baton Rough to do a project that no one will tell her what it is about. Eve is not even there a day when the first death occurs.
All of Iris Johansen's books are filled with dangerous adventures and murders. Along with many plot twist; Body of Lies is no exception. In one incident there was a bombing and then a high speed car chase. What happened was this: while Eve and Joe were hiding from the bad guys while working on the skull, her daughter Jane went to stay with her grandmother. The bad guys wanted to hurt Eve so the bombed the apartments where Jane was staying. Everyone was safe except Eve and Joe because now the bad guys knew where they were. Joe and Eve decide to flee the safe house, but before they could get out of the driveway they saw headlights coming their way. The booked it on to the highway with the bad guys right on their trail. There was some bumping and grinding and Joe decided to take matters into his own hands. He told Eve to get out and wait at the gas station and before she could say "no" he was off back on the road. It was not for another hour until Joe came back again with the car just barley holding together.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot with a heroine going downhill April 2 2003
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Just to get this said...Eve, get over yourself or rather Ms Johansen get your character out of this poor me, I'm the only person in the world who has suffered syndrome. I found it rather shallow that Eve can forget all the support she has received by one ill conceived action by Joe. I can't figure out what she has ever, in previous books, done for him. Or when she has ever thought about any one else's situation first. I still rated this book 3 stars because I liked the plot. Scary enough in this world to be believable. It reminded me of some other mysteries where there are secret organizations and the forensic sculpting just adds another dimension. In fact, this is a first for me to like the plot but not the main character. I can't figure out what makes Eve so desirable to the men around her. She is selfish to a fault and certainly expects more than she is willing to give. She has become an unsympathetic character. I enjoy her conversations with her daughter Bonnie but even a ghost has to get a bit tired of always bolstering up the adult. Why Joe has stuck around is a mystery to me. Unless he likes being walked on and over. Galen's character brings the spark necessary and Jane, I disagree with reviewers who think she is too precocious. But unless Eve can become less whiny please don't make her the lead character in any more books. Not unless it's one where Joe finally leaves Eve and she has to become a less selfish individual.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read From Beginning To End June 27 2002
The on-going story of Eve Duncan and her infatuation with her daught who past away several years ago continues in this once again thriller of political intrigue and murderous mystery. Though the plot in comparison to Eve's previous novels, it is all made up for through the smart character interactions which are able to keep you enthralled in the story. Subplots within will also keep your attention, especially the roller coaster relationship between Joe and Eve that has been a question mark from the first book in the series "The Face of Deception." I highly recommend that you don't read this book before you read the two previous books in the Series (especially the second title "The Killing Game")because although the third novel is a story all in its self it will undeniably make more sense if you read the earlier parts of the series, and once you do the characters of Eve Duncan and the surviving supporting characters will truly steel your heart, in Iris Johansens apparent pattern in her novels of controlling men and the women that overpower them.
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Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Leukefeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story.
Loved the twists and turns right at the end. Highly recommend this book. Want to read more of this series.
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Published on April 25 2004 by carolyn
1.0 out of 5 stars eve is tough?
Gosh, she's tough. She's one tough lady. We can tell she's made up her mind,and she's tough, so she won't change it. She is so tough..... Read more
Published on April 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars eve, eve, stop your wallowing
ms. johansen weaves a great tale, but eve has got to get it together. thisis not healthy my friend! the books real good though!
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Nicole
1.0 out of 5 stars Better used to prop up furniture...
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004 by A. Cruikshank
1.0 out of 5 stars What an awful book
I got the unabridged recorded book from the library. I kept listening to it (9 CDs!) amazed by how flat and stupid it was. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Starts off with promise, anyway.
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I picked this up after having the first two chapters sent to me on the chapteraday mailing list and reluctantly allowing myself to... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars More like a passing grade 3 and a half.
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. Read more
Published on June 5 2003 by nobizinfla
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me glued...
Excellent story line. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I can't wait to read the rest. Totally captivating from start to finish.
Published on April 24 2003 by Shilo A. Larsen
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