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on April 29, 2003
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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on April 28, 2003
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.
If you want to find murder, mystery, and dangerous adventure go pick up this thriller. It is filled with explosions, plot twist, trained killers, and murder. The intrest level is so high you will be done with it before u know it. Iris makes the characters fit the book so well. You'll love Body of Lies.
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on April 2, 2003
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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on 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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on June 10, 2002
With a slow start Body of Lies turns to be great read. Eve flees Atlanta after she feeling Joe (I love this man) has betrayed her and decides to bail for a while to decide what she's gonna do. Eve heads to Louisiana alone to reconstruct the face of a man who has been reported missing for several years. Little does Eve realize that her life is being manipulated and her trip has put not only her life in danger but the lives of all those she holds dear and some that she doesn't know personally. Although Eve feels that she doing a good deed there are forces working to make sure once the skull is completed she'll never live to tell who it is.
Galen is back again and is hired to protect Eve from this unseen danger but Joe (a man obsessed by a woman) can't stay out of the picture as he soon figures out the danger is very real. Although Eve may not want him there he arrives to protect her with his life, if necessary.
There is deception at every corner and who can be trusted remains to be seen.
There is so much mystery and intrigue going on that you don't know who the good guys are. I declare Body of Lies to be another winner in Eve Duncan series. Don't miss out on the action or you'll be sorry.
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on June 8, 2002
This is the third in the series about Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor. While the first chapter does provide some background information on the series, I strongly recommend you first read "The Search" and "Final Target" in that order.
The story begins with Eve happily living at her lakeside Georgia home, with her partner, Atlanta police detective Joe Quinn and their adopted daughter Jane. Then a sudden series of events upsets this domestic bliss and puts Eve at odds with Joe. These events were targeted to get Eve to accept a job to sculpt a skull in Louisiana. Here in the bayou country, Eve is protected by Sean Galen, who returns from earlier novels. Galen may be the most interesting character, part bodyguard/assassin, part confidante, companion and gourmet cook. While forces are pushing her to find the identity of the skull, others are trying to prevent her from accomplishing this, resulting in attempts on her life and those of her family. Other very interesting characters are a villain with many faces, an investigative journalist and the adopted daughter Jane, who at times seems stronger than either of her parents.
There is a lot of plot interest with twists, conspiracies, and false identities. In the middle of the book, there was a little too much personal interaction between Eve and Joe that slows the plot, with Eve still upset with the lie uncovered that caused her to bolt from Georgia. Luckily the action speeds up with a satisfying ending that has some surprises.
While this was not my favorite of the three Eve Duncan mysteries, it was still an enjoyable read.
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on March 31, 2002
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is trying to move on with her life, she is in a committed relationship, she has a loving adopted daughter, and she has finally put to rest the murder of her biological daughter. Then one day Eve receives a phone call with a request...she is needed in New Orleans to reconstruct a man's skull that has been found. At first Eve refuses this job, but when a shocking discovery about her daughter is brought to light, she retreats to the bayou's to take on this new job.
Leaving her life, and the lies that have been told to her, Eve wants nothing but a getaway, and find the identity of the skull, but on her first night in New Orleans she almost killed, and a mysterious man claims that he has been given to her for protection.
The further she becomes involved with the skull, Eve realizes she has stumbled upon a horrible conspiracy, and she must match wits with a masterful killer willing to do anything to keep her from finding the truth, and the only man she can turn to is the one the one man she may not be able to trust.
As the clock ticks, and the bodies drop around her, Eve must find out answers and put a stop to the killings, before the next dead body is her own.
'Body Of Lies' is a fast-paced thriller, but unfortunately suffers from some complicated plot twists. Eve Duncan is an enjoyable character, and most of the novels that feature her have been excellent, but in 'Body Of Lies' the plot races along only to stall when the plot changes to reveal some strange twists.
Iris Johansen is a good thriller writer, but in her new novel she has tried to come up with a clever, tricky plot that ends up seeming silly, and boring. Although not a bad book, 'Body Of Lies' does not rank with the previous novels by this best-selling author.
Nick Gonnella
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on March 31, 2002
After the heartache forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has been through, she's finally happy. She's living with her lover Atlanta Detective Joe Quinn, and her daughter Bonnie after years of searching is buried on their property. When Senator Melton of Louisiana calls asking Eve for help in identifying a skull, she refuses.

Jules Herbert, a member of the Cabal, insists that Eve be the one to do the identification. Since she refused the Senator, Jules arranges for her to find out about Joe's betrayal. When she does, she runs to Louisiana to drown herself in work so she won't have to dwell on what Joe did to her. From the time she arrives she is faced with death threats to her and her loved ones. Joe follows her to make sure Eve lives to see another day even if she hates him for it.

Iris Johanson has written another exciting thriller starring characters from previous novels. Readers will feel they are being reunited with two dear friends and hope that they can work out their problems, both professional and personal. BODY OF LIES is a compelling tale filled with so many unexpected twists and turns that readers won't be able to predict what happens next.

Harriet Klausner
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on June 5, 2003
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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on March 9, 2003
"Even men read her" is quite an acclaim for a female writer the way I see it.
In this story the forensic sculptoress Eve is constantly "mad as [heck]"to speak with the author. She is cross with everyone except her pert child Jane, who seems to be the adult here. Joe is the ever so besotted lover, a total wimp when it comes to Eve, otherwise an ex-marine sniper, whom she is cross with and bosses around, while he caters to each one of her whimsical whims. They are both [weak] to say the least. The heroine is constantly guarded by a retinue of men like the queen in a bee hive. These men parade around until they get killed. Typical for a female writer there is much kitchen activity and men do all the cooking and nurturing. Galen is a likeable chap and a fresh breathe of air. I give the book credit for being entertaining. Johansen starts out with a good plot about a secret society but she has trouble seeing it through. Gerborg
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