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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312651252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312651251
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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“A story that is literally explosive! ... Johansen's books are so addictive because of her expertise in creating memorable characters faced with life-testing challenges. Pulse-pounding!” ―RT Book Reviews on Chasing the Night

“Action-packed!” ―Publishers Weekly on Eight Days to Live

“With an imaginative plot and gut-wrenching action…this novel packs a wallop and is impossible to put down.” ―Tucson Citizen on Eight Days to Live

“You'll want to keep the lights on while reading!” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Blood Game

“Johansen is becoming a master of the macabre and paranormal thriller, and her latest riveting Eve Duncan tale has it all, from ghosts and secret cults to supernatural avengers.” ―Booklist on Blood Game

“Readers won't soon forget either the enigmatic hero or the monstrous villain. This one's chilling to the bone!” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Deadlock

“Johansen's knack for delivering robust action and commanding characters kicks into high gear.” ―Booklist on Dark Summer

“Action-packed, adrenaline-fueled…will keep [you] eagerly turning the pages.” ―Publishers Weekly on Quicksand

“Keeping the tension high and the pace relentless, prolific and compelling Johansen adds depth to her popular characters as she continues this suspenseful series.” ―Booklist on Quicksand

“Bestselling author Johansen captivates readers with her latest suspense thriller…the suspense escalates toward an explosive conclusion.” ―Library Journal on Pandora's Daughter

“An exhilarating thriller…suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” ―Booklist on Pandora's Daughter

“A fast-paced, non-stop, clever plot in which Johansen mixes political intrigue, murder, and suspense.” ―USA Today on The Face of Deception

“[A] thrill ride…Action, romance, castles, bomb plots and booby-trapped hideaway in snowbound Idaho--what more could Johansen fans want?” ―Publishers Weekly on Countdown

“Intriguing suspense…her new tale will please both fans and new converts.” ―Booklist on Blind Alley

“Thoroughly gripping and with a number of shocking plot twists…packed all the right elements into this latest work: intriguing characters; creepy, crazy villain; a variety of exotic locations.” ―New York Post on The Search

From the Back Cover

Eve Duncan won't rest until she finds the truth―and a missing child―in the latest adrenaline-pumping thriller from #1 blockbuster bestselling author
Iris Johansen

One woman's nightmare…
A CIA agent's two-year-old child was stolen in the night as a brutal act of vengeance. Nine years later, Catherine Ling's instincts―maternal and professional―tell her that her son is still alive. But she needs the help of someone as driven and obsessed as she is to find him. That person is Eve Duncan.

is another woman's duty.
Eve has walked the same path as Catherine, having endured the disappearance of her own daughter, Bonnie. Now Eve must raise her game as a forensic sculptor to another level, using the science of age progression to unite mother and son. But as she is drawn deeper into Catherine's horror, she must face looming demons of her own. Whoever took Bonnie is still out there―and until he is brought to justice, and Bonnie is brought home, Eve will be forever CHASING THE NIGHT.

"Johansen keeps readers on the edge of their seats."―Booklist

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Chasing the Night is Iris Johansen's latest Eve Duncan book. Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor who can take pieces of a skull and flesh it out so that a recognizable face appears. Her particular expertise is children's faces. She is called on when bones are found to help identify them and her work has led to many criminals being put behind bars. But the work is personal for Eve. She lost her own daughter to murder and the body has never been found. That sorrow and desire for justice for her daughter gives her a special connection with the children whose faces she is trying to recreate.

I've enjoyed many of Iris Johansen's books over the years but I think this is her best one yet. A child has been taken from his mother when he was a baby and brought up by a murderous criminal. This criminal has been taunting the mother, an FBI agent for years and the mother has finally decided to launch an all-out effort to find her son. To do this she needs Eve Duncan's help.

The themes in this novel are about family ties and love and how true evil distorts everything. Iris Johansen knows how to tell a good story. This book was hard to put down and the ending is truly satisfying. If you have never read a book by Johansen this is a good one to start with. If you have read her books then this one will be an entertaining addition to your collection.
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Just love Iris Johanson's new book.
A real can't put down book.
Being a fervent reader of Iris, I am waiting for her next book involving "Eve Duncan" and friends.
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HASH(0xa74b1a20) out of 5 stars The Good, The Bad, & The Very Ugly Oct. 22 2010
By D. Bell - Published on
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I look forward to the Eve Duncan books, and this had all the good points of the earlier ones. It was very readable and difficult to put down. The new co-protagonist is Catherine Ling, a very brave and highly skilled CIA operative with a checkered past of childhood poverty & abuse and a life on her own at a very young age. Nine years ago, her 2-year-old son Luke had been stolen from her. Unlike Eve, who knows in her heart that her daughter Bonnie is dead, Catherine believes Luke to be alive. She has come to Eve to ask her to age-progress her son so that when she rescues him (as she firmly believes she will), she will know him. Although Eve is at first reluctant, Catherine's passion wins her over. Aided by Kelly, a 14-year-old genius whom Catherine had rescued and who can see patterns where others cannot, by Joe, and by Venable, her CIA superior, they discover where Luke is being kept. And then they set out to rescue him.

The book is exciting and action-filled. Catherine is one of the cleverest and most capable women I have come across in a long time. Kelly is very likeable and is sure to grow into an amazing woman as well. Johansen does well with strong females.
One does wonder why Eve & Joe never married and why she hasn't had a child with him; does he resent that her obsession with Bonnie has prevented him from true fatherhood?

I was disappointed that we never found out who the little girl was whose skull Eve was working on in the beginning of the book, why she was so brutally murdered, and if the killer was caught & brought to justice. I do think this should at least have been mentioned. I missed Jane, but there was no real part for her in the story, so it's not major.

My main objection, and the reason I gave this 4 stars rather than 5, is that all of the villains lately seem to be horrible, sadistic, truly evil psychopaths (or sociopaths?). The one who was holding Kelly & her father captive was just the first. Not only the main villain but his henchmen were all cut from the same cloth.
I'm getting sick of it. Why can't Eve come up against a villain who is charming, intelligent, not sadistic, and only kills when absolutely necessary--a Thomas Crown type perhaps? I would enjoy a true battle of wits and less blood.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74b1c6c) out of 5 stars Chasing The Night Nov. 4 2010
By Denise Markiewicz - Published on
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I've read all the Eve Duncan books. Enjoyed them. However, I was not thrilled with this one. To me, it didn't get a little exciting until the last quarter of the book. The first half of the book took place in Eve's house. Just converstations with Eve, sometimes Joe, Catherine, beating a subject to death. It was dry. One can only say a person is brilliant, brave, independent so many times. It got better toward the end of which I was grateful.And why are the females characters rude? Does rudeness equate with heroine? I think not. I've read almost all of Iris Johansen's previous books. Loved the "Wind Dancer" trilogy. But lately, the last 3 or 4 seem to be less intersting, more dry.Is it just me?
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74b64a4) out of 5 stars Talk, talk, talk March 20 2011
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I haven't read anything by this author before, so I have no other works to compare this one to. I bought this because I love suspense/police fiction, and have finished all the Lisa Gardner, Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly books. I know Johansen has written a lot of books, but frankly I was astonished at the amateur quality of this one. First, the writing. She misuses words--"persevere" isn't a synonym for "prevail"--and she's an adverb addict. "She said, dryly...tersely...shyly, regretfully." But mostly, it's very very poorly plotted. She gets all the main characters into one house--in a pretty unbelievable way, and they TALK. And talk and talk. Occasionally the talking is interrupted by a call from the villain, who threatens dire, comic-book villainous things. I mean, this guy is like something from a Batman movie. "Your son is dead. No, he's not. Yes, he is. Come here and let me kill you..." And the tough, Angelina-lookalike CIA operative invariably melts, in exactly the same way, every time she takes one of these calls. Talk about phoning it in! This book is a perfect example of how not to write. About a third through the book I'm skimming, trying to get through the morass of boring dialogue and repetitive threats. I was like, yeah, let him kill you! Right now! Put this dull story out of its misery. I frankly can't believe this author has published so many books, and that she has any kind of following. I have to hope some of the early ones were better, but I won't be wasting my money to find out.

Wondering about the two stars? I thought the premise of the book was interesting--digital aging, facial reconstruction. Intriguing idea. Too bad Johansen can't write worth a damn. Show, Iris, don't tell. Stop using the same tired sentimental tropes, like the dead girl who comforts her mom every time she goes for a walk and needs a pep talk. I have no objection to wise ghosts, or anything, but this one didn't move the plot, or even affect character development, at all.

What's sad, it seems to me, is that I'm sure there are a ton of good writers out there who can't even get a publisher to look at their stuff. And people like me, who love to read, are left desperately searching for good, engrossing fiction. Take it from me, gentle reader, this isn't it. Save your money, and your time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74b6558) out of 5 stars How Iris Got Her Groove Back! Feb. 25 2011
By Carlisle Wheeling - Published on
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This book is it, people. She's slipped a bit on the last few novels, but Carlisle loves this. See? Not everybody turns into James Patterson!

Excellent plotline and an impressive bunch of new characters are introduced in this latest Eve Duncan thriller. I absolutely loved Catherine Ling and her fearless dedication to bringing her son home after 9 years of captivity by Rakovak, one of the most evil and ruthless terrorists in Johansen's books yet. I also loved the young gifted character named Kelly who knew how to deal with Luke once they met. Characters to touch your heart, yet with all the gritty suspense you want in an Eve Duncan book, this is one to keep you enthralled to the last page and hope she keeps novels of this quality up! Not all Iris's books are very good, but this one makes up for some of the less stellar ones a few times over. Verdict? Totally entertaining!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74b6960) out of 5 stars Sophomoric Sept. 5 2011
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Bought this book, as recommended by reviews, for background information before purchasing BONNIE, EVE & QUINN by the same author. I found the "filler" pages to numerous to count. Inane, repetitive conversations between the characters made it easy to lose interest. Will not be finishing this book nor purchasing any others by this author.