Eve Duncan has turned down the job twice already. Her skill and devotion in identifying murder victims and helping bring their killers to justice may be world-renowned. But Eve works exclusively for law enforcement and the families of the innocent, and the man on the other end of the phone is many things—none of them law-abiding or innocent.
One of the world’s most wanted men, little is really known about Luis Montalvo except that he is extraordinarily dangerous and that he never takes no for an answer. Now he wants Eve’s help in the worst way. For he believes they have something in common—and he’s about to prove it with a grisly warning.
Eve will leave everything and everyone behind, even the man she trusts and loves the most, Atlanta detective Joe Quinn, to travel to Montalvo’s luxurious armed compound in the Colombian jungle to identify the skull he has recovered. She has agreed to this devil’s bargain to save an innocent family, but also for a reason she can’t admit to Joe, to the CIA, to anyone. For the man in the jungle has promised to be able to give Eve what she wants most of all—the key to unlocking the darkest and most painful mystery of her past.
But Eve is in more danger than she can imagine. As she gets closer to identifying the skull, she finds herself caught between two ruthless killers with no way out. Now, with everything on the line, Eve Duncan must make the most chilling choice of all. And if she’s wrong…she’s dead.
About the Author
While Iris Johansen's style has evolved over the years, the same skill that made her "one of the leading authors of romance fiction" (Barbara Kemp) has helped establish her reputation in a broader field. As Catherine Coulter noted, "Iris Johansen is a bestselling author for the best reason -- she's a wonderful storyteller."
In the latest Eve Duncan forensics thriller from bestseller Johansen (Killer Dreams), the Atlanta-based forensic sculptor with an international reputation finds herself attracted, not always convincingly, to a sleazy manipulator. Duncan, who specializes in reconstructing facial features from skulls, has buried herself in her work since the disappearance and presumed death of her seven-year-old daughter, Bonnie, years earlier. That still-open wound is probed with sadistic skill by Luis Montalvo, a shady Colombian arms dealer, who offers to solve the mystery of what happened to Bonnie if Duncan agrees to attempt a reconstruction from a skull Montalvo believes was his late wife's. Despite the misgivings of her former husband, an FBI agent, Duncan accepts, and soon finds herself dodging bullets in a war between Montalvo and a drug lord rival in the Colombian jungle. Despite a shortage of the sort of meaty science that, say, a Kathy Reichs thriller typically provides, Johansen's faithful audience should be satisfied. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
In the latest installment (after Countdown) of Johansen's engrossing suspense series starring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, Eve agrees to travel from Atlanta to Colombia to reconstruct the skull of weapons dealer Luis Montalvo's deceased wife. In exchange, Montalvo will release a man he is holding hostage and help Eve discover what became of her daughter, Bonnie, who was kidnapped years ago. Eve's visit to Colombia is fraught with danger and mystery as she finds herself in the middle of a deadly conflict between Montalvo and drug lord Diaz, who murdered Montalvo's wife, Nalia. As she begins reconstructing Nalia's skull, Eve finds herself unwittingly attracted to Montalvo, even as her lover, Detective Joe Quinn, comes to Colombia to take Eve back to safety in Atlanta. Johansen's latest is a first-rate suspense thriller complete with expertly developed characters involved in a world of intrigue where nothing is quite as it seems. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/06.]-Sheri Melnick, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
In prolific suspense novelist Johansen's energetic new Eve Duncan thriller (Countdown, 2005, etc.), the forensics sculptor makes a dangerous deal with a Colombian weapons dealer. Eve is now living with her lover, Atlanta detective Joe Quinn, while working on her reconstruction of a skull she calls Marty, the remains of a boy murdered five years before in Macon. The phone rings: It's Colombian crime lord Montalvo, promising to find Marty's still-unknown killer and to unearth the fate of Eve's daughter Bonnie, who disappeared years ago at age seven. Why? Because he wants Eve to come to his village, San Cristal, and apply her renowned skill to the reconstruction of his beloved wife Nalia's head. A rebel double-crossed and killed by powerful local drug dealer Ramon Diaz, Nalia rests in a grave still under Diaz's deadly watch. Joe arrives to watch over Eve and is promptly wounded. Ensconced in Montalvo's cozy compound, Eve has to hurry with the reconstruction of Nalia's head so that she and Joe can hightail it out of the country. Diaz, a dope-using child molester, threatens to harm Eve's adopted daughter, Jane (ensconced in a CIA safe house, but you never know), and scatters grisly proof of his ruthlessness. Eve and the urbane Montalvo consider, then reject, their mutual attraction. Johansen serves up lots of nasty snarling among the principals, plus icky violence including the crucifixion torture of a henchman, but the locale is vaguely sketched and the characters interchangeably villainous. Also, it seems unfair to dangle the promise of solving Bonnie's disappearance, then withholding it-until the next installment, no doubt. All the usual elements, somewhat manipulatively reconfigured.
Series: Eve Duncan Forensics Thrillers
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 26th December 2007
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 10.8 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.2