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Blind Alley | [Iris Johansen]

Blind Alley

New York Times best-selling author Iris Johansen delivers a brand new thriller. Every day brings a new challenge for the forensic sculptor Eve Duncan: identify a new victim and help bring a criminal to justice. But Eve, who uses her intuition and modeling clay the same way a sketch artist uses a pencil, is about to meet her greatest challenge yet: a killer who is going to extraordinary lengths to obscure the identity of his victims, leaving them literally faceless and with burned fingerprints.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Iris Johansen delivers a brand new thriller. Every day brings a new challenge for the forensic sculptor Eve Duncan: identify a new victim and help bring a criminal to justice. But Eve, who uses her intuition and modeling clay the same way a sketch artist uses a pencil, is about to meet her greatest challenge yet: a killer who is going to extraordinary lengths to obscure the identity of his victims, leaving them literally faceless and with burned fingerprints. When Eve reveals the identity of the first victim, her world is turned upside down.

©2004 Iris Johansen; (P)2004 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"[An] expertly plotted, eminently entertaining novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Johansen has become adept at mixing supernatural elements with intriguing suspense, and her new tale will please both fans and new converts with its unpredictable journey from Atlanta to the archaeological digs of Herculaneum in Italy." (Booklist)

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    Eric Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 09-27-04
    Eric Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 09-27-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Past Lives and Ancient Volcanos"

    UGG! Generally a great writer. Too far fetched and not interesting. The mysterious Trevor comes across as a superfluous a$$. Even Eve seems silly and weak. The reader makes everyone sound 80 and seriously dumb. Sorry for the bad news. Save your rental for a better title. If you want well written far fetched stories that are fun, try Lincoln Child.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Columbia, MO, United States 09-22-04
    Marian Columbia, MO, United States 09-22-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Fans of Eve Duncan will not be disappointed"

    Good plot, typical Johansen characters (including a new Sean Galen-esque character named Mark Trevor). Fans of Johansen's Eve Duncan series will not be disappointed. I'm glad this was available unabridged; it would have lost something in abridgement.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Coral Gables, FL, USA 10-19-04
    Elizabeth Coral Gables, FL, USA 10-19-04 Member Since 2004
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    "A great dissapointment...."

    This is really a struggle to listen to. The plot is very weak and undeveloped, the characters annoying, and the performance of the reader uninspired. I did not even bother to finish the book, which is definitely a first for me!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Sellersville, PA, USA 09-27-04
    Peggy Sellersville, PA, USA 09-27-04
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    "A Disappointment"

    I'm 3/4ths of the way through the book and forcing myself to finish it. A real disappointment for this reader. Johansen usually writes a terrific read. In this volume, Eve Duncan takes a backseat to Jane, her "adopted" daughter. Jane sounds like a real brat, whining and the effort to make her seem 'older' is wasted. Eve isn't nearly as predominant or self-assured as she usuually appears in her other books. I'd have expected more from Iris Johansen. Sorry folks............

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Canton, GA, United States 01-18-05
    Deb Canton, GA, United States 01-18-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Predictable"

    Mindless entertainment. Predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 11-09-04
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 11-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Fun, ending doesnt work, might be better abridged"

    This was my first Iris Johansen book. Apparently, she writes psychological thrillers with a psychic angle. I found much of the book very engrossing, but it sort of petered out towards the end, and the ending was simply not satisfying. While I generally do not prefer the abridged versions, I thought this one might benefit from some abridgement. It got a little repetitive. I am interested, however, in listening to more of her work.

    This was a pg rated book, only a few swear words, and those were near the end. No sex scenes. Would be ok for kids 12 and up; does have some gruesome scenes which make it unsuitable for younger listeners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teeps Mobile, AL 11-11-05
    Teeps Mobile, AL 11-11-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Pitifully Bad"

    I have read nearly all of Johansen's books and fins this to be, by far, the worst one. Usually her plotlines are pretty tight and engaging. You obviously have to stretch your disbelief. However, this one was a monumental stretch. The plot made NO sense. The action was ridiculous. The interactions between the two protagonists was downright creepy.... and the most compelling characters in this series were relegated to the background. I would skip this one. Ms. Johansen has many other better books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Independence, KY, United States 09-15-05
    Cindy Independence, KY, United States 09-15-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Can't Wait For Countdown Now"

    Have been listening to Iris Johansen Books for years. Eve didn't seem as strong in this book. It IS a Jane/Mark Trevor book with Eve and Joe in the side lines. Still enjoyed it. Makes us very anixous to start Countdown (the rest of Jane and Trevor's Story) Think Iris has taken Eve and Joe thru enough, Jane's turn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Choctaw, OK, USA 05-30-05
    Cynthia Choctaw, OK, USA 05-30-05
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    "Make better use of your time"

    Terrible book. Adults abdicating their roles to an annoying child. Flashed forward and back so many times I got mental whiplash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amelia Eugene, OR, USA 09-29-04
    Amelia Eugene, OR, USA 09-29-04
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    "Not her best work"

    I have read a number of the author's books and this one just fell flat for me. Maybe its my age, but a 17 year old girl as a chief protagonist is not as interesting as her other characters have been.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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