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Stalemate (Eve Duncan #7)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killer Dreams comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you guessing–and gasping–till the final nerve-racking page. The suspense begins with a phone call and leads forensic sculptor Eve Duncan to the trail of a killer even killers fear to face.

Eve Duncan has turned down the job twice already. Her skill and devotion in
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Audiobook, Unabridged, 9 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Random House Audio (first published 2006)
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Heather
May 28, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved iris johansen since I was a teenager. My only problem that plagued me as I continued to read her Eve Duncan series was how does so much drama and life challenging adventures follow one person around? And in the last several years, I find the phrase shut him out (as in Eve hates to shut joe out, Eve must shut Joe out, Joe expects Eve to shut her out, Joe gets mad Eve shuts her out, etc) and it just aggravates me because I like the characters, like the series, and hate that everyone i ...more
Christina T
I found this book to be overall a decent read. Listening to it rather than physically reading it myself made for some enjoyable housework and drive time.

The Good Stuff: It was nice to get an Eve Duncan book that actually featured Eve Duncan. I do like her adopted daughter, Jane, but this series is not the Jane series and I was getting tired of having Jane be front and center. The suspense was really good as was the setting. For the most part the plot was solid...too bad the characters were not.
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Jenny
Sep 14, 2015 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I keep reading these. I'd also read Quicksand, the 8th book in the series, last summer, so I had already met Miguel and Montalvo (although I'd forgotten Montalvo, I definitely Miguel's spunky excitement!). This book's plot, if you can find one, is for Eve to put herself in danger by flying to a drug lord's house and helping him recover the skull of his wife to prove to his father-in-law that she's dead so they can work to overthrow Montalvo's rival. Naturally, Eve flies out beca ...more
Taylor Gilbert
Sep 16, 2011 Taylor Gilbert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a miserable read. I have a few family members who really love Johansen so I decided to give her a try. The main characters in the book are so obnoxious that I wanted to tear my hair out. It felt like the plot went round and round in the same hackneyed circle. I think the only reason I was able to finish this novel is I am slightly OCD and was hoping to see one of them die.
Karen
Aug 30, 2008 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Preposterous. Plot, character's actions, everything. Yuck.
Lara
Apr 17, 2009 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The more I've thought about it...the more I've realized I really didn't like this book. While it was classic Iris Johansen with a high paced suspensful style the story left me flat. I've read a couple of the other Eve Duncan books...but it had been a while so I didn't remember back story much. So, coming into this book I was missing a lot. While those things could be the reasons a person wouldn't like a book...they weren't the reasons I didn't like this one. Eve contantly shuts out Joe...the man ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Jill Bratcher
This review is based on an audiobook.

I really enjoyed the early "Eve Duncan" series books. I have to say, the more I read or listen to, the less I enjoy them. At least this one focused on Eve, not Eve's adopted daughter, which has been my complaint with some in the series.

The thing I liked least about this one was the reader. She sounded like a Russian while speaking the dialogue for a Columbian named Gonsalvo. In fact several Colmbians. Oh, and the text specifically said (as read) that Galen (r
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Deana M
Feb 19, 2012 Deana M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luis Montalvo is a Columbian who deals in the illegal selling of arms. Eve Duncan is the best forensic sculptor in the world. Moltalvo has contacted Eve to work on a reconstruction for him at his compound in Columbia. Eve says absolutely not until...he promises to bring home her Bonnie. Against the words of her partner and lover,Joe Quinn, she goes to work on Montalvo's skull. She is lured in to more danger than she can ever imagine. She will have to face the nastiest man alive, and it's not Mon ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
I've been a long-time fan of Iris Johansen, especially the Eve Duncan series. Although STALEMATE is decidedly different from the other stories starring Eve Duncan from the past, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it--so much so that I stayed up until 3am to finish the book.

Yes, the Eve in this story isn't the saintly, never-do-anything-wrong Eve that many readers have come to know and love. She becomes attracted to a bad guy who, at least in the beginning of the story, is the mother of a
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David
Aug 27, 2008 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Saw it in supermarket
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Toni
Feb 08, 2015 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Because of her skill in proving the identities of murder victims, Eve Duncan comes to the attention of the wrong kind of client. Because her offers her a deal she can’t refuse—the identity of the murderer of her daughter Bonnie—she agrees to go to the Colombian jungle and work for Luis Montalvo, drug lord high on the CIA’s list. Montalvo has a victim of his own he wises proven…his wife, murdered by a rival drug lord. If Eve’s reconstruction of a skull in a churchyard cemetery proves it belongs t
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April
Okay, while I'm still enjoying the Eve Duncan books, I think I'm getting to a point where I've read too many of them in too short a time. They're getting repetitive -- well, let me clarify. The plots are not getting repetitive, but the brief retelling of who Bonnie is respective to Eve and Joe, who Jane is, etc., is irritating because it's reiterated every book. While I appreciate this for the readers who haven't started the series from book 1 and continued on up, it's just... well, irritating t ...more
JBradford
My usual ranking disclaimer: I rank most books as 3 stars on a bell-shaped curve, because I cannot differentiate between 3.00 and 3.99 – and 4 & 5-star ratings are reserved for books that people ought to read and books that people must read, respectively, and most books are pretty good.
My love affair with Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan series continues. Jane and most of the other assorted characters are well off-stage in this novel, which concentrates on Eve and Joe Quinn, her longtime lover. In
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Ruby Hollyberry
If this is the kind of book most people read, I'm not surprised most people don't read more.
Shannon
Eve is contacted by Montalvo, a dangerous man out of Colombia, to do a reconstruction. At first, she refuses. But when he offers to help her find Bonnie...that changes things. Under the guise of protecting Joe, she leaves after he has gone to work, hoping that her moment of deceit doesn't undo their relationship.

And, on a fairly predictable note, Joe and Galen come to rescue Eve from herself. Upon meeting Joe and Galen in the jungle to talk it out, she and Joe are shot and wounded. Joe manages t
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Vickie T
Jul 08, 2009 Vickie T rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eve is a forensic scupltor who is offered job to reconstruct a face for a criminal in exchange for information about her daughter who was murdered. I didn't really care for the book, I kept waiting for it to get better. I didn't like Eve that much, the premise of the story and to me it lacked the romance that her books usually have along with suspense. Not one of her best.
David
Oct 19, 2008 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book tried very hard to impress, but failed totally. The premise was implausible, the dialogue stilted (and repetitive) and the characterization unconvincing to the pointy of absurdity. I can't believe this was book was even published. If an unpublished author had submitted it, i doubt if it would have made it past the slush pile.
Cathy Hurt
May 05, 2010 Cathy Hurt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't bother finishing this one- the characters were annoying & the plot was ridiculous.
Debbra
Feb 14, 2008 Debbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in a night. Easy and predictable.
Mic
Jul 22, 2009 Mic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Inept. Overblown. apallingly written.
Laura Ruetz
You can pretty much read the back of the book and get all that you need to know from this book. The characters make puzzling decisions, decisions that no rational person, even those on a personal mission, would ever make. The decisions were so off-base from the characters that it made the book harder to enjoy. The best thing about this book was Miguel, hands down my favorite character, he outshone the main characters by far. I don't know what happened with this series but this book vered far off ...more
 Marla
Would've given this 4 stars, but Eve and Joe were kind of flaky in the book and my favorite character was the bad guy. Loved to see Joe and Eve again, but I just wish they were more together in this book.

Likes:
* Seeing Jane and Travis briefly
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Dislikes:
* Montalvo manipulating
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Joy
This is the first Iris Johansen book I've read and it's not bad. Her writing style was fluid but since this is the 6th book in the Eve Duncan series (correct me if I'm wrong), it was like surfing the channels and stumbling upon a middle of a show.

What made me pick up this book is the suspense, I didn't expect anything but the suspense was effective. It wasn't like the other books I've read the ratcheted up my heart rate and kept me on the edge, but I still appreciate the mystery and how it made
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CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
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Lani
Oct 03, 2008 Lani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Uri
Oct 22, 2013 Uri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of action thrillers
Recommended to Uri by: My uncle
This was my first Iris Johansen book and it was a pleasant surprise. It was a quick and simple book to read that had plenty of action and a simple plot to follow. Johansen may become one of my favorite new writers and Eve Duncan a great new character to follow.

As I said the book does not have a complex plot and you can deduct how many of the events will unfold, but that is not necessarily bad. Sometimes I want to read a book that has enough action to entertain me and keep me flipping the pages i
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Laura Belgrave
Jul 27, 2008 Laura Belgrave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and thriller fans
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is taken to the dark edge of a battle between drug lords, and an equally dark edge between two romantic rivals -- one with whom she’s had an enduring but tense relationship for some time, and the other with whom she shares an emotional obsession. All the elements are there to bring together a fast-paced thriller that’ll keep you turning pages, but force you to roll your eyes at the leap required for believability.

Eve is tough, but maybe too tough. The men -- well, t
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Lilian
Jul 01, 2012 Lilian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Monique Atgood
CLEVER PLOT AND PROMISES OF MANY MORE EVE STORIES

IMO:
You have to presuppose that the reader has an abhorrence of `disturbing the dead', or had a clear understanding and sides with the concept of `returning home' the remains of a murdered loved one. Frankly, I have neither. I was raised next door to a cemetery, and spent countless hours reading and playing in the graveyard, hiding behind the trees and big tombstones, when a formal grave side service took place. I think cremation is the smart easy
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Eve Duncan (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan, #1)
  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
  • Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, #5)
  • Countdown (Eve Duncan, #6)
  • Quicksand (Eve Duncan, #8)
  • Blood Game (Eve Duncan, #9)
  • Eight Days To Live (Eve Duncan, #10)
  • Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11; Catherine Ling, #1)

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