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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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Published December 26th 2006 by Random House Audio (first published 2006)
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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
Taylor Gilbert
Aug 22, 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.
Ruby Hollyberry
If this is the kind of book most people read, I'm not surprised most people don't read more.
Aug 30, 2008 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Preposterous. Plot, character's actions, everything. Yuck.
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.
Oct 19, 2008 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
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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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.
Vickie T
Jul 06, 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.
Cathy Hurt
May 03, 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.
Jul 22, 2009 Mic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Inept. Overblown. apallingly written.
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
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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Sep 10, 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
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
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
Jul 08, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any of the other books in the Eve Duncan series, and this doesn't make me want to go back and start. Eve is so beautiful and ethical and BORING. I don't care if she is having problems with her significant other Joe (who is ex CIA/Police/Seal. I am not making that up). I don't care about her dead daughter. I don't care about Montalvo, the weapons dealer with a heart. It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't good.
Jan 22, 2009 Kirin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
its been a lazy couple of weeks, and sometimes you want to read something completely non thought provoking...mission accomplished :)
Nov 23, 2008 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the Eve character. Wanted to punch the Joe character in the face. I never got invested in the story and I doubt I'd pick up another one unless I was really bored.
Feb 14, 2008 Debbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in a night. Easy and predictable.
Shandi Leonard
May 22, 2017 Shandi Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cant seem to get enough of this series! I love eves character in this book. She is sneaky and so independent. I need more.
This was somewhat disappointing in the Eve Duncan books. Generally I really enjoy them but I would not recommend this one. It's not the worst book I have read.
Stephen Forgues
not really that good.... only reason I finished it was because it was such an easy ready..... it was kind of silly story and very far-fetched.
Iris Johansen delivers another generic thriller with a capable and desirable woman getting her way in a world of powerful sensitive men. The story covers all the romantic and criminal and military and political bases, but no runs were scored. I turned the pages fast enough to avoid wasting my time on this unbelievable saga.
Monique Atgood

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
Oct 15, 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
Sheri faulk
I had read the book after this one first. But this book was okay.

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
Jul 19, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve Duncan, a re-occurring character, is what is called a "forensic sculptor," which means she takes a skull and sculpts over it her interpretation of the face, based upon forensic measurements and - to a great extent - intuition. She has never yet been proved wrong. However, she generally works for families of missing children or law enforcement agencies - hoping with each skull she brings home, she might find her own 7yr old daughter, Bonnie, missing and presumed dead for many years.

When she r
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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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Eve Duncan (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
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