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Body of Lies (Eve Duncan #4)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  9,105 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Eve Duncan, the signature character of #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, thought her past was long buried. Until she finds herself tracking a killer so deceptive he leaves no trace behind—except for his victims.

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has been summoned to Baton Rouge by a high-ranking government official to identify the remains of an unknown murder
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Bantam Books (first published 2002)
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Starting a series in the middle is always tough, but I'm a firm believer that readers should be able to enter the path at any point and feel welcomed. Johansen does a good job of giving enough of the backstory on her characters (forensic scluptor Eve Duncan, her adopted daughter Jane, and her live-in love Joe Quinn) that I understood what was going on.

She also set up an interesting plot line -- a body-less skull, a mysterious letter in the mail, a betrayal by Joe -- that I was pulled in immedia
Colin Bruce Anthes
I'm being very kind in giving this three stars. Even pulp fiction should be done with skill in one fashion or another, and Johansen fails to make the grade. Life's too short to drink cheap wine; skip her.

By the third page, Johansen has exhausted her sixth-grade vocabulary. Worse still, she likes to take this limited prose and use it to repeat the same conversation multiple times. She will tell you the villain's perspective as they plan what they are going to do. Then she will tell you what they
Amy C
I have been really trying to get into this series, but I don't think its going to happen. I don't understand what it is with this author an her female characters. They are just so unlikeable and unrealistic.
Eve is just always about to bitch someone out to the point that her caring side seems unbelievable... how old is she again 30? 85? using words like "youngsters". Also, she gets everyone into this dangerous situation, then, insists on getting in everyones way.
Jane is on the same cranky war pa
Cartea “Lantul minciunilor“, este un thriller, destul de captivant pe alocuri, dar si putin plictisitor. Autoarea in tot acest vartej de suspans are oarecum momente in care stagneaza actiunea si pare lipsita de inspiratie. Dar cu toate acestea pana la final cartea reuseste sa captiveze, mai ales prin prisma faptului ca aflam amanunte despre societatea secreta Cabala. Extrem de interesanta aceasta noua fata a Cabalei. Eu personal am avut o alta viziune despre aceasta societate secreta, iar aici i ...more
Someone, anyone... Please!... lock main character Eve, (forensic sculpture expert,) away in a secluded place, well-supplied with skulls and self-pity pills. OCD, much ?!? Her abrasive personality rivals the most wicked case of gallstones; her stubborn, petulant child mentality endangers anyone foolish enough to give a flip about her. Sadly ironic her adopted 12 yo daughter Jane is mature beyond her years, while Eve flounders/wallows in shallow selfishness. Jane and her puppy, plus Galen, are the ...more
This book is nothing better than fodder for grocery store bargain bins. It reads like some old lady's CSI fan fiction (which, I suppose, is pretty damn close to what it is). Johansen's ham-fisted attempt at navigating the mystery genre had me on the edge of my seat as I was counting down the pages until this self-indulgent tripe was finished.

The character construction is shoddy, at best. Eve Duncan is the middle-aged woman's answer to Nancy Drew, with none of the charm, intellect, or (presumabl
Feb 14, 2012 Anne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: krim
I was intrigued while I was reading, I had to find out what was going to happen, although I was a little annoyed by the Big Conspiracy-plot. (There are simple minds out there who actually believe in that crap, please don't get them started)

After I finished the and had time to think about it, it's a "two star, not likely to read another by the same author". None of the characters are believeable and only a few likeable, or at least to symphatize with. As for the plot, well, I'm not one for the NW
Don’t let the three stars rating for you; remember that I recall “good” books as 3, and I have no way of showing the difference between 3.000 and 3.999. In point of fact, this is an excellent read. I am truly continuing my delight with this series of books, but it very definitely is one of that kind of series that must be read in true sequence to get full enjoyment. Fortunately, I have discovered that my local library apparently has somebody who feels the same way, because there is a whole stack ...more
Another excellent book by Iris Johansen. I'm getting really attached to Eve. And also, this is the first time in my entire life that I've managed to read more than 3 books in a series in a row!! (Currently this is my 7th from this series!!)

I got a little creeped out by this book, mostly because a lot of the action took place in Louisiana, and I was in New Orleans earlier this year. So I could vividly imagine some of the scenes that took place in the bayou. In other books, action scenes took plac
Iris Johansen'i genelde şeyhli aşk romanlarıyla tanıyoruz. O konuda fazlasıyla iyi oldugunu düşünüyorum, her ne kadar cogunuzun okuyup begendigi Ufka Dokunmak adı kitabından nefret de etsem digerlerinden gayet memnundum. Yalanlar Yumağı ise bambaşka bir kitap, baştan aşağı polisiye. 2006 yılında basılmış, bulunup okunması pek de kolay degil ancak şans meselesi işte, denk geldim ve aldım. Kitap malesef en başta pek ilgimi çekmedi, okumak için kendimi zorlamak zorunda kaldım, pekala çeviriden de k ...more
A good quick read - reasonable suspense level but I found the main character a little OTT in her personal relationships.
Eve Duncan, a nationally-known forensic sculptor, enjoys the life she is living in a lovely lake cottage in Georgia. She has her boyfriend, her adopted daughter, and has finally been able to lay to rest the remains of her biological daughter on a hillside on her property. She is at peace and has no desire to leave her sanctuary; so when she if offered a job in Louisiana, she has no problem turning it down.

But someone wants her on the job enough to dig up information which would shatter Eve's uto
Yay for Galen! He was such a great addition to this book, and the perfect balance to Joe's unmanageable anger and jealousy.

In this one, Eve finds out that Joe has lied to her - and has lied the biggest lie that he could ever lie while trying to protect and help Eve. For her part, Eve takes the news lying down, then jumps into action and promptly leaves Joe to take on a job for someone who isn't exactly forthcoming on the details.

Galen moves in as part protector, part provider, part comic relief
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Synopsis: Body of Lies is a taut, fast-paced, and terrifying psychological thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the absolute limit–and beyond. This time forensic sculptor Eve Duncan finds herself matched against a killer who will challenge her skill, test her courage, and threaten her family.

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan deals in death every day of her life. It’s her job. And while it might seem macabre to some, Eve knows from personal experience that her work, giving a face and a
Jill Bratcher
Aug 08, 2011 Jill Bratcher rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thriller fans, procedural fans
Shelves: eve-duncan
I received this book via a swap site and then realized it was book #3 in a series, so I obtained the first book. Months later I pulled this one out of the to-be-read pile and accidentally read it before the first book. Oops. That said, you don't need to have read book one to follow this one AT ALL. Iris Johansen does a great job of filling you in on the most important aspects of the characters' history without boring you (and hopefully those who *have* read the previous books).

Eve Duncan is a co
This is the first Iris Johansen mystery I've read, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It held my interest from the beginning to the end. Eve Duncan, one of three main characters is a forensic scientist where she is able to take a skull and recreate the person's face who it was with remarkable accuracy. She has abilities to help different government agencies when they are unable to identify a body based on a skeleton or a skull. Her love interest is Joe Quinn, and they have an adopted daughter named Jane ...more
Susan Kelley
Apr 28, 2008 Susan Kelley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense lovers.
Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor, one of the best in her field. She takes a skull and re-creates the person it once was. As Eve says, she brings the dead home. So it's no surprise when Senator Melton won't stop pestering her to do a reconstruction on a skull found in the Louisina bayou.

Turmoil at home brings Eve to take the job Melton is offering. Work has always been what she needs to make her forget reality. Someone is trying to keep Eve from finishing the job, though. Even as her friends try
I"m about a third through in the audio, and I'm not enjoying. The narrator's voice is pretty irritating (I can hear her smack her lips between lines), and the dialogue is totally unreal. No one actually has conversations like these characters do. Perhaps, instead of making all the characters say everything they're thinking, give the reader some credit and let us infer. Or, give us the information somewhere else. It's irritating.

And how is it that Joe can not only take weeks off of work for no go
When Eve Duncan is summoned to Baton Rouge to work on a skull and give it a name, she refuses. But, that wasn't a good answer, and bad things start happening that 'encourage' her to consent. When Eve arrives in Baton Rouge she’s put in a beautiful mansion in a very secluded location to work. This was her first clue that this skull revelation was not on the up & up. When Galen shows up to watch over her, she breathes easier, but when bodies start showing up, things get dicey.
Kat Klein
Not my favorite, by a long shot. The mystery feels too big to be realistic - Secret worldwide government organizations ruling behind the scenes.

The backstory between Eve and Joe bothered me too - I couldn't relate. Granted I've never lost a child, so maybe I really can't relate, and someone who has would feel the way Eve does, but...

It felt like she was writing off not only the love she feels for him now, but 10+ years of being a devoted friend who always had her back, who's saved her life and
Very much like her books and would actually have given this 4 stars (OK, maybe 3.5, if that were an option and her characters didn't annoy me so much), if not for the incredibly annoying dialog of characters who act more like teenagers than actual adults. That said, love her storylines, and that there are always last-minute revelations that I never think of in her books. Others in the genre are often good, but drive me crazy when I still have 50-100 pages to go, and I've already got the gist of ...more
another clan book by johansen. i loved the eve, quinn, bonnie book. then this is the next book in the series for eve duncan. takes place in the cajun country and someone is after eve and her family again. quinn reveals a secret, well was exposed of a secret, he kept from eve and the relationship implodes. crazy. loved it.
Bernie Gale
An average read taking the reader on a not too predictable route. The writer has obviously read a bit about facial reconstruction from skulls but it lacks depth too much focus on extreme emotions.
Without the odd bit of humour it would only deserve a 2 star would I read more I guess give her another chance
Robert Beveridge
Iris Johansen, Body of Lies (Bantam, 2002)

I picked this up after having the first two chapters sent to me on the chapteraday mailing list and reluctantly allowing myself to get intrigued. The first chapter really does pack a wallop. I just with the rest of the book could have carried out the promise.

It doesn't, unfortunately. After the first chapter comes long, drawn-out setup that is in no way justified by the payoff. Robert Parker does the same thing, but he does it in about a third of the num
A pretty good read, with lots of intrigue, suspense and romance. Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor, has taken on an assignment that will put her family in danger. She proceeds with the same intense concentration she always does, determined to put a name on the faceless skull that was found somewhere in the Louisiana bayou. Meanwhile, she is dealing with her own personal problems. Joe Quinn, the Atlanta detective and ex-Navy Seal with whom she shares a life, has been caught in a lie. Eve is not sur ...more
Helena Ison
I read this book without realizing that it was part of a large series, fortunately each book stands well alone.(but I would recommend reading each in order just to better understand the background of each character) It was this book that pulled me out of my reading slump and while doing so soon became one of my top favorite series. The writing style of Iris Johansen is quick paced while being filled with edge of your seat gripping action. You will find yourself growing close to each of the main ...more
joyce lynn
as always, VERY intrigueing stuff. she REALLY makes you wonder about how true what she writes about is! does "The Cabal" really exist? i actually think i'd be afraid to REALLY ask, and more afraid of hearing the answer!!!

anyway ...

another good thriller, w/ LOTS of twists and turns and ...

unfortunately, i can't read the next one in the series YET. i FINALLY got my hands on the next book in the series i was working my way thru before starting this one, and, since my library was kind enough to bor
Patricia Schick
Several times I put this book down, but since a friend recommended it I gave it a chance and decided to finish it. Maybe because it wasn't the first book In the series I couldn't get into it. I'll try one more of her books and if it's anything like this one I'll be moving on.
Lisa Beysiegel
I enjoyed the complexity and layers in this book along with the realization that, along with humanness , life experiences can often include intrigue, mystery and mechanization.
Not the first in the series but enough background was given that I felt up to speed on the main characters. Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor called in to give a face to recently found skull. I was expecting something like "Bones" with some wit and humor. This is not that book. Eve was whiny, self absorbed, demanding and not very likable. The only thing she had going for her was that she wasn't the villain. And although this was suppose to be a romantic suspense there wasn't a romance. I will gi ...more
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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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