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Dead Aim (Eve Duncan #4.5)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,513 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with an electrifying and all-too-plausible thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the maximum and never lets up. From the tense opening scene to the final explosive page, Johansen delivers a knockout novel, as an unlikely pair of allies must expose a team of killers hiding behind an unspeakable act of te ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Bantam (first published December 20th 2002)
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Feb 16, 2009 Chana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-romance
A romance in the guise of an adventure/thriller. The author knows how to correctly sequence a story, but the dialogue was lame. Characters are constantly "tightening" or "twisting" their lips. And there is a frequent repetition of the word "dammit". I was wondering how I acquired this book as I certainly did not buy it, but, I tightened my lips and thought there is only one way to get this book off my shelf and that is to read it, dammit, and pass it on to someone who likes this author.
I don’t know who is having more fun — Iris Johansen in writing this Eve Duncan series, or me in reading them. This is listed as #4.5 in the series (that is, partway between #4 and #5) and the reason for that sentence becomes obvious, because it is really an offshoot from the series, with all the other characters that we have come to know and love being only bit players, off to the side. This one is really about a new character, Alex Graham, who is a professional photographer whose specialty is t ...more
My mom really likes Iris Johansen's books but she says the earlier ones are better than the more recent ones. Dead Aim is one of the earlier ones, published in 2003, and I agree that I liked it better too--that is, the characters in this book are more appealing to me than in her recent books however, the plots have maybe gotten more interesting over time. In Dead Aim, photojournalist Alex Graham gets drawn into a political conspiracy because she's taking photos in the wrong place and the wrong t ...more
Christine Anna  Kirchoff
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Good book!
Sarah (The Book Purist)
I can't stop reading this damn series. Eve Duncan is not in this book for even a word, but the other characters are so compelling I can't stop. I had a suspicion I'd be reading about Judd Morgan again, though I thought I was wrong after the way "No One to Trust" ended.

Boy, am I glad I was wrong. Morgan is terrific, and the fact that his character is so close-lipped kept me guessing till the end. Alex was also fantastic. I am really loving this web that Johansen has created....
Dec 07, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, we cross paths with John and Sarah Logan, but this isn't their story. They are just supporting characters, and Eve Duncan, well she isn't even mentioned in this book, despite being listed as 4.5 in the Eve Duncan series. So, a little misleading there...

Alex Graham a photojournalist accidentally sees something she isn't supposed to. When she wakes up in the hospital, she is eager to share the story with the police.

Refusing to be hidden away, Alex is determined to find out who is behi
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with an electrifying and all-too-plausible thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the maximum and never lets up. From the tense opening scene to the final explosive page, Johansen delivers a knockout novel, as an unlikely pair of allies must expose a team of killers hiding behind an unspeakable act of terror—and risk ending up their next target.

She witnesses death through the eye of her camera. Now a relentless killer is focus
Jim C
Mar 02, 2014 Jim C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is considered part of the Eve Duncan series but there is no Eve in this novel. There are characters from previous Eve Duncan books in this book. That is the tie-in to Eve.

Alex Graham is a photographer who is a witness to a murder which has ties to a much bigger political plot. Judd Morgan who is hired to protect her has his own problems and is not the most approachable guy. This is a romance thriller so we know where this is going. No surprises there.

This book had a nice pace and was never
Feb 05, 2015 Jennavier rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Stockholm Syndrome is not love my friends. Johnanson seems determined to make me hate the hero's of the previous books. In this one Logan, hero of book 3, has Alex abducted because he's worried that she's putting Sarah, heroine of book 3, into danger. I don't care if he's a multibilliinaire, that is not a legitimate course of action. We do not live in a feudal society? I can't imagine how awful it would be to witness something terrible, have the courage to stand up for myself, and then be kidnap ...more
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Always an enjoyable mystery or good mystery. I don't think mystery should be enjoyable :)
Tammy K.
I had no idea this was part of a series when I read this one it seemed complete, which is a good thing if you can pick up in the middle of a series like that. Great action with some suspense, decent characters. Over all a pretty good read. I will look for the other books now that I know there is more.
Sep 20, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
A good story though a little predictible and suspiciously convenient. I wasn't crazy about either character and felt their relationship was a little contrived. I love Iris Johansen but I'm ready for more Eve Duncan in the Eve Duncan series...
Oct 11, 2014 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series
Daniel Rudge
This was my third and last Iris Johansen book I've read. I think her plots and plot twists are ingenious but they come across as a quasi outline/first draft. Her writing style can also be quite choppy at times. I'd like to see her spend more time unraveling the plot because we are introduced to a great plot concept/twist but it is never developed to its fullest potential. I also have a problem with her main characters. Each book tries to bring two bull-headed people together to form a romance ba ...more
joyce lynn
Jul 25, 2007 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing
ok, there are SOME advantages to having a major health problem ~ ending up in bed able to try and do nothing but read! hence me being able to knock ANOTHER book out this wk/, DESPITE my hectic schedule!! of course, i'd rather not have had to deal w/ the pain and such of my "syndrome", but ... we can't have it all!!! anyway ...

as usual, Iris Johansen did NOT let me down. this book was SO riveting, i actually carried it w/ me on my trips to the bathroom just so i could keep reading! WOW!!!

i do th
Feb 27, 2014 Sahara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a quick and entertaining read, this book is what you want.

The story is really captivating, I truly enjoyed this short read. It had enough action to keep me turning the page and I enjoyed the smart-ass remarks and bluntness in the characters' dialogue. The love portion of this novel isn't overbearing, usually the sappy love part gets in the way of the action, but Johansen does a good job of keeping it minimal.

Sep 03, 2014 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While photographing a dam collapse and the rescue of many people, Alex Graham spots something that she is not supposed to witness, and her life changes as a result. Whom does she trust to hear about this? Is it possible that the government is involved? I felt that the best part of this book was at the beginning, and that it became more prosaic toward the end, when I found myself losing interest in what happened next.
Jan 01, 2015 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really been enjoying Johansen's Eve Duncan series. This book takes a little detour from Eve's story, though, and instead tells the story of Alex Graham, who is Eve's friend Sarah's friend. (See? detour!) It's very good, although I wonder sometimes how far-fetched the plots of Johansen's books are. Are there really people out there who are actively plotting some of the stuff that happens in these books?

Anyway, another winning novel from Iris Johansen. Definitely recommend, but although thi
Holly Ristau
Listened as a book on tape. It was predictable and follows the pattern: two people meet, hate each other, end up loving each other. Listened to it as a book on tape, so ended up listening to the whole thing, but if I was reading it, I wouldn't have finished. Then saw that my other book on tape that I had got from the library was also by the same author. Guess what? Same formula. Blah de dah
Jul 31, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Dead Aim, she witnessed death from the lens of her camera. And now someone focused their attention on her. For world-renowed photojournalist, Alex Graham, she'd seen it all from natural disasters to discovered acts of terror. Her latest assignment had sent her in a dangerous and treacherous areas. When a dam broke in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, it placed Alex in the center of attention, when she discovered a shocking act of terror and the following cover-up conspiracy story that would stun ...more
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Feb 01, 2008 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2008
While not technically part of a series, this book contains some characters that are parts of Johansen’s other series/books: John Logan, Sarah and Monty, and President Andreas. I think a few of the others are also recurring characters, but since this is only the 3rd Johansen book I’ve read, I don’t know for sure.

Anyway, this was just okay for me. I found Alex to be laughably naive for a world-traveling news photographer, and her naiveté is heavily acknowledged in the book, but it’s just not belie
Nov 21, 2013 Judith rated it it was ok
Alex Graham is a photographer who has experienced loss in her personal life. She is edgy and distrustful. Smart and confrontational, yet deeply caring. And not too old. In other words, Alex is every woman who ever had a starring role in one of these romantic suspense novels.

While photographing the results of a devastating dam break in Colorado, Alex sees something she is not meant to see. And becomes the prey for the bad guys. Through the powerful husband of her best friend, she is paired, unwil
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Just a quick review since it has been some time since I read this book, but the completionist in me wants all the reviews up, and I still have some notes.

This was the first book in the Eve Duncan series that I read, although it is apparently book number 4.5 and borders on being a complete spin off. Previously I had read some later books, I think there happened to be a librarian who was a big fan and got me to read these book, but I was
Susan Rowald
Totally predictable. I also was annoyed by Alex constantly "moistening her lips". Honestly! I didn't count but I know it was at least half a dozen times! Editing slip there apparently.
Don't think I'll be reading any more of her books. Read earlier ones that were some better.
Cj W
"What happens when the reporter becomes the story?"
"Alex fins more than she bargained for. In one terrible instant, she is witness to a conspiracy that will stun a nation. The official story is just a cover-up for a truth so frightening, so unthinkable, anyone who threatens to reveal it must be silenced. Forever.
And now that someone is Alex Graham."
(From inside Cover)

My thoughts:
Again, I wish I could give this book a half star, so I could go up to 3.5 stars. 3 stars doesn't quite do it justice
Jul 20, 2011 Leann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself completely engrossed in Dead Aim at moments, however when I put the book down I found it easy to forget about it. I'm so very torn on this book. I like Alex Graham our main character and Judd Morgan, but something I can't put my finger on seemed off about this book. I liked the plot and even liked the characters however it was a tad drug out and I wish that we could have known a little more about the mystery of Alex's dad as he seems to be brought up a lot. I would recommend this ...more
crooked politicians threaten government stability using a scientists plans to help humanity with geothermal energy sources. Alex Graham and Judd Morgan are under tight time constraints tosave themselves and the President of the United States.
Michele Lauer-Bader
Fast paced political thriller with all the requisite convoluted plots, deep in the government traitors and a romance angle. But seriously, I couldn't put it down (twice, I forgot I read it). Brain candy again. :)
Kat Klein
Alex was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Running from both good guys and bad guys alike, she's trying to stay alive long enough to get her story told. Enter Judd Morgan, who will do anything to keep her alive. Up to and including kidnapping her.

Once again, I like the side characters better than the primary characters in the Eve Duncan series. This is a good story, with alot of action and intrigue. Very well told.

The only problem I have is an ongoing issue with the dialogue. Although at le
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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 21 books)
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  • 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)
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