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Stalemate (Eve Duncan #7)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  7,452 ratings  ·  276 reviews
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 thingsânone of them law-abiding or innocent.

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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2006)
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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.
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
Deana M
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

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
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
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
Vickie T
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.
I wasn't aware this was part of a series when I picked up the book quickly while at a second hand store, but I was familiar with Johansen's work and figured I couldn't go wrong. I'm glad I Stumbled across this book because I loved it just as I have with previous Johansen reads. Rarely have I been disappointed in her works. I would say don't hesitate to pick up anywhere in the eve Duncan series and begin reading because the author does a good job of explaining enough of previous events that I nev ...more
Preposterous. Plot, character's actions, everything. Yuck.
Read this in a night. Easy and predictable.
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
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.

* Seeing Jane and Travis briefly
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* Montalvo manipulating
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
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
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Oct 22, 2013 Uri rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Laura Belgrave
Jul 27, 2008 Laura Belgrave rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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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
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
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
I loved this book, I honestly can't wait to read the preceding book after this one "Quick sand ". There was so much going on between Eve, her man Joe and Montalvo. Started out as some reconstruction she was to do for some rebel guy only to find that so many things go wrong. I loved the romantic appeal that seemed to be going on between Eve and Montalvo.I know Joe is a strength in her life but I wasn't amused with how well he seems to know her.Guess we have to read the next book to know. Time wel ...more
Eve Duncan series #7

Montalvo is introduced in this book. He offers to find Bonnie's killer if Eve will come to him and do a reconstruction on a woman he believes to be his late wife. Many bad people are involved but Eve can't resist the idea of finding Bonnie. However, Joe is against letting her put herself in danger, and their relationship ends up on rocky ground.

I like Iris Johansen's use of suspense. My favorite part of this book was the new character Montalvo.
Cathy Smith
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This was a great thriller! Eve makes the perfect scientist, and Quinn is the perfect match for her. I can see why she was drawn to Montalvo though. And Miguel was quite the surprise...I am glad he was there in the end. Any other relationship might have broke up over the isues here, but Quinn and Eve seem to make it. I wish Bonnie would reveal more about her abduction, but I guess that is later to come. Looking forward to finding out the ...more
This isn't the type of book I've been reading lately, but it sounded good and I enjoyed it. I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, but I didn't feel like that was a problem. I didn't understand the dynamic between Eve and Quinn at times, but it didn't bother me too much. I would read this author and series again, but I don't expect I'd become a super fan because it isn't my typical genre.
I really enjoyed this book

With Iris Johansen it seems a bit of a hit or miss whether I enjoy the book.

i likeed the fast pace action but the story is strikingly similar to the face of deception.

Spoiler alert
This is the blurb for both books:-

Eve is pushed , munipulated, blackmailed into helping a guy who has yet to get the skull. retrieving the skull is dangerous-bing shot at.

The retrieval of the skull is hazardous to another party that doesn't won't it to happen and is a surprise to someone . It
It was ok, easy reading, not much plot... heroine manipulated into doing a forensics skull reconstruction and the payment, leads to her own dead daughter's killer. She becomes attracted to the "bad guy" but has her own "bad guy boyfriend" chasing her to protect her (in fact she is surrounded by "bad guys", I wonder if Ms Johansen has a thing for the bad guys), she ends up saving him... etc, etc.
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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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  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
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“But now you have another problem. Keeping him from exploding like a live granade and blitzing all of us." He started walking down the hall. "I've already had a little taste of that and I'm not willing to stand for it again. I'm patient, I'm not a martyr. Fix it Eve.” 2 likes
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