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And Then You Die

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  8,308 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
She expected sunshine and balmy breezes. What she saw was everyone's worst nightmare.

Bess Grady has heard the unmistakable sound before. She knows what it means. But not even the eerie lament of the howling dogs can prepare her for what has taken place in the small village. The seasoned photojournalist had been sent there on an easy assignment, and now she has stumbled upo
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published 2010 (first published December 29th 1997)
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Shelley Lee Riley
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s start off with my opinion of Iris Johansen’s body of work. Though I haven’t read everything she's written, I have read a lot of the early Eve Duncan novels. Very engaging and I was quick to pick up the next book in the series after each one I finished. I did get sidetracked along the way, and I must admit I haven’t finished all the books about Eve and Quinn.

With this prior experience of Iris Johansen's writing, I was sure when I picked up “And Then You Die” I would like it. I was wrong. I
Erica Withrow
Feb 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible book that I can't believe I finished. The main character was so bossy and ridiculously stubborn and just got in my nerves the whole book. I would have left her behind in the very beginning.
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
I believe this to be my first Johansen novel and I absolutely loved it!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it especially the ending.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This story is about a young lady that is a photo journalist. She travels to foreign countries to do assignments, telling stories with her photos. Bess was given an assignment in Mexico and her sister is on vacation and decides to go along with her. When they get to Mexico they have to have a guide take them to the remote place where her assignment is. When they arrive they discover that all the people of this small village are dead, the only survivor is a small baby in a crib. Bess sees these so ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I have never attempted this author before but I am going to get my list together. The entire book was so well written that at the end of each chapter Johanson leaves you hanging! Now that is what I call a writer. Oh, and she even has a little romance to enhance her story.
Jayme Damm
This book is the story of a photographer, who just wants to live her life, but when she trys to do so something steps in her way; something horrible and familiar that will haunt the rest of her life. Bess Grady is just a normal everyday human, but when she is sent on an assignment to Tenajo, Mexico, her everyday nightmare comes alive. The whole town is wiped out by a human-caused disease. She searches for a way to move on after the culprit kills her sister and many innocent people, and soon find ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually taking this book back to the library as it had such a slow start thought didn't need to finish. I was on a road trip and thought, well I can at least listen to another CD or two to see if it changes, and boy howdy, it really got good. I went to a party last night and could hardly wait to hear more, and woke up early and finished it this morning. Very good, excellent scripting and character development. Quite clean as far as language, not perfect but better than most. I've read one ...more
Ramon Dearmas
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book that I have read from this author, the first one was ten years ago or so and better!

First off I should have obeyed my friends one hundred page rule, and returned it to the library. The plot is as such a bitchy(Very bitchy) women tells covert agents trained to kill how to do thier job, she also constantly puts them and herself in dangerous situations to prove she is tough? One of the agents as the writer makes it known is sexualy deprived (WOW!!)
The book only gets worse a
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 999-challenge
I really liked this book. It's a topic that is so out there, that you can't help but get sucked in to find out what the outcome will be. Plus, the fact that Bess falls for her bad boy savior, is intriguing. Bess is all black and white, right and wrong. Well, Kaldak is anything but. He takes care of himself no matter where that takes him on the side of right and wrong. Bess at first isn't sure that she can trust him, but once that's sorted out, she puts all her trust in him alone.

Bess is selfless
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ordinarily, I would not be reading something this "light" and I have always equated the author with bodice-ripper romance novels. My fiancee, however, adores this writer so I gave her a shot, needing something that I could think about less. Things are pretty busy right now.

I enjoyed this book a great deal. Johansen doesn't really do literary description well (if at all), but her plotting is sublime. The plot of this novels concerns a potential viral outbreak terrorist attack. There are plot twis
Linda Munro
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago and decided it was time to re-read it....

A photojournalist, Bess Grady escapes life's ills by viewing life through the lens of a camera. Having witnessed a massacre at a Croatian orphanage, Bess accepts an assignment from a travel magazine to photograph a small Mexican village. Instead of finding an assignment which will take her mind away from the massacre, she finds everyone in the village has been killed by a deadly strain of anthrax. After rescuing the only survivo
Breanne Katherine
I was wary about reading this at first because I wasn't sure if it would be a snoozer to get through or if it would be decent - but it actually was quite good! I found myself reading the epiloque before I knew it!

The depth of the story goes beyond the main objective. Iris Johansen weaves such a fabulous intellectual tale as well with the cast of characters - each one with their own background, personality, and unique charm!

I love the way she uses her vocabulary, such an amazing skill set in the
Despite a promising beginning, at times this read like a romance novel, and not a very good one. The heroine is, of course, plucky and perfect even when she's grieving and afraid. In practically no time at all she has a badass CIA agent, his boss and a Mossad agent doing whatever she tells them. So...glad to know in such desperate circumstances a civilian with absolutely no training gets to determine the fate of thousands/hundreds of thousands/millions of people. I feel better, don't you feel be ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a powerful standalone earlier thriller from Iris Johansen, this one took us to a dark realm of dangerous adventure. When Bess Grady and her sister went to vacation in Mexico, it was nothing but a tropical nightmare. Dead bodies scattered everyone in its wake. For Bess, a seasoned photojournalist who was sent there for an easy assignment, she discovered the truth behind the poisoned waters. They joined forces with a mysterious man who held the key of stopping a dangerous weapon aimed at Americ ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this CD on a long ride home from MD, and it kept me interested and allowed the drive to go better for me. This is a female equivalent to a spy novel, and the protagonist has some of the same characteristics as she would if she were male: strong, idealistic, patriotic, courageous, attractive, world-traveled. I wouldn't say this was great literature, by any evaluation, but it did serve its purpose, and its characters and plot stayed consistent within its genre.
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have to have an assignment to shoot pictures for a travel magazine, why would they chose such a remote place? What makes it more difficult is that her pesty sister came along uninvited. Now on the run, how does she stay alive and who can she trust. From beginning to end there is action in this tale of fighting the evil plots of men and saving lives of the innocent. Great story, well written strong characters, couldn't put the book down. Highly recommended read.
Aysha Ays
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really Really Really superbbbbbbbbbbb........Must read for those who love thriller...I felt as if i was watching a HOLLYWOOD movie,actually THE BEST HOLLYWOOD movie......I liked the character KALDAK a lot.....It was very difficult to trust the characters in this book.....Full of twists...Loved it a lot...I wish i could meet KALDAK and make him my friend...I was really shocked when i reached the Epilogue..I didnt believe myself that i had finished the book...SIMPLY SUPERB.pls do read it..
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at all the poor reviews for this book. I thought it was fascinating with the anthrax plotline. Definitely kept me engaged from beginning to end. I do agree with one of the reviewers who said that it is mostly dialog with little description; stylistically, that took a bit of getting used to. But once I got used to Johansen's style, I really enjoyed this book!
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was slow to start and I didn't like the characters, but about halfway into the book I was hooked. I ended up really liking the characters and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me turning pages as fast as I could. A lot of profanity, some graphic violence and sex.
good thriller and fast read.
Beth Newton
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it love them all
Donna Campbell
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago--thank you goodreads because some books stick in your mind that you really want to read again and this is one.
Caryl Keen
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of mystery and suspense, then this one is a good pick. Full of twist that will surely drop your jaw. I know this phrase sounds abused already but no joke. It's a good story and definitely out of Eve Duncan's league. The female protagonist's impulsiveness is such a nuisance. Like I would close my book and then, "Ugh! Really?! Grrr! I hate you Bess!" But the good part is, she plays the important role that will surely lead you to a sinusoidal wave of emotions. And oh, will never for ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My "coming home on the plane" book. Worst ever cover.. mine has a woman screaming through a dark suburb on the cover which is not the least bit relevant to the story at all. Suspense with a good ending. I like it. There's even a little good sex between consenting adults, something which I personally very much favor.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was before Iris fully divested herself of her romance novel roots, so the novel still has some decent sexual tension and romance.

Rachael Uponen
Ah, my first Iris Johansen book. I remember enjoying the read. At the time, I was unaware that all of Johansen's stand-alone novels have basically the same plot: "Strong Female Character" stumbles upon a conspiracy and has someone close to her killed. Creepy, coldblooded killer needs to protect her for some reason, and he becomes her bodyguard/love interest. Strong Female Character then proceeds to refuse to do anything Creepy Love Interest suggests to prove how "strong" she is. Strong Female Ch ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Premessa: una giornalista e sua sorella sono in Messico per far foto per una rivista di viaggi. Arrivano in questo paesino sperduto e sono tutti morti, tranne una neonata. Arrivano gli scagnozzi del cattivone #1, guidati dal sicario kaldak ( che è un nome ridicolo, ma non preoccupatevi, perchè più avanti scopriamo che si chiama David in realtà). Tira un pugno alla giornalista, che sviene e si risveglia in un ospedale sotto il controllo del cattivone #1. Il villaggio era un test per la nuova arma ...more
I guess I must have been reading a different book then everyone else here because I did not like this book at all. Where to start. The first couple of pages make this book look like it will be a thrill, but really it's one very long dragging snooze. The heroine of the story is a bitch with a low IQ and the survival skills of a gnat (view spoiler). The hero who ...more
the first thriller after she decided to make the switch from romance . . . i'm looking for a light read, what can i say? ;)

and she didn't disappoint. i'm actually surprised that there was so little romance in this one, considering it was her first, and her later books definitely fall into the female heroine with angry hot man trope.

bess grady is a photojournalist with nightmares from when she went to croatia during the war and witnessed a massacre. i can understand bess's need to photograph - i
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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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