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Blood Game (Eve Duncan #9)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,128 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
All it takes is one drop of blood... When a Georgia senator's daughter is found murdered, and her body drained of blood, Eve enters the world of a serial murderer ? a twisted psychopath whose name is on Eve's shortlist of killers who might know something about her missing daughter, Bonnie. To whet a killer's appetite... But when Eve receives a terrifying calling card in th ...more
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 2009)
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Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually adore Iris Johansen, and I've read several Eve Duncan books. However, this is a series that needs to end...probably a couple of books ago.

Johansen's writing style is still excellent, but the rehash of situations, characters and memories is worse than a long-running soap opera. Eve Duncan - hunted by what, the 20th serial killer who is drawn to her "strength" and claims to have killed her daughter, Bonnie? Conveniently, after each claim is proved false, ANOTHER serial killer pops up to
3.5 stars. There were elements that I really liked in this book, like the logical, practical Joe Quinn being in turmoil. BUT the moaning about Bonnie over and over in each book is getting old. I don't blame Joe for being tired of Eve depressed over Bonnie, I am too. Now, Eve is entitled to miss her and be sad, but the obsession and one track mind thing is truly getting old. How many times do we have to hear about the Bugs Bunny t-shirt that Bonnie is wearing and it's her favorite shirt that she ...more
Robyn Hawk
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Iris Johansen has done it again...

I made the mistake of opening this book when I knew I was working under a project sucked me right in!

I was already a Johansen fan and especially an Eve Duncan (forensic sculptor) fan. What really interested me about this book was the more adult treatment of the "vampire" and "paranormal" phenomenon. Between the Twilight series and the new "True Blood" TV series it appears the paranormal is here to stay.

I like the concept of a mortal to vampire resu
Deena Scintilla
Nov 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get beyond CD # 2 because it was the Bonnie obsession again which is always woven into whatever murder is happening in that particular book. Wrap up this plot, please.
Aug 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am ready to see the end of the 'Who killed Bonnie?' story line. Joe is also getting on my nerves.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Blood Game: An Eve Duncan (An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller)
By Iris Johansen

St. Martin's Press
May 2010

An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller ~

Eve is concerned over her relationship with lover Joe Quinn. Joe has been distracted and often curt with Eve. He has told her that he doesn’t intend to help her look for her daughter’s killer, but there is another crazed killer in the area, and he has his sights set on Eve. This man, Kevin Jelak, is also on Eve’s short
Aug 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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A Train Wreck

This is my second Iris Johansen book; the first being Deadlock (which I gave two stars). I thought I would give Blood Game a chance since Johansen is apparently a bestseller and has flocks of fans. Needless to say, this will be my last Johansen book.

My first gripe (and this is more of my lack of previous Eve Duncan reading) is that there was nothing to suggest that there is paranormal psychic hoopla from the book synopsis. Paranormal stuff is not bad per say (I love urban fantasy an
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A continuation of the Eve Duncan series. I continue to read them, though I am at the point of thinking that Johansen needs to wrap up the continuing, ever-evolving, "who is Bonnie's murderer" storyline. It is starting to be like a soap opera, in a bad way.
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
another not very likable book sorry to say I usually love her stuff but this was rote and not a real page turner.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Game (#9) by Eve Duncan. This book in the series was a little on the weird size but I still enjoyed it. Eve makes her characters very likable so you want to keep reading about them. I like the way she keeps her main characters and brings other characters in and out of the books in her series.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to give this more then 3 stars but I'm disappointed that this book moved to Joe seeing dead people I really hope the remaining books don't go this way. I get Bonnie for Eve but lets not go beyond that.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have read several Iris Johansen books and enjoy them all, especially those with Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn. However it is time to put the finding of Bonnie to an end, can't keep dragging it on forever.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book! Great story, excellent writing, outstanding characters. This book had everything, intrigue, mystery, suspense, romance, even a little horror. The amazing thing is that everything fit. It even had a happy ending.

Definitely recommend.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get into the basis of using blood to prolong life.
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johansen comes up with another trick to keep it interesting. What's next, aliens?
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping & emotional.
June Jones
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, a real page turner, especially the added psychic ghostly parts, loved it, would recommend
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Iris Johansen book. I was drawn to her initially because of Pandora's Daughter's opening lines. I was creating a Creative Writing class for high school students at the time, and Johansen's opener was one of the BEST examples I'd seen in a long time. It was like a bolt of sizzling lightening flashing from heaven to my feet. When I started taking up reading voraciously again, I picked up some more of her books. I'm nearly done with TWO of her books. I'll probably copy and paste a ...more
Zwart Raafje
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Zoals Pablo Picasso de kunstwerken uit zijn Blauwe Periode, afwisselde met eerst een Roze Periode en vervolgens een Kubistische, zo heb ik zelf blijkbaar de gewoonte om in 'blokken' te lezen. Van de 'betere' (en vooral triestige) verhalen, naar de spannende boeken, om vervolgens heel veel ontspannende romans te lezen en uiteindelijk te blijven hangen bij de fantasy boeken.

Het is niet echt een bewuste keuze, maar eerder zoals je in een kledingwinkel ook onbewust naar je favoriete kleur grijpt. En
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Eve Duncan has seen some of the most evil people imaginable through her work as a forensic sculptor and her search for the body of her long dead daughter, Bonnie. Yet now she is up against the most dangerous of criminals yet... Jelak. It will take everything Eve has to face down this latest threat.

When a senator's teenaged daughter, Nancy Jo Norris, is found murdered and drained of blood, with a stained goblet close by, they know thi
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I admit it - the only reason I'm reading these is Seth Caleb. Cannot understand his character sees in either Eve or Jane, but he's really interesting and I'm skimming every book looking for him! Books themselves are pretty awful, the women are bitchy bullies and the men, mostly, are just there for decoration. I started with the most recent in the series and am now going back to get Caleb's back-story - why doesn't she just write a book about him?
Rachael Uponen
I'm going to try and be a little more serious about this review.

This was the first book in the Eve Duncan series that I read, and again, I'm probably biased because of that; however, I did find this to be one of Johansen's better novels. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker (hahahahaHA) for vampires. Especially in a less, well vampire-y setting.

I was drawn into Eve's story almost immediately, and was honestly more interested in reading about her hunt for Bonnie's killer than I was in Eve's profession
Silvia Marcaurelio
Ho comprato questo libro per caso, in una libreria dell’usato. Mi sono accorta nel leggerlo che era un seguito di qualcosa d’altro. In effetti ci sono parecchi richiami a qualche capitolo precedente, di cui non se ne sa l’esistenza, almeno sul libro stesso. Cercando qui e là su internet, ho scoperto che è un’autrice molto prolifica (almeno nel suo paese), e che questo è, forse, il quarto o quinto libro della serie di Eve Duncan. La protagonista come dicevo, è Eve Duncan e nel corso della storia, ...more
This is the first Eve Duncan book that I've read, so I'm sure my view of this book is different than someone who has read the previous books. Also I listened to it on audiobook.

Eve Duncan has become the target of a serial killer who is performing ritual killings in order to become a vampire, at least that what he thinks. Her detective boyfriend, Joe Quinn, finds out that he has some new found psychic abilities thanks to an event that I'm assuming took place in the previous book. When a senator'
May 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Blood Game, the newest book in the Eve Duncan series, was a sturdy continuation of Duncan's story. In this installment, Eve Duncan has recently returned home from a grisly journey pursuing a child killer. Still desperate to bring her Bonnie home, Eve is saddened by the loss of hope involved in her latest chase and is hoping to have time to lick her wounds and soothe the rocky relationship she has with Joe Quinn. Just as things look like they couldn't get worse, Montalvo calls with a lead on anot ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot going on. There's a serial killer running around, ghosts, family issues, and mysterious people with unexplained agendas.

Eve Duncan has been searching for her daughter Bonnie's killer for years, refusing to let go of the past, and determined not only to find the killer and bring him to justice, but to find Bonnie's remains and bring them home.

When a senator's daughter is found murdered, with all the blood drained from her body, and an ornate gold goblet in her hand with traces
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an advanced reading copy. It is due to be published in October 2009. The story line is quick moving and pulls you in. Even if you haven't read previous Eve Duncan novels, one can jump right in with Blood Game because I. Johansen does a spectacular job providing background about characters and their relationships throughout the current novel.

Blood Game is the newest in the Eve Duncan Forensic Thriller. It has less to do with facial reconstruction as the developement of the main character
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review on "The Blood Game"

In the Blood Game, Iris Johansen tells us another story on how Eve Duncan defeats a crazy killer that thinks he is a vampire. The story starts out when Eve and her boyfriend Joe Quinn come back from an island that has been discovered to be filled with dead children. When they get back to their home, they realize that a new criminal is hunting Eve down. Later on in the story Eve's adopted daughter, Jane comes to visit her from London. When the killer knows Jane com
I have not read as many Eve Duncan books as the reviewer ahead of me so I haven't gotten quite as cynical yet.
But I did have some serious issues/kudos with the story in blood game.
1. Joe - if the whole Bonnie thing bugs you so much (50% of his part of the book is him whining abut it) then walk away and put
us out of your misery!
2. I like the fact that Johansen did not clearly say that they crazy cult/serial kiler hunter was actually a vampire. But she left
enough on the table that those of
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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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