Iris Johansen / Feb 21, 2020

Stalemate 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

  • Title: Stalemate
  • Author: Iris Johansen
  • ISBN: 9780553586541
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 things none of them law abiding or innocent.One of the world s most wanted mEve 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 things none of them law abiding or innocent.One of the world s most wanted men, little is really known about Luis Montalvo except that he is extraordinarily dangerous and that he never takes no for an answer Now he wants Eve s help in the worst way For he believes they have something in common and he s about to prove it with a grisly warning.Eve will leave everything and everyone behind, even the man she trusts and loves the most, Atlanta detective Joe Quinn, to travel to Montalvo s luxurious armed compound in the Colombian jungle to identify the skull he has recovered She has agreed to this devil s bargain to save an innocent family, but also for a reason she can t admit to Joe, to the CIA, to anyone For the man in the jungle has promised to be able to give Eve what she wants most of all the key to unlocking the darkest and most painful mystery of her past.But Eve is in danger than she can imagine As she gets closer to identifying the skull, she finds herself caught between two ruthless killers with no way out Now, with everything on the line, Eve Duncan must make the most chilling choice of all And if she s wrong she s dead.

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      • Iris Johansen

        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 success She lives in Georgia and is married Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award winning screenwriter and novelist Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistantIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of Night and Day, Hide Away, Shadow Play, Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn t Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve, Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora s Daughter, Quicksand, Killer Dreams, On The Run, and And with her son, Roy Johansen, she has coauthored Night Watch, The Naked Eye, Sight Unseen, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunderisjohansen


    1. This was a miserable read. I have a few family members who really love Johansen so I decided to give her a try. The main characters in the book are so obnoxious that I wanted to tear my hair out. It felt like the plot went round and round in the same hackneyed circle. I think the only reason I was able to finish this novel is I am slightly OCD and was hoping to see one of them die.

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 solido bad the characters were not.The B [...]

    4. The more I've thought about ite 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 booksbut 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 bookey weren't the reasons I didn't like this one. Eve contantly shuts out Joee man she says she love [...]

    5. This was an appalling book and quite inept, especially in its characterization and character motivation. Every few pages in the first half of the book we read something on the lines of:-How can I trust you? You are a criminal.-I know I am a criminal. But you must believe me, this time I am sincere.-But how can i be sure?-You can't be but you must trust me nevertheless.Okay this is a parody. But that's the way it comes over. And the whole theme of: "I need you to prove it so that so-and-so will t [...]

    6. This book tried very hard to impress, but failed totally. The premise was implausible, the dialogue stilted (and repetitive) and the characterization unconvincing to the pointy of absurdity. I can't believe this was book was even published. If an unpublished author had submitted it, i doubt if it would have made it past the slush pile.

    7. 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.

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. Normally I really enjoy her books. This was not one of them. For that reason I am only giving it a 3 star. It was not terrible but, it was not one of her better books that I really love to read. I am not sure if it was that I may have been preoccupied by something else or if it was about how the character of Joe was shown that made me not so crazy about this story.Normally, I like Joe in the series but, this one I did not care for him at all. I know most people love to have a man that is a 'knig [...]

    11. This is just the worst Eve Duncan novel. Eve came out looking strong but slightly out of character (especially the way that her character was starting to become written)but Joe seemed like even more of an overprotective over-bearing fool. I couldn't suspend my disbelief of the annoying characters to even bother caring whether Eve and Montalvo got together until about half-way and then I figured it would serve Joe right. Don't get me wrong, I like Joe but he makes a good point when he mentions in [...]

    12. I don't know why I keep reading these. I'd also read Quicksand, the 8th book in the series, last summer, so I had already met Miguel and Montalvo (although I'd forgotten Montalvo, I definitely Miguel's spunky excitement!). This book's plot, if you can find one, is for Eve to put herself in danger by flying to a drug lord's house and helping him recover the skull of his wife to prove to his father-in-law that she's dead so they can work to overthrow Montalvo's rival. Naturally, Eve flies out beca [...]

    13. 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 untilhe 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 Montal [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. I have not read any of the other books in the Eve Duncan series, and this doesn't make me want to go back and start. Eve is so beautiful and ethical and BORING. I don't care if she is having problems with her significant other Joe (who is ex CIA/Police/Seal. I am not making that up). I don't care about her dead daughter. I don't care about Montalvo, the weapons dealer with a heart. It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't good.

    16. its been a lazy couple of weeks, and sometimes you want to read something completely non thought provokingmission accomplished :)

    17. I liked the Eve character. Wanted to punch the Joe character in the face. I never got invested in the story and I doubt I'd pick up another one unless I was really bored.

    18. It had been a while since I read a book in the Eve Duncan series, so I thought I would read one of the earlier books. I was not terribly excited by the plot or the need for someone to help out - especially since any forensic scientist would do. I found that the dialogue - will she, won't she - was overdone, as everyone knows that Eve is going wherever she is asked. I did like that she was able to give closure, but the actual forensics part was overdone and unneeded, except possibly to make the s [...]

    19. Stalemate (Eve Duncan #7) by Iris Johansen. While trying to keep her life quiet but still help to bring lost ones home to their familes, Eve is pulled again into a no win-win position by a man who's wife was murdered by a drug lord in Columbia. Not only does she end up respecting him but he questions her life with Joe Quinn and Eve is caught between them. But this man has clues to finding Bonnie so she has to do what is needed to get this information.

    20. Having read other books in the Eve Duncan series, this book was okay. There was some excitement through the book but despite a fast paced story, I still felt like it was very slow paced. Some of the twists and turns were out of character and didn’t seem to line up from how they were portrayed. I will read the rest of the series, but hoping for some more growth and fast paced excitement (and not just in the last 30 or so pages).

    21. Another Eve Duncan book. I wait with baited breath for the next one.nI do love this series. So many but they never get old for me. This one has Quinn in trouble and Eve goes to many dangerous places and meets dangerous men. She will do her magic on the skull of a man's wife and a warrior Chiefs daughter. Excellent read, I recommend it heartily.

    22. IRIS johansen has a way with words that makes her books such great reads. I got hooked on the first book I read by her and have been reading ever since. Her characters draw you into the story like no other I have ever read. I hope to continue reading everything she has written. One of the best writers in my opinion.

    23. Finished it. It was just OK. Eve is obnoxiously independent, Joe is obnoxiously macho, and Montalvo is obnoxiously smug. Maybe if I had read the earlier Eve Duncan books I would have liked it more. I suffered through because I really wanted to know how it would end, but this is no literary masterpiece. A fair beach read is what I'd call it.

    24. Read this book years ago and ran across it in the library on the cruise ship we are on--so decided to reread. I enjoyed it again. Not your typical Eve Duncan book but certainly kept you reading and turning those pages to see how it ended. You will enjoy this book.

    25. It has a bit of thriller. Quick read. It does kind of grab your attention in the beginning, but its not too original of an idea, in my opinion.

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