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Blind Alley by Iris Johansen

Blind Alley

by Iris Johansen

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Series: Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller (5)

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Blind Alley – Simply Stunning

Danielle Ramsey the author of Blind Alley has written a stonkingly brilliant crime thriller that is an absolute page turner. Not only is this a brilliant thriller it has a wonderful twist at the end where the reader can honestly say that ‘I didn’t see that one coming’. With her Detective Inspector Jack Brady, Ramsey gives us the defective detective with bells on and has even made Whitely Bay sound like a ‘happening’ place.

Blind Alley is Inspector Jack Brady’s third outing and he realises he cannot live on past glories especially when he is not his Chief Inspector’s favourite team leader. He has a hunt on for a serial rapist and they are just waiting for him to strike yet again. No leads seem to be forthcoming and he is under pressure from the Police and the local press to catch the rapist.

An assault happens on a prostitute outside of his area command but it shows all the signs of being his rapist but then he finds it is a woman he once knew along with his brother and a local crime boss. Even though his colleagues are investigating the rape and assault he knows it is a message for him and his brother.

The more he tries to investigate the rape the more he seems to run up a blind alley. When a murder also lands on his already busy lap everything seems to be going far too easily but he doesn’t realise the significance of this murder until later in to his rape investigation. Like all investigations he does finally get that bit of luck but again you see the procedure he and his team go through. It is as this investigation nears its end does the build up to the crescendo and twist.

Danielle Ramsey has written one of the most powerful and exciting crime thrillers giving us our much needed defective detective and hero, who we root for whatever his faults. Ramsey says she likes to commit murder by proxy I am glad she writes about it as she would be one hell of a murderer if she ever crossed the line.

Danielle Ramsey is yet another example of a female writer invading what was once seen as the male domain of crime writing and showing them how it really should be written. Ramsey writes intelligently her prose is clear and her plot stunning and I hate using clichés but it really is a page turner. This novel really does have all the schedule 22 offences in legal parlance which helps to make this a powerful and evocative crime thriller. Stunning and brilliant hungry for more. ( )
1 vote atticusfinch1048 | Jul 27, 2014 |
Slowly working my way through all the random books I've acquired. This one has been on my bookshelf for years, and don't remember the circumstances under which I acquired it. I usually give every book 50 pages (bound) or 20 minutes (audio), but gave it up when I started skipping paragraphs on p. 30. This is an example of why I try to stay away from endless romance/mystery/thriller series that feature a main character. The 30 pages I read were almost entirely exposition, catching the reader up on everyone's backstories while trying to introduce the new elements of the current story. It's mind numbing, and not at all entertaining. And even after 30 pages of explanations, I don't care about Joe, or Eve, or Jane, or Ruth, or why the killer is doing... whatever.
  PortM | Nov 30, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Blind Alley – Eve Duncan’s adopted daughter Jane MacGuire is the primary focus of this story where Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn are hot on the trail of trying to capture a serial killer who murders then removes the faces of his victims.

Eve, a forensic sculptor is asked to reconstruct the skull of a murdered woman. When the reconstruction is completed not only does the woman bare an uncanny resemblance to other women who have been murdered in the U.K., she also disturbingly looks at lot like Eve’s daughter Jane.

Now desperate to protect Jane from a madman who is relentless in the pursuit of his goal to rid the world of women who look like an ancient woman named Cira, who died two thousand years ago, Eve and Joe find they have to deal with another player.

Mark Trevor, not only knows the killer but also has a past with the demented man. Determined to track him down Trevor isn’t above putting Jane in danger or circumventing the authorities.

Together Jane and Mark are thrust into the world of ancient scrolls and hidden tunnels in the city of Herculaneum with the killer one step behind them, or to their determinate, more like one step ahead of them.

As in most Iris Johansen novels there is an added element to the story. In this one dreams of past lives take us down the path of possible re-incarnation. As well, old characters are flushed out and new characters are brought into the mix in order to give the reader a taste that these characters may reappear in a future story.

Blind Alley was an enjoyable read, giving me enough to want to read the next instalment, Countdown. ( )
  jemerritt | Nov 15, 2010 |
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The New York Times bestselling author of Firestorm, Iris Johansen, returns with a psychological thriller so terrifying, so relentlessly paced, it won’t leave you time to catch your breath before the next shock comes. A forensic sculptor is locked in a deadly duel with a serial killer determined to destroy her—one life at a time.

Eve Duncan’s job is to put a face on the faceless victims of violent crimes. Her work not only comforts their survivors—but helps catch their killers. But there is another, more personal reason that Eve Duncan is driven to do the kind of work she does—a dark nightmare from a past she can never bury. And as she works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, that past is about to return all over again.

The victim is a Jane Doe found murdered, her face erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn’t just trying to hide her identity. The plan was far more horrifying. For as the face forms under Eve’s skilled hands, she is about to get the shock of her life. The victim is someone she knows all too well. Someone who isn’t dead. Yet.

Instantly Eve’s peaceful life is shattered. The sanctuary of the lakeside cottage she shares with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and their adopted daughter Jane has been invaded by a killer who’s sent the grimmest of threats: the face of his next victim. To stop him, Eve must put her own life in the balance and question everything and everyone she trusts. Not even Quinn can go where Eve must go this time.

As the trail of faceless bodies leads to a chilling revelation, Eve finds herself trying to catch a master murderer whose grisly work is a testament to a mind warped by perversion and revenge. Now she must pit her skills against his in a showdown where the stakes are life itself—and where the unbearable cost of failure will make Eve’s own murder seem like a mercy killing.

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Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan confronts her ultimate challenge when she is asked to identify the victims of a serial killer who is going to remarkable lengths to hide the identity of his victims.

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