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The Killing Game by Iris Johansen

The Killing Game (2000)

by Iris Johansen

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Impossible to accept for reasons that would give away the plot. So many problems with this book, not the least of which is why two fine gentlemen continue to pursue a flighty. ungrateful bitch of a woman with little to no redeeming qualities. The book becomes readable to its unlikely conclusion, if for no other reason, then to see how really awful it is; One star at least for that ( )
  brucemmoyer | Jun 21, 2015 |
Excellent entry in the Eve Duncan series. Really enjoying these books. The tension that builds throughout the book, as well as the intrigue and plot twists, keep you interested and unable to put the book down. Really good, suspenseful read. ( )
  dd196406 | Nov 16, 2013 |
I am truly enjoying re-reading this series. Iris Johansen never disappoints me. ( )
  pfodge | Oct 17, 2013 |
I read the ebook version of this from the library even though I do have a paperback edition. It was pretty good. There was a nice twist that really got me. I would like to read the next book in the series eventually. ( )
  Barb_H | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is the second book, in the Eve Duncan Forensics Series, published Sept 1999. Its been a year now since, Logan, billionaire owner of Logan Computers, with the help of Eve uncovered that the President of United States was an imposter. The First Lady used a double, aided by plastic surgery, to replace her husband, who died of cancer shortly after taking office. It was done to ensure his programs would be carried out but also allowed her to retain the power of the Presidential Office. (The Face of Deception) Eve has been recovering on Logan's private island, south of Tahiti.
We begin with the authorities finding eight bodies including a child at Talladega Falls, Georgia because of the rains and the mud slide. Pathology Dept., Atlanta, determined the child was seven or eight, female, and probably Caucasian. Joe Quinn, lieutenant detective Atlanta P.D. has come to the island, to bring Eve home, to identify the child, by working on the skull. Eve does forensic sculpting and age progression as well as computer and video superimposition, to identify the dead from their skulls, to find the lost ones, as she calls them. Any child's body found could be Eve's daughter, Bonnie, who at age seven, was murdered and her body was never found. Joe, her best friend, is always looking for Bonnie, to bring her home to Eve, in the hopes it will finally bring her the peace she needs. Events lead in a strange direction when the child's body goes missing from the Atlanta morgue and a professed serial killer makes his self known to Eve. He calls himself Dom and leads her to believe he is the one response for killing Bonnie. He aligns her with a 10 year old girl, living in foster care, as the reincarnated Bonnie. Eve and the girl are targets in his game. FBI Agent Robert Spiro heads the investigation to find Dom. When Eve finally confronts the serial killer you will not believe who it is. Through the book you are kept on the edge wondering what is going to happen next. This is another excellent read by Iris Johansen. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Jan 19, 2013 |
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My sincere appreciation once again to N. Eileen Barrow with the FACES Laboratory at Louisiana State University. She always meets my bizarre questions with courtesy, warmth, and a sense of humor.
Also my deepest thanks to Engineer Jarod Carson with the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services for giving so generously of his time and help.
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Eve Duncan returns as the popular heroine of Iris Johansen's latest suspense thriller, The Killing Game. After the murder of her daughter Bonnie and years of work as a forensic sculptor, Eve had hoped to find some solace in semi-retirement. But when her friend Joe Quinn informs her of the unearthing of multiple bodies, including those of children, Eve cannot resist getting caught up. Those bones may be Bonnie's, and somewhere out there is a dangerous serial murderer. With Joe's loyal help, Eve grimly sets out to find a killer.

Determined to remain objective, Eve begins to reconstruct the face of one of the victims. But the killer wants her to become involved, and manipulates Eve's life like a puppeteer. Terrified of the killer but spurred on by her memories of Bonnie, Eve takes a gamble with her life. She will do whatever the murderer demands: she will be the bait, betting her life for the chance to save others.

As a great suspense novel should, The Killing Game keeps the action and the plot twists coming. Eve's job as a forensic sculptor is the perfect profession for a suspense heroine: she has official access to technical information and the emotional flexibility to react to the drama. Eve's grieving over the loss of Bonnie--and over her romantic complications--helps keep the story complex and appealing. Turn on all of the lights and keep the phone nearby--you won't want to be alone in the dark while reading this one. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan of Atlanta hunts for a man who claims he, not the man executed, killed her daughter. The girl's body was never found and this man has intimate knowledge of the girl. By the author of The Face of Deception.

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