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Iris Johansen

Author of The Face Of Deception

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About the Author

Iris Johansen was born on April 7, 1938. She started writing when her two children were in college. A year later she finished her first novel, a contemporary romance. After writing many best-selling historical romances and fantasies, including the Sedikhan and Clanad series, she turned to suspense show more fiction. Her works include And Then You Die, The Ugly Duckling, Pandora's Daughter, Killer Dreams, Dead Aim, No One to Trust, The Perfect Witness, Night Watch, the Eve Duncan series, the Catherine Ling series, and the Kendra Michaels series. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Iris Johansen

The Face Of Deception (1998) 1,780 copies
The Killing Game (2000) 1,589 copies
Body of Lies (2002) 1,577 copies
Countdown (2005) 1,543 copies
The Search (2000) 1,540 copies
Blind Alley (2004) 1,530 copies
Stalemate (2007) 1,441 copies
Dead Aim (2003) 1,368 copies
Quicksand (2008) 1,328 copies
Killer Dreams (2006) 1,304 copies
Pandora's Daughter (2007) 1,264 copies
Fatal Tide (2003) 1,263 copies
Firestorm (2004) 1,258 copies
Final Target (2001) 1,256 copies
The Ugly Duckling (1996) 1,234 copies
No One to Trust (2002) 1,172 copies
On the Run (2006) 1,165 copies
Dark Summer (2008) 1,050 copies
And Then You Die (2005) 995 copies
Chasing the Night (2010) 970 copies
Long After Midnight (1997) 957 copies
Blood Game (2009) 945 copies
Eight Days to Live (2010) 899 copies
Eve (2011) 898 copies
Deadlock (2009) 860 copies
Quinn (2011) 766 copies
Reap The Wind (1997) 761 copies
Bonnie (2011) 745 copies
Silent Thunder (2008) 655 copies
What Doesn't Kill You (2011) 605 copies
Storm Cycle (2009) 561 copies
Taking Eve (2013) 558 copies
Sleep No More (2012) 533 copies
Hunting Eve (2013) 513 copies
Silencing Eve (2013) 464 copies
Close Your Eyes (2012) 443 copies
Shadow Zone (2010) 441 copies
The Wind Dancer (1991) 438 copies
The Treasure (2008) 435 copies
Lion's Bride (1996) 389 copies
Shadow Play (2015) 384 copies
The Perfect Witness: A Novel (2014) 384 copies
Storm Winds (1991) 378 copies
Live to See Tomorrow (2014) 344 copies
Midnight Warrior (1994) 321 copies
Hide Away (2016) 305 copies
The Magnificent Rogue (1993) — Author — 303 copies
No Easy Target (2017) 296 copies
Sight Unseen (2014) 296 copies
Night and Day (2016) 281 copies
The Beloved Scoundrel (1994) — Author — 275 copies
Shattered Mirror (2018) 275 copies
Your Next Breath (2015) 271 copies
The Naked Eye (2015) 256 copies
The Tiger Prince (1992) 249 copies
Night Watch (2016) 249 copies
Mind Game (2017) 244 copies
The Golden Barbarian (1991) 244 copies
Look Behind You (2017) 242 copies
Vendetta (2018) 216 copies
Dark Rider (1995) — Author — 215 copies
Smokescreen (2019) 212 copies
Dark Tribute (2019) 205 copies
Double Blind (2018) 200 copies
An Unexpected Song (1990) 199 copies
A Summer Smile (1985) 198 copies
Capture the Rainbow (1984) 181 copies
The Persuasion (2020) 164 copies
The Golden Valkyrie (1984) 159 copies
Chaos (2020) 156 copies
Touch the Horizon (1984) 148 copies
And the Desert Blooms (1985) 148 copies
Hindsight (2020) 137 copies
The Bullet (2021) 132 copies
Last Bridge Home (1987) 126 copies
Everlasting (1986) 123 copies
One Touch of Topaz (1988) 122 copies
Always (1986) 114 copies
Notorious (1990) 113 copies
White Satin (1985) 112 copies
High Stakes (2021) 109 copies
Blink of an Eye (2021) 106 copies
A Face to Die For (2022) 105 copies
The Bronzed Hawk (1990) 105 copies
This Fierce Splendor (1988) 101 copies
The Trustworthy Redhead (1984) 99 copies
Magnificent Folly (1989) 97 copies
Tender Savage (1990) 94 copies
Captive (2022) 84 copies
The Lady & the Unicorn (1983) 79 copies
A Tough Man to Tame (1991) 79 copies
Strong, Hot Winds (1988) 79 copies
York, the Renegade (1986) 78 copies
Wild Silver (1988) 76 copies
Man From Half Moon Bay (1988) 71 copies
The Reluctant Lark (1990) 70 copies
Blue Velvet (1985) 70 copies
Satin Ice (1988) 67 copies
Matilda, the Adventuress (1987) 64 copies
'Til the End of Time (1986) 62 copies
The Spellbinder (1987) 62 copies
Tempest at Sea (1983) 60 copies
Star-Spangled Bride (1993) 60 copies
Wicked Jake Darcy (1989) 60 copies
Winter Bride (1992) 58 copies
Star Light, Star Bright (1987) 55 copies
Stormy Vows (1983) 55 copies
The Survivor (Eve Duncan) (2023) 52 copies
Return To Santa Flores (1984) 52 copies
No Red Roses (1984) 49 copies
The Forever Dream (1985) 48 copies
Eve Quinn Bonnie Trilogy (2013) 8 copies
An Eve Duncan Collection (2011) 5 copies
Christmas Past 2 copies
High Stakes 1 copy
Hämnaren (2001) 1 copy
Stj©Þrnors makt (1991) 1 copy
Den stygge andungen (2000) 1 copy
On the Hunt (2023) 1 copy
PandoranIn KIzI (2015) 1 copy
Vražedná hra (2000) 1 copy
Kärleksnatten (1985) 1 copy
Det magiske speilet (2005) 1 copy
angel fist 1 copy
No title 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

St Louis, Missouri, USA
Places of residence
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Johansen, Roy (son)
Brooking, Tamara (daughter)
Andrea Cirillo
Short biography
Iris Johansen was born on April 7, 1938. She worked for a major airline for many years and travelled extensively. After her two children, Tamara and Roy, left home for High School, she decided to devote her newfound free time to writing. Since she loved reading romance novels, she penned a love story, and found to her surprise that "I was just as voracious a writer as I was a reader." During the 1980's, her name was emblazoned on dozens of slender volumes featuring spirited adventuresses, passionate mystery men and smoldering love scenes. These days, Iris is one of a posse of former romance writers dominating the New York Times bestseller lists: Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Tami Hoag, Sandra Brown and Tess Gerritsen all came up through the category-romance ranks.

Iris Johansen's writing hobby became a career after she sent her first romance novel in to Bantam Loveswept. Early on in her career, she developed the habit of following characters from book to book, sometimes introducing minor characters in one novel who then become major figures in another. She developed families, relationships and even fictional countries in her romance novels, which "stretched the boundaries of the standard formulas," according to Barbara E. Kemp in Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers. In 1991, she broke out of category romance (a term for short books written to conform to the length, style and subject matter guidelines for a publisher's series) with The Wind Dancer, a romantic-suspense novel set in 16th-century Italy. She followed it with two sequels, Storm Winds and Reap the Wind, to form a trilogy, then wrote several more stand-alone romance novels before The Ugly Duckling was published in 1996. The Ugly Duckling was her first book to be released in hardcover, and the first to significantly broaden her readership beyond her romance fan base. Since then, her plots have gotten tighter and more suspense-driven; critics have praised her "flesh-and-blood characters, crackling dialogue and lean, suspenseful plotting" (Publishers Weekly). Some of her most popular books feature forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who first appeared in The Face of Deception in 1998. But she seems equally comfortable with male protagonists, and her books have crossed the gender division that often characterizes popular fiction. Indeed, Publishers Weekly called The Search "that rarity: a woman's novel for men."

Now, Iris Johansen is a bestselling writer, who has more than twenty million copies of her books in print and has won many awards for her achievements in writing. "My writing schedule is very disciplined. I try to be up in my office by nine every morning and I work until I've completed at least ten pages. Sometimes that takes four or five hours, sometimes ten or twelve. It depends on the flow, the research, and the pace at which the characters are moving the story. There are times when the story is streaking like a bullet. Then I just hang on and stay with it. I do have a research assistant, my daughter, Tamara. I wouldn't know what to do without her. She's invaluable in finding out both the small details and the big picture, though I do make her want to pull her hair out in frustration sometimes when I ask her if there isn't a way we can make a certain plot point happen. But then she starts to dig and quite often comes up with a way that can be truthful and factual and still keep my story humming."

Iris lives near Atlanta, Georgia, where she is currently at work on a new novel, while her daughter, Tamara Brooking, serves as her research assistant. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist, and they have collaborated in some projects.




Eve Duncan series. Eve's adopted daughter is kidnapped and her son comes into his skills
Rosemary1973 | Dec 2, 2023 |
Pretty good action, adventure maybe a little paint by number, not highly recommended good if you have time to kill.
charlie68 | 14 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
Good read about a greedy businessman trying to stop a brilliant doctor from bringing his vital medical research to the public.

People die; new relationships are forged and exciting progress is made.
Bookish59 | 6 other reviews | Oct 21, 2023 |
I can't believe the plot of this book. I would classify it as fantasy. It even has supernatural elements, with Eve hallucinating all the time and talking to the ghost of her dead daughter. The “hero” instantly irked me, and I wanted the heroine to shoot the bastard. Since all books have a formula, they end up sleeping together (fortunately at the end and off-page). The forced relationship/attraction is also something I dislike. The main character in any book must have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone they meet. Not all single people need a partner for intimacy.

Eve perseveres despite a challenging life. Her grief over losing her daughter inspires her to identify the skulls of missing and unidentified children. As the book progresses, she becomes a doormat… I hate it when books do that. Instead of arguing with the surrounding men, she bows down to them when they say boo. She keeps talking about how she’s standing up to them, but she’s not.

The villain is a cartoon character. He is so terrible it’s laughable. He committed a violent act on a minor character who had no significance to the story. A book should not include violence against women if it doesn't contribute to the plot or character development.

The plot and reasons make little sense. This could be science fiction. The reason behind everything is… politics! In order to prevent a republican from winning, someone wants a different candidate to win an election because the current one is an imposter. There is also the JFK conspiracy that isn’t. I dislike books that bombard you with heavy-handed politics. I wouldn’t have touched this book if I had known it contained so much political nonsense. A warning in the book blurb could prevent wasted time.

The book is ideal for someone who wants an easy yet engaging read. As an avid reader seeking immersion in a story, I'd steer clear of this book.
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onlyfiction | 29 other reviews | Aug 31, 2023 |



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