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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 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)
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The Face of Deception 1,674 copies, 31 reviews
The Killing Game 1,487 copies, 18 reviews
Body of Lies 1,464 copies, 22 reviews
The Search 1,459 copies, 16 reviews
Countdown 1,442 copies, 13 reviews
Blind Alley 1,420 copies, 15 reviews
Stalemate 1,348 copies, 15 reviews
Dead Aim 1,271 copies, 12 reviews
Quicksand 1,253 copies, 14 reviews
Killer Dreams 1,216 copies, 13 reviews
Fatal Tide 1,190 copies, 9 reviews
Final Target 1,186 copies, 8 reviews
The Ugly Duckling 1,184 copies, 13 reviews
Pandora's Daughter 1,182 copies, 29 reviews
Firestorm 1,166 copies, 11 reviews
On the Run 1,093 copies, 7 reviews
No One to Trust 1,087 copies, 6 reviews
Dark Summer 965 copies, 13 reviews
And Then You Die 938 copies, 10 reviews
Long After Midnight 909 copies, 6 reviews
Chasing the Night 896 copies, 34 reviews
Blood Game 858 copies, 16 reviews
Eve 828 copies, 19 reviews
Eight Days To Live 820 copies, 13 reviews
Deadlock 776 copies, 12 reviews
Reap The Wind 727 copies, 8 reviews
Quinn 691 copies, 12 reviews
Bonnie 674 copies, 10 reviews
Silent Thunder 613 copies, 10 reviews
What Doesn't Kill You 532 copies, 19 reviews
Storm Cycle 509 copies, 16 reviews
Taking Eve 485 copies, 7 reviews
Sleep No More 479 copies, 9 reviews
Hunting Eve 432 copies, 5 reviews
The Wind Dancer 417 copies, 4 reviews
Close Your Eyes 409 copies, 13 reviews
The Treasure 408 copies, 8 reviews
Silencing Eve 402 copies, 10 reviews
Shadow Zone 399 copies, 4 reviews
Lion's Bride 371 copies, 2 reviews
Storm Winds 363 copies, 2 reviews
The Perfect Witness: A Novel 331 copies, 10 reviews
Shadow Play 315 copies, 17 reviews
Live to See Tomorrow 314 copies, 7 reviews
Midnight Warrior 304 copies, 1 review
The Magnificent Rogue (Author) 286 copies, 1 review
Sight Unseen 270 copies, 6 reviews
The Beloved Scoundrel (Author) 261 copies
No Easy Target 257 copies, 12 reviews
Hide Away 243 copies, 10 reviews
Your Next Breath 236 copies, 5 reviews
The Golden Barbarian 236 copies, 1 review
The Tiger Prince 233 copies, 1 review
Night and Day 227 copies, 9 reviews
Shattered Mirror 223 copies, 13 reviews
The Naked Eye 219 copies, 8 reviews
Night Watch 212 copies, 11 reviews
Dark Rider (Author) 206 copies, 2 reviews
Mind Game 205 copies, 19 reviews
Look Behind You 196 copies, 9 reviews
An Unexpected Song 187 copies, 1 review
A Summer Smile 181 copies
Vendetta 171 copies, 6 reviews
Capture the Rainbow 170 copies, 4 reviews
Smokescreen 164 copies, 5 reviews
Dark Tribute 159 copies, 1 review
Double Blind 159 copies, 14 reviews
The Golden Valkyrie 153 copies, 2 reviews
And the Desert Blooms 141 copies, 3 reviews
Touch the Horizon 139 copies, 3 reviews
Last Bridge Home 120 copies, 1 review
Everlasting 118 copies, 3 reviews
One Touch of Topaz 115 copies, 1 review
The Persuasion 114 copies
Notorious 109 copies, 2 reviews
Always 108 copies, 1 review
Chaos 108 copies, 2 reviews
White Satin 104 copies
The Bronzed Hawk 103 copies
This Fierce Splendor 97 copies, 2 reviews
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The Bullet 79 copies, 2 reviews
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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.
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