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Blood Game: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller (Eve Duncan Forensics Thrillers) Hardcover – October 20, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Eve Duncan Forensics Thrillers (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312368127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368128
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Johansen's latest Eve Duncan forensics thriller features an all-too-mortal vampire. Fresh off a multiple child homicide case (Quicksand), Eve discovers a blood-stained goblet in her refrigerator. The goblet closely resembles one found with the bloodless body of Nancy Jo Norris, a U.S. senator's 19-year-old daughter, the victim of a wannabe Dracula who ultimately thirsts for Eve. In a paranormal twist, Joe Quinn, Eve's FBI love interest, appears to have contracted psychic powers from Megan Blair, introduced in Pandora's Daughter, and can now see dead people—Nancy Jo and Eve's daughter, Bonnie, to be exact. The ghosts guide the search for the serial sucker, complete with corny gothic monologues. Johansen risks alienating some readers as the series slips deeper into the supernatural, but diehards will be pleased Eve at last finds some peace in her ever-growing bond with Joe. 500,000 first printing.(Oct.)
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“You’ll want to keep the lights on while reading!”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Blood Game

 “Johansen is becoming a master of the macabre and paranormal thriller, and her latest riveting Eve Duncan tale has it all, from ghosts and secret cults to supernatural avengers.” —Booklist on Blood Game

“Readers won’t soon forget either the enigmatic hero or the monstrous villain. This one’s chilling to the bone!”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Deadlock

“Johansen’s knack for delivering robust action and commanding characters kicks into high gear.”—Booklist on Dark Summer

“Action-packed, adrenaline-fueled…will keep [you] eagerly turning the pages.”—Publishers Weekly on Quicksand

“Keeping the tension high and the pace relentless, prolific and compelling Johansen adds depth to her popular characters as she continues this suspenseful series.”—Booklist on Quicksand

“Bestselling author Johansen captivates readers with her latest suspense thriller…the suspense escalates toward an explosive conclusion.”—Library Journal on Pandora’s Daughter

“An exhilarating thriller…suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”—Booklist on Pandora’s Daughter

“A fast-paced, non-stop, clever plot in which Johansen mixes political intrigue, murder, and suspense.”—USA Today on The Face of Deception
 

“thrill ride…Action, romance, castles, bomb plots and booby-trapped hideaway in snowbound Idaho—what more could Johansen fans want?”—Publishers Weekly on Countdown
 

“Intriguing suspense…her new tale will please both fans and new converts.”—Booklist on Blind Alley
 

“Thoroughly gripping and with a number of shocking plot twists…packed all the right elements into this latest work: intriguing characters; creepy, crazy villain; a variety of exotic locations.”
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More About the Author

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Customer Reviews

To me, this book was too unrealistic.
ThisThatNEverything
I have wanted to know what happens to Bonnie since this series started, but I am honestly wondering if I should even bother with the last book.
Tory
Now, when a murder victim speaks to Eve's love Joe Quinn, the dynamics change - the victim speaks of Bonnie to Joe.
ellen

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. Stinson VINE VOICE on August 1, 2009
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BLOOD GAMES: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller by Iris Johansen is a nice diversion from her regular fare, mixing suspense, the occult, and a touch of vampiric overtones.

Forensic pathologist Eve Duncan lost her daughter, Bonnie, years ago to a serial killer, never knowing where he buried her. Kevin Jelak, the serial killer, was never caught, yet is still enamored with Duncan. Tied up with a mystical 14th century cult, Jelak fancies himself some sort of god-like man, needing "kills" in order to complete his "resurrection." He sets his sites on Eve because he believes strong women like her enhance his powers.

While a bit of a departure from Johansen's other novels, it's an entertaining and interesting diversion for anyone interested in vampiric thrillers.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Irishman65 on August 4, 2009
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Eve Duncan is one of Johansen's strongest characters who has a touch of mystery/paranormal because of her connection to her deceased daughter Bonnie. One of the best features of these novels has been the realism her partner Joe Quinn brings to the novels to maintain a balance between real and surreal. While I enjoyed the evolution of their relationship from perfection to some obstacles; Joe is changed in a fundamental way that essentially changes how the reader relates to the character. While I felt the dialogue worked, I was bothered by the departure from the plot elements that make the Eve Duncan books work such as leaving the sculpting of a lost child unresolved, something the character would normally not tolerate. A minor character, Norris became more realistic to me than Quinn or Caleb. I wish Johanson had written a quasi-vampire paranormal novel with new characters rather than evolve the Eve Duncan series this way. All that being said, the writing held me at the end and the beginning and I like how their adopted daughter Jane has progressed as a character. I'm hoping for a more realistic approach to the next entry in this series but you need to read this one to follow along.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Hutchinson on October 31, 2009
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At the end of the last Eve Duncan novel, Joe Quinn, Eve's lover, finally "sees" Eve's murdered daughter, Bonnie. I thought, "wow", Eve and Joe can finally get together on this issue and both realize that they can see and talk with Bonnie. Maybe this would relieve Joe's antagonism toward Bonnie, who is Eve's obsession. But what happens, Ms Johansen skirts the issue and is going to make us wait until next year to, hopefully, resolve this issue. Ths is such a cop-out. And this story just didn't do it for me. It was dull and truly gory. Iris Johansen needs to upgrade her dialogue because I swear you can go from book to book and find pretty much the same conversations. Joe is always curt, in fact he was so constantly curt in this book that he was almost unlikeable and I like him more than Eve.

And Am I the only one who thinks Jane has grown up too fast? If she is, say 24 in this book, then Eve and Joe have been together around 12 years! The time element doesn't make sense to me. And why haven't Eve and Joe gotten married by now? The way Joe loves Eve, I can't believe he wouldn't want them to be married.

The key characters in this book, Jelak and Caleb, I found to be uninteresting, too cookie cutter to be realistic. And Joe, of all people, becoming psychic?? Doesn't add up. There was little to no romance in this novel, only tension between everyone. The plot was too formulaic to be very interesting with little action and a lot of talking. And why did Montalvo have to be included in this book? He had no role other than to illustrate how easily Eve forms bonds with people: she now has a "bond" with Caleb. I guess he will keep showing up in future books.

I think Ms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gamer on August 11, 2009
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I usually like her stories but I read 50 pages and couldn't read anymore. The characters were the same as other Eve Duncan books but what they did to Joe was unbelievable and made me laugh which wasn't the idea. I suggest you take this out from the library if you want to give it a chance. I was greatly disappointed in the book.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on August 11, 2009
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I've been a fan of the Eve Duncan series, but the last few books began to lose me. This one finished me off. If you weren't interested in the slant the books have taken since Stalemate, there is nothing here to change your mind. However, if Pandora's Daughter and Quicksand appealed to you, you'll be happy indeed. Blood Game fully embraces paranormal, bringing psychics to the forefront. There isn't much romance in Blood Game, nor much of Eve unless she's being used as a conduit to bring in a cameo appearance. Just about everyone who has touched the series either shows up, is alluded to, or makes a phone call in to mention another character.

It's frustrating, since the series was once grounded in realism and the effect of grief on Eve and her relationships. The focus of Blood Game is more on the serial killer du jour and having Joe Quinn experience paranormal events. A surprising number of characters make walk on appearances, so many that by the time Eve tells one she senses "we've not seen the last of you yet" and another tells her "you know he never had Bonnie" it's not a surprise, but a threat. This series will not resolve. It has strayed too far from a grieving mother and her lost daughter to be reclaimed. Bonnie being found would be pointless by now, Eve understanding how Bonnie's murder changed her and embracing her mission to help other families with a clear eye isn't going to happen.

Blood Game begins with conflict between Eve and Joe that has no weight. As soon as the conflict arises, we're assured over and over that Joe won't ever leave Eve.
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