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Face of Deception (Eve Duncan) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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After losing her beloved child to a serial killer, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan survives by focusing on her career. The best in her field at rebuilding faces from bare skull bones, Eve specializes in identifying missing children. When billionaire John Logan requests her help in identifying an adult skull, Eve--already swamped with work--tells Logan that she isn't interested. But when he volunteers to donate a large sum of money to a charity for missing children in exchange for her time, Eve reluctantly agrees. Logan neglects to tell her that there are powerful, desperate people who are determined to keep the skull's true identity a secret at any cost. Eve's gut instincts tell her that Logan is holding back vital information: Does the billionaire really believe that he's uncovered new insight into the Kennedy assassination? Or does the skull tie him to a mysterious murder? Eve's wildest guesses don't even come close to the stunning truth that she discovers when she at last studies the restored face. Now she and Logan have proof of a dark secret that could get them killed. And it will take all of their combined cunning and sheer nerve to survive. Well plotted, meticulously researched and spine-tingling, The Face of Deception is a fast-paced game of hide-and-seek, as Eve and Logan race to stay one step ahead of relentless pursuers while accomplishing the delicate, high-tech restoration for which Eve is famous. Leave all the lights on if you read this one at night alone. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While not as unrelentingly grim as its predecessor, And Then You Die, this suspense thriller?from an author who has successfully written historical romance with a dark edge?has its share of grisly scenes, beginning in medias res at the execution of Ralph Fraser, the serial killer who has murdered protagonist Eve Ducan's only child, Bonnie. To overcome her grief, Eve takes up a (notably icky) career as a forensic sculptor, making busts from the skulls of unidentified murdered children so that their parents can identify them. New trouble comes when computer mogul John Logan recruits Eve to reconstruct and identify an adult male skull. The job comes with unforeseen risks and political implications; various criminal figures want to keep the skull's identity a secret and are ruthlessly determined to go to any lengths to avoid exposure. Eve, who combines a tough survivor's instinct with emotional vulnerability, is led to fear for her own life and for the lives of her mother and dearest friends. Despite slow early chapters and stilted dialogue, Johansen makes an admirable effort to give psychological depth even to her villains, and her action scenes use terse prose to build tension. With the help of well-timed, steady disclosures and surprising revelations, the book's twists and turns manage to hold the reader hostage until the denouement, a sure crowd pleaser (since it promises a sequel). Major ad/promo. (Oct.) FYI: A 16-page excerpt of The Face of Deception will be included in the paperback reprint of And Then You Die, out in September.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Eve Duncan
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (October 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553456172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553456172
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,858,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dana Y. Bowles VINE VOICE on April 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I started with A Killing Game, which I believe to be the second in the Eve Duncan series...not realizing there was a prequel. This is the first of the series, and readers are introduced to Eve Duncan--forensic sculptor extraordinaire. She is struggling to accept the death of her daughter Bonnie at the hands of a serial killer. It is a struggle for Eve because her "work" is to bring the dead to "life" enough for them to be identified and brought home to their loved ones; while coming to the grips with the knowledge that her very own Bonnie may never be able to do the same. In this tale, Eve has been sought out by John Logan, a handsome billionaire businessman. He needs Eve to reconstruct a mysterious skull. Although Eve specializes on children, John makes her an offer that the cannot refuse..and she is drawn into a web of deceit and intrigue with stakes so high that Eve at first finds all impossible to believe. Deception and murder revolving around the Oval Office? And the perpetrators themselves are above reproach, which means that no one can be trusted.....

A decent mystery and suspense novel, I just found this intro to Eve Duncan disappointing. I found the main character annoying at best, and just never found myself unable to put the book down. However, this author redeemed herself in my eyes in book 2 (The Killing Game), so I will continue on with the series.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen is a book that keeps you constantly on the edge of your seat.
The book is about a Forensic sculptor whose daughter was kidnapped & murdered. She is trying to get on with her life when a very wealthy man asks for her help in re-constructing a face. But with the money he is offering and his status in society (similar to Bill Gates), there must be a catch...and there is.
You'll have to read the book to find out what happens from there. I don't want to spoil anything. But as I mentioned above, it's a really suspenseful book. Time flies as you're reading it. I haven't read Ms. Johansen before, I'm likely to come back to her. I guess there is another stoy featuring this character, Eve Duncan, I'll be sure to check that out.
It's not only the suspense that makes this a great book. First, it's a good subject, and written well. Many times writers have a great idea, but doesn't come to fruition. Ms. Johansen does it with finess. Second, the characters are very likable & believable. A definite plus. Lastly, the book is written at a satisfying pace. Not too long, or too short. Perfect. Which is also rare.
The Face of Deception actually would make a good movie...
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Remember when Hostess ran a recent add campaign where tubby swimmers and old ladies were preyed upon because they looked like Cup-Cakes and Twinkies? After which the poor sharks and bears (understandably disappointed) were left feeling unsatisfied because they were expecting yummy Hostess treats and got fat chicks who can't dress instead.
*clears throat*
Yeah, well, after reading FACE OF DECEPTION, I feel for those bears and sharks now. While Johansen's book started off interesting enough--admittedly showing real potential in the beginning--Eve Duncan was at best a second rate Kay Scarpetta, Eve Dallas, Stephanie Plum. She whines... a lot. Whining takes up a good 30% of the story so be prepared. Of course, when she's not whining, she's caressing her skeletons, giving them names and...'homes' (don't ask). And if that wasn't bad enough, (and that's pretty bad) there's also her touching love story that 'WASN'T', her inability to deal with anything she doesn't want to hear, and her annoying habit of relating EVERYTHING to her dead daughter Bonnie. If it hadn't been for a few intriguing plot twists, I doubt I would have finished the book at all. Which, looking back, might have been the lesser of the two evils since the ending was so... I don't know... wrong? Unresolved? And I couldn't help but feel a little GYPPED.
My recommendation? Read this book ONLY if you have enough money to also buy THE KILLING GAME as well. Otherwise, like me, you're going to be searching for 'missing pages' and 'hidden chapters' that your sure MUST be there SOMEWHERE because no NO ONE would end a book this badly and still get five star reviews.
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Eve Duncan, the finest forensic sculptor in the world, just can't seem to get past the grief of losing her daughter to a serial killer who was executed without disclosing the location of the body. As a method of dealing with her own psychological issues, she has chosen to help other parents find closure to their grief over the loss of a child by focusing her extraordinary skills on the identification of children's remains. Billionaire John Logan is a man who is used to having things the way he wants and working with nothing and nobody but the best. So when Eve initially refuses his request for her help in identifying a mystery skull, he turns the screws of manipulative persuasion by promising to make an obscenely large donation to her favourite children's charity. Of course, Eve cannot find it in herself to deny the children such an incredible gift and the game is afoot!

When Joe Quinn, Eve's long-time detective friend and confidante, digs a little more deeply into Logan's affairs, he and Eve become convinced that Logan fancies himself on the trail of yet another hair-brained JFK conspiracy theory and that he believes the skull, rather than resting in Arlington Cemetery where it ought to be, is Kennedy's. But as she applies all of her skills, art, science and technique to the rebuilding of the face that belonged to the skull, she discovers that the truth is far more horrifying and sinister than she could possibly have imagined. Logan, Quinn, Duncan, their families and their staffs are all in danger for their lives as a cabal that reaches to the highest levels of the government will do whatever it takes to cover up the truth of the skull's identity!
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