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The Face of Deception: The first Eve Duncan…
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The Face of Deception: The first Eve Duncan novel (vuoden 2003 painos)

– tekijä: Iris Johansen (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Eve Duncan (1)

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An unidentified skull ... A trail of terrifying secrets ... And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth ... As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. Her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve's way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accepts work from billionaire John Logan. Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct--a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that truth goes to the grave ... even if Eve gets buried with it.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Face of Deception: The first Eve Duncan novel
Kirjailijat:Iris Johansen (Tekijä)
Info:Bantam (2003), 480 pages
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Digital audiobook read by Laurel Lefkow

First in a series starring Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor, whose job it is to create a likeness based on skulls retrieved from crime scenes. She particularly passionate about “finding” images of children, as her own daughter, Bonnie, was kidnapped and presumed murdered a few years before the beginning of this novel. But now she’s been asked by billionaire John Logan to work for him for two weeks, and an extremely high salary, plus an equally large donation to Eve’s favorite charity. The identity of the person whose skull she is given stuns Eve and explains why so many people are obviously trying to stop her and Logan from discovering and revealing the truth.

There are plenty of twists and turns and plenty of action as Eve moves from crisis to disaster to being chased and having her mother in danger. Political intrigue and power-hungry people with evil intentions further muddy the waters. Then Johansen throws in a romantic tension, with a push/pull attraction between Logan and Eve that just didn’t ring true for me. Plus, I wanted more about the forensics.

It held my attention and kept me reading – but I’ve already forgotten it.

Laurel Lefkow did a good job of narrating the audiobook. She sets a good pace and differentiates the characters enough so as to avoid confusion. ( )
  BookConcierge | May 21, 2021 |
The story is good, but I struggled a bit with believability some points. ( )
  Mike_B | Oct 22, 2020 |
This was my first Eve Duncan mystery, but I'm really looking forward to others. There were moments where I wished for just a bit more depth of character in the people around Eve, but on the whole, I really enjoyed this work and it was an easy escape to fall into. The plot and characters also felt fairly believable--and considering the premise, I think that's impressive in and of itself. I'm sorry I didn't start with the beginning of the series, but then, this was a nice intro., so I'd certainly recommend it regardless. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Sep 3, 2020 |
Eve Duncan took on a job as a forensic sculptor for a very specific reason. She had a little girl named Bonnie. Bonnie was killed by a serial killer who has since been executed. Little Bonnie's body has never been found. Therefore, Eve has made it her life's mission to identify those deceased. She does this by recreating their skulls, preferring to work with the remains of children and to then return them to their parents so that they can have the closure that she herself never got to experience.

John Logan is a billionaire who will stop at nothing to hire Eve to identify a set of bones. Eve is reluctant to work with the handsome, smooth talker who won't take no for an answer. It takes a very bold move from Logan’s enemies, enemies who know his true goal, to change Eve's mind. She knows being offered a ridiculous sum of money for relatively short work means something far more than Logan is willing to tell her.

Eve's job is to restore peace to families that have been severely wounded by murder. Instead, after entering Logan's world, she is faced with danger, murder and ends up fleeing for her life. When she begins to understand the depth of Logan's purpose, needless to say, she is extremely angered and begins to worry, not only for her life, but for that of her mother.

While on the one hand readers experience the depth of Eve's grief when it comes to memories of Bonnie, readers are also pulled into a world of political corruption and duplicity. When it comes to Bonnie, Eve has vivid memories that keep prodding her forward. With regard to the current situation, countless lives will be affected should Eve not succeed with what she is doing for Logan.

There are a lot of dynamics to be explored in this book. This part of the story is nothing short than amazing. For starters, Eve and Logan are working together. Then there is Eve's past and her relationship with her mother. Also, enter in another man, Joe Quinn, a former navy SEAL and FBI agent, and now lieutenant detective in their town of Atlanta, GA. Quinn's and Eve's past and current relationship is explored and this opens up a whole new level of intensity in an already tightly-woven, fast-moving book.

Another character that I enjoyed is Margaret, Logan's personal assistant. Her role in Logan's life and this story is pivotal and no doubt she will be a part of future stories in this series.

The Face of Deception is the first book in a currently 25 book series by Iris Johansen. Having received the newest book in the series, Smokescreen, for review, it seemed prudent to begin this series from the very first book. In so doing, I got to know Eve, and the other principal players, namely Logan and Quinn. Eve is a complex character, saddened by grief, but not broken. Instead, she is a powerfully driven woman who will stop at nothing when it comes to showing her skill and her dedication.

I so enjoyed this book! I am so eager to continue on with this series that I have practically come to blows with my TBR. I looked at one of Ms. Johansen's books last year, Vendetta, and had an idea that I just might like her writing. Yes, I was right. After all, reading of a forensic sculptor is quite the experience. I was put in the mind of the character Angela Montenegra in the TV series Bones. Ms. Duncan has done a fabulous job of creating Eve for readers to enjoy and I cannot wait to take another bite. ( )
  RobinLovesReading | Oct 25, 2019 |
Who writes like this? the dialogue is crap and the characters are whiny ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
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An unidentified skull ... A trail of terrifying secrets ... And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth ... As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. Her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve's way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accepts work from billionaire John Logan. Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct--a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that truth goes to the grave ... even if Eve gets buried with it.

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