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Body of Lies

Written by:
Iris Johansen
Narrated by:
Cherry Jones

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2002
6 hours 0 minutes
From Iris Johansen, the New York Times bestselling author of The Search and Final Target, comes a taut, fast-paced, and terrifying psychological thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the absolute limit–and beyond. This time forensic sculptor Eve Duncan finds herself matched against a killer who will challenge her skill, test her courage, and threaten her family.

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan deals in death every day of her life. It’s her job. And while it might seem macabre to some, Eve knows from personal experience that her work, giving a face and a name to the victims of violent death, helps bring closure to their families. Now that job is about to put not only her own life on the line...but the lives of everyone close to her.

It begins with a call from a high-ranking government official. He wants Eve to drop everything and come to Baton Rouge to identify the remains of an unknown murder victim. At first, Eve wants nothing to do with the project. She has finally found peace from her own tragic past, living a quiet life in a small lakeside cottage with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and her adopted daughter, Jane. But a stunning series of seemingly unrelated events is about to upset all that.

Suddenly, Eve’s hard-won new world is turned upside down, and she flees to Baton Rouge to take on the project of identifying the skeleton. Forced to work in secrecy, given only the sketchiest of information, Eve can’t help but wonder if the high-level security that surrounds her is meant to protect her–or imprison her.

She hasn’t even begun work on the reconstruction when the first death occurs. Someone totally ruthless, someone who can strike anywhere at any time, and with seeming immunity, is determined to put a halt to her work. Soon the questions–and the threats to her own life–begin to mount as Eve realizes she has stumbled into the heart of a chilling conspiracy.

There is only one person who can give her the answers she needs. And that is the dead man himself. To survive, Eve must put her life on the line to uncover the deadly secret of his identity and learn the devastating truth buried beneath a body of lies.
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Wow -- so many characters in multiple locales that I really needed a program to keep them all straight. This book wasn't as satisfying as the last Johansen tale I listened to. The plot was exceedingly far fetched, with really bad bad guys, really good good guys and a global conspiracy that's just not believable. Too bad because I like the Eve character and her little family. Just not this time.

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Linda Osborne

Excellent mystery! This book has characters with enough depth to make the reader care about what happens to them. I recommend it!

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Stinks. If I heard that the character shrugged or, he/she said something 'dully' one more time, thought I'd laugh. Silly paranoid plot that never made sense from the standpoint of the protagonist or the listenener -- I mean a secret society controlling world decisions who takes the time to destroy the life of a forensics expert? Shrug. The poor dialogue is a distraction. The the rivalry between the two men -- lol. Bottom line: goofy premise, dumb plot and poorly executed. And what's with the fake English accent of the narrator anyway?

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I could not respect the main character even though she was supposed to be highly talented. The good guys were low-classed.

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