Blind Alley

Version: Abridged
Author: Iris Johansen
Narrator: Kate Burton
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: September 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of Firestorm, Iris Johansen, returns with a psychological thriller so terrifying, so relentlessly paced, it won't leave you time to catch your breath before the next shock comes. A forensic sculptor is locked in a deadly duel with a serial killer determined to destroy her--one life at a time.
Eve Duncan's job is to put a face on the faceless victims of violent crimes. Her work not only comforts their survivors--but helps catch their killers. But there is another, more personal reason that Eve Duncan is driven to do the kind of work she does--a dark nightmare from a past she can never bury. And as she works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, that past is about to return all over again.
The victim is a Jane Doe found murdered, her face erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn't just trying to hide her identity. The plan was far more horrifying. For as the face forms under Eve's skilled hands, she is about to get the shock of her life. The victim is someone she knows all too well. Someone who isn't dead. Yet.
Instantly Eve's peaceful life is shattered. The sanctuary of the lakeside cottage she shares with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and their adopted daughter Jane has been invaded by a killer who's sent the grimmest of threats: the face of his next victim. To stop him, Eve must put her own life in the balance and question everything and everyone she trusts. Not even Quinn can go where Eve must go this time.
As the trail of faceless bodies leads to a chilling revelation, Eve finds herself trying to catch a master murderer whose grisly work is a testament to a mind warped by perversion and revenge. Now she must pither skills against his in a showdown where the stakes are life itself--and where the unbearable cost of failure will make Eve's own murder seem like a mercy killing.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (15)

Blind Allry

Written by Nell Molloy on February 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Compared to her previous books, I find Iris Johansen's Blind Alley to be a bit lacking. In my opinion the plot became too convoluted and at times more science fiction in nature, and did not hold my interest because of that.

Blind Alley

Written by Anonymous from Azalea, OR on June 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I've read other Iris Johansen books before and have always enjoyed her story lines. This is not edge of your seat engaging, but interesting enough to leave me sitting in my car for several moments after turning off the engine. This is the first audio version of one of her books that I've listened to. The narrator's voices were a little confusing at times.

Blind Alley

Written by Anonymous on May 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This one was OK, but I like some of her other books better.

Blind Alley

Written by Van from Hampton, VA on April 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

You can skip this one. Iris Johansen is so touch and go. The one's that are good are really good(The Search, No One To Trust, Dead Aim, The Ugly Duckling...anything where I can get a dose of Galen or Judd Morgan) but when she tanks, it's a nosedive right into the Bermuda Triangle. I'm not just a listener, I'm a book nerd so I read a lot too. The Eve Duncan stories are so overly dramatic and overwritten, and the plots are very weak.

Well Done

Written by dlct on October 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

My first Johansen tale and it won't be my last. Well written, good character development, not a deep meaningful story but still entertaining. Fine narration too.

Loved it!

Written by Ann McLeese on September 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I enjoyed this book. I've read Countdown (the sequel) and others by Iris. She writes a great story and Kate Burton does a good job on the narration. I'm waiting for my next Johansen book to come in now!

Blind Alley

Written by Sherry Bryant on August 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Average Read. Not as captivating as most of Johansen's novels.

Blind Alley

Written by Anonymous on May 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I liked the idea of the book. However, I thought when everything tied together at the end, it would have been more substantial. It was entertaining, but would have enjoyed more depth.

Blind Alley

Written by Anonymous on March 30th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found the narrative difficult to follow, and the story was painfully drawn out beyond necessity.

blind alley

Written by Amy Davis from Richmond, VA on March 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good idea for a story, but it needed more substance. It was just ok, although I did finish it to find out what happened.

Author Details

Author Details

Johansen, Iris

Johansen began writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.[1]

Johansen lives in Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.