Dead Aim

Version: Abridged
Author: Iris Johansen
Narrator: Kate Burton
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: April 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 15 minutes
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with an electrifying and all-too-plausible thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the maximum and never lets up. From the tense opening scene to the final explosive page, Johansen delivers a knockout novel, as an unlikely pair of allies must expose a team of killers hiding behind an unspeakable act of terror--and risk ending up their next target.

She witnesses death through the eye of her camera. Now a relentless killer is focused on her. A celebrated photojournalist, Alex Graham has seen it all--but her latest assignment has forced her across a dangerous line. What happens when a reporter does more than just report? She has recorded some of the most tragic and heartbreaking of catastrophes, everything from natural disasters to infamous acts of terror. Her experiences have left her forever marked with the human side of tragedy. So when a dam breaks in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, Alex is once more at the site doing more than just snapping pictures--she is in the mud with a shovel digging for survivors.

What happens when the reporter becomes the story? Alex finds more than she bargained for. In one terrible instant, she is witness to a conspiracy that will stun a nation. The official story is just a cover-up for a truth so frightening, so unthinkable, anyone who threatens to reveal it must be silenced. Forever. And now that someone is Alex Graham.

The first attempt on her life is swift and brutal. Only barely escaping, she finds an ally in an improbable source. Billionaire financier John Logan has his own reasons for protecting Alex, and these reasons alone are likely to get her killed. Using his vast connections and influences, Logan assigns a bodyguard to protect her. Judd Morgan is the best covert commando in the business, and if anyone can keep Alex safe, it's this quietly dangerous man. The problem is, Alex doesn't want to be kept safe by Judd, whose checkered past has made him the target of an unseen assassin who dogs his every step.

Reviews (5)

Another Weird Heroine

Written by BJ on September 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Iris Johansen's books used to be a guilty pleasure for me. Now I'm sad to say that I won't be picking anymore up to read. I don't think she has realized that it is OK for a strong female character to permit the male in her life to help her. Ms. Johansen allows the heroine to make what I would consider stupid errors in judgement just to prove how independent the character is. This seems to be a recurring theme in her recent books. She had the same problem in Countdown. What I'd like to see is that the heroine and the man in her life work together to save the day instead of the lady going off and doing it on her own (putting herself in jeopardy and having to be saved!!) in spite of the guy. Everybody likes a good suspense story. Though what we shouldn't have to suspend is belief.

Dead Aim

Written by Anonymous on August 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Preferred the book. Would have liked to had heard it in an unabridged version.

Dead Aim

Written by Robin on August 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book was very good. Wasn't very happy with some of the language in it. The book kept me listening till I finished.

Dead Aim

Written by J Tillman from Gilbert, AZ on November 29th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Packed it in midway through the first CD. I find "light" fiction that wants to use terrorism and 911as a plot structure to be offensive - I'm not sufficiently removed from the events yet to want them trivialized in that manner. If this were poetry or serious literature, where the author was helping us to explore the events and our reactions, that would be different. Beyond that, it just seemed trite and boring.

Dead Aim

Written by Anonymous on November 19th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting premise but too long in telling. I was definitely bored in spots though I did manage to listen to the entire book.

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.