Iris Johansen Books

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Iris Johansen is a romance and crime fiction author best known for her bestselling novels. Born on April 7, 1938, Johansen did not launch her writing career until her children left home for college. Upon completion, her son, Roy developed into an award-winning novelist and screenwriter while her daughter, Tamara joined her mother in authorship but as a research assistant.

Johansen became an acclaimed novelist in the early 1980s. At the time, her genre of preference was strictly romance. However, she diversified and ventured into other genres over time. In 1996, she started writing crime fiction novels; a genre that she has propelled her writing career even further. In fact, her prowess earned her seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Her most acclaimed work in this genre and overall is the Eve Duncan series.

Order of Clanad Series

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1The Lady & the Unicorn 1983Description / Buy
2The Last Bridge Home 1987Description / Buy
3Across the River of Yesterday 1987Description / Buy
4Magnificent Folly 1989Description / Buy
5A Tough Man to Tame 1991Description / Buy

Order of Donovan Enterprises Series

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1Stormy Vows 1983Description / Buy
2Tempest at Sea 1983Description / Buy

Order of Reluctant Lark Series

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1The Reluctant Lark 1983Description / Buy
2The Bronzed Hawk 1983Description / Buy

Order of Louis Benoit Series

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1The Trustworthy Redhead 1984Description / Buy
2The Spellbinder 1987Description / Buy

Order of Sedikhan Series

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1The Golden Valkyrie 1984Description / Buy
2The Trustworthy Redhead 1984Description / Buy
3Capture the Rainbow 1984Description / Buy
4Touch the Horizon 1984Description / Buy
5A Summer Smile 1985Description / Buy
6And the Desert Blooms 1986Description / Buy
7Always 1986Description / Buy
8Everlasting 1986Description / Buy
9Til The End of Time 1986Description / Buy
10Last Bridge Home 1987Description / Buy
11Across the River of Yesterday 1987Description / Buy
12Star Light, Star Bright 1987Description / Buy
13Blue Skies, Shining Promises 1988Description / Buy
14Man From Half Moon Bay 1988Description / Buy
15Magnificent Folly 1989Description / Buy
16Notorious 1990Description / Buy
17A Tough Man to Tame 1991Description / Buy
18The Golden Barbarian 1991Description / Buy

Order of Santa Flores Series

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1No Red Roses 1984Description / Buy
2Return to Santa Flores 1984Description / Buy

Order of Beau Lantry/White Satin Series

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1White Satin 1985Description / Buy
2Blue Velvet 1985Description / Buy
3And the Desert Blooms 1986Description / Buy

Order of Delaneys Series

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1York, The Renegade 1986Description / Buy
2Matilda, the Adventuress 1987Description / Buy
3This Fierce Splendor 1988Description / Buy
4Wild Silver 1988Description / Buy
5Satin Ice 1988Description / Buy

Order of Wind Dancer Series

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1The Wind Dancer 1991Description / Buy
2Storm Winds 1991Description / Buy
3Reap the Wind 1997Description / Buy
4Final Target 2001Description / Buy

Order of Lion's Bride Series

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1Lion's Bride 1996Description / Buy
2The Treasure 2008Description / Buy

Order of Eve Duncan Series

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1The Face of Deception 1998Description / Buy
2The Killing Game 1999Description / Buy
3The Search 2000Description / Buy
4Body of Lies 2002Description / Buy
5Blind Alley 2004Description / Buy
6Countdown 2005Description / Buy
7Stalemate 2006Description / Buy
8Quicksand 2008Description / Buy
9Blood Game 2009Description / Buy
10Eight Days to Live 2010Description / Buy
11Chasing the Night 2010Description / Buy
12Eve 2011Description / Buy
13Quinn 2011Description / Buy
14Bonnie 2011Description / Buy
15Sleep No More 2012Description / Buy
16Taking Eve 2013Description / Buy
17Hunting Eve 2013Description / Buy
18Silencing Eve 2013Description / Buy
19Shadow Play 2015Description / Buy
20Hide Away 2016Description / Buy
21Night and Day 2016Description / Buy
22Mind Game 2017Description / Buy
23Shattered Mirror 2018Description / Buy
24Vendetta 2018Description / Buy
25Dark Tribute 2019Description / Buy
26Smokescreen 2019Description / Buy
27The Persuasion 2020Description / Buy
28The Bullet 2021Description / Buy

Order of Hannah Bryson Series with Roy Johansen

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1Silent Thunder 2008Description / Buy
2Shadow Zone 2010Description / Buy

Order of Catherine Ling Series

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1Chasing the Night 2010Description / Buy
2What Doesn't Kill You 2012Description / Buy
3Live to See Tomorrow 2014Description / Buy
4Your Next Breath 2015Description / Buy
5Vendetta 2018Description / Buy

Order of Kendra Michaels Series with Roy Johansen

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1Close Your Eyes 2011Description / Buy
2With Open Eyes 2012Description / Buy
3Sight Unseen 2014Description / Buy
4The Naked Eye 2015Description / Buy
5Night Watch 2016Description / Buy
6Look Behind You 2017Description / Buy
7Double Blind 2018Description / Buy
8Hindsight 2020Description / Buy
9Blink of an Eye 2021Description / Buy

Order of Eve, Quinn and Bonnie Series

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1Eve 2011Description / Buy
2Quinn 2011Description / Buy
3Bonnie 2011Description / Buy

Order of Iris Johansen Standalone Novels

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1The Forever Dream 1985Description / Buy
2One Touch of Topaz 1988Description / Buy
3Strong, Hot Winds 1988Description / Buy
4Wicked Jake Darcy 1989Description / Buy
5Tender Savage 1990Description / Buy
6An Unexpected Song 1990Description / Buy
7Winter Bride 1992Description / Buy
8The Tiger Prince 1992Description / Buy
9The Magnificent Rogue 1993Description / Buy
10Star-Spangled Bride 1993Description / Buy
11The Ugly Duckling 1994Description / Buy
12Midnight Warrior 1994Description / Buy
13The Beloved Scoundrel 1994Description / Buy
14Dark Rider 1995Description / Buy
15Long After Midnight 1997Description / Buy
16And Then You Die... 1997Description / Buy
17No One to Trust 2002Description / Buy
18Dead Aim 2002Description / Buy
19Fatal Tide 2003Description / Buy
20Firestorm 2003Description / Buy
21On the Run 2005Description / Buy
22Killer Dreams 2006Description / Buy
23Pandora's Daughter 2007Description / Buy
24Dark Summer 2008Description / Buy
25Deadlock 2009Description / Buy
26Storm Cycle ( With: Roy Johansen) 2009Description / Buy
27The Perfect Witness 2014Description / Buy
28No Easy Target 2017Description / Buy
29Chaos 2020Description / Buy
30High Stakes 2021Description / Buy

Iris Johansen Anthologies

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1 The Delaney Christmas Carol1992Description / Buy
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Iris Johansen Awards:

Ever since she became a published author, Iris Johansen has won multiple awards and gotten nominations for many others. The most notable wins are perhaps the 1986 RT Reviewers Choice Award for the novel “Always” (Bantam Loveswept category) and the 2008 RT Reviewers Choice Award for “Dark Summer” in the Suspense Novel category. In 1997 and 1998 she was an RT award nominee for contemporary suspense. Other recognizable achievements include multiple RT Book Reviews Top Picks (for “Night and Day”, “The Perfect Witness”, “Shadow Play”, and others)

Iris Johansen Books into Movies:

As mentioned already, Iris Johansen’s most praised work is the Eve Duncan series. This crime fiction masterpiece features a series of books organized in subseries. Of all the novels, her 1999 release “The Killing Game” has a film adaptation with the same title. The Lifetime Original Movie was released in 2011 and stars Laura Prepon as Eve Duncan and Naomi Judd as Sandra Duncan, Eve’s mother. The film’s plot does not deviate from the book’s plot. It revolves around Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor. 10 years after the mysterious disappearance and murder of her daughter, Bonnie, Eve is contacted by a man who claims to be Bonnie’s killer. The man offers sketchy but taunting clues that subconsciously bring out Eve’s obsession with the case. Now she has to gambles with her life and that of others in a bid to uncover the mysterious death of her daughter and the identity of the killer.

Best Iris Johansen Books:

Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan series is the most loved. Three of the most appreciated books in the series are:

The Face of Deception: first published in 1998, this crime fiction novel is the first of the series. After losing her daughter, Bonnie to a serial killer, Eve Duncan dedicates all her time and energy to her career. The forensic sculptor rebuilds faces from skull bones and her gifted hands have earned her a reputation as the best at what she does. John Logan, a billionaire uses his money to entice Eve into rebuilding a face. What she doesn’t know is that there are very powerful people who don’t want the skull’s identity to be revealed and they are willing to do anything to ensure the secret is safe. She soon reconstructs the face and discovers that it is shrouded with very dark secrets that might get her and Logan killed. Now they have to combine forces and use their wits and might to survive.

The Killing Game: a serial killer is on the loose and he has sights on an innocent child. He knows Eve Duncan is still in grief over the murder of her daughter, Bonnie. Her body has never been found and he knows that Eve will want to investigate the skeletons discovered at Georgia’s Talladega Falls just in case one of them is Bonnie’s. Let the game begin; Eve wants to find her daughter’s remains but the killer wants his ultimate prize – Eve’s life. He has a bunch of tricks up his sleeve and he is willing to use them like a chess master to lure the forensic sculptor into his trap.

The Search: this third installment of the Eve Duncan series was first published in 2000. Johansen takes a different angle and brings in Sarah Patrick who was first introduced in The Killing Game as the main character while Eve Duncan takes up a supporting role. Sarah and Monty, her golden retriever partner, are pulled into a search and destroy mission by John Logan, Eve’s billionaire ex-boyfriend after his research station that is based in South America is attacked and his chief scientist kidnapped. The trio manages to track and rescue the hostage only to find out that the sadistic attempts at destroying Logan have just started. Now Sarah and Monty are squarely in the war and have to partner with Logan if they are to survive the killer’s quest for vengeance.

When Does The Next Iris Johansen book come out?

The next book by Iris Johansen is High Stakes and will be released on September, 7th 2021.

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  1. I came here to see if Irish Johansen has more books besides the Eve Duncan series and boy, am I not disappointed. I can’t wait to dig into some of these other books to see if they’re just as good. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what to check out first? Specifically what I enjoy about the Eve Duncan series is Eve. She’s strong due to her painful past and is great at her job. Johansen does a phenomenal job of making her realistic. I recommend the Eve Duncan series if you are just starting to get into Johansen’s books.

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