Iris Johansen Books

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 Beau Lantry Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Blue Velvet 1985 Description / Buy
2 White Satin 1985 Description / Buy
3 And the Desert Blooms 1986 Description / Buy

Order of Catherine Ling Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Chasing the Night 2010 Description / Buy
2 What Doesn't Kill You 2012 Description / Buy
3 Live to See Tomorrow 2014 Description / Buy
4 Your Next Breath 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Clanad Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Lady & the Unicorn 1983 Description / Buy
2 Last Bridge Home 1987 Description / Buy
3 Across the River of Yesterday 1987 Description / Buy
4 Star Light, Star Bright 1987 Description / Buy
5 Magnificent Folly 1989 Description / Buy
6 A Tough Man to Tame 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Donovan Enterprises Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Stormy Vows 1983 Description / Buy
2 Tempest at Sea 1983 Description / Buy

Order of Eve Duncan Series

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

Order of Eve, Quinn and Bonnie

# Read Title Published Details
1 Eve 2011 Description / Buy
2 Quinn 2011 Description / Buy
3 Bonnie 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Hannah Bryson Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Silent Thunder 2008 Description / Buy
2 Shadow Zone 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Iris Johansen Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Reluctant Lark 1983 Description / Buy
2 The Bronzed Hawk 1983 Description / Buy
3 The Forever Dream 1985 Description / Buy
4 The Spellbinder 1987 Description / Buy
5 One Touch of Topaz 1988 Description / Buy
6 Strong, Hot Winds 1988 Description / Buy
7 Wicked Jake Darcy 1989 Description / Buy
8 Tender Savage 1990 Description / Buy
9 An Unexpected Song 1990 Description / Buy
10 The Tiger Prince 1992 Description / Buy
11 Winter Bride 1992 Description / Buy
12 The Magnificent Rogue 1993 Description / Buy
13 Star-Spangled Bride 1993 Description / Buy
14 The Beloved Scoundrel 1994 Description / Buy
15 The Beloved Scoundrel 1994 Description / Buy
16 Midnight Warrior 1994 Description / Buy
17 The Ugly Duckling 1994 Description / Buy
18 Dark Rider 1995 Description / Buy
19 Long After Midnight 1997 Description / Buy
20 And Then You Die.... 1997 Description / Buy
21 No One to Trust 2002 Description / Buy
22 Fatal Tide 2003 Description / Buy
23 Firestorm 2003 Description / Buy
24 On the Run 2005 Description / Buy
25 Killer Dreams 2006 Description / Buy
26 Pandora's Daughter 2007 Description / Buy
27 Dark Summer 2008 Description / Buy
28 Deadlock 2009 Description / Buy
29 Storm Cycle 2009 Description / Buy
30 Everlasting & Tender Savage 2011 Description / Buy
31 The Perfect Witness 2014 Description / Buy
32 No Easy Target 2017 Description / Buy
33 Look Behind You 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Kendra Michaels Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Close Your Eyes 2011 Description / Buy
2 With Open Eyes 2012 Description / Buy
3 Sight Unseen 2014 Description / Buy
4 The Naked Eye 2015 Description / Buy
5 Night Watch 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Lion's Bride Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Lion's Bride 1996 Description / Buy
2 The Treasure 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Santa Flores Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 No Red Roses 1984 Description / Buy
2 Return To Santa Flores 1984 Description / Buy

Order of Sedikhan Series

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

Order of The Delaneys Series

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

Order of Wind Dancer Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Wind Dancer 1991 Description / Buy
2 Storm Winds 1991 Description / Buy
3 Reap the Wind 1997 Description / Buy
4 Final Target 2001 Description / 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?

Iris Johansen doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Shattered Mirror and was released on April, 24th 2018. It is the newest book in the Eve Duncan Series.