An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller
Large Print Edition
By Iris Johansen
Thorndike Press (2009), 419 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - June 30, 2010
Iris Johansen's books contain supernatural events, such as revelations through dreams, daytime appearances of the dead, and the like, and strong people, especially women. In this thriller, the focus is on Eve Duncan, whose daughter Bonnie disappeared in an earlier book; Eve knows Bonnie is dead because Bonnie visits her from time to time to calm her. It also has an ER physician with the unnatural power to cause people's potential psychic abilities to become active when they touch her. Thus when Joe Quinn, Eve's detective husband, who touched the physician, is investigating a murder, he is visited on the murder site by the dead victim.
Eve is pursued in this adventure by a crazed serial killer who is determined to draw her blood and add her to his gruesome list of victims. He feels that he needs Eve's blood because of her superior strength of character. Eve is helped by the previously-mentioned people, as well as her adopted daughter, the brilliant artist Jane MacGuire who is unusually protective of Eve, and the powerful criminal Montalvo, who has multiple connections, who is attracted to Eve, whose life Joe once saved, who wants to be Joe's best friend, and who causes Joe no end of anguish and jealousy. And, for the first time, we are introduced to Seth Caleb, probably the strongest of them all, a man who also has mysterious powers, who will appear in future Johansen books.
The killer breaches the security system in Eve's house while she is absent and leaves an ancient goblet filled with blood. He had just killed the lovely nineteen year old daughter of a US senator simply because he needed to relieve himself while waiting to draw Eve's blood. Eve is disturbed because of the death of the young woman, the threat to her own life, and her feeling that the killer was the one who killed Bonnie. He would know where Bonnie's body lies. She wants to "bring Bonnie's body home" and lay it to rest.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.