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Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7)
Stalemate - Eve Duncan, Bk 7
Author: Iris Johansen
Eve Duncan has turned down the job twice already. Her skill and devotion in identifying murder victims and helping bring their killers to justice may be world-renowned. But Eve works exclusively for law enforcement and the families of the innocent, and the man on the other end of the phone is many things-none of them law-abiding or innocent. — On...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553586541
ISBN-10: 0553586548
Publication Date: 12/26/2007
Pages: 341
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 327 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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GeniusJen avatar reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 7145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I've been a long-time fan of Iris Johansen, especially the Eve Duncan series. Although STALEMATE is decidedly different from the other stories starring Eve Duncan from the past, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it--so much so that I stayed up until 3am to finish the book.

Yes, the Eve in this story isn't the saintly, never-do-anything-wrong Eve that many readers have come to know and love. She becomes attracted to a bad guy who, at least in the beginning of the story, is the mother of all bad guys. Montalvo, however, isn't what he appears to be--just, as it would turn out, the same way that solid, ever-steady Eve isn't just the pushover we've always thought her to be.

The action in this story is non-stop, with a great appearance by Galen (one of my favorite characters of all-time) and with a great new character, 19-year-old Miguel. Montalvo, I'll admit, is a very, very appealing character; whether he's being a bad guy who seems to kill without compunction or a sensitive man who lost his wife to a drug lord, you can't help but find yourself drawn to him.

I, for one, am hoping that Ms. Johansen brings Montalvo back for more stories. Whether or not Eve and Joe (who, by the way, acted like a giant, ego-bruised baby throughout most of this story) can get their relationship back on track, or whether Eve will allow her attraction to Montalvo to grow, we'll have to wait and see.

But STALEMATE is definitely not a disappointing read. Kudos to Ms. Johansen for bringing back an Eve Duncan who actually started to act like a real, fallible human being, instead of a perfect, wounded princess.
reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
The stories of Eve Duncan were taut and riveting at first, but now I think it's time she found her daughter's remains so she can move on and become a forensic detective who isn't haunted by the past. This book seems to set the stage for that, bringing in a new character who will surely reappear in future books, Montalvo. This book was pretty good, and the final 70 or so pages were riveting.
reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 74 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Iris Johansen is the kind of author that never fails to keep the story moving quickly, with unexpected twists and turns that makes the reader reluctant to put the book down! I am always pleased to see a book by Johansen that I haven't already read, and this book is as good as any of her previous novels.
CrystalRose avatar reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
While I usually enjoy the Eve Duncan books I felt like this book was missing something. The search for Bonnie seems to be getting overly drawn out. I think it's time for that chapter of Eves life to be put to rest so Johansen can further develop her character beyond just being driven by the search for her daughter.

While the story was interesting..I felt that it wasn't quite as riveting as her earlier Eve Duncan books. I found myself wanting to get to the end just so I could move on to another book. A decent book overall but I wouldn't say it was one of Johansens best.
reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Johansen introduces a new character in this book, Montalvo. He has a dangerous reputation as a weapons dealer in the Columbian jungle. She refuses him, twice, but he promises her Bonny. She goes to Columbia, and Joe follows her, bringing Galen. Eve finds herself attracted to Montalvo, and he definitely wants her. I love the way Johansen weaves our old favorite characters in with new ones. Great read.
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reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 10 more book reviews
A Colombian crime lord gives Eve an offer she can't turn down; help him by doing a reconstruction, & he'll help her find out what happened to Bonnie; an offer he goes to great length to prove he can fulfill.

I liked the book because they made the crime lord more than just a 2-bit criminal. He had depth, & morals & ethics. He may have been in a nasty business, but as they wind up with a common foe, he becomes neither black nor white, but another shade of gray that you find in life.

The only thing I didn't like was Joe's attitude in this book. Usually, I love how he supports her & is so into her. In this book, it seemed like he put his ego before everything else, & his heavy-handed demands were a real turn-off. Eve was aware of what she was risking, but she'd weighed it against the rewards, & deemed it worthwhile. Joe's threats to knock her out & force her back home where he could sit on her just smacked of too-controlling, too high-handed...& instead of putting him in a time-out zone, she was empathizing with his feelings. Fans of their romance & of Joe's heroic actions may be more willing to give him extra rope, but I personally was really disappointed in him in this book.

Overall, it's a book I'm glad I took the time to read, &, it hints that the crime lord will make an appearance in further stories, so...I think I'll continue reading.
reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 107 more book reviews
Great suspense with an interesting twist at the end.
bigshirl55 avatar reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 197 more book reviews
Eve Duncan is one of my favorite Iris Johansen characters. This one does not disappoint.
Marcee avatar reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 14 more book reviews
I did not find this engaging in the least. It was very soft read with a boring plot. Sort of like a really bad soap opera.
reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 102 more book reviews
A Eve Duncan forensics thriller. I always enjoy Iris Johansen books and you will too.
Angeleyes avatar reviewed Stalemate (Eve Duncan, Bk 7) on + 217 more book reviews
A very good book. I couldn't put it down. Captivating.


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