Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, Book 5) by Iris Johansen

By Iris Johansen

The hot York occasions bestselling writer of Firestorm, Iris Johansen, returns with a mental mystery so terrifying, so relentlessly paced, it won’t depart you time to trap your breath ahead of the following surprise comes. A forensic sculptor is locked in a perilous duel with a serial killer made up our minds to break her—one existence at a time.

Eve Duncan’s task is to place a face at the faceless sufferers of violent crimes. Her paintings not just comforts their survivors—but is helping capture their killers. yet there's one other, extra own cause that Eve Duncan is pushed to do the type of paintings she does—a darkish nightmare from a prior she will by no means bury. And as she works at the cranium of a newly chanced on sufferer, that prior is set to come in every single place again.

The sufferer is a Jane Doe discovered murdered, her face erased past acceptance. yet whoever killed her wasn’t simply attempting to disguise her id. The plan used to be way more frightening. For because the face kinds lower than Eve’s expert fingers, she is ready to get the surprise of her lifestyles. The sufferer is a person she understands all too good. an individual who isn’t useless. Yet.

Instantly Eve’s peaceable lifestyles is shattered. The sanctuary of the lakeside cottage she stocks with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and their followed daughter Jane has been invaded through a killer who’s despatched the grimmest of threats: the face of his subsequent sufferer. to prevent him, Eve needs to placed her personal lifestyles within the stability and query every thing and everybody she trusts. now not even Quinn can move the place Eve needs to move this time.

As the path of faceless our bodies results in a chilling revelation, Eve unearths herself attempting to seize a grasp assassin whose grisly paintings is a testomony to a brain warped by way of perversion and revenge. Now she needs to pit her abilities opposed to his in a showdown the place the stakes are lifestyles itself—and the place the insufferable price of failure will make Eve’s personal homicide appear like a mercy killing.

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