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The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen

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This is the first Iris Johansen book I have read and will most likely be the last. Slow pacing and an unbelievable plot left little to be desired in The Face of Deception, the first of the Eve Dallas series.

As a young mother, Eve Dallas fought to stop the execution of the man who murdered her daughter Bonnie. Fraser was the only one who knew where her daughter’s body was located, and he took that information with him to the grave.

Now Eve, working as a freelance forensic sculptor, is approached by computer tycoon John Logan who wants her expertise in identifying the skull of a man who Eve eventually learns belongs to the president. The current individual in office is a double, posing as the real president. Eve calls in reinforcement in the form of her friend/police officer Joe Quinn as well as a slew of colleagues to help with the DNA evidence, which will prove their theory. However, it is a race against time as first lady Lisa Chadbourne is pulling the strings in office and will murder anyone who threatens her carefully plotted scandal.

I was so sadly disappointed in this book from a bestselling author. Perhaps I am the one with the problem, but this book just didn’t do it for me. However, I will say that she is good at character development and fans of Mary Higgins Clark will enjoy that aspect of her writing; I just hope that her plot formations have improved in more recent offerings in this series.

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