Jump right into Body of Lies

P.D. Workman
2 min readAug 10, 2021

How do you feel about S’mores? August 10 is National S’mores Day, so I have pulled together a sweet little post full of sticky s’mores and heroines and heroes in sticky situations. I’ll bet your mouth is watering already!

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This week I am just coming to the end of Iris Johansen’s Body of Lies, the fourth book in the Eve Duncan series. I don’t know whether I’ve read any of the other books in the series before, but it is easy to follow the characters and the action without having read the rest. There is plenty of backstory and explanation to allow you to follow the basic history of the characters.

Set mostly in Baton Rouge, this thriller is a great mix of mystery, forensic details, and heart-stopping action. I am still wondering whether to suspect some of the supposed good guys in this tale. It’s clear that there is a mastermind behind the plot and there are plenty of moles and informants, hinting at the fact that there is someone corrupt high up in the FBI.

I quite like the main character, Eve Duncan. A forensic sculptor, she reminds me a little of my Micah Miller, a forensic DNA phenotyping artist in Virtually Harmless. Both of them bring faces to both villains and victims, in an effort to bring killers and other baddies to justice.

Never underestimate women. I’ve known some that I’d rather avoid than come up against.

Iris Johansen, Body of Lies

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has been summoned to Baton Rouge by a high-ranking government official to identify the remains of an unknown murder victim. Eve wants nothing to do with the project. She has finally found peace from her own tragic past, living a quiet life with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and her adopted daughter, Jane. Then a stunning series of seemingly unrelated events turns Eve’s new world upside down.

Now, in a special government facility, she takes on the project of identifying the victim’s skeleton. But she hasn’t even begun when another death occurs. Someone totally ruthless, who can strike anywhere at any time and with seeming immunity, is determined to put a halt to her work, her life, and the lives of those she loves. Eve has stumbled onto a chilling conspiracy. There is only one person who can give her the devastating truth . . . and he’s already dead.

P.D. Workman

Writing riveting mystery, suspense, and young adult fiction about real life issues.