Monday, July 29, 2019

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Smokescreen by Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan #25

Iris Johansen

Grand Central Publishing

Release Date:
July 30, 2019

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Book Synopsis:
In this pulse-pounding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeys to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack deep in the jungle--but she may be putting herself in more danger than she knows. 

A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan's doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers--many of them children--have been killed in a horrific attack by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve's help to get closure and begin to heal. 

But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill's plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive . . . 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with one of her most exhilarating and dangerous adventures yet in this "riveting" high-stakes thriller (Publishers Weekly).

Book Excerpt:


Jill Cassidy’s fingers stabbed into the mud as she saw the light spearing the darkness on the road ahead. The vehicle was going slowly, but they’d never see her on this side path. She had to get to the main road. But she had no shoes, and every muscle was aching, throbbing. She’d tried to get to her feet and walk as soon as she’d heard those bastards leave, but she was too weak. She had only managed to crawl slowly, painfully, through the jungle. 

She could do this, she told herself desperately as she forced herself to propel her body through the mud on the path. The pain wasn’t as bad as it had been when they’d first left her. Ignore it, think about the story. Always think about the story. It wasn’t the pain, it was the shock that was causing her to shake and feel so weak. 

The shock and this gentle, warm tropical rain that had started to fall just as she’d finally managed to pull herself together and force herself to move. Strange that warm rain could make her feel this cold. So gentle, she thought dazedly. Why on earth had that word occurred to her when there seemed to be no gentleness left in her world? 

The headlights drew closer. 

She had to get to the road before the car passed her. 

She tried to move faster. 

Early Praise:

"Riveting... Readers will keep guessing about the complex characters' underlying motivations as the plot races toward the stunning conclusion." 

 --- Publishers Weekly, starred review 

"In SMOKESCREEN, Johansen's Eve Duncan must outwit a vicious psychopath in the middle of the jungle. I really enjoyed this rip-roaring thriller." 

 --- Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author of Paradox 

"From thriller writer extraordinaire Iris Johansen comes a pulse-pounding excursion into a war torn nation, where forensic sculpture Eve Duncan heeds a journalist's call to assist in identifying a village's dead after a horrific massacre, only to discover more sinister plots may be lurking behind the journalist's call for assistance." 


"Propelled by a muscular narrative and elaborate subplots, Johansen's latest complex Eve Duncan thriller reliably pivots on the cerebral battle of wills among its robust characters."

 --- Booklist 

"SMOKESCREEEN is supercharged, combustible and totally addictive. There's no one like Iris Johansen!"

 --- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author 

 "A master storyteller, Iris Johansen brings characters to life like no other. A tension filled novel...her plot is intricate, her characters compelling. SMOKESCREEN is great fun."

 --- Robert Dugoni, New York Timesbestselling author 

 "Dive into the explosive world of Iris Johansen, where villains get exactly what they deserve and the good guys - eventually - win the day. That's a world I want to live in!"

 --- Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

"Johansen keeps readers on the edge of their seats."

 --- Booklist 

 "Just by seeing the Iris Johansen know [it] will be an explosive, unforgettable story." 

 --- Suspense Magazine

About the Author:

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 consecutive best sellers. Her series featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has sold over 20 million copies and counting, and was the subject of the acclaimed Lifetime movie, The Killing Game. Along with her son Roy, Iris has also co-authored the New York Times bestselling series featuring investigator Kendra Michaels. Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia.


  1. I enjoyed the books I tried by this author and I didn't know about this one

    1. That's awesome Melliane! Don't forget to enter the giveaway then:)

  2. Oooh, this sounds like a really good read! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. the story soud like i would read it and probly get in to the book i would not put it down

    1. That's great! I hope you get to read it and love it! Good Luck with the giveaway!

  4. Im getting back into thrillers and thos seems like a good book to add to my TBR

  5. I can't wait to read this one. The Eve Duncan books have been a favorite of mine for years.

    1. That's wonderful Michelle! Good Luck on the giveaway!

  6. This sounds intriguing. It is a pity I cannot enter the giveaway.

    1. I wish you could enter! It sounds like the type ofd thriller you would enjoy.

  7. Do you enjoy thrillers Lindy?! Cause I didn't know that about you at all!! I hope you entered the giveaway yourself. ❤️ TBH this sounds super scary... I don't think I would be going anywhere in remote Africa without a large crew going with me... And maybe not even then!!

    1. I enjoy everything, but my absolute favorite is anything with romance!

  8. It's been a long time since I've read Iris. I need to get back to her books because I've always loved them! :)

    1. Oh that's awesome Rachel! Good Luck with the giveaway!

    2. Just wanted to say thank you again for the win! :)

    3. You're Welcome Rachel! The publisher said she's mailing out the book at the end of this week.

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    1. I like the smoke! It looks neat how they did that!

  10. Sounds like a fantastic read!

  11. I love the suspense in the excerpt.


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