St. Martin's. (Eve Duncan Trilogy). Apr. 2011. c.384p. ISBN 9780312651206. $27.99. F
Shedding light on forensic sculptor Eve Duncan's (Quicksand; Stalemate) past, Johansen's latest thriller brings to the forefront the father of Eve's missing daughter. When Eve tries to find out if John Gallo had anything to do with Bonnie's disappearance, she ends up as bait in a perilous game between Gallo and dangerous ex-military men. Helped by her boyfriend, Joe Quinn, and CIA agent friend Catherine Ling, Eve escapes with her life, but the answers she seeks are elusive. Whereas earlier works danced around the details of Eve's personal history, much is revealed in this satisfying first entry in a forthcoming trilogy. If Quinn (Jul. 2011) and Bonnie (Oct. 2011) provide as much background and pieces of the puzzle as this one does, fans are sure to be pleased. The suspense and action will entertain all, even those new to the series.
VERDICT Essential for series followers and enjoyable enough to attract new fans. [400,000-copy first printing; see Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/10.]

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