Iris Johansen


Johansen began writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of THE WIND DANCER. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She had 17 consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.

Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.

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Books by Iris Johansen

by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Before the experimental surgery that gave her sight, Kendra Michaels developed her other senses to an amazing capacity. Law enforcement agencies clamor for her powers of perception and observation. When Kendra realizes that an apparent traffic accident on San Diego's historic Cabrillo Bridge is in fact a murder scene, she rushes to alert the police. As the body count rises, a gruesome pattern emerges. Someone is killing people in ways that mirror Kendra's most notorious cases…and he is not working alone.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

When Teresa Casali was young, she discovered she had a strange gift: the ability to read people’s memories. But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected. She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller

Catherine Ling, one of the CIA’s prized operatives, faces a monster whose crimes stretch back 40 years. The job grows even more complicated when Catherine meets Richard Cameron, a supposed ally who’s clearly not telling all he knows. Their attraction is immediate, but Catherine isn't sure he can be trusted. If she’s going to rescue American journalist Erin Sullivan with a story worth killing for, she’ll need to keep Cameron very close.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

In TAKING EVE, the game began. In HUNTING EVE, the chase was on. Now, in SILENCING EVE, the prey is cornered. Will Eve Duncan survive? Will those she loves take the fall with her? And will the secrets of Eve’s past ultimately become her undoing? All these questions will be answered in a shocking, you-never-saw-it-coming conclusion.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

The stakes are raised even higher in book two of Iris Johansen’s new Eve Duncan trilogy as Eve battles the man who is holding her prisoner. Secrets about why Eve has been targeted come into the light, bringing her even closer to danger. With its cliffhanger ending, HUNTING EVE sets up perfectly for the finale, SILENCING EVE.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Jim Doane's 25-year-old son may or may not be dead, and he has only burned skull fragments as possible evidence. But he cannot go to the police for answers without risking his own secrets and dark past, so instead he chooses a bold step to find the truth --- a truth that takes forensic sculptor Eve Duncan down a twisted path of madness and evil and into the darkest heart of her own history.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it's like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen from her, she fought for closure. But now as she's striving to begin anew, she can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen --- or maybe already has. When her mother, Sandra, asks for help in finding a missing friend named Beth Avery, Eve is sure that she's hiding something.

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

The FBI doesn’t usually consult with music therapists, but Kendra Michael has perfected the art of picking up the most subtle audio, olfactory and tactile cues from the world around her. Former FBI agent Adam Kyle is a notorious master manipulator, skillfully handing criminals and colleagues alike. But now he needs Kendra’s help to find her ex, who may have run directly into the path of a serial killer.

by Iris Johansen - Thriller

When Catherine's old friend Hu Chang creates something so deadly, and completely untraceable, the chase is on to be the first to get it.  With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself pitted against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive the quest to protect those she cares about.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

With the help of her beloved Joe Quinn and CIA agent Catherine Ling, Eve Duncan has come closer than ever to finding out the truth surrounding the disappearance of her daughter. But the deeper she digs, the more she realizes that Bonnie’s father is a key player in solving this monstrous puzzle.

by Iris Johansen - Fiction, Thriller


As a former Navy SEAL turned cop, Joe Quinn has seen the face of evil. When he first met Eve Duncan, he never expected to fall in love in the midst of her  tragedy. As their search takes them deep into a web of murder and madness, Joe and Eve must test their resolve to uncover the bone-chilling truth.