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4.00020920502092 out of 54.00020920502092 out of 54.00020920502092 out of 54.00020920502092 out of 54.00020920502092 out of 5 4.00 (4,780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iris Johansen Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Eve Duncan Series Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781415925614
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When it reaches zero, you die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen sets her readers’ pulses racing once again in this relentless psychological thriller of a young woman caught in a maze of secrets and stalked by a merciless killer. The countdown begins the moment you open this riveting novel that only grows more electrifying as the pages turn, more exciting as time runs out.

“Don’t kill her. She’s no good to us dead.” These words haunt Jane MacGuire after a shocking attack shatters her world in an instant. Was it a random kidnapping attempt or the countdown to something far more sinister?

Who is after her—and what do they want so badly they’ll kill anyone in their way? That’s what Jane is determined to find out, without the help of the police, the FBI, or her adoptive parents, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her husband, Joe Quinn, of the Atlanta PD—because whoever is after her won’t hesitate to hurt those she loves the most. Now Jane will go on the run with the only man who may be more dangerous than those who are pursuing her. A smuggler, a con man, and who knew what else, Mark Trevor had his own mysterious reasons for wanting to keep Jane safe and out of the hands of a killer obsessed with a two-thousand-year-old mystery that could rock the modern-day world.

Orphaned at an early age, Jane grew up the hard way, but she was given a new life, a loving family, and a chance to pursue her interest in one of the greatest archaeological finds ever unearthed. Now someone was trying to destroy that new life before it could even get started. The past is returning with the kind of vengeance that knows no mercy. The countdown has already begun, and it’s approaching zero faster than anyone thinks.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [A] thrill ride.... Action, romance, castles, bomb plots and a booby-trapped hideaway in snowbound Idaho—what more could Johansen fans want? Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daelith | 1/25/2014

    " This was okay but it seemed a bit long to reach the end. And then we still have an unsolved mystery. Guess that will pick up in the next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 1/12/2014

    " not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/28/2013

    " ugh this COULD have been so good. hot romance. life on the edge. then no, it turns into a terrorist plot and a really sad, unnecessary death (mike) to start. Worse, the romance NEVER DEVELOPED. there is only one instance in the whole book that mentions them ever getting together, and with no detail. the terrorist plot was just ridiculous and it fell apart too easy. the crazy brain washing guy was barely developed and COULD have been interesting. it seemed there were too many bad guys and none of them were developed. i liked the twist of mario being actually a bad guy and the twist of jane being macduff's descendant and the gold actually belonging to her fam. so much more could have been done with that. maybe there's more books to this to explain better and further develop the relationship but i won't read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayme | 12/20/2013

    " Kind of odd about the Cira thing but she weaves it all together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Thatcher | 12/20/2013

    " I loved it! I really liked how Jane grew in this book and became the woamn she was with Trevor. It was a real intersting twist on things in the ending as to why Jane looked so much like Cira. A nice fairytale feel wrapped up in this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/17/2013

    " This is one compelling read that features Eve's daughter Jane into Scotland for protection. It's a good sequel from Blind Alley. Lots of suspense and good action and romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Wright | 12/13/2013

    " I think it would help if you had read a previous one. A lot was assumeded from a previous book which I had not read. it made keeping up sometimes hard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme | 10/27/2013

    " A story about Jane! These books about Eve Duncan are such great thrillers for me. The romance entwined in the mystery is great for me. I like Ms. Johansen's Eve Duncan series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Hashii | 10/20/2013

    " Don't think this was the best book in the series. The ending was a disappointment, not sure there really was an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 10/12/2013

    " this is a good book.. scary but good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 10/12/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Eve Duncan; Jane MacGuire takes center stage in this continuation of Blind Alley, as the mystery around ancient treasure and the murder and mayhem a variety of players are using to get their hands on it concludes "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeymei | 6/27/2013

    " Not one of her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Cromwell | 6/26/2013

    " I completely enjoyed this book -- classic Johansen at her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha Quire | 6/14/2013

    " I really did like this one. Another installment of Eve Duncan featuring her adopted daughter, Jane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ez | 4/22/2013

    " It was an author I wasn't use to, yet her book did hook me and despite questioning some scenarios in the book I was left feeling content and happy with the novel as a whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 3/10/2013

    " As I said in a review of another book by this author, she is an excellent writer but I never became enthralled with this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Milah | 1/31/2013

    " Stupidest book ever. I like the author but her Eve Duncan series is just terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ihdamj | 10/25/2012

    " I really like this series. I have now completed all the books except the most recent release. I am on a waiting list for that. Love the character Eve. Must admit that I did not like that the last two books involved her "adopted" daughter more than her. Writers???? Who knows what way they go next? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/23/2012

    " This was the second time I read this book. The "shocker" at the end was still a shock! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 10/4/2012

    " Again Iris Johansen provides an entertaining plot with a lot of suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 9/21/2012

    " Great book. Jane gets her first real appearance and focus in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/18/2012

    " WOW! So far this has been my favorite book in the series. I love reading about a strong woman who can hold her own ground. This book has two woman who fit that description. Can't wait to see where Jane is taken next and I like Trevor too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 6/10/2012

    " This continuation of Jane and Trevor's story was not as good as the last installation (The Search). It had some promising moments, but seemed to fall flat towards the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 6/9/2012

    " Too much romance, not enough mystery, and too many unrealistic plot twists and turns. Sorry, Eve Duncan. You were brilliant at first, but your daughter annoys me, and you turned into a wimp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/5/2012

    " Totally awesome!!!! Keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Idyllwilde | 11/19/2011

    " How does this woman get published?????! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ebimoboere Boleigha | 10/7/2011

    " wasn't as fascinating as i expected it to be!!! Had too many characters(including necessary and unnecessary)coming in all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 7/26/2011

    " It might well be the best of the Iris Johansen books that I've read so far, and believe me, if you like courage, determination, self-preservation, confidence, beauty and grace all in one heroine... go look for Johansen's JANE MAC'GUIRE!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 7/6/2011

    " Not one of her better books, but still a good Iris thriller. I have actually read this one before, but couldn't remember what happened (which means for me it wasn't as great)....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Peter | 5/10/2011

    " Great mystery with unexpected ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 3/23/2011

    " These are just fun, quick reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/2/2011

    " As I said in a review of another book by this author, she is an excellent writer but I never became enthralled with this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Milah | 2/12/2011

    " Stupidest book ever. I like the author but her Eve Duncan series is just terrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2011

    " Excellent book about treasure buried by an ancient volcano in Italy - and a Scottish Laird and his castle in Scotland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 10/29/2010

    " What can I say I really didn't enjoy this book, But I got through it, by the skin of my teeth. Just couldn't get into it. The end was the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 10/25/2010

    " not one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 9/12/2010

    " great continuation of Eve Duncan series. Jane is very strong and has grown up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/8/2010

    " I loved this boook majorly! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 6/28/2010

    " Great book, fast paced with characters being on the good and the bad side. It almost leaves you wondering if there will be a sequel. Very good, page turner, lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/27/2010

    " I was disappointed in the last Johansen book, but wasn't disappointed in this one. An Eve Duncan-tale but her and Joe take a back seat to their adopted, college daughter, Jane. Fast-paced, sometimes "Indiana Jonesy" but with enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me interested! "

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About the Author
Author Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen, who has more than twenty-seven million copies of her books in print, has won many awards for her achievements in writing. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Killer Dreams, Blind Alley, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, Body of Lies, The Search, and many other novels. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia. 

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.