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Dead aim, Iris Johansen

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Dead aim
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Dead aim
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Iris Johansen
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eng
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Photojournalist Alex Graham bears witness to disasters that we should never forget. So when a dam breaks in Colorado, she goes on site -- not only snapping pictures but also digging for survivors. Drawn off to a remote part of the site, she stumbles onto something nobody was meant to see: a man with a rifle, a helicopter crash, and an avalanche she believes buried evidence that the tragedy was far from natural. When Alex wakes up in a hospital with an impaired memory, she vows to find the truth -- and acquires a bodyguard whose checkered past has made him the target of an unseen assassin. But Judd Morgan is the only chance of protecting Alex from an enemy who never misses
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  • Post-9/11 security is put to the test in Johansen’s latest thriller. Photographer Alex Graham has worked hand-in-hand at disaster sites with search-and-rescue teams, and the tragedy in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, is no exception. A dam collapsed on the town, and during the rescue, Alex inadvertently finds out that the tragedy was not a natural disaster but part of an evil plot. The police and the FBI find it hard to believe an earthquake did not cause the accident but take Alex seriously enough to offer her sanctuary in a safe house, which she refuses. Soon the tables turn, and she’s the chief suspect in the tragedy. Her only hope for staying alive and uncovering the truth is Judd Morgan, an ex-operative wanted by the CIA. Crisscrossing the country in an effort to prevent further tragedies, they try to stay one step ahead of the law and the assassins hunting them both. Johansen’s latest heroes get help from characters introduced in No One to Trust [BKL S 1 02], and readers will stay up all night reading this cat-and-mouse chase, a reminder that terrorists are not necessarily foreigners. (Reviewed February 1, 2003) -- Patty Engelmann
  • Rendezvous Review: Alex Graham, a brilliant photojournalist, her friend, Sarah Logan and Sarah's Rescue Dog, Monty, are combing the ruins left in the wake of the collapse of the Arapahoe Dam. A heart breaking, tragic sight for all, Alex is supposed to be shooting the rescue and recovery effort but has put off her job to help find survivors. As the light begins to fade, Alex realizes she does not have much time left to take her pictures. She asks Ken, a helicopter pilot to drop her on the other side so she can get the best shots and he can return for her. Before she realizes what's happening, another helicopter lands and as Ken arrives his helicopter is blown out of sky. Men chase Alex, but she gets a way with the words "bury the bitch" ringing in her ears. The ground beneath her feet collapses and she ends up in the hospital, trying desperately to tell police that Arapahoe Dam was no accident. Her friend Sarah picks her up and on the way back to the site they are shot at. Sarah is hit. Sarah is billionaire John Logan's wife and he sees that Alex being anywhere near his wife seems to bring trouble. He calls his friend Sean Galen to find someone to protect Alex until they can figure out what's going on. Because Alex refuses to be put in a "safe house," Sean calls upon his friend Judd Morgan to keep Alex safe. Morgan takes the job for reasons of his own. Morgan is a dangerous man and wanted dead by his former employer- the CIA. Ms. Johansen brings back some of my favorite characters from earlier novels and I enjoyed revisiting with them. Judd Morgan is my kind of hero, deadly, tender, and determined and never makes excuses for what he does. It takes time for Alex to trust this volatile man even though she cannot deny the chemistry between them. Alex is a strong heroine who definitely believes that "right is right." These two make the pages crackle with sensual tension made more intense by the constant danger that surrounds them. The story builds to a breath taking, intense, frightening climax. I loved every heart-stopping moment. --Reviewed March 2003 by Pat Kersten
  • Heavy on verbs, light on adjectives, Johansen's latest fast-moving thriller offers lots of cinematic action, if not much to contemplate or savor. On assignment at a dam collapse in Colorado, photojournalist Alex Graham overhears a conversation between the conspirators who caused the collapse, which they disguised as an act of nature. When they realize that Alex has heard them, they go after her, and soon Alex's friend, Sarah Logan, is wounded in an attempt on Alex's life. Sarah's husband, John, a billionaire with political connections, believes he must hire someone to keep Alex safe. His contact is a man called Galen, a shadowy government operative, who in turn contacts Judd Morgan, a former military assassin who's been deep undercover. Knowing that Alex won't leave the dam mystery alone, and wanting to keep his own wife out of harm's way, John authorizes Judd to kidnap Alex and take her to a safe location. Alex persuades Judd that the dam collapse was a deliberate act, and that more sites are slated to be destroyed. The two team up to learn the identities of the conspirators, who appear to have ties to the FBI and the CIA, as well as to an assassin called Runne, who has his own agenda, and a Central American terrorist ring. There are chases and narrow escapes aplenty as Alex and Judd save the country—including the president himself—from violent mayhem. Some of the characters in Johansen's crowded cast remain murky, but the nonstop action and slick plotting won't disappoint. Major ad/promo. (Apr. 1) --Staff (Reviewed March 24, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 12, p57)
  • Tough-minded photojournalist Alex Graham inadvertently saves the free world.Calamity? Catastrophe? Alex is there, and she's all heart. On assignment to photograph rescue efforts after the Arapahoe Dam collapses, she puts down her camera and picks up a shovel to dig out a baby. Then she hops a helicopter to get to the unstable gorge above for some dazzling aerial shots—and happens to overhear the villains who apparently engineered the dam's collapse, waiting for their helicopter. Did they see her? Yup. Cut to the chase, without a second to spare. Alex eludes them but she's going to need some help. Enter Judd Morgan, sexy former undercover man for the Company, now in hiding to save his own skin, painting serene landscapes to soothe his troubled soul. He dresses as a fireman to snatch up Alex during a staged conflagration (mostly smoke) from under the noses of the bad guys. Could they be soldiers of Matanza, the Central American terrorist group? And is Matanza somehow linked to SeÑor Lotana, a disgruntled Brazilian scientist hoping to tap the geothermal power of vents that originate within the earth's very core? And what does that have to do with the bunker system now in place to protect the US president in the event of a large-scale terrorist attack on our leader and way of life? Well, if the Commander-in-Chief gets blown sky-high, there won't be anyone around to make reassuring speeches to a worried nation. Except maybe the Vice President . . . a sneaky Al Gore type given to high-minded environmental activism. Cut to the chase again as Alex and Morgan race against time to uncover the real culprit behind this complicated plot, and fight for their lives—not to mention truth, justice, and the American Way. Smoothly written, tightly plotted, turbocharged thriller, about a millimeter deep—but megaselling Johansen doesn't miss (Body of Lies, 2002, etc.). (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2003)
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Johansen, Iris
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3560.O275
LC item number
D43 2003
Literary form
fiction
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  • Women photographers
  • Dam failures
  • Conspiracies
  • Colorado
Target audience
adult
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Dead aim, Iris Johansen
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780553802467
Lccn
2002034256
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50645603
Label
Dead aim, Iris Johansen
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
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342 pages
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9780553802467
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2002034256
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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Imprint varies.
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50645603

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