The Search (Eve Duncan Series #3)

The Search (Eve Duncan Series #3)

by Iris Johansen


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • He strikes without warning. He kills without mercy. He's only just begun. 

As part of an elite K-9 search and rescue team, Sarah Patrick and her golden retriever, Monty, have a gift for finding what no one else can. But their latest assignment is not like the others. This time Sarah is being forced to take part in a deadly mission . . . by a man who knows enough about her past to ensure her cooperation.

Billionaire John Logan's top-secret venture has been sabotaged, its facilities destroyed, and its handpicked staff massacred. The sole survivor is being held for ransom. Logan knows that the only way to save the man—and the secrets he holds—is to find him as soon as possible.

Sarah is furious when she is strong-armed into joining Logan on his search. And once she takes the perilous assignment, not even Logan's promises that she and Monty will be safe may be enough to protect them. Because a killer is devising a sadistic vengeance . . . and he may soon find use for Sarah.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553582123
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Series: Eve Duncan Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 62,102
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and No One to Trust. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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Barat, Turkey
June 11

"Get out of there, Sarah," Boyd yelled from outside the house. "That wall is going to tumble any minute."

"Monty's found something." Sarah carefully moved over to the pile of rubble where the golden retriever was standing. "Be still, boy. Be very still."


"How do I know?" Monty always hoped it would be a child. He loved kids and all these lost and hurt children nearly killed him. They nearly killed her too, Sarah thought wearily. Finding the children and the old people were always the most painful. So few survived these catastrophes. The earth trembled and the walls fell and life was snuffed out as if it had never been.


"You're sure?"


"Okay." She absently patted Monty's head as she gazed at the rubble. The second story of the small house had caved in, and chances of anyone being alive beneath the wreckage were minimal. She could hear no groans or weeping. It wouldn't be responsible of her to bring anyone else from the search and rescue team into the building. She should get out herself.


What the hell? Stop wasting time. She knew she wasn't going to leave until she investigated more closely. She reached for a stool and tossed it aside. "Go to Boyd, Monty."

The retriever sat down and looked at her.

"I keep telling you that you're supposed to be a professional. That means you obey orders, dammit."


She tossed a cushion to one side and tugged at the easy chair. Jesus, it was heavy. "You can't help me now."


"Get out of there, Sarah," Boyd yelled. "That's an order. It's been four days. You know you probably won't find anyone alive."

"We found that man in Tegucigalpa alive after twelve days. Call Monty, will you, Boyd?"


Monty didn't move. She hadn't thought he would, but there was always a chance. "Stupid dog."


"If you're going to stay there, I'm coming in to help you," Boyd said.

"No, I'll be out in a minute." Sarah glanced warily at the south wall, then tugged at the mattress until she got it to one side. "I'm just looking around."

"I'll give you three minutes."

Three minutes.

She pulled frantically at the carved headboard.

Monty whined.

"Shh." She finally heaved the headboard to one side.

And then she saw the hand.

Such a small, delicate hand, clutching a rosary...

"A survivor?" Boyd asked as Sarah walked out of the house. "Do we need to send in a team?"

She numbly shook her head. "Dead. A teenage girl. Two days, maybe. Don't risk anyone's neck. Just mark the site." She snapped on Monty's leash. "I'm going back to the trailer. I've got to get Monty out of here. You know how upset he gets. I'll be back in a couple of hours."

"Yeah, it's only your dog that's upset." Boyd's tone dripped sarcasm. "That's why you're shaking like a leaf."

"I'm fine."

"I don't want to see you take a step out of that trailer until tomorrow morning. You've gone without sleep for thirty-six hours. You know exhausted workers are a hazard to themselves and the people they're trying to help. You were incredibly stupid to run that risk. You're usually smarter than that."

"Monty was sure there was someone— " Why was she arguing? He was right. The only way to stay alive in situations like this was to stick to the rules and not act on impulse. She should have gone by the book. "I'm sorry, Boyd."

"You should be." He scowled. "You're one of my best people, and I won't have you thrown off the team because you're thinking with your heart instead of your head. You endangered not only yourself but your dog. What would you have done if that wall had fallen and killed Monty?"

"It wouldn't have killed Monty. I'd have thrown myself on top of him and let you dig the wall off me." She smiled faintly. "I know who's important around here."

"Very funny." He shook his head. "Except you're not joking."

"No." She rubbed her eyes. "She had a rosary in her hand, Boyd. She must have grabbed it when the quake started. But it didn't help her, did it?"

"I guess not."

"She couldn't have been over sixteen, and she was pregnant."


"Yeah." She gently tugged on Monty's leash. "We'll be back in a little while."

"You're not listening. I'm in charge of this search, Sarah. I want you to rest. We've probably found all the live ones. I'm expecting the order to pull out tomorrow. The Russian team can finish searching for the dead."

"All the more reason to work harder until the order comes. None of the Russians' dogs has Monty's nose. You know he's incredible."

"You're not so bad yourself. Do you know the other members of the team are making bets on whether or not you can actually read that dog's mind?" "That's pretty dumb. They're all close to their own dogs. They know that when you live with an animal, you get to learn how to read them."

"Not like you."

"Why are we talking about this? The important thing is Monty is unique. He's found survivors before when everyone had given up hope. He may find more today."

"It's not likely."

She walked away.

"I mean it, Sarah."

She glanced back over her shoulder. "And how long has it been since you slept, Boyd?"

"That's none of your damn business."

"Do as I say and not as I do? I'll see you in a couple of hours." She could hear him swearing behind her as she picked her way through the rubble toward the line of mobile homes at the bottom of the hill. Boyd Medford was a good guy, a fine team leader, and everything he said made sense. But there were times when she couldn't be sensible. Too many dead. Too few survivors. Oh, God, too many bodies...

The rosary...

Did that poor girl have time to pray for her own life and the life of her child before she had been crushed? Probably not. Earthquakes took only a heartbeat to destroy. Maybe she should hope that death had come quickly and the girl had not suffered.

Monty pressed against her legs. Sad.

"Me too." She opened the door of the mobile home for Monty. "It happens. Maybe next time it won't be that way."


She filled up Monty's water dish. "Drink, boy."

Sad. He lay down in front of the metal dish.

He'd drink soon, but she'd wait for an hour or two before she tried to feed him. He was too upset to eat. He never got used to finding the dead.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to ask all the idiots who are posting sex adds on book reviews to please get a life ??...I'm sorry that u r life is so boring u have to be pigs and beg for sex on book reviews ..but the rest of us decent people realy wish could pedal your wears somewhere else.
Bode More than 1 year ago
I give this book four out of five stars. The characters re-appear from the first and second books. John Logan comes in from the first, and Sarah comes in from the second. The plot takes place in a jungle, wich is really cool. The writing style of Iris Johansen is very good in this book, as well as her others. The book is original. The book cover kinda describes the book. The book is a little dramatic, and somewhat thrilling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really not into reading much and I never really have been, but I thought I would try it to help me out in college. I picked this book simply because the salesman at Hastings suggested it to me. And I can honestly say that this was the first time in my life I have totally enjoyed reading and have actually finished a book like this. It includes suspense, romance, and evil throughout the plot; and it makes you want to read more just to see what happens. I really enjoyed it and plan on reading more of this authors' stories.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Monty is a search and rescue dog who, along with his human companion Sarah Patrick, is dedicated to saving people from disasters. They seek survivors, but mark the locale of the dead. Manipulative billionaire John Logan knows the dramatic success of this team, having used them once before. He needs them again, but knows Sarah would never voluntarily help him. He manipulates the situation so that Sarah has no choice but to assist John.

A scientific research team working for John in the Colombian jungle was attacked, leaving everyone dead except an irreplaceable scientist who was kidnapped. John needs Sarah and Monty to locate the man so that his team can rescue the victim. The mission turns into a partial success as they rescue the scientist, but fail to kill the culprit. John knows that the perpetrator is his most deadly enemy, who will continue to attack him unless John kills him. John also knows that Sarah and Monty have been marked by his foe. He places them under his protection over Sarah¿s objection. The danger brings them closer together but they must live long enough to enjoy the feelings that are developing between them.

Fans of Iris Johansen will be excited by the lead appearance of the magnetic secondary character from THE FACE OF DECEPTION and THE KILLING GAME. The charming, manipulative anti-hero meets his match in the strong-willed, exasperating, but intrepid heroine. The complex charcaters enhance a rich, fast-paced story line that turns into a thrill a page. Readers do not have to search any further than this novel to find Ms. Johansen¿s next trip to the bestseller lists.

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Duvid More than 1 year ago
Finally Logan has someone to love in his life and Sarah Patrick is very into Logan and they eventually get along so well. I would read this again.
Palmaleggera More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite novel! I borrowed it from my mother who swore it was the best book she'd ever read and I have to agree with her. I bought a hard copy edition for my personal library AFTER having read it. The story is fantastic! Johansen goes from romance and comedy to death and mystery in the blink of an eye, keeping you on the edge of the seat and tuning the pages. It was a one day read for me as I couldn't put it down and once I'd finished I found myself wishing that there was another adventure for the main characters to go on. As a Dog Lover I adored Maggie and Monty! And there was just enough humor and romance to keep the darker parts light and enough murder and suspense to keep the fluff from becoming too much. You don't have to read the others in the Eve Duncan series to read this one. Until I found it online I didn't even know it wasn't a stand alone novel. This book is NUMBER 1 in my Must Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had a good theme to it. Its hard to stop reading it. The dog was a cute add to the book. It never gets boring.I love the ending
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Iris Johanson book, and I'm hooked. Tension and suspense throughout, full of emotion and heart. I love the dog, and I love the hero. It's time to go shopping for all of her backlist!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry to bash Johansen, but I felt like I was reading books written for a fourth grader! I would rather read something more mind stimulating. The Search was so drawn out and boring! I was disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johansen has captured all of the raw nerved excitement of life and death search and rescue work. Only a gifted writer can give a canine character of this depth. The plot is riveting, even if the author occasionally regresses to her romantic roots. A must-read for suspense fans, romance readers, and meaty character lovers alike.
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av0415 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the story much because there's no much story. In the beginning it was pretty okay but when the middle part approached it seemed that it became slow paced. I think it would be better if there were additional twists to occupy the reader's minds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book from Bookmans. Great book plenty of twist and turns.
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I enjoyed more of Sarah Patrick and her rezcue dog, Monty. The villain ws cefinitely weird. Overall, agood read.
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RoosterAA More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Mrs Johansen's novels and have really enjoyed them but this one was very disappointing.  All the ingredients were there for a really great novel but I was left wanting.  Both the characters and the plot needed "fleshing" out .  I felt as if the novel had been written in a hurry.  I will be reading more of her novels but unlike most of the other reviewers, I would not recommend this to anyone.
avid-readerCA More than 1 year ago
love the series, keeps you on the edge of your chair, later books in series are too short though so beware as costs only go up--still, am looking forward to next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book's amazing! I loved it.
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I would read again, I enjoyed the connection she had with her dog,good read.