Iris Johansen's first published novel was 1983's "Stormy Vows," followed by "Tempest at Sea," "The Reluctant Lark," "The Bronzed Hawk" and "The Lady and the Unicorn." As of June 2015, Iris Johansen has published over 80 novels.
Many of Iris Johansen's earlier books are classified as romance novels. These include titles such as "The Trustworthy Redhead," "Return to Santa Flores," "No Red Roses" and "Capture a Rainbow." While each of these novels centers around a different set of characters, they all express themes of forbidden love and eroticism.
1984's "The Golden Valkyrie" and 1986's "Everlasting" are some early examples of Iris Johansen novels that focused on drama and intrigue rather than pure romance. While these novels include romantic tension between the main characters, their plots center more around dramatic events, such as crime, terrorism and assassination plots.
Following her 1996 novel, "The Ugly Duckling," Johansen began primarily writing crime fiction novels. These novels usually have female lead characters. Novels in this category include "Long After Midnight," "And Then You Die," "The Face of Deception" and "The Killing Game." Johansen released a trilogy of crime novels in 2013. The novels follow a forensic sculptor named Eve Duncan as she is taken prisoner by a mysterious man.