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Brian Freeman has sold his thrillers in forty-six countries and seventeen languages. His debut, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar and Dagger Awards for best first novel. His second novel, STRIPPED, was published to worldwide critical acclaim. Brian and his wife live in Minnesota.
Maxim Jakubowski's view on LIEUTENANT JONATHAN STRIDE...
A small town American cop with a troubled love life whose investigations are invariably complex and gripping as he confronts scheming killers with a wild imagination. THE WATCHER is the 4th in the series, with THE BURYING PLACE out in September 2009.
Lake Wales, Central Florida. Ten years ago, a political fundraiser became a bloodbath when a hooded assassin carried out a savage public execution. Three men were massacred, casting a dark shadow over the Sunshine State. A decade on, history is threatening to repeat itself. The widow of one victim, herself now running for governor, has received an anonymous threat - a newspaper clipping from that fateful day, along with the chilling words 'I'm back.' Florida detective Cab Bolton agrees to investigate the threat against this candidate, Diane Fairmont: an attractive politician who has a complicated history with Cab's mother, Hollywood actress Tarla Bolton - and with Cab himself. But by doing so, Cab is entering dangerous waters. Fairmont's political party is itself swamped in secrecy - a fact that, unknown to Cab, has led one of its junior staff to start asking very sensitive questions about the death of a party employee. Both Cab and this young researcher, Peach Piper, are digging up the kind of dirt that ten years can't wash away. And as the powerful crosswinds of state politics swirl around Cab and Peach, and the threat of a tropical storm hangs over Florida, this whirlwind of pressure and chaos will ultimately unearth a poisonous conspiracy, and reawaken a killer who has lain dormant for a decade.
LIEUTENANT JONATHAN STRIDE - a small town American cop with a troubled love life whose investigations are invariably complex and gripping as he confronts scheming killers with a wild imagination. THE WATCHER is the 4th in the series, with THE BURYING PLACE out in September. Sarah Broadhurst's view... One of those lovely, psychological thrillers that harks back to an early case, digging up all sorts of surprises. I cannot praise it enough. It is the author’s fourth starring series character Jonathan Stride and it’s outstanding. With twists at every turn to keep you totally hooked, it is almost impossible to put down. Not to be missed. Comparison: Jeffery Deaver, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride series:1. Immoral (2005)2. Stripped (2006)3. Stalked (2007)4. The Watcher (2008)
An escaped murderer is out to wreak revenge on the woman who had him locked away, she just happens to be Selena Dial the private eye companion of Jonathan Stride. As you can imagine a suspenseful psychological thriller begins. Freeman really is a master of suspense and if this was a film you’d be hiding behind a cushion if not the sofa!! Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: Lieutenant Jonathan Stride; a small town American cop with a troubled love life whose investigations are invariably complex and gripping as he confronts scheming killers with a wild imagination. THE WATCHER is the 4th in the series, with THE BURYING PLACE out in September. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride series:1. Immoral (2005)2. Stripped (2006)3. Stalked (2007)4. The Watcher (2008)
Brian Freeman’s second novel keeps up the standard of his first with this chilling, suspense novel. Having moved to Las Vegas Stride finds life very different from Minnesota and the pressure is on not only in his work life but also in his personal life. Mixing suspense and sexual tension Freeman has given us another gem. Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: Lieutenant Jonathan Stride; a small town American cop with a troubled love life whose investigations are invariably complex and gripping as he confronts scheming killers with a wild imagination. THE WATCHER is the 4th in the series, with THE BURYING PLACE out in September. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride series:1. Immoral (2005)2. Stripped (2006)3. Stalked (2007)4. The Watcher (2008)
This debut novel from Brian Freeman will send a shiver down your spine with excitement at having found another great crime novelist to compare with the likes of Patterson and Cornwell. He has great plot-lines, plenty of suspense and a great new detective in the form of Lieutenant Jonathan Stride. A great new addition to the genre. Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: Lieutenant Jonathan Stride; a small town American cop with a troubled love life whose investigations are invariably complex and gripping as he confronts scheming killers with a wild imagination. THE WATCHER is the 4th in the series, with THE BURYING PLACE out in September. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride series:1. Immoral (2005)2. Stripped (2006)3. Stalked (2007)4. The Watcher (2008)
Detective Jonathan Stride returns in a brand-new thriller from internationally bestselling author Brian Freeman.When a freak accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a "e;ghost,"e; with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. What's worse, the man has a gun locked in the trunk-and it has recently been fired.The next day Stride learns that a Duluth college student has vanished and worries that the two incidents are related. But what would have put an ordinary young woman in the crosshairs of a man who has all the hallmarks of an assassin for hire?Stride's investigation of the girl's disappearance leads him onto the set of a film crew in Duluth, where a movie is being made based on a case in his own past. The actor playing Stride is Hollywood royalty, an award-winning icon who has charmed his way to the top of the box office.But Stride soon hears whispers that his alter ego has a dark side and, in trying to expose the truth, discovers that he has made a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to protect his reputation.
Hollywood has a dark side; and it will stop at nothing to hide it...When a freak accident kills a driver on a remote country road, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover the victim has a false identity. Alarmingly, a gun is found in the car--and the gun has recently been fired.The next day, Stride learns that a local student has also vanished. Could the incidents be related? But what could put an ordinary young woman in the crosshairs of a man bearing all the hallmarks of an assassin?Stride's investigation soon leads him to a film shoot based on his past. Whatsmore, Stride is being played by a Hollywood legend. But there are whispers his cinematic alter-ego has a dark side . . .The most gripping and explosive thriller yet from bestseller Brian Freeman. Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly, Joy Ellis and Kendra Elliot
The extraordinary first Jonathan Stride thrillerOn a June morning, thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city's biggest annual event: the Duluth Marathon. Then there is an explosion along the race course...Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the culprits. As social media feeds a flood of rumour, one spectator remembers being jostled by a young man with a backpack not far from the bomb site. He spots a tourist's photo and is convinced he sees the man who bumped into him.When he tweets the photo, Khan Rashid becomes the most wanted man in the city. But are the answers behind the Duluth bombing more complex than anyone realizes? And can Stride, Serena, and Maggie find the truth before more innocent people are killed? This powerful and gripping thriller from bestseller Brian Freeman doesn't let go, perfect for fans of Chris Carter, Michael Connelly and Mason Cross. Praise for Marathon'Gripping besides being a chilling reminder of what can happen in our divided society, the book is a fast, compelling read.' Publishers Weekly'With strong characters and a propulsive plot, this thriller races to a breathless finish before truth becomes collateral damage.' Star Tribune'Freeman builds on his torn-from-the-headlines story with a surprising resolution and a healing conclusion.' Booklist'Once you start you will sprint through the pages Marathon is a fascinating, captivating, and involving thriller/procedural.' Great Mysteries and Thrillers'A suspense-filled page turner with complex characters, misdirection, misinformation, and a manhunt through the streets of Duluth' Duluth News-Tribune'One of the top writers in the genre Freeman's Marathon is a firecracker delves into the topics that really matter - all within a story that never lets up.' Cemetery Dance 'A fast-paced and riveting drama that I could not put down the best book in this grippingly thrilling series.' Dru's Book Musings
On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city's biggest annual event: the Duluth Marathon. Exhausted runners push to reach the finish line and spectators line the streets to cheer them on. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured.Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy. As social media feeds a flood of rumors and misinformation, one spectator remembers being jostled by a young man with a backpack not far from the bomb site. He spots a Muslim man in a tourist's photo of the event and is convinced that this was the man who bumped into him in the crowd-but now the man's backpack is missing.When he tweets the photo to the public, the young man, Khan Rashid, becomes the most wanted man in the city. And the manhunt is on.But are the answers behind the Duluth bombing more complex than anyone realizes? And can Stride, Serena, and Maggie find the truth before more innocent people are killed?
Homicide detective Frost Easton doesnt like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Franciscoas seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaksFrost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankies controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memoriesand all the victims were her patients.As Frost and Frankie carry out their own investigations, the case becomes increasingly personaland dangerous. Long-submerged secrets surface as someone called the Night Bird taunts the pair with cryptic messages pertaining to the deaths. Soon Frankie is forced to confront strange gaps in her own memory, and Frost faces a killer who knows the detectives worst fears.As the body count rises and the Night Bird circles ever closer, a dedicated cop and a brilliant doctor race to solve the puzzle before a cunning killer claims another victim.
NINE YEARS It is almost a decade since Duluth said goodbye to its innocence. The city creeps ever closer to the tenth anniversary of the year in which it found itself both gripped by murder and united in terror; and during which the pillar of its community, DS Jonathan Stride, had his home and heart torn to ribbons by the claws of cancer. NINE LIVES Cat Mateo, an orphan with a knack of landing on her feet, has bid farewell to a life on the streets. This once-stray teenager owes her rescue to Detective Stride, the father figure she holds close to her heart. But Cat holds something else to her chest - a secret: the sheer power of which she could not possibly comprehend. A secret that, once out of the bag, will not just viciously scratch at Duluth's still-healing wounds, but will make DS Jonathan Stride wave goodbye to his convictions about the events nine years before, and say hello to his darkest fears.
Detective Jonathan Stride's first wife, Cindy, died of cancer eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride's relationship with his current lover and fellow detective Serena Dial. When Serena witnesses a brutal murder outside a Duluth bar, she stumbles onto a case with roots that go all the way back to the last year of Cindy Stride's life. At the time, Cindy and Stride were on opposite sides of a domestic murder investigation. Gorgeous, brilliant Janine Snow-a surgeon transplanted to Duluth from Texas-was the prime suspect in the shooting death of her husband. Cindy believed her friend Janine was innocent, but Stride thought all the evidence pointed to the surgeon-even though the gun was never found. Despite Cindy's attempts to help Janine, the case led to a high-profile murder trial in which Janine was convicted and sent to prison.During the current investigation, Serena finds a gun used in the murder of a woman connected to an organized crime syndicate-a gun that turns out to be the same weapon used to kill Janine Snow's husband. Two unrelated cases years apart suddenly have a mysterious connection. As Stride investigates the possibility that human traffickers are targeting women in the Duluth port, he begins to question whether he made a terrible mistake eight years ago by putting an innocent woman in prison-and whether he will ever be able to make peace with the memory of his beloved wife and give his heart to Serena.
Detective Jonathan Stride is back.A third woman dead in two months, and for the third time, Alison Malville isn't sure her husband was home all night.When the killer sends the usual photo of his victim to the press, she sees an item of her clothing left with this body, too.Could you believe your own husband was capable of murder? Would you turn him in?This gripping thriller from the acclaimed author of Spilled Blood will keep you riveted.
International Thriller Writers Award-winner and bestselling author Brian Freeman has established himself as a master of psychological thrillers. In Season of Fear, Freeman returns to the sun-drenched beaches of Naples, Florida, and the idiosyncratic world of Detective Cab Bolton.Attractive and popular politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband ten years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Bolton is assigned to the case.As Bolton struggles to penetrate the veil of secrecy surrounding the Fairmont campaign, he begins to realize that the death threat is not the only danger faced by the campaign staff. A desperate race against the clock ensues as Bolton tries to unlock the secrets of a poisonous conspiracy before nature provides the perfect cover for a long-dormant killer to strike again.
A STORM'S WRATH. AN ASSASSIN'S RETURN. As a fierce tropical storm swirls toward the Florida coast, the state's powerful political circles are experiencing turbulence of their own. The leading candidate for governor, Diane Fairmont, has received a death threat that promises to repeat a massacre from ten years before. Bad weather and bad blood await Detective Cab Bolton - who must withstand the malevolent cyclone in order to stop this murderous cycle.
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