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The Watcher

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Maxim Jakubowski's view...

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)

If you like Brian Freeman you might also like to read books by Linwood Barclay, Stuart MacBride and Dennis Lehane.

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Synopsis

The Watcher by Brian Freeman

A stunning, clever and unputdownable new Minnesota-based thriller from the masterful pen of a future giant. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride has never forgotten the case that made him decide to join the police force. Back in the 1970s, Laura -- sister of Stride's girlfriend -- was murdered.

The obvious suspect was a vagrant, who slipped through the hands of the police, including Stride's detective hero Roy. Now, though, Stride's looking at the case in a new light. Tish Verdure, an old friend of Laura's, has come home: and she's certain that the killer was a local boy, now an attorney with connections at the highest level.

Stride's soon convinced that there was a deliberate decision to direct the investigation towards a simple solution and away from Tish's suggested perpetrator: but he's also convinced that Tish is hiding a secret about the past. A secret that could have shattering consequences -- including a second murder...

Reviews

'This is a real page turner, with believable characters and some nice twists and changes of pace' * Sun Herald, Australia * 'Clever and classy' * Gold Coast Bulletin, Australia * 'An author returns to her home town to write a book about a 30-year-old unsolved murder and stumbles into more than she'd bargained for. The result is gripping, with the right balance of all those things that make a successful thriller - strong characters, believable plot and plenty of tension' * Herald Sun, Australia * 'With not one but two breathtaking climaxes, Freeman delivers a tale of intrigue and anguish. Lyrical descriptions of Minnesota's wild weather add another element to a mesmerizing mix' * The Advertiser, South Australia * 'The writer finishes each chapter with a dramatic sentence that compels you to turn the next page to the final gripping conclusion' * Launceston Examiner, Australia * '...gripping, with the right balance of all those things that make a successful thriller - strong characters, believable plot and plenty of tension' * Herald Sun, Australia * 'Powered by darkly poetic atmopherics and deep character development... this harrowing and heartrending novel will leave readers guessing until the very last pages' * Publishers Weekly * 'His most ambitious - and accomplished - work to date' * Publishers Weekly * 'Edgar-finalist Freeman's fourth thriller to feature Duluth, Minn., police lieutenant Jonathan Stride (after Stalked) may be his most ambitious--and accomplished--work to date. As the title suggests, even those involved in the closest relationships can be kept in the dark about a loved one's past. When a woman shows up in town and informs Stride that she's writing a book about the 30-year-old mystery surrounding the murder of the older sister of the girl who grew up to become Stride's spouse, he's forced to re-examine the validity of his bond with not only his late wife, Cindy, who died of cancer five years earlier, but also that involving his current love interest, a former Vegas cop turned PI, Serena Dial. Powered by darkly poetic atmospherics and deep character development (especially Stride, whose understated intensity, dignity and resilience are emblematic of the Twin Ports area itself), this harrowing and heartrending novel will leave readers guessing until the very last pages.' * Publishers Weekly *'


About the Author

Brian Freeman

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.

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride series:
1. Immoral (2005)
2. Stripped (2006)
3. Stalked (2007)
4. The Watcher (2008)

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd April 2009

Author

Brian Freeman

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Publisher

Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780755335299

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