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The Burying Place | [Brian Freeman]

The Burying Place

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate.
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Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover, Serena, a former Las Vegas detective, find themselves on opposite sides of the case, with Stride pursuing evidence that incriminates the doctor and Serena trying to prove that the baby really was abducted.

Meanwhile, Stride’s partner, Maggie, and a headstrong young cop are tracking a man responsible for a violent crime wave in the rural areas of Duluth. There seems to be no connection between the cases—until a victim with ties to the doctor’s case turns up murdered in the signature style of the Duluth killer.

Brian Freeman is an international best-selling author of psychological suspense novels, including Immoral and Stripped.

©2010 Brian Freeman (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Intriguing….An appropriately creepy atmosphere and well-rounded, flawed characters.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Crisp dialogue, steady suspense, and a cast of original characters drive this fifth entry in Macavity Award–winner Freeman’s excellent series.” (Booklist)

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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 05-21-10
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 05-21-10

    Born to read

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    "good book"

    I have read all of Brian Freeman's book and was glad to get his newest one on Audible. The story is very good with all the twists and turns his previous books are known for.
    if you want a good book get this one

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Montgomery, AL, United States 03-03-11
    Cindy Montgomery, AL, United States 03-03-11
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    "Best Listen in a Long Time"

    Having been frustrated with what is out there(or lack thereof) I decided to give this one a try and was extremely gratified to find a book that kept me guessing and had me listening every chance I got. Plot twists and turns a great deal and keeps you wanting to know more. Definitely would recommend this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 09-28-13
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 09-28-13

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "REST OF SERIES MISSING, BUT SO WHAT!"

    There is something mechanical and insincere about this guy's work. He goes way too far off onto meaningless tangents. The plots are cluttered and transparent. He puuts no depth of feeling into his characters as he skips from one to another as he attempts to flush out a thin plot line. Most irritating to me is his use of gratuitous sex to liven (he thinks) things up. I went on to a non-series book, Bone House, where he sinks completely to "Romance Novel" status. If you have so little confidence in your writing skill that you must depend on pedophilia to draw attention to an otherwise weak story, full of patent characters, you are done as a writer and enter the world of sensationalist.
    Joe Barrett did his best with this guy's substandard work. Perhaps he should get a new publisher, along with better editorial talent, and redo the manuscripts to a higher level. AS is, mediocre at best. Sorry I went for them, hoping against hope.
    When you read as much as I do, you tend to reach a point where the herd is thinned and the good wordsmiths are fewer and farther between.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 09-22-13
    Janie O'brien US 09-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Thank goodness for Brian Freeman & Joe Barrett"

    I have been looking for a good thriller/mystery writer for a while now to fill an ever increasing gap in my library, as I've exhausted supplies of my usual good thriller writers. I came upon some good recommendations from other readers in regard to Brian Freeman, so I gave him a go and am more than satisfied with the result. The burying place, a multi-layered thriller piece, has an array or interesting characters and the plots moved along nicely switching from one to the other until they culminate and entwine at the end. Joe Barrett did a good narration, although some of female voices were a bit gringy. Thank you Mr Freeman for supplying me with quite a few books for future satisfying reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 04-26-10
    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 04-26-10 Member Since 2007

    Gypsy Wife

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    "Kept me guessing to the end!"

    When Michael Connelly recommended Brian Freeman's first novel, I got it and immediately became a fan. I emailed him to express my enjoyment of his careful, exciting writing, and told him I hoped he would continue to improve and not rest on his laurels. He has once again come through. With every novel his characters develop more depth and his plots surprise me. Don't miss this one!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Maryland 03-01-14
    Amazon Customer Maryland 03-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting plot, narrator could have been better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, but thought the characters could have been more developed. It piqued my interest enough I looked forward to hearing the next chapter.


    Would you recommend The Burying Place to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not really the genre for people I know with Audible


    What three words best describe Joe Barrett’s voice?

    Did well with men and basic narration. All the women were whiny, and the accents horrible. I cringed whenever he did Migdalia's voice. Would have been way better to just read the words and not try to change the voices. The Minnesota accent was terrible. Just read it!!


    Could you see The Burying Place being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John R. Holmes, Jr. Anacortes, Washington 01-15-14
    John R. Holmes, Jr. Anacortes, Washington 01-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Contrived Suspense"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't realize that this is more of a Horror book than a Mystery. Horror tends to have looser rules for what constitutes suspense. For example, every time the rookie cop got in a scrape, she dropped her gun, her phone, her flashlight, her knife, and virtually everything else she touched.

    Then there's the detective who dropped a drinking glass, fell on it, and got cuts all over his body. I don't think you'd get that many cuts if you fell in a cement mixer full of broken glass.

    In summary, there's a lot going on in this book, but most of the tension turns on stupidity and clumsiness. It didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Solbakken New Mexico, USA 12-19-13
    Solbakken New Mexico, USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2011

    Horsebakken

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    "Not Credible - Disgusting Details"
    What was most disappointing about Brian Freeman’s story?

    The beginning was just not believable, and then it moved to a garroting which was disgusting. A policewoman getting lost and forgetting her cellphone is not credible.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mechanically narrated.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Herndon, VA 12-01-13
    Marie Herndon, VA 12-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Came out strong and fizzled out quick"
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    Too much dialogue, not enough action. Narrator sounded like he had a horrible cold when portraying female characters. I gave it a good try but couldn't finish the book. Not money well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 11-27-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Very good book"

    I really enjoyed the book the only thing was, I had to write down the names of all the people, it was a little confusing, but after starting it over and over I finally got it, that was near the end. I loved the ending, won't let it escape, for those who haven't got it yet. it's well worth the price..I suggest you get it, you won't be disappointed. the narrator was also good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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