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.
“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)
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
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.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I have simply listened to far too many in the series in a row! I know its good, I am going to wait a year or two and give it the effort it deserves.
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.
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.
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!
I really enjoy all of Brian Freeman's books. he is a talented author, he can paint a picture in you mind with his words. Joe Barrett is a talented narrator, he has a phenomenal voice and he brings the characters to life.
I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .
I liked Maggie and Jonathan the most in this book. All the others seemed to have no belief in their convictions. I love Joe Barrett as a narrator for true crime stories. Perhaps a little to monotone for this book. The story itself really was excellent. Just drawn out, but once I changed timing I really enjoyed it. I would be hesitant to recommend this book though.
I enjoyed the investigation, the characters and the plot. The author succeeded in getting me invested in the welfare of the characters and his development of them and was well crafted. I was never sure who or what their motives were until the last few chapters. The misdirection was masterful and the surprise twist were never revealed until the last moment and then you were wondering 'what happened'. As will all of Mr. Freeman's books this one is well worth the time. I recommend this book.
Mr. Barrett did a fine job with the narration. We listen to his voice but he was never obvious or intrusive upon the story. We could get involved in the story and forget that it was being read to us. A superb job.
Brian Freeman novels may be a guilty pleasure, but I'm a fan. I can clean the whole house or drive for miles and get so enthralled into his story. The characters are flawed, some parts are a little cheesy, but I admit it. I'm hooked! I like that it's not too gruesome and gory but still has a little edge.
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