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Publisher's Summary

“You’re safe, Stride. I found the body at the Deeps. I buried him.”

Jonathan Stride’s best friend, Steve Garske, makes a shocking deathbed confession: He protected Stride by covering up a murder. Hours later, the police dig up Steve’s yard and find a body with a bullet hole in its skull.

Stride is pretty sure he knows who it is. Seven years ago, an out-of-town reporter disappeared while investigating anonymous allegations of rape against a prominent politician. Back then, the police believed that the reporter drowned at a dangerous swimming hole called the Deeps...but the discovery of the body changes everything. Now Stride’s partner, Maggie Bei, is forced to ask Stride an uncomfortable question: Did you kill him?

Stride is obviously hiding things. He was the last person to see the reporter alive. And he admits lying to Maggie about that meeting but won’t tell her why. With suspicion in the murder pointing at him, Stride finds himself off the case and on leave from the Duluth Police.

His only ally in clearing his name is his wife, Serena, who retraces the reporter’s investigation into the explosive allegations. The clues all point to a hot Duluth summer years earlier that everyone in town would prefer to forget.

Someone was willing to kill rather than let those long-ago secrets come out, and the suspect with the strongest motive...is Stride.

©2020 Brian Freeman (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Good Addition To The Series

Brian Freeman doesn't disappoint. I've read every Stride novel and each one is a carefully woven story with vivid characters. One would almost expect to see them on the streets of Duluth today. This story was amazing. You can't help but love Stride and the people around him for all their individual character strengths and flaws. Funeral for a Friend had me from the first pages with all the twists and turns and left me emotional at the end. I love how the experiences of Stride's past were interspersed yet you don't need to have read prior books in the series for it to make sense. Thank you for another epic story telling. I look forward to the next one.

Joe Barrett was good with the delivery of the story

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Love the series

I used 3 months to finish all Jonathan Stride series from 2005 to date. I love the author always has a quick turnaround and surprise at the very end. But what makes the series and the book special are the emotional growth of Jonathan Stride and people around him. It’s not just a detective novel that focusing on solving crime but also about a person growing out of pain of loss and understanding love.

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love the stride series

Finished it 3 days. The story was great with some surprising twists but some predictable ones too. Overall, very much enjoyed

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Disliked everything about this one

The narration can make or break a book, and the reading of this one was terrible. But even a stellar reading wouldn't have helped. The characters weren't remotely believable. And I think neither the author nor the narrator have met actual human women before.

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Cheesy

This story is quite shallow and predictable. I did not enjoy the reader’s voice, and he really wasn’t good at changing it enough between characters. He has a very raspy tone that over time is pretty annoying. While I decided to stick with the story, nothing about it was particularly exciting or unique. The characters are really over the top cheesy in terms of being “understanding.” Everyone is extremely empathetic and concerned with pretty much everything and everyone. Maybe that won’t bother many listeners, but it was incredibly unrealistic. While the author interjects some drama and excitement, it wasn’t enough to save the story for me.

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Excellent as always!

Brian Freeman is my favorite author and Joe Barrett my favorite male narrator. Always a winning combination. The Jonathan Stride series gets better with each book! You'll love this one!

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great story

this book was fantastic all the way around good performance good to keep us on the edge of your seat the whole time just an awesome book overall

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Outstanding

I love this series! I just found out that I missed a couple and there's one more after this one. I intend to finish them all. These characters have become like family to me. Joe Barrett is also the best narrator ever!

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Well-written and good plotting with 3 Mysteries to resolve. Maybe a bit too Greek drama-like at the conclusion.

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Narrator ruined it for me

The narrator’s voice is too gruff and I had a hard time visualizing the characters.