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Immoral (Jonathan Stride Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Freeman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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'A gut-wrenching tale of psychological suspense from a true storyteller' (Belfast Telegraph)

'A complex, meticulously plotted chillfest... probably the most inventive debut to emerge from the US thriller scene since James Siegel's Derailed' (Scottish Daily Record)

Book Description

A brilliant debut thriller for an author writing in the vein of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1139 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R9Q1QM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. His latest novel is SEASON OF FEAR.

His seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the prestigious award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. Other winners of this award have included Stephen King and Jeffery Deaver.

His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Dagger, Edgar, Anthony, and Barry Awards. It was named International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world.

You can write to Brian at brian@bfreemanbooks.com and find him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bfreemanfans) or Twitter (@bfreemanbooks). His web site is www.bfreemanbooks.com.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Let me get straight to the point. If you like crime fiction, especially the novels that really twist your mind in knots while you try to figure out what's going on, then you need to buy IMMORAL. If, like me, you read and enjoy the likes of Connelly, Gerritsen, Deaver, Coben, Slaughter, Connolly and Child and some pretty decent Brit writers such as McDermid, Billingham, Robinson and MacBride, then you will not be disappointed by this newcomer to the genre. He's good. He's very good, in fact.

This novel actually represents the first in a series featuring Lieutenant Jonathan Stride, later to be joined by Las Vegas Police Detective Serena Dial. Stride is based in Duluth, north Minnesota, a town on the edge of Lake Superior that I had never heard of before, and presumably not many others know it either as it doesn't even have a Starbucks (shock, horror). The story revolves around the disappearance of a rebellious, sexy and in many ways mysterious teenage girl named Rachel, whose behaviour affected several people before she disappeared and whose personality continues to influence others - including Stride - years after she was last seen. The tale also involves the love life of forty-something Stride himself, initially a widower having lost his wife to cancer a year before the story begins. His bedroom exploits are a little too graphically detailed for my own personal tastes, but it's fair to say that his romantic asides are very relevant to the plot and are not merely bolted-on to please a certain sector of the readership. Most importantly though the central story of what happened to Rachel is very well told and I was kept guessing right to the end. More than guessing, actually - at times I felt like shouting at the page demanding to know what's going on!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is Freeman's first novel but it reads as though he has been writing for years. It is an accomplished debut and whilst it does not entirely escape all the cliches of the genre offers a refreshingly original setting. The character of Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is well-drawn and satisfyingly three-dimensional, as is the context in which he operates. This really does keep you guessing until the end and is an exciting and worthwhile read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and gripping 20 Mar. 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Two young and beautiful teenagers disappear into thin air from Duluth, Minnesota. First it was Kerry, a few months later Rachel. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is in charge of the investigation along with his colleague Maggie. Rachel has a wild reputation and as they look into her past, they uncover some uncomfortable facts, most of which seem to be disturbingly linked to her own family. However, without a tangible trace of either girl, Stride and Maggie seem to run in circles. After some painstakingly difficult further research and interviews to the related families and friends, some evidence does turn up (still, no girls) and a lawsuit ensues. This is as far as I can go without spoiling the tale, which takes us from the cold winter in Minnesota to the sweltering heat of Las Vegas.

Well, I was quite impressed by Mr. Freeman's style -this was the first book I read by him and I believe the first one he published-. Awkward and disturbing in more than one part due to the delicate nature of the main subject, it is however written well, every little details is taken care of and you are kept guessing until the very end, literally. I liked the character of Stride especially, very believable and down-to-earth. His private and personal life, along with those of all the other main characters, run on parallel grounds with the main story.

A page-turner that shall make you think.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new crime writer 7 Nov. 2006
Format:Paperback
What a find Mr Freeman is! This is fresh new crime writing at it's best, at long last Messrs Connelly and Rankin will be challenged for the no 1 crime writers position.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, twisting, and involving. 12 April 2006
By M. Ash VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
From business writer to skilled master of storytelling in one fell swoop. This psychological thriller/detective story gripped me from the very first pages, where we look in on the pivotal act of the book without being allowed close enough to identify characters or context. These facets of the book are beautifully drawn into vivid creations as the story progresses and the drama of the developments in the ensuing investigation is only emphasised by the brilliantly timed flashbacks. Once you start reading this book, you won't want to put it down and, unlike many novels in this genre, the ending will certainly not disappoint.

So good I wanted to re-read it straight away!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 11 Dec. 2007
Format:Paperback
Immoral is a cracking story which will keep you guessing until the end. I normally pride myself on being able to work these thrillers out but there's so many twist's to this book that even Sherlock himself would struggle.

Immoral was the winner of the Macavity award for best first novel and understandably so. A cracking plot, strong charecter's, a genuine page turner! Well done Mr Freeman, more of the same please.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Let me get straight to the point. If you like crime fiction, especially the novels that really twist your mind in knots while you try to figure out what's going on, then you need to buy IMMORAL. If, like me, you read and enjoy the likes of Connelly, Gerritsen, Deaver, Coben, Slaughter, Connolly and Child and some pretty decent Brit writers such as McDermid, Billingham, Robinson and MacBride, then you will not be disappointed by this newcomer to the genre. He's good. He's very good, in fact.

This novel actually represents the first in a series featuring Lieutenant Jonathan Stride, later to be joined by Las Vegas Police Detective Serena Dial. Stride is based in Duluth, north Minnesota, a town on the edge of Lake Superior that I had never heard of before, and presumably not many others know it either as it doesn't even have a Starbucks (shock, horror). The story revolves around the disappearance of a rebellious, sexy and in many ways mysterious teenage girl named Rachel, whose behaviour affected several people before she disappeared and whose personality continues to influence others - including Stride - years after she was last seen. The tale also involves the love life of forty-something Stride himself, initially a widower having lost his wife to cancer a year before the story begins. His bedroom exploits are a little too graphically detailed for my own personal tastes, but it's fair to say that his romantic asides are very relevant to the plot and are not merely bolted-on to please a certain sector of the readership. Most importantly though the central story of what happened to Rachel is very well told and I was kept guessing right to the end. More than guessing, actually - at times I felt like shouting at the page demanding to know what's going on!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
A stunningly good book, the tension at a high throughout the whole book. One of the best crime books I have ever read.
Published 5 months ago by Sam Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant as always. Gripping, fantastic etc etc
Published 5 months ago by tess
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal
Usual good story line from Brian Freeman excellent read
Published 6 months ago by M. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A good find!
Enjoyed reading this, I am looking forward to reading further books in this series. Glad I stumbled across Jonathan Stride!
Published 11 months ago by Bridget
5.0 out of 5 stars first book
Great first book lots of twists and turns left you thinking you had it figured out and then another twist . Read more
Published 12 months ago by paulgamble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Kept me guessing right till the end which was a nice surprise would defo recommend great first book can't wait to read more by Mr Freeman
Published 12 months ago by Karyn
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
What a game of cat and mouse this book was. Twists and turns galore. Love the main characters. So glad I discovered this author he writes a mean book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ItsAllyMcMental
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resd
Fantastic read with great characters and an excellent storyline which is a real page turner. Ending was very good and tied up all the loose ends.

Would highly recommend.
Published 13 months ago by MISS H CONYERS
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Im new to Brian Freeman after having his books recommended to me I am now on my third of the Jonathan Stride series. One word fantastic. Twists and turns all the way. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jilly1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Another book bought for my husband as he had already read a Brian Freeman novel and was eager to read another. A very good read.
Published 21 months ago by Maggieann
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