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In the Dark [Mass Market Paperback]

Brian Freeman
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (30 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312363321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312363321
  • ASIN: 031236332X
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels, including the Jonathan Stride series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. His settings in the bleak, frozen landscape of Duluth, Minnesota, and his deeply complex characters, have drawn comparisons to Swedish noir. His latest novel is THE COLD NOWHERE.

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. His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards. It was named International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world, a distinction shared with authors such as Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Unger. His novel STRIPPED was named one of the top 10 mysteries of the year by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

"Freeman just keeps outdoing himself with each book," said the starred review of his third novel STALKED in Library Journal. Publishers Weekly similarly gave a starred review to Freeman's fourth novel, IN THE DARK, calling it his best book yet, "harrowing and heartrending."

Upon the release of THE BURYING PLACE in the UK, London's Daily Mail called Freeman their discovery of the year in crime fiction and said of the book: "Fleshed-out characters, high tension and terrifying twists put Freeman up there with Harlan Coben in the psychological crime stratosphere."

Brian's sixth book THE BONE HOUSE was his first stand-alone novel, featuring all-new characters and another remote Midwest setting in Door County, Wisconsin. THE BONE HOUSE was a finalist for an Audie Award (Best Audiobook of the Year) in Thriller/Suspense and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.

His seventh book was the award-winning SPILLED BLOOD, a stand-alone set amid the dirt roads and ghost towns of southwestern Minnesota. #1 bestselling author Lisa Gardner says: "Spilled Blood is everything a great suspense novel should be: gripping, shocking, and moving. Brian Freeman proves once again he's a master of psychological suspense."

Freeman's newest book is THE COLD NOWHERE, which features the long-awaited return of his series hero, Jonathan Stride.

In addition to his suspense series, Freeman is also the co-author of THE AGENCY (2009) under the pen name "Ally O'Brien." THE AGENCY is Janet Evanovich meets The Devil Wears Prada, a light and sexy satire of the publishing industry that received favorable reviews in People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, among others.

Freeman was born in Chicago and grew up in San Mateo, California, before moving to Minnesota. You can write to him at brian@bfreemanbooks.com and find him on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the links at his web site (www.bfreemanbooks.com).

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Same book as "The Watcher" 2 Sep 2010
By C.Elder
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Warning,don't buy this if you have already bought "The Watcher" ,as it is the SAME BOOK.I don't know how amazon gets away with doing this,it is a disgrace.And yes,I am bitter because I had previously bought "the Watcher" ,only to buy this several months later when Amazon released it as a new book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Freeman 18 Jan 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i started reading Brian Freeman books last year and was hooked the stories are very well written and make great mysterys/thrillers.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Work Yet!! 1 April 2009
By Desiree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently discovered Brian Freeman and have eagerly read everything he's written! I was looking forward to reading IN THE DARK for quite some time and Brian certainly did not disappoint! This is his best work yet. I found it VERY hard to put down. IN THE DARK was full of twists and turns and kept me reading long into the night! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great page turner from a wonderful new author.

Also look for "The Agency" by Aly O'Brien, Brian Freeman co-authors this book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Brian Freeman 22 Feb 2010
By Matthew Schiariti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Brian Freeman's Jonothan Stride novels are quickly becoming my favorite on going series. His deftness at writing engaging characters, broaching adult subjects without going overboard, and mixing wonderfully interesting plots with great twists and turns is really hard to beat.

Stride loved his late wife Cindy fiercely. Thirty years ago events happened in their lives that would change them both forever, especially Stride. As it happens, on the first night Stride and Cindy decide to take their relationship to the next level, something dreadful happens; the brutal murder of Cindy's older sister Laura. These are not only events that would decide Stride's career path, but would also come back to haunt him in his present life.

Turn the page to today and someone from Cindy and Laura's past comes back to town in the form of Laura's best high school friend, Tish. Tish is writing a book. 'Who really killed Laura Starr'. Tish's arrival in town after nearly three decades will make Stride question everything he thought about that fateful night when his would-be sister in law was murdered out in the cold woods as well as how well he thought he knew his late wife.

As if that weren't enough, a series of peeping tom incidents have occurred in their jurisdiction and none other than Maggie Bei lands the case.

This is a fantastic look into some of Strides earlier years and some of the events that shaped him into the character that he's become over these four novels. As with any Stride novel, just when you think you have the mystery solved and the culprit picked out, Freeman pulls the rug out from under you. The thing that makes it so satisfying though is that Freeman never makes it cheap or out of the blue. It always makes sense and is completely plausible.

I can't recommend In the Dark or Brian Freeman's body of work as a whole enough. Just Grade A fantastic writing. With another novel right around the corner, color me excited!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Page Turner.... 8 April 2009
By M. ONEILL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Brian Freeman has been climbing the ranks as one of my favorite authors over the past few years. His first three books really impressed me so I was eagerly anticipating IN THE DARK and had heard it was going to be the most emotional book of the Stride/Dial series. Often I find myself a bit disappointed after reading a long-awaited book because it just doesn't live up to the hype.

IN THE DARK was NOT one of these books.

Every Brian Freeman book has a "killer" prologue and this one screams chapter one as soon as you finish it. The book effectively builds multiple sub-plots at a good pace and mixes in razor-sharp psychological suspense, mystery, action, and twists. IN THE DARK challenged me to solve the multi-layered mystery then engaged an appreciation of how well all the pieces came together by the end of the book. It usually takes me about two weeks to read a novel but this gem was virtually pageless at 5.5 days.

Brian Freeman has developed an endearing base of characters through vivid, descriptive scenes of first rate quality. If I had to choose a single new release to read from any author right now...it would be one from Brian Freeman. His collective series of IMMORAL, STRIPPED, STALKED, and now IN THE DARK elevates him to my #1 favorite author to read...hands down.

I can't wait for the next one.....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent police procedural 31 Mar 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Three decades ago in Duluth, then high school students Jonathan Stride and Cindy Starr fell in love. On the Fourth of July holiday, they made love for the first time. However, that joyous occasion is marked by grief and heartache instead of a fond memory of the beginning of their strong relationship; that same night someone brutally murdered Cindy's older sister Laura. The case was never solved with the cops concluding a drifter killed Laura.

In the present, the case remains unresolved, but Laura's best friend Tish Verdure has come home to write a true crime exposé book about the homicide. Tish knows the inner secrets of those who were close to the victim including Cindy, the late wife of police lieutenant Jonathan; who died five years ago from cancer so cannot defend herself from accusations to her stunned husband who was kept IN THE DARK about some of her secrets. Adding to his mental upheaval is Tish has the dirt on his current girlfriend former Las Vegas cop private investigator Serena Dial. Though reeling with revelations, Stride only decides to investigate the cold case murder of his sister-in-law when a witness to the Laura murder attempts suicide.

This excellent police procedural is made brisk and refreshing by the intriguing concept that no matter how much you think you know your loved ones; there remain segments in which you remain IN THE DARK. Thus besides a delightful investigation, the underlying philosophical tone enhances the characterizations especially Jonathan who cannot do his normal strong stride through whatever garbage he must investigate. Brian Freeman will leave his audience pondering what they do not know about their spouse.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a bit much 31 Mar 2010
By Charles Obscure - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have liked the previous books well enough, but this one just went on too long and kept adding too much. He could have taken out entire parts of the plot line and the book would have been fine. At some point the author needs to stop adding layers and just finish up the book. At the end I just kept wondering to myself, "What else could happen?" And then it did.

I little editing and restraint next time would make for a better read.
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