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Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride)

Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Freeman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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A third woman dead in two months.

And for the third time, Alison Malville isn't sure her husband was home all night.

When the killer sends the usual photo of his victim to the press, she sees an item of her clothing left with this body, too.

Could you believe your own husband was capable of murder? Would you turn him in?

This is exclusive to ebook, a gripping read from the acclaimed author of SPILLED BLOOD.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 219 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (12 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G8M8G8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 and find him on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the links at his web site (

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD SHORT STORY 17 Mar 2012
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Detective Stride is working on a case, women are being killed and the murderer is sending photographs to the press. Meanwhile strange events are taking place in Alison Malville's life and she is beginning to think her husband may in fact be the serial killer.
I have never read any books by this author before, but most certainly will now.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short novel 19 Mar 2012
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I thought this was a very good short novel, with plenty of suspense and a captivating plot. Alison and Michael's marriage is going through a rocky patch, and Michael's business is failing. Alison is losing trust in her husband and what she discovers leads her to believe her husband could be a serial killer. I liked the pace at which this reads - it's not rushed, unlike many books of this genre - and it's well-written. My heart was in my mouth at times and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I hadn't realised how short this novel was which was a disappointment in the end- in more ways than one.

The characters were mostly well written and the fact that both the husband and wife at the centre of the story believed that the other was committing a series of murders was nicely done. It had been written in such a way that either of them could credibly by the killer. But then! Did FREEMAN (capitals are his preference not mine) suddenly lose interest?

The book ends abruptly, if not prematurely and in a rushed clichéd and predictable manner.

What a frustration and I wished I hadn't spent the time getting drawn into the lives of these characters to be suckered in that way.

I see from other reviews that there is a series by this author featured the detective Stride. Well he hardly features in this one and certainly doesn't get to do any investigation.

If this book was a sampler then a sharper, better written ending would have been better and would certainly have made me look for other novels by this author. As it is I'm not sure.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great little novella 17 Mar 2012
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I always enjoy Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride novels and this story lives up to the standard I have come to expect. Even though it is quite short, the story of a woman who is coming to believe that her husband is a serial killer is none the less gripping. It also has succeeded in whetting my appetite for the author's newest full length work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short story 23 Mar 2012
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I enjoyed this. It doesn't take long to read and it's a good little story. Part detective part horror.

Never heard of the author but will definitely look out for some of his other work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed to be a book 8 July 2012
By Karla
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I don't really read short stories but thought I would give this one a go. It had a good plot, I liked the writing but at the same time it proved short stories aren't for me. I prefer getting to know characters, the building of a story etc etc and this can't happen in 47 pages. However, I have looked for other books by the author based on the fact I liked his style and the plot, so its getting 4 stars as if short stories are for you I'd recommend this one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the pops 3 May 2012
By Alex
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Excellent short story by Brian who has got to be up there with the best,i have followed Brian from day one and he just gets better,he also replied to my e mail at new year when i told him i would be having a whisky or two and he told me that sounded a great idea which makes him OK in my book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Entertaining and Creepy! 1 May 2012
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This is a very good Short Story.

It's originality lies in telling it from an innocent bystanders point of view. A wife thinks her husband is a serial killer, We share her emotions as she goes through the story.

It keeps you engaged as you think you are putting all the bits together, clocking all the clues, to find at the end it was NOT what you thought.

And I challenge anyone not to be paranoid or creeped out at the end.

Great Effort, and great that it is free. I would have paid for it.
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