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Brian Freeman
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Book Description

1 April 2010

Brian Freeman won the International Thriller Writers' Best Hardcover Novel Award 2013 for SPILLED BLOOD.

In the quiet town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a baby vanishes from her bedroom in an opulent lakeside home. It looks like an abduction, but Lieutenant Jonathan Stride suspects that her father has a great deal to hide. That same night, a young policewoman stumbles into the middle of a horrific crime in an encounter which will bring a sadistic killer right into the heart of her already complicated life. Meanwhile, deep in the woods, a small and shallow grave conceals a secret that Stride and his team must unearth before time runs out...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755370279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755370276
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,135 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 and find him on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the links at his web site (

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'Wow! No wonder the best writers around, such as Michael Connolly and James Lee Burke, love Brian Freeman's addictive and intelligent thrillers. The Burying Place, with its darkly nightmarish title, is right up there with his best' (Hobart Mercury, Australia)

'Freeman is an excellent writer and as brilliant as Harlan Coben at psychological suspense' (Daily Mail)

'Raised from the merely formulaic by Freeman's emotional literacy, sense of place and an uncanny ability to wrong-foot the reader and produce a wholly unexpected ending, The Burying Place is far more than the sum of its parts' (Guardian)

'A writer who is firmly in control of his craft... Freeman's particular skill is in the establishment of an atmosphere of menace, conjured to perfection here' (Barry Forshaw, The Good Book Guide)

'Addictive and intelligent... The Burying Place, with its darkly nightmarish title, is right up there with [Freeman's] best' (Hobart Mercury, Australia)

'High tension and terrifying twists that put Freeman up there with Harlan Coben in the psychological crime stratosphere' (Daily Mail)

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A dark and suspenseful thriller from the author of IMMORAL ('A page-turner of the highest calibre' Michael Connelly), STRIPPED, STALKED and THE WATCHER

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't bury this one 13 Jun 2010
I recently read, 'The Watcher' and reacquainted myself with Jonathan Stride and his team with a great deal of enjoyment. So much so that I quickly found this latest book and, again, enjoyed pretty much every page.

Stride is well created by the author. In this outing, he is recovering from his near death experience in the previous book and it's not a happy process. Whilst he tries to overcome his flashbacks and keep his love life intact, there is the question of a serial killer on the rampage and a baby kidnapping to solve. The author keeps us guessing until the very end and I, for one, was glad to be caught out with just who was responsible.

There are several characters in this book (and the earlier ones, of course) who are now developing their own personalities, no longer overshadowed by Stride. This opens up the storyline whilst not taking away the suspense as they track down the guilty.

It's a great thriller; I hope the next one remains as taut and as readable as this. I rather fancy it will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE
This is a detective thriller following the dual investigation of the disappearance and probable murder of three women and the disapperance of a child, all set during a winter in Minnesota. The detectives and their interrelationships play a significant part of the story. There's lots good with this book but also some bad and that ends up taking alot away from the overall story.

Freeman has brought together a complex plot here with lots of twists and turns and some you could see but some genuine surprise's that will have me re-reading a few sections. It makes for a very effective page turner. What was expecially good was the unpeeling of many characters secrets, some of the terror/suspense/action parts and the authors voice.

However the plot is let down where several police procedures seem very slack and appear to be there to let the plot go in the direction it needs too. Simple personel checks, no back up for police offices, people left alone and not radioing in movements are some examples. I was going to give the book 4 stars but these issues piled up, especially toward the prolonged (good) climax, and I got a bit fed up with them. There was a major and minor incident were police where searching / on the look out for people/things in dark places and neither bother taking a torch. Meant some excellent tense action but was a bit daft to be in that position in the first place.

Another claring issue is the lead detective only vaguely remembers being a partner with Denise for FOUR years and doesn't seem to know the basic's of her family.

Quick comment on the level of gore. There are a few yukky bits in the book but probably on a bar with Connelly (only read one) rather than the higher level of Karin Slaughter but its certainly well above Agatha Christie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Freeman - The Burying Place 22 Aug 2010
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This is the 5th book in Brian Freemans Stride & Serena series, and personally I found it to be the most exciting yet. Kasey is a small town cop, working hard to support her out of work husband and young child. She is driving home one night when she unwittingly stumbles across the latest victim of the North lands killer who has been the subject of a statewide search by local police, headed by veteran cop Maggie Bei. Soon enough Kasey finds herself straight in the middle of the investigation, and it's soon clear that the killer has his sights set on her.
Meanwhile Stride is recouperating after his fall from a bridge in the last book;The Watcher in his remote house on the lake. Unfortunately he's not coping well and is also growing distant from long term girlfriend, and fellow cop, Serena Dial. One night Stride & Dial are confronted by a fellow officer in need of help. An infant has gone missing from the large house of a wealthy surgeon and the twosomes expertise is needed on the case. While Stride struggles to decide wether he is ready to get back on the force, Serena jumps straight in, embracing a new challenge that doesnt involve her relationship.
This book is frighteningly fast paced. I read it in two days and I simply couldn't put it down, even turning up for work a few minutes late just so i could finish a chapter. The regular characters that we have been following for quite a few years now are finally all coming to the forefront, meaning it's no longer just a Jonathan Stride book. We get to indulge in the lives of both Serena and Maggie also, including a cast of beautifully portrayed secondary characters. The only thing letting this one down is the fact that I think the storyline itself could have done with a bit more tightening up, but thats really the only fault I could find. A full throttle juggernaut of a thriller, can easily be read by itself as well as part of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 31 Mar 2010
This is Brian Freeman's most recent book, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. He takes his flawed characters, and exposes their flaws, while showing their human side, and the ending has a twist Jeffrey Deaver would be proud of. The plot focuses on an egomaniac doctor and his wife who has mental health problems whose child goes missing. Stride, Serena, Mags work togheter to try and find the child. Freeman introduces new members of the Duluth police force who turn into integral parts of the story. I look forward to reading more books from Brian Freeman soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Burying Place
Love Brian Freeman books excellent story lines easy to read and believable characters.
Published 5 days ago by M. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars what a great read
Did sorta guess part of the beginning of the book, but I was not expecting the ending at all that was brill 👍 looking forward to reading more from Brian
Published 5 months ago by Karyn
4.0 out of 5 stars the burying place
this is the first book by Brian Freeman i have read.It was a good storey,with plenty of twists and turns,and kept my interest the whole way through. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kittykat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Lots of twists and turns. Has not dissapointed like all the others iv read. Definitely one of the best authors of mystery and suspense. Highly recommended
Published 9 months ago by Jilly1234
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
bought the book for my holidays, I have read Brian Freeman,s books and he is a great read when on holiday 5star
Published 11 months ago by Raymondo
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
This is the first book that i have read by Brian Freeman and i will definitely be getting hold of the rest of the Jonathan Stride series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. N. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking story teller.
This guy certainly tells an intriguing story. His characters are well-defined and his plots twist and turn right to the end. He's great at building suspense and drama.
Published 16 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Burying Place - Scary, gripping, dammed good
This is the first book I have read by the author Brian Freeman and am now going to get any other by him, as I really enjoyed the book. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by Alessi Lover
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Unbelievable
A bit disappointed with this book. Some of the police procedures just would not happen: if a police officer is targeted by a murderer, you give them full protection; you do not... Read more
Published on 30 July 2011 by Kevin Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant next Stride episode!
If you have read previous books, you'll know all about the complexity of Stride. He's a detective with serious issues! This book really focuses on the latest ones. Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by A. Douglas
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