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The Cold Nowhere (Jonathan Stride Book 6) by [Freeman, Brian]
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The Cold Nowhere (Jonathan Stride Book 6) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in Jonathan Stride (6 Book Series)

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PRAISE FOR THE COLD NOWHERE:

""The Cold Nowhere" is a triumphant return... a master of the psychological thriller... the best Stride book yet." "Chuck Frederick, "Duluth News Tribune"""

"an outstanding mystery thriller." ""San Francisco Book Review"""

PRAISE FOR THE COLD NOWHERE:
""The Cold Nowhere" is a triumphant return... a master of the psychological thriller... the best Stride book yet." "Chuck Frederick, "Duluth News Tribune"""

""The Cold Nowhere" is a riveting tale where you feel that you are discovering the details along side of Detective Stride... well-organized and intense with well-developed characters. This psychological thriller keeps the reader engaged past the last page.... "The Cold Nowhere" is a masterful tale written by a phenomenal storyteller." "Teri Davis, "Mysteries Galore"""

"An outstanding mystery thriller" ""San Francisco Book Review"""

"The Cold Nowhere" is a triumphant return... a master of the psychological thriller... the best Stride book yet." "Chuck Frederick, "Duluth News Tribune"""

"The Cold Nowhere is a riveting tale where you feel that you are discovering the details along side of Detective Stride... well-organized and intense with well-developed characters. This psychological thriller keeps the reader engaged past the last page.... The Cold Nowhere is a masterful tale written by a phenomenal storyteller."--Teri Davis, Mysteries Galore

"An outstanding mystery thriller"--San Francisco Book Review

"Back off, Nordic noir. For sheer wintry relentlessness and icebound desolation, the various Scandinavian settings now fashionable in thrillers cannot compete with the decaying shipping and mining city of Duluth, Minnesota. And this small city, whose crumbling mansions and factories converted to shops are an architectural reminder of an earlier era, is the perfect place for a thriller about the stranglehold the past exerts on the present. . . The narrative moves between the point of view of Stride and that of the girl's pursuer, making this well-plotted, atmospheric thriller feel like a high-stakes chess game."--Connie Fletcher, Booklist

"Freeman delivers an edge-of-the-seat thriller that begs to be read in one sitting."--BookPage

The Cold Nowhere is a triumphant return... a master of the psychological thriller... the best Stride book yet."--Chuck Frederick, Duluth News Tribune

"Masterfully plotted... Freeman shows how those endless North Shore winters have toughened and aged Stride, closing him off from the world, but the author also convincingly makes Stride break out of his icy, self-imposed shell."--Publisher's Weekly (starred)

"[The] characters are well drawn and add believability to the surprising twists and turns of the plot.... The Cold Nowhere is a solid mystery wrapped around interesting characters coming to grips with their troubled pasts and searching for redemption."--Scott Pearson, Suspense Magazine

"an outstanding mystery thriller."--San Francisco Book Review

"another rousing tale of suspense... a bevy of unexpected twists and turns that make for an emotional and chilling story of page-turning mystery."--Express Milwaukee

"I don't think I realized how much I missed the Jonathan Stride series until The Cold Nowhere, the latest installment, released... Seemingly incapable of writing a bad paragraph, Freeman is a master storyteller who makes the ice and grit and grime of street life in Duluth materialize beneath the feet of the reader. I was tempted to drive there just to check out the graffiti graveyard where the grim climax takes place. Writing and storytelling don't get much stronger than that, and thriller fiction doesn't get much better than The Cold Nowhere."--Joe Hartlaub, BookReporter

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Ten years ago, six-year-old Catalina Mateo hid under the porch of her family home while a knife butchered her mother and a bullet killed her father. Now, a rough-sleeping orphan, Cat arrives at the house of Detective Jonathan Stride, pleading for protection. Covered in blood and drenched in the icy waters of Lake Superior, she claims to have narrowly escaped a cold-blooded killer. Stride's raw instinct is to protect Cat, whose late parents' case - and his personal guilt associated with it - still sends a shiver down his spine. As a result, he takes the troubled teenager under his wing without as much as a second thought. However, Stride's partner Maggie Bei is not convinced. She doubts the sincerity of this beautiful young streetwalker who has so easily won Stride's trust, and now sleeps in his house with a butcher's knife under her pillow. As Stride continues to care for Cat, Maggie's suspicions solidify, and a single question occupies the void between them: should Stride be afraid for, or of, this terribly damaged girl?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1313 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (9 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B83PNF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
i did enjoy this book,i did not think it was a gripping as The Burying Place but it was good book.i have given it four stars because i worked out who the killer was when the character was first introduced into the story.I also found Maggie to be very annoying in this book and did not like the way that she treated Cat.Apart from the above,the story is good and although i guesses who the killer was i still had things that i wanted to know that kept me wanting to finish it whereas normally when i work out who the killer is i normally dont want to finish reading a book and find another one to read.
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Format: Hardcover
Nothing binds people quite like a large portion of guilt and Stride certainly has that when it comes to Cat. Cat on the other hand is a mixture of personalities, now and again a child, often survival expert and sometimes a Lolita.

Cat turns out to be the daughter of someone Stride used to know, despite a load of warning signals he decides to help her out. Yes she has a wee knife fetish and walks around in her sleep, but hey there could be worse scenarios, right?

The focus of this story is on the emotional burden Stride carries around with him. He messed up his relationship with Serena, he has difficulty connecting with Maggie and he is still bound to a woman from his past. He yearns for the temptation of the unfulfilled love and burns with an inner anger because he blames himself for her death.

It seems as if the Lolita has gotten herself tied up in corruption and the deviant behaviour of others. It is fair to say that Maggie not only doesn't trust Cat, she also doesn't like her much. I think she resents the girl being allowed into the inner sanctum of Stride, a place Maggie no longer has access to.

On a side note, who thinks the cold wind often chews on their face like maggots? I had to read that sentence twice and it still made me shiver with disgust. Thank you Mr Freeman for forever linking together in my mind, cold winds and maggots that like to chew on faces.

It is a crime story with emphasis on the past, heavy on the emotions and lighter on the action.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
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Format: Paperback
I've read the first couple of Brian Freeman's novels featuring protagonist Jonathan Stride. His latest novel, The Cold Nowhere, is the sixth in the series.

A young girl trapped on a boat, pursued by an unknown assailant. She's not as helpless as her pursuer might think though...."Wherever she went, whatever she did, Cat always carried a knife." She escapes - and lands on Detective Stride's doorstep.

Stride is back working in Duluth, Minnesota. And his past has come back to haunt him as well. Stride knows Cat - he failed to save her mother. Michaela was brutally murdered by her husband - stabbed to death, in fact. And now Cat swears someone is trying to trying to kill her too. Stride vows to help her. "He couldn't undo what was done or erase his mistakes. All he could do was make a promise."

Familiar and recurring characters appear in The Cold Nowhere - notably Stride's partner Maggie Bei and ex-lover/partner Serena Dial. I 've enjoyed these two female characters in the past. They're strong personalities. A secondary personal storyline always adds to a book. The sexual tension and rivalry between these two women and Stride has been carried on throughout this series. A little bit is good. A lot, not so much. In The Cold Nowhere, I found myself growing weary of the repetitiveness of it. And for me, it cheapened the two female leads.

Stride is struggling with inner turmoil - for many pages.

"She'd opened the door for him, and all he had to do was walk through it. All he had do was open up. He wanted to tell her. He wanted to do what she'd done for him and lay himself bare."

Enough already. I found myself skipping pages and glossing over these poignant moments by the middle of the book.
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Stride and Maggie and Serena, oh my! Put them all together in a snowy, frozen Duluth murder case, and what do you get? Fire and ice. Sizzle and steam!

Okay, The Cold Nowhere is the sixth of Brian Freeman’s Jonathan Stride mystery thrillers, and you really have to know what’s gone on in previous books to appreciate the complex, messy relationships among these three characters. That’s all I’m saying about that.

As for the plot, Freeman throws in teenage prostitutes, rich men, and murder. Oh my! When a 16-year-old runaway named Catalina Mateo shows up at his house, Stride vows to help her because of what he failed to do ten years earlier – protect her mother when she was stabbed to death multiple times by her husband, who then shot himself. Cat, who was six at the time, hid under the porch and heard it all. But what really happened? She claims that someone has been following her and trying to kill her. Are these the drug-induced imaginings of a messed up kid, or could someone really be after her?

Anyone who has read Brian Freeman’s works knows that he loves to use the city of Duluth as his backdrop, and he creates mood, tension, and excitement through the use of images. In this book, we get a sense of anxiety at the Aerial Lift Bridge as a driver impatiently wait for the bridge so he can cross. We shiver from cold and fear in the fog and ice over Lake Superior as a desperate girl jumps off a ship to escape her stalker. We shudder nervously as Cat crosses Graffiti Graveyard, a place where itinerants hang out.

Freeman also continues to develop his three main characters: Jonathan Stride, Maggie Bei, and Serena Dial. Each of the three has heavy baggage and each is in a different place as far as healing.
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