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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755331303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755331307
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" In this compelling debut thriller, Freeman turns in a psychologically gripping, virtuoso performance, with a detective who is likely to return. He deftly lays bare the demons lurking in many of us while keeping us tantalized through a series of plot shifts. Highly recommended."
- "Library Journal "(starred review)
" "Immoral" is a slick and savvy offering and the best debut mystery in quite some time."
- "BookPage"
" ["Immoral"] may very well be one of the best debuts of 2005... a near pitch-perfect first novel that soars with believable characters, crisp dialogue and, for the most part, logical twists and turns...Jonathan Stride literally strides onto the page-- flawed, complicated, and very appealing."
- "South ""Florida"" Sun-Sentinel"
" In one of the more thrilling debuts to come along in a while, Freeman takes the reader on a gloriously chilling ride through a world where nothing is as it seems." - "New Mystery Reader" magazine
" With Stride, Freeman has created a world-weary detective with a strong moral compass and determination. Tightly written with a strong sense of place and character... a compelling read."
- "Dallas"" Morning News"
" "Immoral" is an excellent book, filled with a masterfully complex plot with twists that makes this into a real page-turner. Look for "Immoral," and when you find it do not pass by it. Brian Freeman takes suspense writing to another level. You do not want to miss this book."
- ReviewingTheEvidence.com
" [B]e warned. Inthe manner of the finest thrillers, nothing is as it seems in Freeman' s devilish story of revenge and double-cross." - "Orlando"" Sentinel"
"Breathtakingly real and utterly compelling, Immoral dishes up page-turning psychological suspense while treating us lucky readers to some of the most literate and stylish writing you'll find anywhere today."-- Jeffery Deaver, author of "The Twelfth Card" and "Garden"" of ""Beasts"""
" The writing is tough, muscular and shot through with such a sense of loss, torment, longing, torn innocence that it' s downright Celtic in its sorrow. Just as the reader and Stride figure to have the case wrapped, there' s a sucker punch you never saw coming-- and it hurts wonderfully. The novel is reminiscent of Lehane, of such works as "Gone Baby Gone," and "Sacred," when Lehane was writing this darkest, bruised, compassionate self. Freeman' s novel is one hell of a read, gut wrenching and moving, exciting and powerful. Any book that makes you want to fly to Vegas gets my bet. Stride on." -- Ken Bruen, author of "The Killing of the Tinkers"
"Who is Brian Freeman? This guy can tell a story. "Immoral" is a page-turner of the highest caliber. It has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end."-- Michael Connelly, author of "The Closers"

"In this compelling debut thriller, Freeman turns in a psychologically gripping, virtuoso performance, with a detective who is likely to return. He deftly lays bare the demons lurking in many of us while keeping us tantalized through a series of plot shifts. Highly recommended."
-"Library Journal "(starred review)
""Immoral" is a slick and savvy offering and the best debut mystery in quite some time."
-"BookPage"
"["Immoral"] may very well be one of the best debuts of 2005...a near pitch-perfect first novel that soars with believable characters, crisp dialogue and, for the most part, logical twists and turns...Jonathan Stride literally strides onto the page--flawed, complicated, and very appealing."
-"South ""Florida"" Sun-Sentinel"
"In one of the more thrilling debuts to come along in a while, Freeman takes the reader on a gloriously chilling ride through a world where nothing is as it seems."-"New Mystery Reader" magazine
"With Stride, Freeman has created a world-weary detective with a strong moral compass and determination. Tightly written with a strong sense of place and character...a compelling read."
-"Dallas"" Morning News"
""Immoral" is an excellent book, filled with a masterfully complex plot with twists that makes this into a real page-turner. Look for "Immoral," and when you find it do not pass by it. Brian Freeman takes suspense writing to another level. You do not want to miss this book."
-ReviewingTheEvidence.com
"[B]e warned. In the manner of the finest thrillers, nothing is as it seems in Freeman's devilish story of revenge and double-cross."-"Orlando"" Sentinel"
"Breathtakingly real and utterly compelling, Immoral dishes up page-turning psychological suspense while treating us lucky readers to some of the most literate and stylish writing you'll find anywhere today."--Jeffery Deaver, author of "The Twelfth Card" and "Garden"" of ""Beasts"""
"The writing is tough, muscula

In this compelling debut thriller, Freeman turns in a psychologically gripping, virtuoso performance, with a detective who is likely to return. He deftly lays bare the demons lurking in many of us while keeping us tantalized through a series of plot shifts. Highly recommended. "Library Journal (starred review)"

"Immoral" is a slick and savvy offering and the best debut mystery in quite some time. "BookPage"

["Immoral"] may very well be one of the best debuts of 2005...a near pitch-perfect first novel that soars with believable characters, crisp dialogue and, for the most part, logical twists and turns...Jonathan Stride literally strides onto the page, flawed, complicated, and very appealing. "South Florida Sun-Sentinel"

In one of the more thrilling debuts to come along in a while, Freeman takes the reader on a gloriously chilling ride through a world where nothing is as it seems. "New Mystery Reader magazine"

With Stride, Freeman has created a world-weary detective with a strong moral compass and determination. Tightly written with a strong sense of place and character a compelling read. "Dallas Morning News"

"Immoral" is an excellent book, filled with a masterfully complex plot with twists that makes this into a real page-turner. Look for "Immoral," and when you find it do not pass by it. Brian Freeman takes suspense writing to another level. You do not want to miss this book. "ReviewingTheEvidence.com"

[B]e warned. In the manner of the finest thrillers, nothing is as it seems in Freeman's devilish story of revenge and double-cross. "Orlando Sentinel"

Breathtakingly real and utterly compelling, Immoral dishes up page-turning psychological suspense while treating us lucky readers to some of the most literate and stylish writing you'll find anywhere today. "Jeffery Deaver, author of The Twelfth Card and Garden of Beasts"

The writing is tough, muscular and shot through with such a sense of loss, torment, longing, torn innocence that it's downright Celtic in its sorrow. Just as the reader and Stride figure to have the case wrapped, there's a sucker punch you never saw coming--and it hurts wonderfully. The novel is reminiscent of Lehane, of such works as "Gone Baby Gone," and "Sacred," when Lehane was writing this darkest, bruised, compassionate self. Freeman's novel is one hell of a read, gut wrenching and moving, exciting and powerful. Any book that makes you want to fly to Vegas gets my bet. Stride on. "Ken Bruen, author of The Killing of the Tinkers"

Who is Brian Freeman? This guy can tell a story. "Immoral" is a page-turner of the highest caliber. It has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. "Michael Connelly, author of The Closers"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In this dark, involving mystery, nothing is as it seems, and readers will be gripped to the very last page as the shocking truth gradually emerges

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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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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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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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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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I am always weary of trying out new authors, but this guy is up there with Patterson and Connelly !

Fast paced and plenty of action, he had me guessing up to the final pages. Just not another standard thriller. i highly recommend this guy and can't wait for more !
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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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I enjoyed this book enough to want to read the next in the series. I liked the way it developed and spread out involving a much larger number of people and places than seemed the case at the beginning. I think you need to read it slowly to make sure you understand it properly,
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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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