Someone is watching you. Be very afraid.
Stalked is a taut, atmospheric and gripping thriller with Detective Jonathan Stride working a murder case that's dangerously close to home... Brian Freeman, author of Thief River Falls and The Voice Inside, won the International Thriller Writers' Best Hardcover Novel Award 2013 for Spilled Blood.
'A page-turner of the highest calibre' Michael Connelly
Lieutenant Jonny Stride knows his partner Maggie is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. Maggie's obviously hiding a terrible secret, but she isn't the only one. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a trail of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message.
With his ex-cop girlfriend Serena, Stride uncovers a sordid web of violence and voyeurism someone is determined to keep secret. As they hunt for a killer, a predator with a vicious past is hunting them. Every step they take is bringing them closer to a showdown, amid howling winds and blinding snow - where survival is measured in seconds... and crimes can be buried for ever.
What readers are saying about Stalked:
'This novel moves at a tremendous pace, the characters are all fully fleshed out and the multi-stranded plot is engrossing. A real page turner'
'Freeman's writing is stylish, and you find yourself drawn into the story from the very first page. A modern, strong psychological suspense novel'
'A rattling good suspense-filled yarn with a truly gripping finale'
In Freeman's chilling, atmospheric latest, Jonathan Stride returns from a Las Vegas stint (in Stripped) to head the major crimes detective bureau of his former Duluth, Minn., department. When the husband of Maggie Bei, Stride's former detective partner, is murdered, Maggie becomes the prime suspect, and Stride determines to clear her. Meanwhile, Dan Erickson, an ambitious Duluth county attorney, hires Stride's lover, PI Serena Dial (who returned with Stride from Vegas), to pay off a blackmailer. Freeman slowly weaves the cases together into a labyrinthine search for a serial killer. Following the anonymous predator as well as the cops, the reader is teased by the fiend's identity and hidden motives. The stalwart, intuitive Stride digs into the case's disparate elements, including the city's sexual underworld, and a terrified Serena runs into serious trouble. A strong narrative crammed with twists and studded with sex and violence; a mysterious, even mystical, sense of place; and a well-crafted set of characters and relationships make this one of Freeman's stronger crime thrillers.