PAGE-TURNING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR BRIAN FREEMAN
'This man can tell a story' MICHAEL CONNELLY
'Gripping, shocking, and moving...A master of psychological suspense' LISA GARDNER
To shed light on a recent murder in Duluth, Jonathan Stride is forced to relive the darkest days of his and the city's past...
It is almost a decade since Duluth said goodbye to its innocence. The city creeps ever closer to the tenth anniversary of the year in which it found itself both gripped by murder and united in terror; and during which the pillar of its community, DS Jonathan Stride, had his home and heart torn to ribbons by the claws of cancer.
Cat Mateo, an orphan with a knack of landing on her feet, has bid farewell to a life on the streets. This once-stray teenager owes her rescue to Detective Stride, the father figure she holds close to her heart. But Cat holds something else to her chest - a secret: the sheer power of which she could not possibly comprehend.
A secret that, once out of the bag, will not just viciously scratch at Duluth's still-healing wounds, but will make DS Jonathan Stride wave goodbye to his convictions about the events nine years before, and say hello to his darkest fears.
The recovery of a gun used to kill a young woman outside a seedy Duluth, Minn., bar propels Freeman's deftly plotted seventh Jonathan Stride novel (after 2014's The Cold Nowhere). Nine years earlier, Dr. Janine Snow, a highly respected heart specialist, went to prison for fatally shooting her abrasive journalist husband, Jay Ferris. The gun used on Ferris wasn't found, until the bar murder. The older case has a personal connection for police detective Stride; his beloved late wife, Cindy, was Janine's best friend and drove her home on the night of the crime. Stride and Serena Dial, a police officer who's also his girlfriend, investigate both murders. Meanwhile, Stride and Serena must deal with the problems of their pregnant 17-year-old ward, Cat Mateo. Stride's heartfelt memories of Cindy and his reluctance to fully commit to Serena, coupled with an in-depth look at the book's supporting characters, make this police procedural a standout.