AN EDGE-OF-THE-SEAT THRILLER FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR BRIAN FREEMAN
'Page-turning psychological suspense' JEFFEREY DEAVER
'Gripping...a fast compelling read' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A powerfully compelling thriller that strikes at the heart of our current fears as a nation, Detective Jonathan Stride must investigate a marathon bombing in his city- before more people get hurt.
On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people line the streets of Duluth while exhausted runners push to reach the finish line at the city's biggest annual event. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured.
Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy. As social media feeds a flood of rumors and misinformation, one young man becomes the most wanted person in the city. And the manhunt is on.
But are the answers behind the Duluth bombing more complex than anyone realizes? And can Stride, Serena, and Maggie find the truth before more innocent people are killed?
Thriller Award winner Freeman uses the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as a template for his gripping eighth Jonathan Stride novel (after 2016's Goodbye to the Dead), putting his own spin on why and how such an egregious crime has been committed. A bomb explodes during a marathon in Duluth, Minn., where conservative rabble-rouser Dawn Basch, a First Amendment activist from New Jersey, has been stirring up trouble, daring Islamic extremists: "If you want to shut me up, you'll have to kill me." Suspicion immediately falls on the Muslim community, and Stride, a lieutenant in the Duluth police force, teams with FBI special agent Gayle Durkin to find the perpetrator. When cab driver Khan Rashid is identified as the bomber, Khan goes on the run, and Basch calls for the city's citizens to apprehend him. More innocent people die. Besides being a chilling reminder of what can happen in our divided society, the book is a fast, compelling read.