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General Information

Name:  Brian Freeman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1963 in Chicago, Illinois

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Brian was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brian Freeman is a writer, novelist, marketing director, and communications professional. He is the former director of marketing and public relations for Fargre & Benson (an international law firm).


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Titles At Your Library

Immoral (Jonathan Stride)
ISBN: 0312340427

Minotaur Books. 2005

In a riveting debut thriller that has drawn comparisons to masters of the genre like Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, Brian Freeman weaves obsession, sex, and revenge into a story that grips the reader with vivid characters and shocking plot twists from the first page to the last.

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of déjà vu. For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota—gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior. The two victims couldn’t be more different.

First it was Kerry McGrath, bubbly, sweet sixteen.

And now Rachel Deese, strange, sexually charged, a wild child.

The media hounds Stride to catch a serial killer, and as the search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions.

And Stride finds his own life changed forever by the secrets he uncovers.

Secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire.

Secrets that are chillingly…immoral.

Stripped (Jonathan Stride)
ISBN: 0312340451

St. Martin's Paperbacks. 2007

This ambitious follow-up to Brian Freeman's debut novel, Immoral, which Michael Connelly called "a page-turner of the highest caliber," delivers non-stop action and gut-wrenching intrigue on the streets of Sin City--where you can hit the jackpot, or you can get…
STRIPPED

They looked like isolated cases: a hit-and-run and a celebrity murdered during a fling with a prostitute. No one could ever imagine they'd be linked to a brutal crime in the city's steamy past…and that the race to corner a determined serial killer would stir up secrets long thought buried with the dead. When detectives--and lovers--Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are called to investigate, they have no idea that they're stepping into a world of sex and money, glamour and vice--where desperate ambition rules and loyalties know no bounds…

In the Dark (Jonathan Stride)
ISBN: 031236329X

Minotaur Books. 2009

In the Dark

Stalked: A Novel (Jonathan Stride)
ISBN: 0312363311

Minotaur Books. 2008

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner Maggie Bei is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. She’s obviously hiding a terrible secret. And her silence only feeds suspicion. But Maggie isn’t the only one keeping secrets. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message. I know who it is. Now it’s up to Stride and his lover, homicide cop turned private investigator Serena Dial, to uncover a sordid web of violence and voyeurism that someone is willing to kill to keep hidden. Meanwhile, a predator with a vicious past is hunting them both—with a terrifying plan for revenge on the frozen lakes of Duluth...

The Watcher
ISBN: 0755335295

Headline Book Publishing. 2009

Brian Freeman won the International Thriller Writers' Best Hardcover Novel Award 2013 for SPILLED BLOOD. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride has never forgotten the case that made him decide to join the police force. Back in the 1970s, Laura - sister of Stride's girlfriend - was murdered. The obvious suspect was a vagrant, who slipped through the hands of the police, including Stride's detective hero Roy. Now, though, Stride's looking at the case in a new light. Tish Verdure, an old friend of Laura's, has come home: and she's certain that the killer was a local boy, now an attorney with connections at the highest level. Stride's soon convinced that there was a deliberate decision to direct the investigation towards a simple solution and away from Tish's suggested perpetrator: but he's also convinced that Tish is hiding a secret about the past. A secret that could have shattering consequences - including a second murder...

The Bone House
ISBN: 0312562837

Minotaur Books. 2011

Hilary and Mark Bradley are trapped in a web of suspicion. Last year, accusations of a torrid affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the young couple into outcasts in their remote island town off the Lake Michigan coast. Now another teenage girl is found dead on a deserted beach. . . and once again, Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt.


Hilary Bradley is determined to prove that Mark is innocent, but she's on a lonely, dangerous quest. Even when she discovers that the murdered girl was witness to a horrific crime years earlier, the police are certain she's throwing up a smoke screen to protect her husband. Only a quirky detective named Cab Bolton seems willing to believe Hilary's story.


Hilary and Cab soon find that people in this community are willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden--and to make sure Mark doesn't get away with murder. And with each shocking revelation, even Hilary begins to wonder whether her husband is truly innocent. Freeman's first stand-alone thriller since his Stride novels is a knockout.


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