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Nine years.
It has been almost a decade since Duluth said good-bye to its innocence. The city creeps ever closer to the 10th 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.
Nine lives.
Cat Mateo, an orphan with a knack for 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 viciously scratch at Duluth's still-healing wounds. It will make Stride wave good-bye to his convictions and say hello to his darkest fears.
©2016 Brian Freeman (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 03-10-16


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Joe Barrett gave an Excellent performance! He is a wonderful narrator and I wish he would do more mystery/thriller books. I would purchase them for him alone!

I didn't want this book to end. Brian Freeman is such a talented author, and this was such a good book. There are four major plots going on and a few minor conflicts in the background that all appear to be independent story lines. They aren't independent and all culminate in the final chapter giving this Stride book an explosive ending.
The book begins 9 years in the past when Stride's wife Cindy is still alive and jumps forward to his relationship with Serena Dial. In the center of it all is house guest pregnant teen Cat Mateo. This story has it all. Betrayal, murder, adultery, lost love, human trafficking and catfishing - who could ask for more? If you're familiar with the previous books you'll know there has been a major rift between Serena and Maggie. In this book there is the start to a reconciliation. Jonathan Stride also finally gets the stirrings to move on and realizes that his deceased wife would not want him pining away for her all these years later. Lots of revelations that I won't name. Like I said REALLY GOOD BOOK.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-22-16

Brian Freeman's Best So Far

I couldn't stop listening to this book! I love so much about Brian Freeman's writing, especially his ability to make you "feel" the surroundings as you're listening. He has a great talent for describing key minor details that make the scene feel real. And that's just the icing on top of a fantastic story with a ton of twists and turns that literally kept me guessing to the end. Just when I thought I figured out "whodunit," I found out shortly that I was wrong and pleasantly so. In addition, Joe Barrett is THE voice of the Stride novels now and I think his style matches the material perfectly. If you're looking for a great mystery story and a wonderful feel for the surroundings of Duluth, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jen.qld on 10-23-17


So many twists and turns, and even when you think it's all over, yet another surprise. Brian Freeman never disappoints!

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