Stalked : Jonathan Stride

  • by Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • Series: Jonathan Stride
  • 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 in Duluth. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message: "I know who it is".Following a twisted trail, Stride uncovers a sordid web of violence and voyeurism that someone is willing to kill for in order to keep hidden. His lover, Serena Dial, a homicide cop turned private investigator, is chasing a blackmailer who knows all the city's dirty secrets, even Maggie's. But as Stride and Serena hunt for a killer, a predator is hunting them, with a terrifying plan for revenge.

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What the Critics Say

"Chilling, atmospheric....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." (Publishers Weekly)

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Really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't read a good mystery/thriller in a long time and this book reminded me why I love them. I have never read this author before but will be looking for more books written by him.

The story was intriguing, suspenseful, twisted and kept me hooked until the very last chapter. Even though this is a long book (9+ hours) I never lost interest. I must say that the dubbing was inferior. I would rather not be able to hear the difference in tones on the track while trying to enjoy the story.

I would recommend this book to those seeking to be mystified and thrilled.
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- Lisa

Liberty Versus License

At some point a sub class of mystery thriller writers tumble into a lascivious delight in detailing torture. Freeman circled that pit in his previous novels, but his compelling justification... explanation... convictions (choose one) with respect to what was once social deviance was fascinating. Freeman is the ultimate situation ethicist. And the thought process is fascinating as a gory accident beside the highway.

This time his obsession with the minutia of female bondage, rape, and torture aren't balanced by clever plot twists. None of Freeman's women escape rape (which is the least they suffer). Few of his men escape extravagant pain (at best). All suffer diabolical psychic assault as well.

Freeman defines the liberty of writers in this genre as a license to reveal his personal sadistic streak... no not to merely reveal, but to flaunt it as a commercial device. He's a talented writer and Joe Barrett's performance has grown over this series such that his female interpretations now resonate with more personality. The story, denuded of the SM/DS is strongly plotted and twisty. Once again, there's a double novel here as what might have been an epilogue in fact is more than a parallel story line.

I listened to the third part of this novel while biking last Saturday morning... And felt embarrassed enough in public to fast forward through large hunks of Freeman's sadistic glee. I've showered away both the grit of that road trip and my interest in any more of this guy's dank fantasy life.

BTW... Do writers like this have wives, significant others, daughters? Do they dare show them the manuscripts in progress? Or have they found and/or nurtured masochists? Yeah evil exists. But, as I listened to Stalker, I kind of wondered what happened to shame.
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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.