Stripped : Jonathan Stride

  • by Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • Series: Jonathan Stride
  • 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are both investigating high-profile murders in Las Vegas. A celebrity is assassinated during a fling with a prostitute, and a young boy is killed in a brutal hit-and-run incident. When the cases converge, Jonathan and Serena find themselves racing the clock against a determined serial killer and searching for a connection to the unsolved murder of a showgirl years earlier.
Freeman's vivid cast of characters exposes all of Las Vegas' dirty secrets, past and present. And in a rooftop showdown amid the ruins of a 1960s-era casino, the chase comes to a stunning climax.
Like the author's Immoral, Stripped pushes the emotional and sexual limits of its heroes and keeps the listener riveted until the last shocking plot twist.

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Great Addition To The Series

Stripped takes place largely in Las Vegas, not Duluth, the setting for the first novel involving policeman Jonathan Stride. As such, you can expect more sex, people behaving badly, and moral depravity than in the first book, and you won't be disappointed. Stripped involves a series of recent deaths, one quite heart breaking, which are possibly linked back to the unsolved murder of an exotic dancer back in the 1950's. Setting the plot up this way gives the author Freeman lots of ways to do contrast and compares between the Vegas of old and the new Vegas. Just to make the point clear, the building where the murder occurred is about to be demolished to make room for a new project, and that demolition is key to the resolution of the novel.

I've commented before that Freeman plays well above his pay grade both in plotting and characterisation. The plotting in this book is a bit less subtle than Immoral, his first book in the series, but his characterisations are even better. I especially liked his portray of Stride's partner, a man who has gone through gender changing surgery to be come a woman. In most writer's hands, this would be a mess. Freeman handles it with dignity and brings out real sympathy for a character with such a divided identity. Of course, it turns out that when we get to the real villain, the uncaught murderer from the first crime, there are some identity challenges as well.

Stripped stands out in the series for its Las Vegas locale. It's a nice diversion, but I was glad to see the series move back to Duluth at the end of this book.

Joe Barrett was fantastic with the delivery of the story

Highly recommended.
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- Lia

A good story line..plus.. Vegas

Would you consider the audio edition of Stripped to be better than the print version?

I always purchase the unabridged version, so I am assuming there is no difference.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was good, I found myself listening to it on headphones when I was unable to use the radio speakers, I would find reasons to listen.


What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

The way he brought each character to life, when I am able to know who is speaking without having to be told who said what, then that is a good performance. The pauses and inflections in speech patterns, along with that Minnesota accent...yeah you betcha.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions, there were parts that made me laugh, great one liners and some good old fashion wise cracks.


Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable, there were times I found myself not wanting to turn it off, which is exactly why I listen.

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- Mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.