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Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover, Serena, a former Las Vegas detective, find themselves on opposite sides of the case, with Stride pursuing evidence that incriminates the doctor and Serena trying to prove that the baby really was abducted.
Meanwhile, Stride’s partner, Maggie, and a headstrong young cop are tracking a man responsible for a violent crime wave in the rural areas of Duluth. There seems to be no connection between the cases—until a victim with ties to the doctor’s case turns up murdered in the signature style of the Duluth killer.
Brian Freeman is an international best-selling author of psychological suspense novels, including Immoral and Stripped.
©2010 Brian Freeman (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Intriguing….An appropriately creepy atmosphere and well-rounded, flawed characters.” ( Publishers Weekly)
“Crisp dialogue, steady suspense, and a cast of original characters drive this fifth entry in Macavity Award–winner Freeman’s excellent series.” ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Loy on 05-21-10

good book

I have read all of Brian Freeman's book and was glad to get his newest one on Audible. The story is very good with all the twists and turns his previous books are known for.
if you want a good book get this one

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Richard Delman on 09-30-17

The title itself is awkward and clumsy. Bad omen.

Brian Freeman delivers a cheesy soap opera hoping to be a thriller. Joe Barrett is often much better than this, but, as several readers say, his female characters here are awful, as if he had a cold. The doctor is such a contrived bad guy that you never ever believe that he will turn out to be the villain. The cops and nurses are thinly drawn, improbable, weird creatures who do things that puzzle a reader who cares about any kind of credulity. The doctor's wife and her sister deliver a classic soap opera between the two of them: you could just see it on afternoon TV. The whole thing is a mess. I hope, for some reason that I don't understand, that Mr. Freeman has something better than this up his authorial sleeve.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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