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 and sexually charged. A wild child.
The media is hounding Stride to catch a serial killer. But Stride, haunted by personal loss and by his failure to solve Kerry's murder the year before, doesn’t think the answer is that simple. As he exposes Rachel’s twisted background, he begins to believe that the truth behind Rachel’s disappearance is more complex than anyone imagines. And more evil.
The search carries Stride from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas. 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.
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By Brian Freeman
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“Who is Brian Freeman? This guy can tell a story. Immoral is a page-turner of the highest caliber. It has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.”
– Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer
“Breathtakingly real and utterly compelling, Immoral dishes up page-turning psychological suspense while treating us lucky readers to some of the most literate and stylish writing you’ll find anywhere today.”
– Jeffery Deaver, author of The Twelfth Card
“The writing is tough, muscular, and shot through with such a sense of loss, torment, longing, and torn innocence that it’s downright Celtic in its sorrow. Just as the reader and Stride figure to have the case wrapped, there’s a sucker punch you never saw coming-and it hurts wonderfully. The novel is reminiscent of Lehane, of such works as Gone, Baby, Gone and Sacred, when Lehane was writing this darkest, bruised, compassionate self. Freeman’s novel is one hell of a read, gut-wrenching and moving, exciting and powerful.”
– Ken Bruen, author of The Killing of the Tinkers
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“Immoral is a stunning debut from Brian Freeman...a spellbinding saga of murder and retribution.”
– Toronto Globe and Mail
“In this compelling debut thriller, Freeman turns in a psychologically gripping, virtuoso performance with a detective who is likely to return. He deftly lays bare the demons lurking in many of us while keeping us tantalized through a series of plot shifts. Highly recommended.”
– Library Journal (starred review)
“Immoral is a slick and savvy offering and the best debut mystery in quite some time.”
“[Immoral] may very well be one of the best debuts of 2005...a near pitch-perfect first novel that soars with believable characters, crisp dialogue and, for the most part, logical twists and turns...Jonathan Stride literally strides onto the page – flawed, complicated, and very appealing.”
– South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“This impressive debut novel offers a satisfying experience on all accounts...Through the many twists, which include a riveting courtroom drama, Freeman makes it all believable.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A boldly structured, whirlwind first novel.”
– Toronto Star
“A complex, meticulously plotted chillfest. Lock the doors, settle down and be blown away by probably the most inventive debut to emerge from the U.S. thriller scene since James Siegel's Derailed.”
– Daily Record
“With Stride, Freeman has created a world-weary detective with a strong moral compass and determination. Tightly written with a strong sense of place and character...a compelling read.”
– Dallas Morning News
“[B]e warned. In the manner of the finest thrillers, nothing is as it seems in Freeman's devilish story of revenge and double-cross.”
– Orlando Sentinel
“A first-class debut. We could use more like this one.”
– Independent on Sunday
“An assured and affecting novel, with a final jaw-dropping revelation.”
“Immoral and its author are not to be missed. This one will keep you up all night. Start early, read late.”
“Light the fire and darken the lights for a gut-wrenching tale of psychological suspense from a true storyteller.”
– Belfast Telegraph
“In one of the more thrilling debuts to come along in awhile, Freeman takes the reader on a gloriously chilling ride through a world where nothing is as it seems. ...this turbulent and mind blowing ride of ingenious head games is nothing short of electrifying.”
– New Mystery Reader
“Immoral is an excellent book, filled with a masterfully complex plot with twists that make this into a real page-turner. Look for Immoral, and when you find it, do not pass by. Brian Freeman takes suspense writing to another level. You do not want to miss this book.”