Dive In

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND marks the tenth Jonathan Stride novel, going all the way back to IMMORAL in 2005. Which naturally begs the question: Do you need to start at the beginning?

In fact, I deliberately write my series books as standalones, so that you can begin anywhere and get a full, rich experience of the characters. I tell readers: You wouldn’t expect to limit yourself to friends you met in your teens or twenties. You’ll meet people throughout your life, and if you enjoy them as people, you’ll want to find out more about the stories that made them who they are. That’s the way a good series should work, too. Once you meet Jonathan Stride in FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, I hope you’ll want to go back and read some of his earlier stories, too.

Critics agree! Here’s what North Carolina’s Mountain Times says:  “Ten books into Brian Freeman’s Jonathan Stride series, “Funeral for a friend” traverses a literary tightrope that few authors can manage: the novel works equally well as a standalone for a first-time reader, or as part of the fuller Stride canon for his longtime fans….Freeman’s characters here are as developed as his plot, and even if this is your first foray into the Stride universe you’ll come to know Serena, Stride, Cat, Maggie and others as family.”

They also praise the book’s “masterful diversions, deceptions and angular plotting.”

So even if you’re new to Stride, dive in.

Stride is Back

It’s here! My new novel FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND is available now in e-book, hardcover, and audio. I hope you’ll get your copy and dig in.

Fans of my books know that I like to write thrillers that deliver an emotional punch. And that’s what you’ll get in FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND. I don’t write about super-heroes or super-villains. I want my characters to be real people with stories you care about – even as you’re gasping for breath and turning the pages to find out what happens next.

This is my tenth novel in the Jonathan Stride series, and many early readers have told me that FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND is their favorite book yet. It’s a book that showcases Stride’s passionate loyalty as a hero, but it also leaves you wondering: How far would a truly decent man go to protect someone he loves?

Are you new to the series? Don’t worry, I write each book so that the characters and plots stand on their own, so you can dive right in. Of course, once you get to know Stride, I hope you’ll want to go back and discover his earlier adventures, too.

Click to find the book on Amazon, BN, Audible, or Bookshop.

A Stride Two-Fer

After THE BURYING PLACE came a Jonathan Stride two-fer: my Stride short story “Spitting Devil” and the novella TURN TO STONE.

I took a break from Stride for a couple of books back then, writing THE BONE HOUSE (the first Cab Bolton novel, set in Florida and Door County Wisconsin) and then the stand-alone SPILLED BLOOD, which went on to win the Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers Association.

But Stride was still busy behind the scenes. “Spitting Devil” takes place shortly after the close of THE BURYING PLACE and is a wonderfully creepy look at a young wife named Alison Malville who is slowly going insane as she suspects her husband of being a serial killer. (Special note: the Malvilles reappear several books later in crucial roles in the full-length Stride novel MARATHON.)

Then, as we were getting ready for the launch of the next Stride book THE COLD NOWHERE, my editor and I decided to “re-introduce” Stride to readers who had missed him for a couple of years. So I wrote the novella TURN TO STONE, which is all-Stride — no Serena, no Maggie. TURN TO STONE takes Stride to a small town in Wisconsin to visit his mother’s grave — and he becomes enmeshed in a very dark mystery. This novella is also the only book in which the ending surprised even me! I thought I knew how everything was going to wrap up…but then, as I wrote the final chapter, the entire story turned on its head. Stride saw it coming — but I didn’t. But then again, he’s the detective, not me.

“Spitting Devil” and TURN TO STONE were both released as e-book and audio exclusives. Click below to find them on Amazon:

TURN TO STONE
SPITTING DEVIL

I also have a limited number of special print editions of both stories that we made for sale at library events. You can order those from the Spitting Devil and TURN TO STONE pages at my web site (bfreemanbooks.com).

Il Giallista

What a wonderful honor! I am so very pleased to see LA VERITA SBAGLIATA (the Italian edition of THE VOICE INSIDE) voted as 2019’s Best Thriller in Italy’s top thriller magazine/blog Il Giallista. Thank you to all of my amazing Italian readers for your support!

See You at the Library

Lots of library events coming up in the next week!

This Saturday, I’m at the library in Osceola WI at 1:00 pm.

On Sunday, I’m down in Waukee, IA at the Lutheran Church of Hope at 2:00 pm, where my intense and topical thriller MARATHON is this year’s selection for the Dallas County Reads program.

And next Thursday, I’ll be at the North Mankato Taylor library at 6:00 pm.

At all three events, I’ll share fun stories from the last 15 years in the publishing business!  I’ll take all of your questions…and I’ll give sneak previews of my 2020 releases, including the stand-alone Minnesota thriller THIEF RIVER FALLS and the next novel in the Duluth-based Jonathan Stride series, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND. Oh — and I’ll also talk about being chosen to take over Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, with my first Bourne novel THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY due out in the summer of 2020.

My books will be available for sale and signing (remember, the holidays aren’t far away!).

Get all of the event details here.

Meet Frost Easton

April is the perfect month to get to know my San Francisco-based hero, Frost Easton.

The first book in the series — the #1 bestseller THE NIGHT BIRD — is a Kindle monthly deal, so you can put it on your device at a great price.

And once you’ve read THE NIGHT BIRD, the next two books are already waiting for you…THE VOICE INSIDE and THE CROOKED STREET.

Click here to learn more about THE NIGHT BIRD.

The Voice Inside

Last year, THE NIGHT BIRD twisted your memories.

This year, THE VOICE INSIDE sets evil free on the streets of San Francisco. Get the latest Frost Easton thriller now before #3 arrives in January!

Live from Naples

I had a chance to enjoy the sunshine of Naples, Florida, this weekend, when I visited the Barnes & Noble store for an event on Saturday evening. Several scenes in my new thriller ALTER EGO are set right down in Naples. And of course, that’s where my Florida detective Cab Bolton lives.

Did you miss the event? Well, you can still be part of it! We did the event as a live radio show with Authors on the Air host Pam Stack. So you can listen to the entire event at the link below. It includes my reading Chapter 1 of ALTER EGO…!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheair/2018/05/05/brian-freeman-live-from-bn-naples-fl-on-authors-on-the-air-with-pam-stack