The Burying Place
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|Format:||Paperback, 368 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 03 September 2009|
A stunning, clever and unputdownable thrillerLieutenant 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 neighbours begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover and partner Serena 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 colleague Maggie and her headstrong young partner 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. As the threads of both investigations converge, the chase uncovers a series of revelations that may damn the doctor -- or prove his innocence.
About the Author
Brian Freeman had a successful career in marketing before deciding to write full time. He lives in Minnesota.
Though Jonathan Stride is still recovering from injuries he suffered in a high fall at the start of Freeman's intriguing if overly plotted fourth thriller featuring the Duluth, Minn., police detective (after In the Dark), he's soon looking into the kidnapping of the 11-month-old daughter of a Grand Rapids, Minn., surgeon, Dr. Marcus Glenn, who happens to be a local cop's brother-in-law. Jonathan thinks the kidnapping is an inside job, especially after unsavory secrets about the arrogant surgeon come to light. Meanwhile, Jonathan's partner, Det. Maggie Bei, aided by rookie Kasey Kennedy, scrambles to catch a serial killer who's murdered several women in Duluth. When Kasey is witness to the fiend abducting a victim, the killer becomes fixated on Kasey. An appropriately creepy atmosphere and well-rounded, flawed characters compensate only in part for the forced connection between the two cases, either of which could have easily carried the novel. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
'Freeman is an excellent writer and as brilliant as Harlan Coben at psychological suspense' -- Daily Mail 'Raised from the merely formulaic by Freeman's emotional literacy, sense of place and an uncanny ability to wrong-foot the reader and produce a wholly unexpected ending, The Burying Place is far more than the sum of its parts' -- Guardian 'Those perspicacious enough to pick up Brian Freeman's striking novel will discover a writer who is firmly in control of his craft... Freeman's particular skill is in the establishment of an atmosphere of menace, conjured to perfection here' -- Barry Forshaw, The Good Book Guide 'Addictive and intelligent... The Burying Place, with its darkly nightmarish title, is right up there with [Freeman's] best' -- Hobart Mercury, Australia
|Publisher: ||Headline Book Publishing|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.46 kg)|