Brian Freeman won the International Thriller Writers' Best Hardcover Novel Award 2013 for SPILLED BLOOD. Lieutenant Jonnny Stride knows his partner Maggie is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. Maggie's obviously hiding a terrible secret, but she isn't the only one. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a trail of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message. With his ex-cop girlfriend Serena, Stride uncovers a sordid web of violence and voyeurism someone is determined to keep secret. As they hunt for a killer, a predator with a vicious past is hunting them. Every step they take is bringing them closer to a showdown, amid howling winds and blinding snow - where survival is measured in seconds...and crimes can be buried for ever.
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An escaped murderer stalks the woman who helped put him away.A sudden, violent storm causes a police car to flounder helplessly - an ill wind if there ever was one. Before the storm subsides, two cops are dead, and the convict/monster they were escorting back to prison has escaped, consumed with the quest for vengeance. The woman who tipped off the cops, enabling them to capture and jail him, must be made to pay in a way commensurate with his "ten years in hell." Her punishment will be painful, he promises himself; deliciously slow, and erotically satisfying. His target is Serena Dial, currently a private eye in Duluth. More importantly, she's the lover of Lt. Jonathan Stride, Duluth's chief of detectives (Stripped, 2006, etc.), who already has an overload on his plate. Maggie Sorenson, Stride's longtime colleague, is the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of her unfaithful husband. So Stride must confront a pair of scary cases in which the only two women who really matter to him are central figures. Few readers will be surprised when the cases connect.Not much that's fresh here, and the endless stretches of expository dialogue don't help. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Brian Freeman
Brian Freeman is the author of several acclaimed psychological suspense thrillers. His novels have been sold in forty-six countries and twenty languages. His debut, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar and Dagger Awards for best first novel. His novel SPILLED BLOOD won the International Thriller Writers' Best Hardcover Novel Award. Brian and his wife Marcia live in Minnesota.