Brian Freeman's second novel is a gripping, hard-hitting thriller set in one of the most fascinating, sexy and intriguing cities in the world, Las Vegas, and puts his on-going detective character Jonathan Stride on the trail of a cunning and relentless killer. Elonda's seen most things working the streets. But it's a first when her client is shot ...
Brian Freeman's second novel is a gripping, hard-hitting thriller set in one of the most fascinating, sexy and intriguing cities in the world, Las Vegas, and puts his on-going detective character Jonathan Stride on the trail of a cunning and relentless killer. Elonda's seen most things working the streets. But it's a first when her client is shot dead in the act. Detective Jonathan Stride quickly establishes that the victim is M.J. Lane, son of a reclusive millionaire film producer. Any number of people might have wanted to kill M.J. Another death is troubling the Vegas force - of a little boy, killed in a hit-and-run incident involving a stolen car. Then the body of a woman is found in a remote farmhouse. Could the murders be linked It seems the killer wants to send a message about the brutal slaying decades earlier of a night club dancer. That case was wrapped up quickly. Too quickly Someone certainly thinks so - and he's set on murderous revenge for the sins of the past.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-08-07 At the start of Freeman's solid second thriller (after 2005's Immoral), detective Jonathan Stride has left his job in Duluth, Minn., for Las Vegas, Nev. The action begins with a flashback to Sin City in the 1950s and the murder of a famous exotic dancer, a case never fully resolved and having a lot to do with the present-day brutal assassination of a rich young "trust fund baby," MJ Lane, whose dad may have been involved in the earlier murder. As Stride and his new police partner, Amanda Gillen, investigate, they plunge deep into the roots of the city. Freeman depicts his characters well, especially the good-natured Stride; his cop girlfriend, Serena Dial; and his partner, Amanda. Freeman has crafted a strong narrative, rife with sex and violence, though the complex plot at times gets bogged down by overly extensive backstories and a prose style that shades toward the purple. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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