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Brian Freeman

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in Chicago, Illinois., The United States



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Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels, including the Jonathan Stride and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. He is widely acclaimed for his "you are there" settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots.

His seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dag

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Brian Freeman My new book SEASON OF FEAR is due out in the U.S. on March 3. It features the return of Cab Bolton (from THE BONE HOUSE). Early reader reaction has…moreMy new book SEASON OF FEAR is due out in the U.S. on March 3. It features the return of Cab Bolton (from THE BONE HOUSE). Early reader reaction has been tremendous, so I can't wait to get it in everyone's hands.

Meanwhile, I've finished the next Jonathan Stride novel, and I'm editing it now. I'll be delivering it to my publishers by the end of the year.(less)
Brian Freeman You'll find Duluth landmarks in many of my books! THE COLD NOWHERE starts at the William A. Irvin and includes numerous scenes in Canal Park and Park…moreYou'll find Duluth landmarks in many of my books! THE COLD NOWHERE starts at the William A. Irvin and includes numerous scenes in Canal Park and Park Point. IMMORAL starts on the lift bridge. IN THE DARK includes scenes at Glensheen and starts on the patio at Grandma's. Same is true of STALKED and THE BURYING PLACE. (When THE COLD NOWHERE came out last year, the Mayor declared "Brian Freeman Day" in Duluth!)(less)
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Immoral (Jonathan Stride, #1)

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The Bone House (Cab Bolton,...

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Stripped (Jonathan Stride, #2)

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Stalked (Jonathan Stride, #3)

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The Burying Place (Jonathan...

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In The Dark (Jonathan Strid...

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Spilled Blood

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The Cold Nowhere (Jonathan ...

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Spitting Devil (Jonathan St...

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Season of Fear (Cab Bolton,...

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Brian Freeman Congrats to Goodreads on adding the new "recommendations" utility. That's a terrific way for authors and readers to find each other. For those of you who have read my books, I hope you'll include them in your ratings....that will help new readers discover me. Thanks!

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Beth Hi Brian,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery/suspense author on Goodreads!

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