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A Killing Night (Max Freeman #4)

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Book four of the bestselling Max Freeman mystery series: Max’s investigation of a string of murders in south Florida leads him to the most shocking of suspects

After three young female bartenders were murdered in Miamiand one went missing in Philadelphia, Freeman’s ex-girlfriend Sherry Richards hires him to help with the case. Freeman grudgingly accepts the job, despite She
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ebook, 246 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published 2005)
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Joy
Before buying this book, I checked the ratings first even though it's on sale. This is the first I've read from Jonathon King and his writing style was good. I only found out he's a former journalist after reading the story and it explained how he put attention to the details.

The story started with the suspect's activities then switched to first person (Max's). I put aside my reservations about reading series in order because this is the 4th in the Max Freeman series, and I'm glad I did because
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Something in A KILLING NIGHT bothered me. No, it wasn’t Jonathon King’s writing. I can’t put my finger on “it” that made me feel a little displeased with the story line. Perhaps it was Richards’ complete obsession with violence against women or her emotional distance from Max and Billy. Or maybe “it” was the triteness of the plotline?

Ex-cop Colin O’Shea had saved Max Freeman’s life in a Philadelphia dark alley and quit the force in disgrace among allegations of sexual improprieties of a mentall
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LJ
A KILLING NIGHT (Suspense-Miami/Philadelphia-Cont) – VG
King, Jonathan – 4th book
Dutton, 2006- Hardcover
Former cop Max Freeman has been asked by his former girlfriend, Detective Sherry Richards, to investigate someone Max worked with on the Philadelphia police force. Richards suspects O’Shea in a case of young, female bartenders who are disappearing. While for his friend, attorney Billy Manchester, Max is trying to protect immigrant workers who severely injured working on a cruise ship.
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Amy
Jul 30, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
For me, this was my least favorite book of the series so far. The plot was interesting, and the twists were nice, but they weren't quite enough to hold the book together. In the previous books, there was a lot of action and worry that the main character, Max, wouldn't make it out alive. I felt no worry for his safety here.

Max spent a lot of time convincing us how clever he was. Just about everything he did he had to explain the reasoning for it. Maybe he did this in the other books as well, but
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Gavin
Feb 21, 2008 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
This is the fourth of Mr. King's novels featuring Max Freeman. Max, now having been lured back into the world from his Florida Everglades hideout, goes on the trail of a barmaid killer. His ex-girlfriend, a policewoman in Fort Lauderdale, has been investigating without any assistance from the boys or girls in blue based on a hunch that missing barmaids have been killed. Her initial suspicion is on a former police officer from Philadelphia, known to Max from his time with the Philly PD. Were I to ...more
David Weinfeld
Pretty good story, but solution was too simple and ending was anti-climactic.
Robert
Sep 29, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
If you have not found Jonathan King yet give his Max Freeman series a shot. A Killing Night is the fourth in the Max Freeman series and these just seem to get better as they go along. In this installment Max will get mixed up in the case of some missing woman who work at local bars. King is sure to delight mystery fans and Max Freeman fans alike. Enjoy the ride!
Marsha
Another in the series about the ex Philly cop, this time Max is drawn into an investigation which implicates a fellow former home town cop and acquaintence in the murder of female bartenders.

The abuse of power,the perception of guilt and the pull of old relationships are strong themes in this interesting mystery.
Ramon Dearmas
Aug 06, 2011 Ramon Dearmas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book and have to say this is my second author behind John Connoly very good and descriptive! Gave this author to another avid book reader as myself and he was impressed as well, this is my second book of his.

The author brings the glades to real life!

Keeps you coming back for more....
Barbara
May 01, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read!! Jonathon King knows how to keep you turning those pages! I think he will rate right up there with Michael Connelly, Harlen Coben,Robert Crais and Robert Parker!! Love fighting crime with Max Freeman!!
Barbara B.
Mar 15, 2012 Barbara B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sometimes sound like I am in a rut, but I sure do like these authors that have an interesting character to follow................and this book was no exception! And the story line was really good, too!
John
Sep 14, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How fun is it for a defense attorney to keep his office in his black Lincoln with a convicted person working off his jail time? Your client screams innocent and your gut tells you she did it.
Victoria
Mar 09, 2011 Victoria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The first Max Freeman novel I've read. I enjoyed it, but had to read the synopsis to remember what it was about a week or so later. I did enjoy the Florida Everglades venue.
Karen
Dec 18, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one not as good, or I wasn't as much in the mood? Less time in the swamp, he is healing. But abusive bad guy, so maybe that is why it wasn't as enjoyable.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: Max Freeman; someone in law enforcement is killing female bartenders and Freeman look to track him down
Jim Moore
Great book he is close to James Lee Burke.
Joan
May 05, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Edgar-award winning author Jonathon King is the creator of the Max Freeman crime series set in the Everglades and on the hard streets of urban South Florida. In his previous career as a journalist, he was a police and court reporter for 24 years with the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and the Philadelphia Daily News.

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