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Stripped (Jonathan Stride #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,221 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
This ambitious follow-up to Brian Freeman's debut novel, Immoral, which Michael Connelly called "a page-turner of the highest caliber," delivers non-stop action and gut-wrenching intrigue on the streets of Sin City--where you can hit the jackpot, or you can get…


They looked like isolated cases: a hit-and-run and a celebrity murdered during a fling with a prostitute.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2006)
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Tim The Enchanter
Jun 16, 2014 Tim The Enchanter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those less prudish than I
My bad luck with audiobooks continues. At least I made it about 40% through this time. First off, the narration was below average. It was not bad enough to make me abandon the audio. This time around, I abandoned the book because of the content. I enjoyed the first book in the series very much. This time around, the sexual content of the story was pervasive and too much for my liking. The setting (Las Vegas) plays a role in the content and frankly, it does not feel out of place. That said, it wa ...more
Jean Coldwell
Stripped is the second Jonathan Stride novel by Brian Freeman. Maybe it was the Las Vegas setting, or maybe it was the story itself, but I did not enjoy this book as much as his first, Immoral. Perhaps I am biased, because I grew up in northern Minnesota, and Duluth and the shores of Lake Superior are much more familiar to me than the glitz and glimmer of Vegas. Stride, too, seems like a fish out of water in the seemingly wild, corrupt city far from home.

I also missed Stride’s partner, Maggie. B
Maureen DeLuca
I'm giving this 2.5 - this is the 2nd book in the Jonathan Stride series- The first one, being Immoral was FANTASTIC. I really didn't care for this book all that much- except I do love the Jonathan Stride character- but I have to say I am so not a fan of his current girlfriend 'Serena' sorry- she annoys me. This story picks up where Immoral left off- both Stride and Serena are now in Las Vegas. This story combines a current crime with a crime that happened close to 40 years ago. There is sex, de ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stripped is the second book I have read by Brian Freeman, the first being Immoral. I loved Immoral and I loved Stripped just as much, if not more. This surprised me as several of my Goodreads friends have read both, and they all preferred Immoral.

Stripped had it all (almost) for me. The pace was excellent throughout, and the last 75 pages or so just flew by in nothing flat. In those last pages, there were twists and turns, one after another, almost all of which were unanticipated by me. In rega
Scott Rhee
Jul 07, 2011 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Stripped" is the second book by Brian Freeman, featuring his detectives/lovers Jonathon Stride and Serena Dial. Leaving the cold midwestern climate of Minnesota to work as a homicide detective in Vegas, Stride isn't settling in as comfortably as he hoped. Living with his new girlfriend/partner, Dial, isn't the issue. It's the city itself. When Stride and Dial get involved in a case that involves a billionaire casino operator, a fifty-year-old cold murder case of a showgirl, the mafia, and local ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured Freeman's first book Immoral in short order. From beginning to end I was completely absorbed by it. Stripped is just as addicting and fantastic as the first novel.

The second novel places Stride in Vegas. He's now a police officer in the LVPD and is still in his relationship with Selena Dial whom he fell head over heels in love with during the course of Immoral

As the book opens, Freeman makes the reader witness to a 40 year old murder of a popular Las Vegas show girl. Flashing to the p
Neide Parafitas
Jan 29, 2013 Neide Parafitas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2013
Las Vegas, a Cidade do Pecado... é aqui que a trama se passa.

Dois crimes ocorrem, aparentemente sem ligação entre si. Os três detectives Stride, Serena e Amanda, um transsexual levam a cabo a investigação do assassinato de um homem e do atropelamento de um menino. Mas cedo se verifica que estes dois homicídios se encontram relacionados com um outro ocorrido há quarenta anos atrás e é na procura de um serial killer que serão trazidos à luz segredos há muito escondidos!

Um policial cheio de revirav
Reinaldo Lourenço
E pronto... aqui ficam as primeiras 5* do ano :)
Jà tinha gostado bastante do 1 livro desta saga mas acho que este conseguiu superar as minhas expectativas.
Uma trama bem elaborada e quando parece que està tudo resolvido, pum, mais um twist...
Muito bom!
Muito, muito bom! Cada vez que parece estar tudo resolvido, surge mais uma revelação. Quanto ao final, foi perfeito, mesmo! Gostei mais que do anterior (que já tinha sido bom).
Feb 10, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. If you like murder/detective stories you will enjoy this but read his first one first. It is called "Immoral".
Stride seems like a fish out of water in this book, but then again what do you expect from a MN guy that finds himself out in Vegas with a new love and back working police cases instead of overseeing the cases.

There seems to be trouble all around for him. Things with Serena hit an odd patch, his new partner knocks him for a loop, and the case he is working is tied to the past as much as the present and there are some very powerful men attached to it. The old Vegas heyday of the 1960's were fun t
Jul 19, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I like this series by Brian Freeman, but this one isn't my favorite book by this author. It had some great twists and turns, but there were too many red herrings and too many people hoarding secrets. That made it feel long because certain events were relived too many times, with each time having a little more info shared. That was getting old real quick. I should have read the first book in this series before this one. I will get to that next week.
Feb 02, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that there was a Stride series. I can't wait to read more.

Jonathon Stride has moved from Minnesota to Las Vegas to be with Serena Dial. He retired from the Duluth PD and joined the force in Las Vegas. This was a very good mystery with lots of twists and complicated relationships. Nothing is what it seems even Stride's new partner, Amanda. It seems everyone in Las Vegas has a complicated or "not as it seems" story.

There is a murderer on the loose that is murdering people and he
Massimo Foglio
Jul 17, 2013 Massimo Foglio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dopo immoral, arriva la conferma di Vegas Baby: Freeman è un nome da appuntarsi e non perdere di vista. Una storia scorrevole, articolata e ben raccontata senza dimenticare nulla, nemmeno il colpo di scena finale.
Notevole l'approfondimento dei personaggi che, in questo secondo episodio mostrano una grande personalità ed iniziano a familiarizzare con il lettore.
Insomma, un'ottima scoperta!
David Proffitt
Mar 09, 2014 David Proffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read one of Brian Freeman’s books last autumn, when I was given a copy of “The Watcher”. It was an excellent book which left me wanting more.

What I hadn’t realised was that these books are part of a series, following the exploits of his creation, Jonathan Stride. In Stride, Freeman has created a complex character with the kind of past that makes him both vulnerable and resilient. Having lost the love of his life to cancer, followed by a disastrous second marriage, Stride finds love again
Jun 12, 2010 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of my Brian Freeman books will have the same review. I don't want to give even the hint of a spoiler. I have read all of his books and really consider his writing to be something "flying under the radar". I have a couple of authors that I feel that about. Brian Freeman's works are on a list of works that I recommend all the time. He is a must read in my book.
Jul 04, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything Brian Freeman, and I'm so stoked I found this author. Of the three books he has published and I've read this may be my least favorite just because it was more vegas & mob than anything. Still a great book just wasn't expecting the vegas setting throughout the entire book, I'm used to Stride being in MN! it's surely worth the read though!
Maria Grazia
Ci sono posti in cui convergono tutte le anime ferite del mondo, e da lì ripartono per un nuovo destino. Alcuni diventano killer, altri diventano cacciatori di killer.
Un thriller ben scritto, ottimamente ambientato, in cui niente è come sembra, a cominciare dai poliziotti.
Piacevole e adrenalinico.
Passione per i libri
Beh che dire, Freeman é ufficialmente nella lista dei miei scrittori preferiti!!
Ho purtroppo letto la serie di Stride in disordine, partendo da "Polvere e sange", poi "il respiro del ghiaccio", "Immoral", "la danza delle falene" e infine questo "las vegas baby" che in meno di una settimana mi ha stregata!!
Si parte con l'omicidio, 40 anni fa, di una famosa spogliarellista di Las Vegas, poi ai giorni nostri due omicidi apparentemente senza alcun legame (ma solo apparentemente) riportano alla rib
I was disappointed in this book. It was engaging & the main character, Jonathan Stride, is likable as well as a talented detective. However, there were too many story cliches - a partner with a public secret that ostracizes her from the rest of the dept; a mobster with a soft spot for his adopted daughter; a detective who helped orchestrate a cover up so his own secret would remain hidden......

It's Las Vegas & a proud old hotel is facing demolition to make way for modern glitz. Then, tw
Jul 29, 2008 Karyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay murder mystery with all the right twists. I will be happy if Stride goes back home. I think having it in Vegas is an excuse to put in alot of unnecessary sex. It was just too much for me.
Jun 03, 2014 Chetta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Freeman is an excellent writer and I am enjoying his books so far. I had a little trouble wit this book because of the very thin threads that held the plot together. They got a little too weak and a little too much for me to believe as a reader. I had a hard time going along with things in this book that were needed to keep the story going. I thought the author might have organized the writing a little too well and the characters seemed to do things because of an outline instead of what th ...more
Narrator: Joe Barrett

I'm so angry with the author for making Serena cheating on Jon. Not with a man, mind you, but with a woman. It's still cheating to me even if Jon and the rest of the world's maled population, find it a turn-on. I found it especially sickening when it happens just after Serena's telling herself how she needs Jon and silently begging him not to leave her. Jon never thought that but, on the contrary, is very much in love with Serena.

Lesbian a
Vi este libro hace menos de una semana en la librería y me llamo mucho la atención la portada, es decir, es Las Vegas ¿a quien no le atrae eso? Para mi desgracia, es el segundo libro de esta saga y no suelo comenzar una saga por su séquela. Por esa portada, hice una excepción.

Con una trama llena de misterio, secretos, luchas de poder y montones de acción, Venganza nos presenta la historia de la pareja de detectives Johnny Stride y Serena Dial mientras uno investiga el asesinato de un conocido mi
Aug 04, 2008 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Police Procedural Lovers
I learned that it is possible to have too many music references. At times I thought I was reading someone's country music playlist.

I also learned that too much description detracts from the story.

The story was good, the execution was acceptable. With that said, I would have loved more dialogue. I am a believer that you learn more about a character from "hearing" them speak. There is so much history with these characters that I feel like I am being cheated by only learning a few scraps here and t
May 23, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
**May contain spoilers**

I enjoyed this book immensely. I have been to Las Vegas twice and I could feel from the pages the scorching heat, the dry air, the sun beating mercilessly down, the hot dry nights where the air conditioning only seems to make noise and loudly at that. As a Minnesotan I can relate to what it's like to be standing on the pavement at noon when the temp is 106* (which, just for the record, this particular Minnesota loved).

However, I came across a few "issues" with this book.
May 03, 2010 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Detec. Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial
SETTING: Las Vegas
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.25

It's got to be true love if someone is willing to move from the cold, crisp secluded world of Duluth, Minnesota, to hot, happening Las Vegas to be with their significant other—and that's just what Detective Jonathan Stride does to be with fellow detective Serena Dial. Although they work in different departments, they do have cases that overlap and involve both of them. Stride’s new partner is a woman
Apr 07, 2011 Kavyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot is unique – a crime thriller that is in-your-face. Jonathan Stride is in Vegas and has his first assignment – the brutal murder of a wealthy Hollywood director’s son. His partner is a gorgeous transvestite Amanda Gillen who has faced her share of ridicule in the uniform. Meanwhile, Serena is working on a hit and run case. At the surface both the cases are unrelated; but as they dig deeper they realize that not only are these cases related but they also have a close link with a showgirl’ ...more
Apr 17, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of the better books I've read this year. It's fast paced with very good character development. This is the second book in Brian Freeman's Jonathon Stride novels. It's my second time reading him also. I can't wait to read Stalked, his third novel. This book picks up a couple months after Mr. Freeman's first novel, Immoral. Stride is now in Vegas dating Serena from his first book. It's got everything in it from celebrities to Vegas to murder to revenge to sex to dirty cover ...more
Mark Soone
Mar 27, 2012 Mark Soone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would likely go 3.75 if they gave more rating options. IMHO this book was not quite as good as the first installment, yet was still a very good read. I am anxious for the 3rd book and hope to read it next week.

I usually prefer stand alone novels as oppossed to a series, but there are still several series that I do enjoy. One of the benifits of a series is the depth of characters continues to evolve. Stride makes for a complex but down to earth protaginist, and it is easy to feel attached to hi
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“her ear. She was stick-thin and pretty, with a loose pink top that let her breasts sway and rose-colored tight pants, but other than her Vegas body, she wasn’t making any effort to look glamorous. Her brown hair hung limply to her shoulders in a mess of curls. She hadn’t put on makeup or jewelry, except for a gold bracelet that she twisted nervously around her wrist with her other hand. The whites of her eyes were lined with red. Amanda began to approach her but found her way blocked by a giant Samoan in a Hawaiian shirt, obviously a bodyguard. She discreetly flashed her badge. The man asked if she could wait, then lumbered over to Tierney and whispered in her ear. The girl studied Amanda, murmured something to the Samoan, and went back to her phone call. “Mrs. Dargon wonders if she could talk to you in her limo,” the bodyguard told Amanda. “It’s waiting outside. There’s a picture of Mr. Dargon on the door.” Amanda shrugged. “Okay.” She found the limo without any problem. Samoa had obviously radioed to the driver, who was waiting for her with the door open. He was in his sixties, and he tipped his black hat to Amanda as she got in. “There’s champagne if you’d like,” he told her. “We have muffins, too, but don’t take the blueberry oatmeal muffin. That’s Mrs. Dargon’s favorite.” Amanda smiled. “She” 0 likes
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