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Two young lovers. A sultry summer night. One brutal, cold-blooded murder. In this stunning, atmospheric thriller, Brian Freeman takes you deep into Detective Jonathan Stride’s complicated past.

It’s the case that has haunted Stride for thirty years. During the summer after his junior year of high school, he fell in love with beautiful Cindy Starr, the girl who would become
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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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Mike
Brian Freeman has been climbing the ranks as one of my favorite authors over the past few years. His first three books really impressed me so I was eagerly anticipating IN THE DARK and had heard it was going to be the most emotional book of the Stride/Dial series. Often I find myself a bit disappointed after reading a long-awaited book because it just doesn't live up to the hype.

IN THE DARK was NOT one of these books.

Every Brian Freeman book has a "killer" prologue and this one screams chapter o
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Jean Coldwell
…” the parallel postulate. “
Rikke shrugged. “If two lines cross a third and form less than two right angles, then eventually the two lines will meet if extended far enough. Why on earth do you find that so interesting?”
“It’s something I find in most of my investigations,” Stride told her. “Sooner or later, the lines always intersect.”

I don’t remember much from my high school geometry class, but as I read In the Dark, the parallel postulate began to make sense. A peeper is terrifying teenage gir
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Brenda
I see growth in Brian Freeman with this book. Well told story from Stride's past.
Diana Barbosa
adorei adorei adore!!! Fiquei fã do autor! Mas que livro cheio de surpresas! Sai nas livrarias amanhã dia 15 de Novembro - Editorial Presença - comprem e leiam :)
Magpie67
I love reading books with cold cases. I love the angles, the twists, and the clues that were never followed up on when the case was hot. A case that has detective Jonathan Stride reliving a past of family and a lost love. His wife, Cindy has passed on from cancer going on about 5 years now and before they were married, she lost her sister to a horrid crime in the woods, on July 4th. A special night that caused Cindy much grief... if only she had been there for her sister. A night that Jonny and ...more
Matt Schiariti
Brian Freeman's Jonothan Stride novels are quickly becoming my favorite on going series. His deftness at writing engaging characters, broaching adult subjects without going overboard, and mixing wonderfully interesting plots with great twists and turns is really hard to beat.

Stride loved his late wife Cindy fiercely. Thirty years ago events happened in their lives that would change them both forever, especially Stride. As it happens, on the first night Stride and Cindy decide to take their relat
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Kirby
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Nancy
This book seemed to have lost the spark that his previous works had. Though it is still very good, this one was just off a bit.

Tish Verdure returns to Minnesota to write about a case that is just too personal for Detective Jonathan Stride. This book will be about the night 30 years ago that Jonathan and his late wife Cindy thought would be the most wonderful of their lives, the night that they would make their most personal commitment to each other. But when Cindy’s sister Laura never comes home
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Vera VB
Een buurt in Dulluth heeft last van een voyeur. 's Avonds of 's nachts staat hij door het slaapkamerraam van tieners te kijken. De politie slaagt er niet in hem te vatten. Wanneer de man voor het raam staat van de mentaal gehandicapte Mary, gaat hij te ver. Het kind in een vrouwenlichaam raakt helemaal in paniek. De politie verhoogt zijn inspanningen, maar weer zonder resultaat.
Tish, een inwoner van Dulluth die na ongeveer 30 jaar terug komt, veroorzaakt ook de nodige beroering. Ze is een boek
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Andrea
Not a fan of this. Over the top and all over the place. Half-way through I put it down and didn't bother picking it up again for two weeks, and you know if I do that with a mystery it's a bad sign. Normally I compulsively read even the bad ones, but this I just didn't care.
Burt
This was an above average novel of a crime committed 35 years in the past. I can't remember what I said last week but in this book they not only remember times, dates and events but also conversations.
Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Livro oferecido pela Editorial Presença! Brian Freeman é um escritor que nunca tinha lido por isso despertou-me a curiosidade. Mais um policial!!!

Proveniência: Editorial Presença/ a minha biblioteca.

A minha Opinião:
O ponto de partida deste livro é um crime que ocorreu há 30 anos e que ficou por resolver….A vítima, Laura, é cunhada do inspector Stride e este não descansa enquanto não o resolver depois do regresso de Tish, a melhor amiga de Laura.
Passado e presente ent
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Marty Essen
I normally avoid books written in a series, as their authors commonly run out of interesting situations for their repeating characters and, in general, the stories become predicable. That is not the case with Brian Freeman. Each of his Jonathan Stride/Serena Dial books is just a bit better than the one preceding it--a testament to Freeman's growth as a writer.

In his latest, "In the Dark," Freeman even added a welcome bit of social commentary: rigid Christianity vs. tolerance of gays. By addressi
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Scott Rhee
Brian Freeman's fourth book to feature detectives Jonathon Stride and Serena Dial, "In the Dark", is another great suspenseful read. In this one, Stride must re-open old wounds about his late wife, Cindy, who died of cancer, when one of her high school friends comes back into town. Tish Verdure has returned to write a book about the murder of Cindy's older sister, Laura, who was murdered when Stride and Cindy were in high school. The case was never officially solved, although an African-American ...more
Kathleen Hagen
In the Dark, by Brian Freeman, A-minus, narrated by Joe Barrett, and Carrington MacDuffie, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the fourth in the Jonathan Stride series and by far the best. Jonathan Stride is chief of homicide detectives in Duluth with Maggie Day, his work partner, and Serena Dial, who was a homicide cop in Las Vegas, now living with Stride in Duluth, is his partner at home. What Freeman is particularly good at is descriptions of scenery, and in this
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Lizzie Hayes
‘The Watcher’ by Brian Freeman
Published by Headline, December 2008. ISBN 978-0-7553-3527-5

In July 1977 Laura Starr was found beaten to death with a baseball bat.

Now thirty years later Trish Verdure appears on a restaurant patio, where Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is dining and tells him that she was a close friend of his late wife Cindy and that she is writing a book about the murder of Cindy’s sister, Laura. But Jonathan has no recollection of Cindy ever mentioning Trish, even through she persist
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David Proffitt
This book was recommended to me by the same person that introduced me to Martina Cole and Karen Slaughter, so I was expecting something sinister, gritty and dark, but what I got was so much more.

When journalist Trish Verdure returns to her home town to try to solve a thirty-year-old murder, she opens a veritable Pandora's Box. It is a murder that has haunted Lieutenant Jonathan Stride for decades. Not only was the victim his girlfriend’s sister, but he also let the prime suspect escape.
But not
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Mark Soone
I would likely go 3.5 if that were an option, but I just couldn't bring myself to go 4. No so much because it wasn't good, I just didn't find it as good as its predecessors. As a series I would still call this a 4-5 star series, so in that light I would continue reading this in the series.

Stride's character continues to develop and grow in depth as well. I was slightly disappointed that neither serena nor Maggie played a prominant role in this, although they werea part of the story. Here we get
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Joyce
Mijn eerste boek van Brian Freeman, de kennismaking is zeker bevallen.

Het boek vertelt het verhaal naar de dood van Laura Starr, de oudere zus van de vriendin/vrouw van de rechercheur Jonarhan Stride. Zij is 30 jaar geleden s`nachts dood gevonden op een strandje bij het plaatsje Dulluth in Minnesota. Inmiddels is de vrouw van Jonathan overleden aan een slopende ziekte en woont hij met zijn huidige vriendin in Dulluth.

Na 30 jaar duikt een oude vriendin van Laura op in het plaatsje. Tish Verdure
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Larry
Thirty years ago, Jonathan Stride was a seventeen-year-old boy in love with Cindy Starr, the girl he eventually married. The very night they expressed their love, Cindy's sister, Laura, was savagely murdered, a crime that was never solved.

Today, thirty years later, Lt. Jon Stride is head of the detectives in his hometown of Duluth, Cindy is five years dead from cancer, and woman claiming to be a friend of Cindy's and Laura's has returned to write a book about Laura's death and its aftermath. As
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Fran
In the Dark
Brian Freeman


Cindy Star was married to Jonathan Stride despite his mother’s apprehension and fears that she would lose her son to this young girl. Cindy died five years ago but author Brian Freeman has decided to allow readers to get to her know, how she and Jonathan connected the first time and what happens when she wants to share her experience with her sister, Laura. Coming home in total disarray and not wanting to even wash away one shred of evidence that she and Jonathan were tog
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Dlytle
This is my first foray into the Johnathon Stride mysteries. It was a good basic mystery, with some suspense, but not something I couldn't put down. A barely known former high school acquaintance shows up to write a book about a long ago murder. She stirs up old memories in Jonathon, and manages to get the police looking into the case again. New people die, and the case is finally conclusively solved. Some of the situations are too contrived, and it's pretty easy to predict most of the action, bu ...more
Samantha
I'm fast becoming a Brian Freeman fan. I really enjoy the Jonathan Stride/Serena Dials series. This is the fourth book in the series, however, you could read this one as a stand alone. Mr. Freeman talks about some previous cases but not in great detail and if you know about them then great...if you don't then it wets your appetitite to read the previous books. I just feel like you really get to know Jonathan Stride in depth in this book. It is the most emotional one of the series so far. It take ...more
Michael
This is my first Brian Freeman book and I find his writing a little similar to that of John Sandford but with too many, undeveloped one dimensional characters, and too much improbable plot complexity and narrative back ground than I would prefer. There are also too many red herring suspects thrown around - I mean this is not Agatha Christie we're talking about here. Nonetheless, I found this Johnathan Stride story somewhat interesting and enjoyed the Minnesota locales as in Sandford's books.
The
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Darcy
This is an interesting book due to the fact that dead characters have a lot of pull in the book, one of them we have heard a little about in previous books, Stride’s first wife, Cindy.

I liked the parts in the past, it showed how Stride grew into the man he is today. I did feel sorry for Serena for a lot of the book, she has always been haunted by Cindy’s ghost. I loved that she even brought it up to Stride, while they each have secrets they are very honest with each other.

The crimes were intere
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Ricardo
This was a re-read for me. I thought it wasn't nearly as good as the previous three in the Stride/Dial/Bei series. The pace was erratic and at times seemed to stall and it took a while for it to get going again, which in turn made the writing appear choppy, repetitive, and unfinished
Mandy
Comparisons to Sandford's Lucas Davenport/"Prey" series are obvious because both take place in Minnesota - but also because the environment is so central and the characters are so well-drawn. Not quite as good, but definitely approaching the excellence of the LD series for me.
Robyn
The narrative structure of this novel detracts from the story. While the flashback scenes are compelling and help to propel the story forward, the narrative of the flashbacks is inconsistent. Some are told from the main protagonist view, in third person. Some are told via a "novel-within-a-novel" written by another character (though the novel-within-a-novel is written in first person point of view of a third character). It's not as confusing at it sounds, but it is definitely distracting. I thin ...more
Liz
This was a great read! Lots of twists and turns, and the story was told by different voices which sometimes I don't like but added to this book to make it great. At times it keeps you guessing but also gives you enough clues that you can deduct yourself as the story unfolds. Definately recommend!
Pat
Interesting enough story, nice little twist at the end. But do people really live like that - wrapped tightly in their little web of secrets and lies?? I suspect not.
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