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The Cold Nowhere

(Jonathan Stride #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,545 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Edgar Award finalist and international bestselling author Brian Freeman brings the long-awaited return of Lieutenant Jonathan Stride to the bitter cold of Duluth, Minnesota.

Sixteen-year-old Catalina Mateo shows up unannounced one night in Detective Jonathan Stride's home, dripping wet from a desperate plunge into the icy waters of Lake Superior. Her sodden clothes stained
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 9th 2013 by Quercus
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Kylie D
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
I really like Brian Freeman's books and this one was no exception. In this book Jonathan Stride has a teenage prostitute turn up on his doorstep claiming that someone is trying to kill her. This takes Stride back 10 years to a time he would rather forget, when he couldn't save a woman, the girl's mother, from her violent husband. However Stride's partner, Maggie, doesn't trust the girl, causing a further rift in her and Stride's already strained relationship. I had to keep reading to find out wh ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is really nothing unique or surprising about this book. The saga continues between Stride, Serena, and Maggie. The crimes are resolved. The most interesting thing is the introduction of Cat.
Maureen DeLuca
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a 4 star read for one reason only- I really do like the Jonathan Stride character and Brian Freeman's writing. To understand this book, you should really start with the first book in this series Immoral which is a 5 star read- and book number 1 in this series.

I'm going to say this I DON'T like Serena, her character or anything about her- especially being with Stride. ' Nuf said.

looking forward to picking up book number 7 in the series,,,, ......
Linda Strong
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Jonathan Stride is back! I feel like I've been waiting a very long time for this one.

One night Stride returns home to be confronted by the knowledge that someone is in his house. Much to his surprise it is Cat Mateo. The last time Stride had seen her was 10 years ago. She was only 6 at the time and a witness to the murder/suicide of her mother and father.

Stride finds out that Cat's life has been anything but easy. She's been shunted between foster homes, stayed with an aunt and abusive uncle, an
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My opinion: There is a reason why Brian Freeman is on my short list for favorite American authors. The Cold Nowhere is an excellent example.

I was very nervous about this book. The last full Jonathan Stride novel was released in 2009. Mr. Freeman has had some excellent stand alone novels, but not a Jonathan Stride. When I saw this on Edelweiss, I blinked my eyes a couple of times. I, then, went in like a kid opening Christmas gifts and proceeded to PLEAD
Sean Peters
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The eighth psychological suspense novel by international bestselling author Brian Freeman brings the long-awaited return of Lieutenant Jonathan Stride to the bitter cold of Duluth, Minnesota.

"My mother told me that if there was ever a time in my life when I needed protection, and no one was around for me, I should go to you. Find Mr. Stride, she told me. She said you'd help me."

Yes the welcome return of Stride, Serena and Maggie with the added great personality of the young Catalina Mateo.

As Jon
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I've read Brian Freeman before and have liked his books. I've never read this particular series though. I have the first and second novels in this series (the Jonathan Stride series), so I'm not sure why I started with the 6th one.

I liked this book. The story had some unique twists in it. I also like the MC, Johnny Stride. He is flawed but good. The thing that bugged me though, was the way the women were portrayed in his life. It seemed like they all wanted a piece of him to call their own and
L Cherry
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
This is another great mystery from Brian Freeman. I am really enjoying this series. The audible version has a really good narrator. I am looking forward to more.
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like this series and The Cold Nowhere is a good addition. Set in Minnesota it covers several murders (past and present) and various attempts on a teenager's life and is all drawn together neatly at the end. I think familiarity with the previous novels would help you better understand some of the ramifications of Stride's personal life in this novel, but it's not a necessity as it will stand alone. The book is, in my opinion, a bit long and could do without some of the italicised flashbacks/mem ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stride and Maggie and Serena, oh my! Put them all together in a snowy, frozen Duluth murder case, and what do you get? Fire and ice. Sizzle and steam!

Okay, The Cold Nowhere is the sixth of Brian Freeman’s Jonathan Stride mystery thrillers, and you really have to know what’s gone on in previous books to appreciate the complex, messy relationships among these three characters. That’s all I’m saying about that.

As for the plot, Freeman throws in teenage prostitutes, rich men, and murder. Oh my! When
Luanne Ollivier
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read the first couple of Brian Freeman's novels featuring protagonist Jonathan Stride. His latest novel, The Cold Nowhere, is the sixth in the series.

A young girl trapped on a boat, pursued by an unknown assailant. She's not as helpless as her pursuer might think though...."Wherever she went, whatever she did, Cat always carried a knife." She escapes - and lands on Detective Stride's doorstep.

Stride is back working in Duluth, Minnesota. And his past has come back to haunt him as well. Str
Brian Freeman
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'll talk more about THE COLD NOWHERE soon in my blog...but right now, I can't think of a better write-up about the book than this one at

I hope you enjoy the return of Jonathan Stride!
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Cold Nowhere: Brian Freeman

Each person faces his/her own demons, fears, and remembrances in different ways. Some hide from the truth while others bury it even deeper within the confines of their mind. Survival means many things to different people and often both teens and adults search for their own way to stay alive. When one young girl named Cat finds herself in a dangerous situation that she put herself in thinking she was just taking care of some rich man’s needs for money, she thinks fa
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most excellent 5 star read, as usual Brian did it again!

Let me start out by saying this girl has been a Brian Freeman fan since his first book "Immoral" came out and blew me right out of the water back in 2005. That Brian and his wife live in Minnesota as do I, makes this series for me a must read!
The Cold Nowhere is another great thrill ride, the 6th in this series and Duluth PD Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is fighting the bad guys again. I was off base as to "who done it" and I love when that
Audiobook well read by Joe Barrett. This book, 6th in the series, directly follows Turn to Stone (numbered as 5.6). I have read several of the Jonathan Stride series and have found most to be quite enjoyable. This one has a good mystery once you can get past the narcissistic psychobabble related to Jonathan’s relationship with women. It would seem they all fawn over him and then get into cat-fights about him. The battle between Maggie and Serena is silly, distracting and unprofessional.

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Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Police Lt. Jonathon Stride tries to protect the daughter of a murder victim he knew in years past from a mysterious stalker in the winter wonderland of Duluth MN. Cat, a beautiful teenage prostitute, witnessed her parents murder/suicide years ago and turns to Stride for protection. The case gets complicated when Stride's former lovers; Serena and Maggie, team up to untangle a related and closed robbery and murder case of an influential car dealer's wife. Slow build to a strong, fast paced finale ...more
Deb Bodinnar
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love love love Brians books. Stride is a great character, Serena and Maggie I can see them on the screen!! Had to have a laugh when I read Maggie referring to Serena as Angie Harmon, as I can remember commenting to Brian on a book club conference call that Angie Harmon would make a perfect Serena on the TV screen. Looking forward to more great novels Brian. Maybe Stride and Serena could follow a case to Australia, along the Great Ocean Road. <3
Ken Heard
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, when you read a good fiction, you know things are going on at the same time the action is being described in the book. That, to me, is the sign of a good plot with driving pace and a three-dimensional tale.

In The Cold Nowhere, Brian Freeman's sixth in the Duluth, Minn., detective Jonathan Stride series, that multiple action thing is going on perfectly. In my opinion, this is the best of the series. You know the plot; it's been discussed on other reviews already. But the key thing to n
Double edge sword with two cold cases roaring back to the present... 10 yrs ago a catalyst (supreme irony in the name of the child) began... that tumbled along until the truth could no longer be contained. Well, one person might have been the limited needed to silence the ugly past, but when one is consumed with staying not guilty and free... their minds tend to overthink the situation. Two crimes, multiple deaths and a current degrading case have the Duluth duo team of Jonathan and Maggie worki ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m starting to bore of these books so I’ll move to others and come back.
Paula Brandon
Jun 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Stride is found by Catalina Mateo, seeking his help because she is sure someone is out there trying to kill her. But can she be believed? She's a teenage prostitute who carries a knife with her wherever she goes. Stride's cop partner, Maggie, doesn't trust her. However, Stride harbours enormous guilt over being unable to protect Catalina's mother ten years earlier, when she was murdered by her psychotic ex-husband. So he's willing to help Catalina. The investigation into Catalina's stal ...more
Karl Jorgenson
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Freeman has a number of skills that he shows off in his Stride series. He makes unforgettable characters with depth and complexity, and always with problems that eat at them from inside. Here, all the cops have relationship issues and everybody else is either a hooker, a pimp, or a murderer. It all feels real, as though you've been dropped into a purgatory for those whose past is their punishment.
Plot, however, drags this book down. Freeman employs his usual technique/style of withholding as muc
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to Brian Freeman’s books, I have to put down all other reading material and distractions and concentrate fully on the story that is being told. Not that it is a complicated storyline, but the subtext is just as important, and in some cases, more important than the top layer that the reader is deeply focused on.

There is nothing simple in Jonathan Stride’s life, so the day he comes home and realizes that someone is in his home, his life takes a dramatic turn. To understand this turn
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
10 years ago Jonathan Stride found six year old Cat Mateo hiding under her porch after her father brutally murdered her mother and then shot himself in the head. Ten years later, Cat, now 16, and who has been living on the streets due to problems with her foster parents, and is a prostitute, turns up at Stride's house. She's sure someone's trying to kill her, and a long time ago her mother told her to find Stride if she were in trouble and no one else could help her. Stride still feels guilty ov ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is another excellent addition to the series. While the personal stories of the three main characters - Jonathan Stride, Maggie Bei and Serena Dial continue on their convoluted way, Stride is trying to help 16 year old Cat who shows up on his doorstep one night claiming someone is trying to kill her. Stride last saw Cat 10 years ago when he attended the murder-suicide of her parents and now feels he must help her as he failed to help her mother.

There is a real sense of menace as the net clos
Rebecca Waranch
I really like this series, but honestly, I am sooo tired of the characters and all their drama. I hate the relationship between Stride and fact I pretty much can't stand Serena at all. I thought she was out of the picture, but I guess not. The ridiculousness of this relationship is starting to get in the way of the plots. All of the existential issues are dramatic and they aren't even real problems...real people don't do this stuff.

Another thing is the word "mound." I am going to puk
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
I don't know what it is about Brian Freeman's books but for me they always start well, dip in the middle so that I consider stopping reading, and then pick up spectacuarly at the end so that I am stumbling over words because I am trying to take it in so fast. I've only read some of this series so I think I have skipped a few plot points (as the books rely quite heavily on you knowing the past plots) but also it is explained enough for you to feel like you haven't missed anything... This plot mov ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A welcome return to the world of Duluth cop Jonathan Stride, his partner Maggie Bei, and his estranged lover, cop Serena Dial. Stride is sought out by a 16-year old prostitute who thinks someone is trying to kill her. That is just the beginning of the story. This is a rewardingly suspenseful plot with the twists one wants in a top-notch thriller. Freeman also does a good job of propelling the complicated relationships -- which have gotten very messy over the last few books -- forward as well. Ba ...more
Marla Madison
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This latest Freeman book reminded me of why he is one of my favorite suspense authors! Jonathan Stride is back and with a lovely new mystery to solve when the young daughter of an old female acquaintance comes to him for help. Protecting her turns into a plot loaded with all the twists and turns we suspense lovers enjoy.
Stride's love interest, Serena, is back in this novel, but I have to say I was rooting for him to get together with his partner. Won't say who wins the daring Stride in the end!
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Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his "you are there" settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots. Brian was also selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne ...more

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