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(Jonathan Stride #3)

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Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner Maggie Bei is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. She’s obviously hiding a terrible secret, and her silence only feeds suspicion. Maggie isn’t the only one keeping secrets in Duluth. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message: I know w ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published September 6th 2007)
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The murderer being transported from one prison to the other didn’t expect to be able to escape – but he took the chance when it came. After ten years in prison, he had revenge to take – and he would if it was the last thing he did.

Detective Maggie Bei woke in the dead of night to a noise. She thought it must have been the remnants of her recurring nightmare as it had sounded like a gunshot. But it was real – and suddenly Maggie was in the middle of a crime scene where she was a strong suspect. M
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Chances are if you're reading this you've read Brian Freeman's previous two Jonathan Stride novels. If you haven't I just have to ask you, WHY NOT???

As with Immoral and Stripped, Freeman is a master of the page turning psychological thriller. As usual I won't go into plot too much because it's been recounted many times in other reviews.

Serena and Stride are back in John's native Minnesota. He did take the job to be head detective that was offered to him in the latter portion of Stripped. The bes
STALKED (Susp/Pol. Prod.- Minnesota-Cont) - Okay
Freeman, Brian – 3rd in series
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN; 9780312363277

First Sentence: The prisoner squinted at the threatening ebony sky through the steel mesh that made u the cage in the rear of the patrol car.

Maggie Bell is awakened to find her husband dead of a gunshot wound and her gun on the floor in the middle of the room. Despite her protestations of innocence, all evidence points to her being the killer, particularly
May 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Freeman hit his stride (LOL! No pun intended!) in book 2: Stripped, and somehow managed to trip in book 3: Stalked. This is a bit long, but I don't think I give anything away.

My issues. These are items that pulled me out of the book - a phrase, a comment, whatever. I don't like to be pulled out of the plot, it makes me cranky and less likely to want to continue.

Dude. Don't be throwing crap in my lake. Not cool. It wasn't cool when Stride threw his cigarettes in the Canal in book one and it's n
Oct 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one in the Stride series by Freeman. In this one, Stride has returned to Duluth, Minnesota, after his stint in Vegas as told in the prior book in the series, Stripped. He has his old job back on the force as police lieutenant and his girl friend, Serena, has joined him in Duluth working as a PI. The novel starts out when his partner, Maggie, finds her husband shot dead on a cold winter night and she is accused of his murder. But did she do it? The answers to this one come together a ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the 3rd in the Jonathan Stride series... I was much better than the 2nd book, but not as good as the first. My main complaint is Stride's girlfriend Serena. I just don't 'see' them together, and I really get very tired when an author feels that he or she feels it is more interesting if there is a personal connection between the cop and the bad guy; the cop as victim. You then just know that the cop will do something really stupid and needs to be 'saved'. But, having said that - I will st ...more
L Cherry
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
excellent mystery series!
I have loved every book in this series. The characters and stories are well developed with exciting mysteries. The audible version is great with a wonderful narrator to enjoy.
Brian Freeman
Jan 13, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The Chicago Tribune called STALKED "a perfect blend of psychological suspense and crime fiction." Write to me at or visit my web site ( or Facebook page. ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Book #3 in Jonathan Stride series. Brian Freeman is my type of author. Great characters. Fantastic plots. On the hunt for killers. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 5 stars.
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like this book and have liked Freeman's others. There's only one thing that really bugged me and that's the necessity of the author to make the killer focus on Serena, Stride's transplanted love interest from Las Vegas. There seems to be a trend among authors to believe that in order to make their police procedurals more interesting there has to be a personal connection between the cop and the bad guy; the cop as victim. I think it's unnecessary and personally don;t think it adds anything. Ma ...more
Sean Peters
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
My second book in a row by Brian Freeman, and another book I really enjoyed.

Just a star below The Bone House.

Although I know not the first of the Jonathan Stride/Maggie/Serena books, I don't think it affected the story at all.

A multi-layered breath taking, gripping fast paced thriller, with a strong subject a sexual serial killer, murders, stalkers.

Are they being watched? Who is stalking who?

These questions keep you guessing, great three main characters, and filled with multi-plots and twists,
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Every time I’ve read a Brian Freeman novel I vow not to do it again. This third try I made it half way through and then remembered the vow I made years ago. I sometimes regret reading on a tablet because throwing an idiotic read in book form across the room at a wall is such a cleansing act. Too expensive to do with a tablet.

This year I look at America and see a population who freely elected a buffoon as President and think the characters in a Freeman novel may not be so far off the mark.

But th
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I rarely put down a book in the middle, let alone right in the beginning but this one was the exception. I found the level of sex to be more than gratuitous to the point where I could no longer find the plot of the book.
Tom Tischler
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lt. Jonathan Stride knows that his partner Maggie Bei is in
trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter cold winter
night. She's hiding a secret and her silence only feeds suspicion.
Maggie isn't the only one keeping secrets in Duluth A young woman has disappeared leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a message
I know who it is. Stride soon uncovers a web of violence and voyeurism
that someone is willing to kill to keep hidden. Stride isn't alone,
his lover Selena Dial a homicide de
Mike Kennedy
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I listened to the audible version of this book. So far the three Brian Freeman books I have read have been dark. This one is the darkest of the three by a long shot. About 3/4th through this book I was ready to give it three and a half stars, but the last quarter of the book was dynamite. It had some nice twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Stride and Serena have moved back to Duluth, and it seems a much better fit than Vegas was. Stride has his old job back, and he is dealing with a stri ...more
Kudos to Brian Freeman for another spine tingling thriller in the Jonathan Stride series! I was so glad to see Maggie back but oh what secrets she will not divulge as she is accused of murder. I was so creeped out by the predator, I kept turning those pages though. Jonathan and Serena are back in Duluth, Jonathan as Lieutenant and Serena as a PI; as they investigate crimes and jobs, the suspense is unbelievable. I will be ordering the next one in the series, but I am also going to begin one of F ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m still enjoying this series. I love the convoluted relationships between the three main characters. This book had some real strange elements. The main idea being that your past always comes back!
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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Two polices officers caught in a rage storm trying to return a prison to his cell. Having no choice but to stop and try to seek some shelter they needed to drag this chained man along with them not leaving him outside. But, sometimes-humanitarian motives backfire and the tables turn in the wrong direction and what happens to these police officers will alert everyone to be more vigilant. One night that would change it all for more than just the two unfortunate officers but for
Mar 23, 2022 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Very meh installment in this series. Really enjoyed the first two, but this one…not so much. At least 100 pages too long. Too gratuitous. Twist was pretty obvious to me. I hope the fourth book is better, or I might abandon Jonathan Stride.
Susan Grace
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I am enjoying this series as I really like the character, Jonathan Stride. The cases are interesting though they can be a little rough and vulgar in expression at times. I will keep reading...
Albert Riehle
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another excellent entry in this series. I'm really enjoying Freeman's writing and looking forward to his twists. The books are well-paced and Freeman always gives you a chance. He spatters clues throughout the book and it's up to you to find them. You probably won't though. Or, if you do...don't get cocky, because he'll double twist you in a heartbeat.

He's obviously an author who is in control of his plot. He never wonders where he's going. He knows. And in those competent hands, you feel the s
Goodreads Description- Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner Maggie Bei is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. She's obviously hiding a terrible secret, and her silence only feeds suspicion. Maggie isn't the only one keeping secrets in Duluth. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message: I know who it is. Following a twisted trail, Stride uncovers a sordid web of violence and voyeurism that someo ...more
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This is why I love Brian Freeman mysteries! Almost no other author in my experience can interweave a tapestry of secrets, characters, retribution, traumas past and present, revelations, and just plain outrageously exciting denouement, like this author. “Stalked” is non-stop excitement and intrigue. When I grow up, I want to write like Mr. Freeman.

Jonathan Stride is back in Duluth, Minnesota, his home town, after a brief and unpretty stint as a homicide detective in Las Vegas. Offered his former
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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STALKED [2007] By Brian Freeman
My Review Five Stars*****

I finished the third installment of Freeman’s Jonathan Stride Book Series last night, and it was an absolutely riveting and adrenaline infused roller coaster ride of a story. The author’s writing style is mesmerizing, and his ability to craft a fascinating multilayered and complex plot is nothing short of sensational. Freeman’s writing also exhibits an atmospheric dimension that is so dynamic that the reader becomes immersed in the very fab
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the only reason why i did not give this book five stars is because i am not really into this genre... but story-wise, this is truly a fast-paced thrilling read.

however, too much sexual themes are touched. yes, this book is really focused on carnal stuff [since it revolves around rapists and sex clubs] but hey, Mr.Freeman, i doubt your readers will actually be interested about how a criminal's cock behaves after years in jail, no? =D

the plot is very exciting, each chapter ends with a cliffhanger
Mark Soone
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Freeman is quickly becoming one of my favorite crime thriller authors, and this series with Jonathon stride rank alongside of Connely's Bosch series & Pearson's Boldt/Matthews series. I think this book was slightly sub-par compared to the first 2 installments, yet still was a very fine quality read.

The plot was complex, tightly wound and constantly evolving. I am pleased to tell you that I guessed who 1 of the guilty parties were early in the story....the bad news is I changed my mind and
Scott Rhee
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just finished "Stalked", the third book by Brian Freeman to feature detectives/lovers Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial, and it was the best one yet. In this one, Stride's former partner, Maggie, is accused of murdering her husband, Eric. All the evidence points to her, but Stride/Dial know she couldn't have done it. Further digging, however, uncovers some weird and disturbing skeletons in the closets of Maggie and Eric. As he did in his previous novels, Freeman weaves a plot full of crazy twist ...more
Jill Manske
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my second Brian Freeman book, and it's even better than the first one. "Stalked" is a creepy story about serial rapists/killers and the murder of police detective Maggie Bei's husband. Maggie is a prime suspect in her husband's murder. But that's just the first layer of the story. It quickly spirals into cold cases, stalking and blackmail. There are so many unsuspected twists that the books keeps you riveted, wondering what on earth will happen next. The shocking ending totally flummoxed ...more
Aug 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
A friend of mine at the library recommended this (I didn't read his others, but she said it wouldn't matter).

So here's the scoop, I'm no prude. Really, I'm not. But, whoa nelly - this is one violent, masochistic book. Does this author like women? He seems to paint them in a rather vitriolic light...kept finding myself wondering what kind of woman to whom he is married!

Also, if your son or spouse does write a book like this - do you really want to be the subject of the dedication? Hmmm..."Gee h
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I was persuaded to read this book by several members of the Psychological THrillers group. It was a good tale. It was as if there were a small group of people who were either policemen, or married to police officers, and of that group, there was a smaller circle of people belonging to a sex group where a woman could be the alpha girl and have sex with everyone, male or female. One woman had bad experiences with a man named Blue Dog when she was quite young. Probably, if you are going to indulge ...more
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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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