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Alter Ego

(Jonathan Stride #9)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,150 ratings  ·  282 reviews
When a freak auto accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a "ghost," with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. What's worse, the man has a gun locked in the trunk- and the gun has recently been fired.

The next day, Stride learns that a Duluth college student
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Quercus
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Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
About this book, one might say “Ripped from the headlines!” One might also say “Sounds like an episode of Law & Order:Special Victims Unit.” One would be right.

A movie is being made based on an old case that Jonathan Stride investigated and solved. The star is a Hollywood icon who can make or break young actresses. The movie is titled The Caged Girl. Stride's old case was the murder of three young women. One after the other, they had been abducted and kept in a cage. A fourth was found and rescu
Linda Strong
The fans of Brian Freeman will absolutely love this book! Not only does Jonathan Stride make another appearance, but Cab Bolton does too.

Stride is called to an accident scene only to find the victim has a false identity and nothing pointing to his real name. Examining the gun in the trunk shows its been recently fired, and later on, finding that the same gun was used to kill a young woman sometime back.

He finds himself involved with the making of a movie ... all about Stride and one of his past
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When a movie crew descends upon Duluth to shoot a film based on an old Jonathan Stride case, the North Shore’s famous detective becomes haunted by ghosts of that infamous case. “Save me.”

Alter Ego is the ninth novel in Brian Freeman’s Detective Stride series. Why “Alter Ego”? The actor who plays Stride, in essence, his alter ego, has a second self that his adoring public does not see. When a John Doe dies in a car crash outside of town, Stride’s partner Maggie Bei is called out to the cold, snow
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Did not finish
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good story in this series. 8 of 10 stars
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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JONATHAN STRIDE #9???? Why have I missed out on this series until now? I read this as a stand alone and it can be done easily. But.....WOW I have to read the rest in this series because Freeman's characters are amazing. I know that Jonathan Stride is the focus of this book but the friends, family and colleagues that walk with him are stellar too. ALTER EGO is defined as a different or hidden version of ones personality. Investigations and Evidence emerge as the pages are flipped at a rapid pace. ...more
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much to Quercus USA for providing my copy of ALTER EGO by Brian Freeman - all opinions are my own.

ALTER EGO is the ninth installment of the Jonathan Stride series and even though this is the first book I’ve read, it did not hinder my reading experience. This can most definitely be read as a standalone.

Set in Duluth, detective Stride gets called out to the scene of a car accident where the deceased driver is learned to have a false identity. The investigation leads Stride to a film
Mike Hughes
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Now we are back to what made this one of my favorite series. After a couple books that were just so so, this one is a home run. Loved the meshing of the two series, hopefully we can see more of that in the future. Great book, awesome characters and this one was all great writing, no filling of pages just to produce words. easy five star book!!
Maureen DeLuca
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride is one of my favorite books to pick up. Normally I give it a 4 star read and add another star for the series is so good - or give the story line a solid 3 star read, but wound up giving it 4 stars for such a terrific series. I just couldn't do it this time around. This barely made it a 3 star read - Nothing special here- the only reason why I finished it was because I really do like this series - ( Oh and I could do without Serena and Kat for sure!) I can only hop ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This has a 4.5 star beginning. It's the trend, plunging into crux action plot immediately. And here it was 5 star event for Duluth too. Excellent reality, Brian Freeman. North woods highway real START to this book.

But for me, this degree of body count and the interplay with the movie / film crew and star actors? Combined with the duo location sets for Maggie going to Florida's Gulf Coast. Something about it was just too hyperbole for me to enjoy any depth or MN real ambiance. The bad guys are w
First Sentence: The man in the Australian oilskin coat and black cowboy hat didn’t realize it yet, but fate had already dealt him the thirteenth tarot card.

The auto of a single-car crash is found with the driver dead and without any identifying documents. In the car is a recently fired gun. When the report of a missing college student reaches the desk of Lieutenant Jonathan Stride, he’s concerned that the two cases might be related. But what would link a student and a possible assassin? The inv
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I felt like I was at home as the pages turned and the story unfolded. Alter Ego (Jonathan Stride #9) by Brian Freeman was an entertaining read. The book reunites readers with familiar characters from past books (Stride, Serena, Cat, Maggie, and Guppo) and had a special appearance by Cab (from the Cab Bolton series also by Freeman).

The plot of this book is twofold, a Hollywood film is being made in Duluth based on one of Stride’s older cases, and someone is murdering young women and dumping th
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my third book by this author and it has been a long time since I read the first and second ones. I am officially making a mental note to myself right now - "Read more Brian Freeman".

There were so many plot twists on in this book. It was absolutely wonderful and I loved it!

I just knew early on in this book "who done it", and, of course, I wasn't even close. However, it turns out that my first pick was definitely a bad guy.

I thought through most of this book that we were going to only fin
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a stunning addition to the Jonathon Stride series. Great story line in this book. Stride is another of my favorite detectives that just keeps getting better as time goes by. I think the character development of each character has been done so well, and yes while reading the Stride series I feel like I'm with old friends. The character who has come a long way in this book, is Cat. She is now 17 and still has her reckless side, but she is working so hard at improving herself and believing she ...more
May 02, 2018 added it
"...he wouldn't change a day of his past or correct his mistakes even if he could. They were part of him. They were who he was. They were what made him Jonathan Stride."

A man is found dead inside a car on a snowy Duluth backroad -- he's got no identification but there's a recently fired gun and a copy of an entertainment tabloid in the vehicle. In addition, there's a report of a missing girl -- an intern who was working on the set of a movie being filmed in town. The Hollywood people are all the
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Quercus Books for the advanced copy!

A thriller set in the tundra that is Minnesota, you say? This is a no-brainer! It's so rare that books are set in Minnesota, so whenever I find one I need to grab it. ALTER EGO by Brian Freeman takes place in Duluth, MN and he does a fantastic job putting the reader in the awful freezing temperatures that we endure every year.

Jonathan Stride takes on a case of a freak car accident that killed one of the drivers. Seems like a pretty simple case, but t
Jessica Bronder
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Stride is called into investigate an auto accident where he discovers the victim has no identification and has a gun in the trunk that has been recently fired. Then he gets the call that a college student has disappeared and he is afraid that the two cases may be related. As Stride is investigating he is lead to the set of The Caged Girl, a movie based on the one case that gives him nightmares where a killer kept three girls in cages and they died before Stride could rescue them.

On the
Albert Riehle
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough good things about Brian Freeman. Some of my favorite writers are starting to get a little long in the tooth and while still producing quality books, I know that I need some younger, newer writers to be excited about and Freeman is at the top of that list.

Alter Ego is the second Jonathan Stride book in a row where Freeman has taken an issue out of the newspapers and given his story/plot/case great context in the larger world. Last time, it was about Terrorism and Social Media
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brian Freeman's Jonathon Stride series has been one of my favourites for years (last years "Marathon" being an exception) and this book was pretty good with all the main characters sharing the spotlight at different times......Stride, Serena, Maggie, Cat and even Cab Bolton !

A case from the past where 3 women died in a cage and Stride miraculously saved a 4th is in the spotlight as a Hollywood team is in town filming a movie based on that case. But when one young woman goes missing, another is f
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked how Stride’s past with a case played into this one. There was a lot that kept me guessing and a lot that floored me. I really liked how the main story dovetailed into what is happening in the US, particularly the entertainment industry. I also liked the see characters from the Cab Bolton Series show up in this one. If you haven’t read those books it won’t matter, but if you have it’s a nice addition.

I was really impressed with Cat with this book. She went above and beyond in helping. I o
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alter Ego by Brian Freeman is the 9th book in the Jonathan Stride series, but the first one I've read.

A film crew is making a movie of one of Stride's old cases and Stride is invited to the set. Watching the filming is a little problematic for Jonathan because it reminds him of the terrible case in which he was able to save only the last victim.

The actor playing Jonathan Stride in the movie is a Hollywood legend and the screenwriter is the son of the man convicted of the murders. While Jonathan
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It amazes me how Brian Freeman is able to keep the Jonathan Stride series fresh and engrossing after 9 books, but he does. Even after 9 books, my 5 star reviews for this author are "no brainers".

His method on this book...A CROSSOVER! Jonathan Stride (or Maggie) meet Cab Bolton!

This book flowed fast as we learn more about the Strides and a mystery fresh out of Hollywood brought to the shores of Minnesota with fingertips with tentacles in Florida. That to me is what made this book a winner.

As i
Diane Saul
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A car accident in Minnesota with a dead driver leads to a mystery. The drivers ID belongs to a dead man. There is a gun in the trunk of the car that ultimately ties to the murder of two women. In Duluth there is a movie being filmed about a case from Jonathan Strides past. An intern from the movie set has disappeared. The star of the movie is a charismatic Hollywood actor who may not be all he seems. The writer of the movie is the son of the man who was convicted of the killings in Strides old c ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Hollywood film is being shot in Duluth, and it's about the serial murders that represented Lieutenant Jonathan Stride's best and worst moments as a cop. SPOILER ALERT (maybe): Four women were murdered by a former Duluth television anchor and one was saved by Stride. The film production poses two major problems: one of its stars is a sexual predator who has been untouchable by the law due to Hollywood's code of silence, and the filming of the old murders has triggered either a copycat or worse. ...more
Kseniya Fyodorova
This book is truly great as all the others. I took one star out (after I finished my review I added the fifth star back) because I didn’t understand one thing in the end. It confused me. So I will write Brian and ask him to explain if he will be able to.
Regarding the plot: it’s my cup of tea, guys. Everything in this novel is what I like to read about and investigate with main characters.
The revelation in the end (this one surprised me, others I suspected) was good! Sad but good. We all know t
David Putnam
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a great deal. It took a little longer to get into it and I think that's because of all the points of view, the constant shifting. I like character driven books and I really liked all of these characters but no one character took the lead until the last part of the book, the adopted daughter. Because there was so much shifting (with too many different pov's) the book became story driven. Excellent story though and it held me in. I thought I had it figured out and didn't. What is ...more
Mike Kennedy
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brian-freeman
Number 9 in the Jonathan Stride series. A major movie is being filmed in Duluth that is based on a old serial murder that Stride took down. While the filming is going on an assistant from the production goes missing. As Stride and company investigate it looks like there is more to the story than just a missing person.

This book has an appearance by Cab Bolton, another Freeman character. I wasn’t overly impressed by this character, but he was only part of the story, I will hold my judgement in fu
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brian Freeman is at the top of his game with this beautifully crafted mystery. Was bummed out when I was done because I enjoyed it so much.
Movie makers come to Duluth to make a film based on a horrific case solved by Jonathan Stride over 10 years ago. Three women were dead at the hands of serial killer who locked them in cages until they died.
The main plot line is duplicitous LA film people and tabloid journalists vs. the honorable crime fighters of Duluth. As I was born in Duluth, I naturally
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alter Ego is the ninth book in the Jonathan Stride series by Brian Freeman. This book might be one of the best of the series since it started with Immoral. This page-turner is woven with multiple sub plots that leads the reader to a pulse-pounding ending. A solid cast of characters drives this Duluth MN mystery through the cold, snowy storms of whodunnit. For avid fans of this award-winning author, you will find a couple surprises along the way. Highly recommended and can't wait for this book se ...more
Naomi Carlson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a Minnesotan who is very familiar with Duluth, and a fan of the Johnathan Strike character it is always a pleasure to read these books. I can remember coming down into Duluth day or night to see the harbor with Lake Superior sparkling in the sun or with the lights of Duluth at night lighting up like a Christmas tree. I was glad to go back.

So many twists and turns. I would think I had it and it would turn in another direction.
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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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