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Stripped

(Jonathan Stride #2)

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,967 ratings  ·  343 reviews
In this stunning follow-up to Brian Freeman's remarkable debut novel, Immoral, Detective Jonathan Stride discovers that there are only two ways to go in Las Vegas.  You can hit the jackpot.  Or you can get Stripped...
 
They looked like isolated cases: a hit-and-run and a celebrity murdered during a fling with a prostitute.  No one could ever imagine they'd be linked to a br
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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published October 1st 2006)
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Tim The Enchanter
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
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jeff Dickison
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it










A very complicated murder mystery set in Sin City, Nevada. The plot moves at a very fast pace with plenty of surprises. There are a couple of missteps though, the whole tranny thing and the love affair between Claire and Serena. They both were unworthy of an otherwise great story. Recommended.










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Karyn
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Christine
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Scott Rhee
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
"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
Maddy
Nov 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Naomi
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Priyantha De Silva
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books
The very 1st book I've read with GoodReader. And also the very 1st English book that I've read in a few days than my own Language, Sinhala.
This book has a wonderful story line we never supposed to or assumed. Thanks very much Mr. Brian Freeman for creating a wonderful story like this.
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Nitesh
May 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Stripped,

This is a good one, cops and serial killer stuff, but is packed with some unexpected twists and a solid story.

I keep coming back to this series after a while cause the stories that Brian Freeman creates are highly engaging and captive but if tried to finish the entire series one after the other it may get boring.

This too like his other books packs his unique way of story telling and gives a glittering image of Vegas.

Overall a good, entertaining story with some interesting twists and tur
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L Cherry
This is another great mystery by Brian Freeman. I have enjoyed all of these on Audible and love the narrator, Joe Barrett. The stories are written so well, that it has not mattered even a little that I have read them out of order. This is by far one of my favorite detective mystery series.
Jack Mulcahy
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed the book.
Deb
Dec 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very well done!! I like that the author keeps you guessing. You think you are figuring out the ending but when you get there you realize that you had no idea!!
Amy Kinsky
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being from Minnesota, I have to say that I preferred the Duluth setting of Immoral to Las Vegas' Stripped. That being said, I truly loved this story and love Brian Freeman's writing more and more with each novel I read. I fear that I will run out of his novels and be left to find another author as engaging as hee is! ...more
Tgordon
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must be reading different books than most of the other reviewers. I love this series and seem to just devour them fast. So is it great writing-no but it’s entertaining like there is no tomorrow. I don’t read books to only see great historical books. I read for fun and entertainment and well this was an enjoyable and entertaining book. Love it!
Jan
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two cases seem unrelated but Jonathan Stride knows better. Serena Dial is at his side in Las Vegas as they try to piece together why people are being murdered for no apparent reason. I love the twisted suspense Freeman offers and it keeps you reading until the last page.
Rebecca
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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". ...more
Valerie Dye
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I always feel like I’m reading the author’s sexual fantasies when I read these books, but I keep getting the next one because I want to see what happens with the main characters. Ugh.
Frank
Sep 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read and enjoyed Freeman's first book in the Jonathan Stride series, Immoral, several years ago. Not sure why it took me so long to get to this second in the series...I've been meaning to read this for a long time. Anyway, this second book has Stride moving to Las Vegas from Minnesota to be with his girlfriend, Serena Dial who is a police officer in Vegas. Stride gets a job as a detective on the Las Vegas Police Force, somewhat of a demotion from being a Lieutenant on the Duluth force in Minne ...more
Gary Noel
Sep 06, 2021 rated it liked it
This book finds Jonathan Stride living in Las Vegas with Serena, his love interest from the first book in the series. He's joined the Las Vegas Metro Police as a homicide detective.

Which is one of my pet peeves in police fiction. Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but it doesn't work that way ... if you join a police department, regardless of how many years experience you have, you start back at square one, riding a beat. Otherwise officers would have no upward mobility and reason to try to move
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Jill Manske
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
"Stripped" fills in the year that Jonathan Stride leaves Duluth and moves to Las Vegas to be with his new love interest, Selena Dial. Selena is able to get him a homicide detective position with the Las Vegas PD, where she works. The story begins with the hit-and-run killing of a young boy, followed closely by the murder of a wealthy playboy. As Stride and Dial work their respective cases, they soon figure out that they're dealing with a serial killer with a very unusual vendetta. Freeman juxtap ...more
Mike Kennedy
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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#2 in the Jonathan Stride series. I listened to the audio version of this novel. Not as good as the first in the series, Immoral. This novel has Stride living in Las Vegas after he follows Serena Dial back to Las Vegas in the aftermath of the events in Immoral. The story itself was good with some nice twists and turns. I prefer the Duluth, MN scene vs Las Vegas, but overall it was still an excellent novel with solid characters all around. I look forward to listening to the next installment in th ...more
Kimberly Morehouse
Jan 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Detective Jonathan Stride is my new favorite! First book he was in Minnesota, now he has joined his new love interest in Las Vegas. He feels like a fish out of water but wants to be with Serena, so he does what he can to make it work. He joined the force as a detective, and gets a case of a murdered celebrity type. Serena is investigating a hit and run case... soon their cases seem to connect and all hell breaks loose. It was full of thrills, mystery, danger and wonderful twists keeping me on my ...more
Judy
Jul 23, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
IMHO this book is a big let down from the first novel about Jonathan stride. First there are way too many characters to keep up with at least when listening to an audio version. Second, there was something about the sexual connotations that I did not like. I admit I did not finish the book, as it is too long — should have been edited. So I did something I have never done before that I recall. I skip to the last three chapters to see how things were ending up. I may read more in this series. Time ...more
Jenene
Excellent! Can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Stephanie
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book 📖
Matt.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loving this series
Ali Reading
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVE this author. Just make sure to READ HIS BOOKS IN ORDER!!
Becky Loader
Mar 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Stride has followed Serena to Las Vegas and has landed a juicy detective job. Vegas is Vegas, and the homicides are often and violent. Stride, from Duluth, is a fish out of water in Sin City, but he is there for Serena.

I don't like the character of Serena, but the plot is good. The author kept me guessing till the end.

Stride is heading back to Duluth. Will Serena follow?
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Stephanie
May 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
It was great! Can’t wait for the next one! One of my new favorite authors.
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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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“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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