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(Jonathan Stride #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,890 ratings  ·  268 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
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published October 1st 2006)
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Tim The Enchanter
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those less prudish than I
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
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.

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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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".
Mike Kennedy
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brian-freeman
#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
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
Excellent! Can't wait to read the next one!
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book 📖
Narrator: Joe Barrett

I'm so angry with the author for making Serena cheating on Jon. Not with a man, mind you, but with a woman. It's still cheating to me even if Jon and the rest of the world's male population, find it a turn-on. I found it especially sickening when it happens just after Serena's telling herself how she needs Jon and silently begging him not to leave her. Jon never thought that but, on the contrary, is very much in love with Serena.

Lesbian af
Stride seems like a fish out of water in this book, but then again what do you expect from a MN guy that finds himself out in Vegas with a new love and back working police cases instead of overseeing the cases.

There seems to be trouble all around for him. Things with Serena hit an odd patch, his new partner knocks him for a loop, and the case he is working is tied to the past as much as the present and there are some very powerful men attached to it. The old Vegas heyday of the 1960's were fun t
STRIPPED (Police Proc-Las Vegas-Cont) – G+
Freeman, Brian – 2nd in series
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006- Amer Hardcover
*** Detective Jonathan Stride has relocated from Minneapolis to Las Vegas and is living with new love Detective Serena Dial who is working hard to get over her troubled past. The two detectives are working different cases—Stride the murder of a wealthy trust-fund baby and Dial the hit-and-run of a small boy. As the investigations proceed, the two cases collide with more murders and
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Hard, taut and action-packed, this police procedural takes place in Las Vegas where setting is vital to the plot. Although a well-written thriller about Jonathan Stride, formerly a detective from Minnesota, who migrates for a woman. This novel intensely examines Stride's relationships with several partners, and their haggard attempts to hunt and capture a serial killer. There is enormous resistance amidst the dynamic forces of the city and its many, sordid secrets. Las Vegas is Las Vegas, and it ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Richard Grimm for bringing this book into our church bazaar for sale. I had not heard of the author who is kind of "local" as he is from Minnesota. This book was a great detective novel - up their with Dennis Lehane who is one of my all time favorites. This story had twists and turns to the very end. I loved it being set in Las Vegas as I have spent alot of time there and it is always a great people watching spot. This story could have happened there. I loved this book so much I just o ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I like this series by Brian Freeman, but this one isn't my favorite book by this author. It had some great twists and turns, but there were too many red herrings and too many people hoarding secrets. That made it feel long because certain events were relived too many times, with each time having a little more info shared. That was getting old real quick. I should have read the first book in this series before this one. I will get to that next week.
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love everything Brian Freeman, and I'm so stoked I found this author. Of the three books he has published and I've read this may be my least favorite just because it was more vegas & mob than anything. Still a great book just wasn't expecting the vegas setting throughout the entire book, I'm used to Stride being in MN! it's surely worth the read though! ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Like Las Vegas, this book was full of sex, deception, secrets, and destruction.
Donna Van Braswell
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stripped. Brian Freeman’s second published novel. It read as smooth as 30 year old Scotch- so rich,so dark, but with an occasional lightness that will bring a satisfied grin to your face. Like a good scotch, it just feels good as you drink it in, even if it burns a bit. Like a great drink, you don’t want to put it down, let alone finish it. Finish it I did, sigh. Stride headed off to a new location only to find a murder more twisted than the one he had just solved up in the frozen lands. He has ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This definitely wasn't a bad read, I enjoyed it. If you want a good murder mystery, this could be one for you. The Vegas setting was kind of a lame excuse to make it about sex though. Didn't like the treatment of Amanda but I suppose it was accurate of how transgender people deal with it in the police force. Liked the fact that we had a lesbian character included even if it wasn't really dealt with a lot. (view spoiler) ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Stride - Book 2

Homicide detective Jonathan Stride returns in this second volume. He’s followed Detective Serena Dial to Las Vegas and is now partnered with the wonderful character Amanda Gellen, a MtoF transsexual who has opted not to have surgery. What a great representation Amanda is and (view spoiler)

In this, the second Stride book, just lik
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Debated on 2 or 3 reviews and chose 2. In a few days, I won't be able to recall any of this is just forgettable. None of the characters are likable. The story felt like "Basic Instinct" interrogation scene every chapter. Everyone is hot and screwing each other..oh, and it doesn't bother them to talk about their sex life with strangers. Characters talk about their drug use going so far as to offer some to the cops. Transvestite partner is always the victim...except when taunting the gi ...more
Amanda  D'souza
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read and I almost finished it in one sitting. Sleep beckoned though, and I had to reluctantly put down my Kindle for the night!

Pseudo celebrity MJ Lane is gunned down while soliciting the services of a prostitute. Detective Jonathan Stride, newly arrived in Las Vegas, is assigned to the case, and quickly begins to realise that there is more to it than meets the eye. When many more people start to turn up dead, with no evident ties to each other, but yet clearly the work of
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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 has also been selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bo ...more

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