The Burying Place (Jonathan Stride Series #5)

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 In the quiet town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a baby vanishes from her bedroom in an opulent lakeside home. Was she abducted—or does her father have a terrible secret to hide? That same evening, a young policewoman gets lost in the fog and stumbles into the middle of a horrific crime…only to be drawn into a deadly game with a sadistic killer. Now it’s up to Lieutenant Jonathan Stride and his team to do double duty to save a child and stop a vicious killing spree. 

But with each twist in the ...

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Overview

 In the quiet town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a baby vanishes from her bedroom in an opulent lakeside home. Was she abducted—or does her father have a terrible secret to hide? That same evening, a young policewoman gets lost in the fog and stumbles into the middle of a horrific crime…only to be drawn into a deadly game with a sadistic killer. Now it’s up to Lieutenant Jonathan Stride and his team to do double duty to save a child and stop a vicious killing spree. 

But with each twist in the investigation, Stride is drawn deeper into an elaborate web of deceit and desire. As fear grips the frozen winter farmlands, Stride knows that every snow-covered field may be the next burying place—and that his biggest obstacles may be the very people he’s trying to help…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Though Jonathan Stride is still recovering from injuries he suffered in a high fall at the start of Freeman’s intriguing if overly plotted fourth thriller featuring the Duluth, Minn., police detective (after In the Dark), he’s soon looking into the kidnapping of the 11-month-old daughter of a Grand Rapids, Minn., surgeon, Dr. Marcus Glenn, who happens to be a local cop’s brother-in-law. Jonathan thinks the kidnapping is an inside job, especially after unsavory secrets about the arrogant surgeon come to light. Meanwhile, Jonathan’s partner, Det. Maggie Bei, aided by rookie Kasey Kennedy, scrambles to catch a serial killer who’s murdered several women in Duluth. When Kasey is witness to the fiend abducting a victim, the killer becomes fixated on Kasey. An appropriately creepy atmosphere and well-rounded, flawed characters compensate only in part for the forced connection between the two cases, either of which could have easily carried the novel. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
Duluth's Detective Jonathan Stride struggles with his own demons while pursuing a diabolical kidnapper. Callie was the child who was supposed to save beautiful Valerie Glenn's teetering marriage to her cold, brilliant orthopedist husband Marcus. Now Callie is missing, snatched from her crib in her luxurious lakefront home while her father slept alone in the next room. The case quickly turns personal: Itasca County deputy sheriff Denise Sheridan is Valerie's sister; Stride's longtime police partner Maggie Bei is looking for a more intimate connection; and his life partner, Serena Dial, is an ex-Vegas cop also assigned to the kidnapping case. Denise is distracted both by her clamoring family (four children, one with Down syndrome, and an unemployed spouse) and by a case of serial killings, the last of which is interrupted by young Duluth cop Kasey Kennedy, lost in the countryside fog on her way home. When the killer's fury is turned on Kasey, Denise must help the rookie survive a maniacal stalker while Serena tries in vain to help the veteran Stride overcome his panic. As suspicions surround Marcus and his discarded mistress Regan Conrad, his relationship with babysitter Migdalena Vega, who lives in a trailer by a spooky cemetery, may provide a key to the case. With a whopping surprise solution, Freeman's latest (In the Dark, 2009, etc.) packs quite a punch from cradle to grave.
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Praise for Brian Freeman and

THE BURYING PLACE

“Crisp dialogue, steady suspense, and a cast of original characters drive this fifth entry in Macavity Award-winner Freeman’s excellent series.” —Booklist

“With a whopping surprise solution, Freeman’s latest packs quite a punch from cradle to grave.”

Kirkus Reviews

“My discovery this year has been the Edgar-nominated crime writer Brian Freeman....Fleshed-out characters, high tension and terrifying twists put Freeman up there with Harlan Coben in the psychological crime stratosphere.”—Daily Mail

“The suspense driving this novel is palpable from opening pages that are as gripping as any I’ve read in a thriller this year.” —Star Tribune

“Just when you think an author couldn’t possibly take it up another notch, you read a new outing like this. Freeman goes the distance, and then some....providing an almost unbearable dose of suspense and tantalizing questions that makes the reader tempted to go straight to the end to see where all the answers lie. And Freeman’s vibrant detailing of the wind and snow-covered environs of Minnesota add even more to this already deliciously chilling read.”—New Mystery Reader

“Freeman begins dropping explosive revelations early in The Burying Place, while saving a series of major ones for the climax...don’t even think about starting to read it without blocking out several hours. You won’t want to put this one down without finishing it.”—Bookreporter.com

“Powerful storytelling with loads of suspense”—Deadly Pleasures

“Although a police procedural powers the mystery facet of The Burying Place, buried emotions that put characters on the edge fuel the heart of Brian Freeman’s fifth novel about Minnesota police detective Jonathan Stride.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Addictive and intelligent... The Burying Place, with its darkly nightmarish title, is right up there with [Freeman’s] best”—The Mercury (Australia)

“If by Chapter Fifteen you believe that you already know what the outcome of The Burying Place will be, by about Chapter Fifty you will have begun to realize that your assumptions were all wrong—you had absolutely no clue where this story was headed, what secrets have been buried. Nothing about these crimes is as simple as it first appears to be. And this sense of belated discovery on the part of the reader is one of the hallmarks of a truly great mystery novel.”—Gumshoe Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441726810
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Jonathan Stride Series , #5
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 10
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is the internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 18 languages. His debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. His other novels include The Bone House, In the Dark, and Stalked. Brian is drawn to complex characters, and says, “My stories are about the hidden intimate motives that draw people across some terrible lines.” Brian and his wife, Marcia, have lived in Minnesota for more than twenty years.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Brian Freeman is Great

    I just got acquainted with this writer, and am so captured. He's a very visual writer, plots are complicated, and this man really ensares you into the story. I just got acquainted with this writer by accident, and am so glad I did. He'll keep you capitivated from the get go, and you will never be sorry you started the book. It will lead you to the rest of his books, which is what happened to me. One book, and I was hooked. Pleasant reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

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    Plenty of twists to hold your interest

    Having read all of Brian's previous books; this was my favorite. I'm somewhat skewed as I'm from Duluth so home turf killing is of course the most fun, but regardless I would have loved it.

    He gives you enough info. to solve at least part of the plot, but bacause of a personal prejudice I didn't solve it. I love Brian's style and I think the story line is plausible. I've seen books much farther out than this one on the rational scale.

    It was very hard to put down for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Awesome writer

    This was my first time reading a Brian Freeman book and it won't be my last. This story grabbed from the very beginning.
    As bad as I wanted to know the ending I hated it when it did.
    Will be looking for more of the people I met in these pages if that is to be. Thank you for a great read Mr. Freeman.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Very good reading, extreme suspense! I enjoyed the suspense and how all the players came together in the end. Wow what an ending, didn't see that one coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Awesome

    This was my first book by Brian Freeman and it will not be my last! I regret that I didn't read the series in order but I look forward to his next Jonathan Stride book! This book will not disappoint!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Page turner!

    Once again Brian did NOT disappoint..........this was a page-turner from the get-go; I couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    I recommend this author

    I was looking for a new author, and stumbled on Brian Freeman by accident. It was a lucky pick. I have since read all of the Jonathan Stride series. If you like a good mystery, and great characters, pick this series up.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Never saw the end coming.....

    You gotta love that. Worthwhile read!

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    must read

    this is one rollercoaster of a ride!! he keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages, all night!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Brian Freeman is the best author

    Just when I think I've read "the best" Brian Freeman book, along comes another one even better. Each book has a dramatic, action packed incident that takes place near the end of the story when the mystery is getting solved. These action packed incidents are so well written you can visualize every frightening detail. If you like cop/crime stories-------you'll love all of Brian Freeman's books. Great book, great story, great author. Keep 'em coming, Brian.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    A Great Read

    The Burying Place was a great read...love the North Shore so could relate.
    It had a surprise ending didn't figure it out before the end of the book which doesn't happen often..hope there are more books from Brian Freeman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2010

    The LAST Jonathan Stride novel I will ever read. Predicable, lacking originality and just plain boring!

    I had been a HUGE fan of Brian Freeman, I loved his Jonathan Stride novels so I was anxiously awaiting the release of the fifth book in the series, The Burying Place. Unfortunately, not only did I waste my time waiting for the release but I also wasted my time reading it. This book lacks originality. It includes an irrational and predictable string of events which lead to a boring and foreseeable ending. The Burying Place picks up three months after Stride falls off the Superior Bay Bridge (see In the Dark, the fourth book in the series) so Stride is recuperating from his physical injuries and suffering from PTSD. The plot begins with a kidnapping based in Grand Rapids, a small town ninety miles from Duluth, and yet Duluth-based homicide detective Stride is called in to head up the investigation. This hardly seemed plausible, particularly since there was no procedure or protocols followed, just the Itasca County Deputy Sheriff (and former Duluth PD employee & Stride buddy) visiting Stride who is recuperating in a remote cabin and asking him to lead the investigation. Simultaneous to the kidnapping case there is a string of murders taking place north of Duluth. With Stride and Serena Dial (his girlfriend of three years) working the kidnapping case and Stride's Duluth-based homicide partner, Maggie Bei, working the murder case, it's only a given that the plot is neatly wrapped up in the end with the two crimes being connected. Suffering from both physical and emotional injuries, Stride has all but removed himself from his romantic relationship with Serena but rather than exploring the issue of PTSD and thus further exploring the relationship between Stride and Serena, Stride's PTSD is suddenly healed after he cheats on Serena by having a 'quickie' with Maggie. As one would expect, the book ends with Serena leaving Stride and relocating to Grand Rapids while Stride and Maggie are left to ponder where their relationship goes after their one-night stand...hmmm...details to be predictably ironed out in the next book in the series. There are many other characters in The Burying Place that we've read about before. Two sisters: one beautiful and rich while the other is the financially-strapped ugly duckling and as one might expect, the beautiful sister has an affair with the ugly duckling's husband and becomes pregnant. This 'twist' was thrown into the book, seemingly last minute, with no conclusion as to how the sisters intend to move forward although at this point I truly didn't care. "Enough Already" is a phrase I found myself repeating over and over throughout the 338 page book. For Jonathan Stride fans, re-read the previous four books in the series as The Burying Place will only leave you frustrated. For me, while I may reread the previous books I will no longer read any future Stride novels as life is way too short and there are too many other inventive authors who write books with interesting plotlines to choose from.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    This is an exciting Minnesota police procedural

    Although injured from a nasty fall, Duluth, Minnesota Police detective Jonathan Stride continues his investigation into the kidnapping of eleven month old Callie Glenn. Her father is a renowned Grand Rapids, Minnesota orthopedic surgeon Marcus and her mother Valerie were having marital problems that she at least hope the baby would resolve.

    Because of the way the abduction occurred, Jonathan strongly believes someone with access to the exclusive waterfront house abducted the infant starting with the father who kicked his long time mistress to the curb and the babysitter whom he might have begun a fling with. Jonathan's partner, Detective Maggie Bei assists him on his inquiry while leading an investigation on a serial killer. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time leads to rookie cop Kasey Kennedy becoming the psychopath's latest obsession.

    This is an exciting Minnesota police procedural starring several cops with personal issues, but the key is that the two cases remain front and center. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action throughout and a great final spin. Although the convergence of the investigations feels strained, readers still will enjoy this entertaining tale as the hero and company remain In the Dark while they stride down the mean streets of Duluth.

    Harriet Klausner

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