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When Maggie Sorenson, a cop in Duluth, MN, finds her husband murdered in their home, she knows the spouse is always the prime suspect. Jonathan Stride, her partner, her best friend, and the chief of detectives, is off the case but trying to help, as is his lover, Serena, an ex-cop from Las Vegas and now a private investigator. Stride also is busy with an old murder case and a newly missing woman, while Serena is in the middle of a disturbing blackmail case. A vicious convict who literally escaped from the dead returns from Serena's past, and there are more murders-and perhaps more than one killer. Minnesota winter weather makes a stark backdrop to vivid depictions of Duluth neighborhoods, but it is the twists and turns of the complex plot that drive this heated tale. Freeman just keeps outdoing himself with each book. This third thriller involving Stride and Serena (after Immoraland Stripped) is a striking display of skilled storytelling that will have readers surprised more than once well before the shocking ending. Highly recommended for fiction collections.