The Crooked Street

The Crooked Street

by Brian Freeman


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The hunt for a killer in San Francisco becomes a dizzying game of cat and mouse in a thrilling novel of psychological suspense.

“Lombard is your Moriarty, Frost. Taking him down will be the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done.”

San Francisco homicide detective Frost Easton hadn’t seen his estranged friend Denny in years. Not until he dies in Frost’s arms uttering a final inexplicable word: Lombard. Denny appears to be the latest victim in a string of murders linked by a distinctive clue: the painting of a spiraled snake near the crime scenes. Is it the work of a serial killer? Or is Denny’s death more twisted and personal?

To find the answer, Frost reaches into a nest of vipers—San Francisco’s shady elite—where the whispered name of Lombard is just one secret. Now, drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with an enemy who knows his every move, Frost finds there is no one he can trust. And somewhere down the crooked streets of the city, Frost’s cunning adversary is coiled and ready to strike again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503902336
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Series: Frost Easton Series , #3
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 95,767
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Brian Freeman is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Frost Easton and Jonathan Stride series. His books have been sold in forty-six countries and translated into twenty-two languages. His stand-alone thriller Spilled Blood was named Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards, and his novel The Burying Place was a finalist for the same honor. The Night Bird, the first book in the Frost Easton series, was one of the top twenty Kindle bestsellers of 2017. Brian is widely acclaimed for his vivid “you are there” settings, from San Francisco to the Midwest, and for his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots.

Brian lives in Minnesota with his wife, Marcia. For more information on the author and his books, visit

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The Crooked Street 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BooksnKisses 8 months ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Crooked Street is the third installment in the Frost Easton series. This was another great story. In Crooked Street we follow the trail of another set of murders that seem to have some very strange connections, from the snakes painted near each death to the name Lombard. This case will take Detective Easton on a wild ride of who done it. But even a veteran Detective will not fully be prepared for the answers that he will get. If you have not started this series I would recommend that you start with book one The Night Bird as Detective Easton’s story builds with each book. I can’t wait to see what is next in this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
LuvSnoop42 More than 1 year ago
This guy just can't write a bad book! I have read all by him, except for the Frost Easton series. The Crooked Street is the 3rd in that series. I rarely begin a series without starting from the first, but it was Brian Freeman so...... well, guess who is going back and reading 1 and 2? THIS girl!!! Frost is a fun character. Much different than Johnathan Stride. I enjoyed the San Francisco setting and the fact that a cat is a big part of his life! But the story itself is a different kind of twisty. It also left an opening for a continuation that I am really looking forward too. My only issue is that I don't know which character i want to read more from now! Frost Easton, Johnathan Stride or Cab Bolton? I doubt Brian Freeman can write fast enough to keep me happy! Thank you so much, NetGalley and the author and publisher for my ARC!!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This is the third of this series, and although it reads well as a stand alone, I highly recommend that you start with the first book. Frost Easton is a terrific series character. Always thought of as a boy scout, it's meant that he is honest, and willing to go the extra mile to get at the truth. THE CROOKED STREET starts with a death, a death that Frost hadn't see coming. But then again, nothing about this death rings true. Seems like everyone is shrugging it off .. maybe had something to do with using/dealing drugs .... the cops don't want to go any further ... the media have blatantly written it off. And what does "Lombard" mean? This was the last word spoken before the victim died. There are going to be many more bodies falling .. all linked by a very descriptive clue. Always somewhere around the death there is a painting of a red snake. Frost finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Is this the work of a serial killer? Or is there something else going on ... something even worse? I really like how this author gives the reader up close and personal glimpses of his private life, as well as the professional side. And being a cat lover... I love Shack, his cat of an indiscriminate pedigree. This is a real page-turner and it was hard to put down for any length of time. The ending was suspenseful, and I never saw it coming. No cliff hanger, but a great lead in to the next adventure for Frost Easton. Brian Freeman is right at the top of my favorite authors. I love his Stride series and was delighted when he started the Easton series. I knew I could count on him putting together wonderful characters that were unforgettable and story lines that would not only be credible, but well written and exciting. He has never disappointed me. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the advanced copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.