by Brian Freeman


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In a powerfully compelling thriller that strikes at the heart of our current fears as a nation, Detective Jonathan Stride must investigate a marathon bombing in his city—before more people get hurt.

On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people line the streets of Duluth while exhausted runners push to reach the finish line at the city's biggest annual event. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured.

Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy. As social media feeds a flood of rumors and misinformation, one young man becomes the most wanted person in the city. And the manhunt is on.

But are the answers behind the Duluth bombing more complex than anyone realizes? And can Stride, Serena, and Maggie find the truth before more innocent people are killed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681442419
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Jonathan Stride Series , #8
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 1,298,975
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

A native of Chicago and longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. He is the author of Goodbye to the Dead, The Cold Nowhere, and Spilled Blood—which was the recipient of the Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards presented by the International Thriller Writers organization. Brian's debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. Freeman lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Marcia.

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Marathon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Another great installment in the Stride series as the story unfolds showing the danger of social media and keyboard cowboys that post whatever they want. An interesting fictional story that could easily become the truth in today's world. The author does an excellent job of developing the characters with depth and reality while infusing interesting personalities. The character development further enhances a well thought out plot that has many twists and turns to entertain and intrigue you. I listened to this book and must say that the reader does an excellent job of also adding a bit of depth to the characters as he gives them each their voice. I absolutely can not wait for the next book to come out!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
A marathon with hundreds of weary runners getting close to the finish line ... thousands of spectators cheering on their families and friends ... and an explosion that leaves many people dead or injured. Very reminiscent of the Boston Marathon .. but this is where this story takes a turn. Jonathan and Serena Stride join forces with the FBI to find the people responsible for the bombing. One spectator swears he saw the man responsible, a young Muslim man with a backpack. Within moments, people are on the hunt ... and the Muslim community becomes the target of many people. But this is not a story just about the victims in the race, it is the story of a young man who was singled out and hunted because he is Muslim. Khan Rashid runs for his life ... but is he an innocent caught up in the chaos ...or is he guilty of killing other innocents? Add to the mix a woman who incites hate and anger in an entire community strictly because of her prejudice. Also add to the mix an FBI Agent whose brother was killed a year earlier by a Muslim terrorist. Can these women put aside their personal feelings and get to the truth? It's an action-packed, fast paced thought-provoking story. Jonathan Stride, once again, in thrown in the middle of a storm, not of his own choosing. He has a city to protect ... a family to protect. He even has a suspect he must protect. I have followed this author and this series for several years. Brian Freeman has become one of my vary favorites. It is not mandatory, but I highly recommend starting at the very beginning. Many thanks to the author who provided a digital copy of MARATHON. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
StevenW0 More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous read. This is my first Brian Freeman book but I am going to buy more Jonathan Stride stories. Marathon was very smartly written, with a wonderful twist in the plot. The characters were wonderful and the story taught the dangers of bigotry and racism and showed the beauty of understanding and tolerance.. Enjoy this novel it was fantastic!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice usual characters and good development of new ones.
Lynnesota More than 1 year ago
I say this for every book I read of Freeman's, but it's his BEST YET! He handles current issues - terrorism, racism, the impact of social media - so thoughtfully and sensitively. He is my favorite author, for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished reading Brian Freeman's Marathon last night. I think it is his best so far. I didn't want to put it down, but didn't want it to end either.
Karen-Florida More than 1 year ago
I just finished Marathon and it is a great thriller. I never guessed the ending and it was just a great exciting book to read. I would highly recommend it
JBronder More than 1 year ago
People have gathered in Duluth Minnesota for the city’s biggest event: Grandma’s Marathon. But just as the runners are heading to the finish line a bomb goes off just like at the Boston bombing. Someone was bumped into by a Muslim man with a backpack. His picture is found and posted on Twitter. Within minutes all Middle Eastern men are targeted. Then he is discovered and people jump to the conclusion that he is the cause of the bombing. But then the witness thinks he may have made an error. By then it’s too late the change the rolling force of vengeful people that have no desire to look at the truth especially when more victims are discovered. It’s up to Jonathan and his team to find the truth before an innocent man get blamed. This is my first Jonathan Stride book and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a story right out of the headlines and written in such a way to make you think twice about events on social media. It’s is written so well that you feel just like you discovered the post on your own Twitter page and want to get justice for those injured or killed. But it also shows how easy it is to get the wrong information and how easy it is to blame the wrong person. There is a lot of action and suspense that will keep you drawn into this story. You will race through the pages and will love the surprising ending. I loved this book and will definitely be catching up on the other Jonathan Stride books. I received Marathon from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific read!
mannoverboard More than 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of Brian's books for a while now, and have read the last 3-4 titles upon their release. "Marathon" continues the Jonathan Stride saga, building both on Stride's professional life and personal life. I enjoy getting to know the characters I read about and see them grow throughout a series. "Marathon" has all the twists and turns that are true to Brian Freeman's style. If you enjoy good crime novels, look no further than the Jonathan Stride series!