The Blue Edge of Midnight: A Max Freeman Mystery (Book One)

The Blue Edge of Midnight: A Max Freeman Mystery (Book One)

by Jonathon King
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The Blue Edge of Midnight: A Max Freeman Mystery (Book One) by Jonathon King

The Edgar Award–winning debut of the bestselling Max Freeman mystery series: A tormented ex-cop’s mission to solve a grisly murder and earn redemption for his dark past

After a shootout during a convenience store holdup led to the accidental death of a twelve-year-old, Max Freeman left behind the Philadelphia police department for a life in exile in the Florida Everglades. Since then, he has lived in seclusion, haunted by guilt, with the humid night and the nocturnal predators of the swamp as his only company. But everything changes when Freeman discovers a young girl’s body floating in the muddy waters and becomes the prime suspect for her murder. To prove his innocence, Freeman must uncover the real murderer—and confront his own tortured soul—before it’s too late.
This ebook contains an illustrated biography of the author featuring never-before-seen photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453258378
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Series: Max Freeman Mysteries Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 591,721
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Jonathon King is an Edgar Award–winning mystery novelist and the creator of the bestselling Max Freeman crime series. Born in Lansing, Michigan, in the 1950s, King worked as a crime reporter in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for twenty-four years before becoming a full-time novelist. Along with the seven books of the Max Freeman series, King has authored the thriller Eye of Vengeance (2007) and the historical novel The Styx (2009).

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The Blue Edge of Midnight 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally get caught up in detailed descriptions of locations and surroundings but Jonathon King's prose held me spell-bound through every bit of this book INCLUDING the descriptions of the locations and surroundings. All of the ingredients of a masterful murder mystery are here . . . but there is no gratuitous violence and no gratuitous sex scenes thrown in just to try to grab additional readers. If you love mysteries that provide clues along the way (along with plenty of good dialogue and descriptions and development of characters), then I highly recommend this book to you. On the other hand, if you are just looking for a "shoot 'em up" "mystery" filled with graphic descriptions of blood, guts, and sex scenes, you should avoid this book like the plague. This is an intellectual exercise rather than an exercise in titillation.
VictoriaAllman More than 1 year ago
I could not put The Blue Edge of Midnight down. Jonathon King has created one of the truest 'sense of place' in his depiction of the Everglades that I have ever read. I was sucked into this story by the authors knowledge of the Glades and the world he enters in the first chapter. The mystery surrounding Max Freeman's part of the river of grass is tight and well-thought out. My heart ached for the main character as he tried to solve the crime encroaching on his sanctuary in the wild and battled the demons of his past. As the mystery deepened, the tension rose and Max quickly became one of my favorite Florida characters. I am glad that The Blue Edge of Midnight is the start of a series. I will pick up the second book immediately after I come back from going for a paddle through the Everglades--I couldn't get the place out of my mind while reading this book. It is as much a travelogue as a mystery worthy of the Edgar award it won for the Best First Mystery. Victoria Allman author of: Seasoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Guest More than 1 year ago
Picked up the book, in hardcover, simply because it was inexpensive and a crime novel. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down, he has great talent, creates characters that one can relate to, and sets a beautiful scene for the reader with each turing page. Before I even finished the book, a ordered his second book, A Visible Darkness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never written a review before, but I just had to after I put this book down. I enjoyed this book immensely. If I could have kept my eyes open, I would have finished this in one sitting. I'm so excited to find another author. This book is definitely worth the read. It has suspense and intrigue and many surprises. A great crime novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story line although minute descriptions and the over use of the word grinding as a thought process irked me (personal pet peeve). Otherwise highly recommend and looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Interesting characters in this well written mystery.
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romancemistress More than 1 year ago
I now have a new mystery series with which to usher in my summer...and a new, tormented book-boyfriend in ex cop Max Freeman. Loved everything about this book, the flashbacks that come in Max's uneasy dreams, the atmospheric humidity of the 'Glades, his inability to let the abductions and deaths go unsolved despite his self-described lack of ambition, the secondary characters just as vividly drawn. I've already reserved books 2 and 3 at the library to keep me company over the weekend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intereeting and fast paced. Held my interest.
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BETKAT More than 1 year ago
this author writes a wonderful story. Lucky for the readers he has 5 books with the lead character Max Freeman. This story is exciting and his vivid descriptions put you right in the scene of action. IT IS AN EXCELLENT READ AND WHEN FINISHED YOU CANNOT WAIT UNTIL YOU CAN READ THE SECOND, AND THE THIRD AND SO ON. While he is in the Everglades the descriptions of the trees, plants and animals are so vivid in your memory. I felt I was there nwith him. I this this,someitimes comical.
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