Winner of the 2006 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery
A 2006 Anthony Award Finalist for Best First Mystery
Finalist for the 2006 Barry Award for Best First Novel
A 2006 CWA New Blood Dagger Finalist
A 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel
A Book Sense Pick
She disappeared. They put her killer on trial. Then she was murdered.
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of déjà vu. For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota—gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior. The two victims couldn’t be more different. First it was Kerry McGrath, bubbly and sweet, and now Rachel Deese, a strange, sexually charged wild child. The media hounds Stride to catch a serial killer. The search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, where he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions. Stride’s own life becomes changed forever by the secrets he uncovers, secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire. Secrets that are chillingly immoral.
Immoral is a sexy, gripping thriller by a talented newcomer already sparking huge attention.
© 2005 by Brian N. Freeman
“Who is Brian Freeman? This guy can tell a story. Immoral is a page-turner of the highest caliber. It has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.”
Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author
“Breathtakingly real and utterly compelling, Immoral dishes up page-turning psychological suspense while treating us lucky readers to some of the most literate and stylish writing you’ll find anywhere today.”
Jeffery Deaver, #1 bestselling author
“The writing is tough, muscular, and shot through with such a sense of loss, torment, longing, torn innocence that it’s downright Celtic in its sorrow. Just as the reader and Stride figure to have the case wrapped, there’s a sucker punch you never saw coming—and it hurts wonderfully. The novel is reminiscent of Lehane, of such works as Gone Baby Gone and Sacred, when Lehane was writing this darkest, bruised, compassionate self. Freeman’s novel is one hell of a read, gut wrenching and moving, exciting and powerful. Any book that makes you want to fly to Vegas gets my bet. Stride on.”
Ken Bruen, award-winning author
“[Immoral] may very well be one of the best debuts of 2005…a near pitch-perfect first novel that soars with believable characters, crisp dialogue, and, for the most part, logical twists and turns…Jonathan Stride literally strides onto the page—flawed, complicated, and very appealing.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Be warned. In the manner of the finest thrillers, nothing is as it seems in Freeman’s devilish story of revenge and double-cross.”
“Immoral is a stunning debut from Brian Freeman…A spellbinding saga of murder and retribution.”
Toronto Globe and Mail
“Light the fire and darken the lights for a gut-wrenching tale of psychological suspense from a true storyteller.”
“With Stride, Freeman has created a world-weary detective with a strong moral compass and determination. Tightly written with a strong sense of place and character…A compelling read.”
Dallas Morning News
“Joe Barrett takes charge with great poise…[He] handles the gender changes and local accents with precision and delivers this thriller with ease.”
“In this compelling debut thriller, Freeman turns in a psychologically gripping, virtuoso performance, with a detective who is likely to return. He deftly lays bare the demons lurking in many of us while keeping us tantalized through a series of plot shifts. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal (starred review)
“Immoral is a slick and savvy offering and the best debut mystery in quite some time.”
Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.