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The Burying Place:

A Novel

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A 2011 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Hardcover Novel

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor’s baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover and partner, Serena, find themselves on opposite sides of the case, with Stride pursuing evidence that incriminates the doctor and Serena trying to prove that the baby really was abducted.

Meanwhile, Stride’s colleague, Maggie, and her headstrong young partner are tracking a man responsible for a violent crime wave in the rural areas of Duluth. There seems to be no connection between the cases—until a victim with ties to the doctor’s case turns up murdered in the signature style of the Duluth killer.

Editorial Reviews

“Brian Freeman is, quite simply, a first-rate storyteller.”

Nelson DeMille

“My discovery this year has been Edgar-nominated crime writer Brian Freeman…Fleshed-out characters, high tension and terrifying twists put Freeman up there with Harlan Coben in the psychological crime stratosphere.”

Daily Mail (London) 

“The suspense driving this novel is palpable from opening pages that are as gripping as any I’ve read in a thriller this year.”

Star Tribune

“Raised from the merely formulaic by Freeman’s emotional literacy, sense of place and an uncanny ability to wrong-foot the reader and produce a wholly unexpected ending, The Burying Place is far more than the sum of its parts.”

Guardian (London)

“Intriguing…An appropriately creepy atmosphere and well-rounded, flawed characters.”

Publishers Weekly

“Joe Barrett’s rendition of Edgar Award winner Freeman’s latest effort perfectly captures the suspense of this engrossing mystery. His voice, low and breathy, suggests secrecy and danger, along with a hint of world-weariness that is especially appropriate for the burned-out Stride…His performance should keep listeners intrigued as the mysteries unravel.”


“Crisp dialogue, steady suspense, and a cast of original characters drive this fifth entry in Macavity Award winner Freeman’s excellent series.”


“Be prepared for a tension-filled, dramatic roller-coaster ride…Narrator Joe Barrett…does a wonderful job of sustaining the excitement and also nails the Minnesota accents perfectly.”

SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

“With a whopping surprise solution, Freeman’s latest packs quite a punch from cradle to grave.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Freeman begins dropping explosive revelations early in The Burying Place…Don’t even think about starting to read it without blocking out several hours. You won’t want to put this one down without finishing it.”


Author Biography

Brian Freeman is an internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels, including Immoral, Stripped, Stalked, In the Dark, The Burying Place, The Bone House, and Spilled Blood, which won the 2013 ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. His books have been sold in forty-six countries and twenty languages and have appeared as main selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club.

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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.

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