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Spilled Blood:

A Novel

  • Read by: Joe Barrett
  • Runtime: 12.4 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 5.1.2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
  • 12.42 hrs5/1/2012Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4708-0606-4
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Winner of the 2013 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel

A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud—and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire

Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime. Reluctantly, Olivia’s mother summons her estranged husband Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, to come defend his daughter. As Christopher struggles to unravel the mystery of Ashlynn’s murder and save his own daughter, he uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over everything are the chilling, apocalyptic threats from a murderous psychopath known only as Aquarius.

Editorial Reviews

“This guy can tell a story.”

Michael Connelly

Spilled Blood is everything a great suspense novel should be: gripping, shocking, and moving. Brian Freeman proves once again he’s a master of psychological suspense, as he layers one family’s crisis with an entire town’s drama, building to an epic crescendo of rage, revenge, and redemption.”

Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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

Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

“Brian Freeman is emerging as one of our best dramatic storytellers, combining the pace of a DeMille with the plot twists of Preston and Child. Spilled Blood is the latest of his thrillers, with a small-town murder that takes so many turns that, in then end, no one can say ‘I knew it!’”

Larry Schweikart, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Harrowing…Freeman ratchets up the suspense steadily, and then provides a cataclysmic ending.” 

Publishers Weekly

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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