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The Cold Nowhere (Jonathan Stride) by Brian Freeman
Review by Steve Sawicki
Quercus Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781623651312
Date: 01 April 2014 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

One night, a sixteen year old girl shows up in Detective Jonathan Stride's home, dripping wet after jumping into Lake Superior. She tells a story of being pursued by a man who wants to kill her. Stride believes her.

To make things more interesting, Stride not only knew the girl's mother but was there the day the girl's father knifed her mother to death. Stride still blames himself for not acting in ways different to head off that final conclusion.

Stride's partner, thinks the kid's just another prostitute looking for a handout and should not be trusted. In particular she worries that the kid always seems to have a knife at hand. Like father like daughter she thinks.

This is a real twisty, punch in the mouth kind of story where everyone's got skin in the game and the game is played rough and only allows one winner. Stride's off balance right from the beginning. In fact they all are as the pieces seem to come to them only after it is to late to act.

Stride's full of doubt. His partner is full of remorse and concern. Stride's ex-girlfriend is waiting for Stride to get his shit together. And the young girl is simply trying to survive. There's a lot going on in this book and Brian Freeman manages to weave it all together in fascinating and interesting ways.

This was a great read and that's not something I say much of these days. I liked the way Freeman managed the plot and kept everything moving, although not always in the end direction. There was plenty here to grab onto and characters worth hanging out with. This is part of a series but I had not read anything previously and it did not seem to get in my way so I don't imagine it will get in yours either. Definitely recommended and you'll probably want to pick up all the books in the series.

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