Stripped (Jonathan Stride, Bk 2)

by Brian Freeman | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0312340443 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 2/10/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Friday, February 10, 2012
Stripped - Jonathan Stride, Bk 2
Author: Brian Freeman
This ambitious follow-up to Brian Freeman's debut novel, Immoral, which Michael Connelly called a page-turner of the highest caliber, delivers non-stop action and gut-wrenching intrigue on the streets of Sin City -- where you can hit the jackpot, or you can get... — STRIPPED — They looked like isolated cases: a hit-and-run and a celebrity murdered during a fling with a prostitute. No one could ever imagine they'd be linked to a brutal crime in the city's steamy past... and that the race to corner a determined serial killer would stir up secrets long thought buried with the dead. When detectives -- and lovers -- Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are called to investigate, they have no idea that they're stepping into a world of sex and money, glamour and vice -- where desperate ambition rules and loyalties know no bounds...

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing at Elk Grove, California USA on Monday, September 27, 2021
I read and enjoyed Freeman's first book in the Jonathan Stride series, Immoral, several years ago. Not sure why it took me so long to get to this second in the series...I've been meaning to read this for a long time. Anyway, this second book has Stride moving to Las Vegas from Minnesota to be with his girlfriend, Serena Dial who is a police officer in Vegas. Stride gets a job as a detective on the Las Vegas Police Force, somewhat of a demotion from being a Lieutenant on the Duluth force in Minnesota. And then along comes a couple of cases that do not appear related on the surface but turn out to be: a hit-and-run of a young boy and the cold blooded murder of a celebrity who was having an encounter with a prostitute on the city's streets. So how are the two cases related? It appears they are both tied to the murder of a stripper named Amira who was murdered in the swimming pool of a soon-to-be demolished casino back in 1967. So are others connected with the killing of Amira also at risk? And why would someone be committing these serial killings?

This was an intense thriller from Freeman that kept me turning the pages. Freeman also was very good at developing and fleshing out his characters in this one. This included Amanda, Stride's partner who is also a transsexual, the hoods and associated owners of the Vegas hotels, the police officer who originally worked the Amira case and his gay partner who is an expert forger, and the daughter of the hotel owner who wants to have a lesbian affair with Serena. Overall, a very enjoyable action thriller and I'll be reading more in this series; Stalked is next in line.

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