Goodbye to the Dead

Goodbye to the Dead Detective Jonathan Stride s first wife Cindy died of cancer eight years ago but her ghost hangs over Stride s relationship with current lover and fellow detective Serena Dial When Serena witnesse

  • Title: Goodbye to the Dead
  • Author: Brian Freeman
  • ISBN: 9781782069003
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Detective Jonathan Stride s first wife, Cindy, died of cancer eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride s relationship with current lover, and fellow detective, Serena Dial When Serena witnesses a brutal murder outside a Duluth bar, she stumbles onto a case with roots that go all the way back to the last year of Cindy Stride s life.At the time, Cindy and Stride werDetective Jonathan Stride s first wife, Cindy, died of cancer eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride s relationship with current lover, and fellow detective, Serena Dial When Serena witnesses a brutal murder outside a Duluth bar, she stumbles onto a case with roots that go all the way back to the last year of Cindy Stride s life.At the time, Cindy and Stride were on opposite sides of a domestic murder investigation Gorgeous, brilliant Janine Snow a surgeon transplanted to Duluth from Texas was the prime suspect in the shooting death of her husband Cindy believed her friend Janine was innocent, but Stride thought all the evidence pointed to the surgeon even though the gun was never found Despite Cindy s attempts to help Janine, the case led to a high profile murder trial in which Janine was convicted and sent to prison.During the current investigation, Serena finds a gun used in the murder of a woman connected to an organized crime syndicate a gun that turns out to be the same weapon used to kill Janine Snow s husband Two unrelated cases years apart suddenly have a mysterious connection As Stride investigates the possibility that human traffickers are targeting women in the Duluth port, he begins to question whether he made a terrible mistake eight years ago by putting an innocent woman in prison And whether he will ever be able to make peace with the memory of his beloved wife and give his heart to Serena.

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    1. This case takes Stride back eight years, when his high school sweetheart who became his wife, is still alive. So though her death has played an important role in his novels this is the first time the reader really gets to hear from Cindy. That time they were on different sides since it was a friend of Cindy, a notable heart surgeon who was accused of murdering her husband. This present case, a woman shot in front of a bar leads back in a strange way to the previous crime.Stride is an interesting [...]

    2. When I read Brian Freeman's first novel, Immoral, I rated it 5 stars. None of the following books rated that high for me until now. Goodbye to the Dead is a fitting tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Jonathan Stride series and gets an easy 5 stars from me.I was already familiar with the main characters, and I loved getting to know Stride's late wife, Cindy. I found her so much more likable than Serena, who really didn't bother me as much in this book. Maggie was Maggie!I also loved the stru [...]

    3. For eight years, Detective Jonathan Stride has missed his wife Cindy. When she died of cancer, Stride lost faith in having a permanent relationship again. In his relationship with beautiful detective Serena Dial, there is always a sense that the ghost of Cindy looms largely between them. In Goodbye to the Dead, Brian Freeman’s seventh book in his Jonathan Stride series, we get a look back at a time when Jonny and Cindy agreed to disagree in a murder investigation in which Cindy believed her fr [...]

    4. I always like to give readers a little back-story with each new novel -- and GOODBYE TO THE DEAD is particularly important to me. I've been in the business for ten years now, and I envisioned GOODBYE TO THE DEAD as a ten-year anniversary novel for me (and for Jonathan Stride).When we first met Stride all the way back in my first book IMMORAL, he was dealing with the loss of his wife, Cindy, to cancer. That loss has cast a long shadow over the entire series. Stride and his new partner, Serena, ha [...]

    5. This is the seventh in the Stride series and I read this without reading the earlier books, so it stands alone well.I find the Duluth setting engaging, a welcome change that allows for a business/shipping thread to credibly run through the mystery. The juxtaposition of subplots and time periods was somewhat jarring: the old murder with the new mass killer and new sex slave smuggling group. I appreciate that the author was experimenting but I would have preferred a linear chronology.Goodbye to th [...]

    6. I read this one when it came out and this was before I was really active here in . This has been one of the best series ever! 5 STARS for the series! 5 STARS for the author!

    7. Can't believe it- I just won a copy of this new book from !In the seventh book of the Jonathan Stride series, a young woman from Colorado with a suitcase is shot and killed outside a seedy Duluth bar and Lt. Jonathan Stride's live-in lover Sgt. Serena Dial chases the gunman , but he gets away. Meanwhile we flash back to eight years earlier when Stride's wife Cindy was still alive and her best friend heart surgeon Dr. Janine Snow is on trial for murdering her husband. The reason these two seeming [...]

    8. Lots of twists and turns in this outstanding police mystery. To suit my tastes, I'd have left at least one twist out. When it comes to books that are toying with a happy resolution of a love affair for two bittersweet lovers, this book delivers almost no satisfaction and no answers. I'll repeat this is a remarkably well-written book, complex and plotted well. It is not in any sense an emotionally satisfying one if you dislike moral dilemmas and like a bit of romance in your love affairs.

    9. For this whole series, while dead, Cindy has a big impact on things. But with this book we got to see more of Cindy as half the book was set in the past while Cindy was alive. While I didn't care for this part of the story I did think it was interesting that Saint Cindy didn't come off that way. In fact I found myself not really liking her and found her selfish in a way. Certainly she was stupid in not taking care of herself and confronting her health issues instead of playing ostrich and ignori [...]

    10. 5 STARSIf you like psychological thrillers and you don’t know this author, you are in for a treat. The Jonathan Stride series is way beyond good. These books are as good as Michael Connelly’s stories of Harry Bosch and they have the same feel (for me, personally) as the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman.This book tells two stories. One takes place nine years before. When Stride’s first wife, Cindy, was still alive, one of her close friends, Dr. Janine Snow, were tried and convicte [...]

    11. What a well-thought out story line! First read by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it! What seems to be an insignificant tidbit near the beginning weaves a thread through a story that covers over 10 years! Being from Minnesota, I appreciated the fact that the narrator of the audio CD pronounced all the city names correctly (some don't!) but could have done without the "Fargo-esque" accent because Minnesotan's really don't talk like that (ya' know). This story had it all -- 7 out of 10.

    12. 4 stars. The story takes place in two parts, the past and the present. Good plot, the suspense level is high and makes for a fun read. Some rather nasty characters and event that will keep you on your toes and guessing throughout. Finally a book that was good from the beginning all the way to the end.

    13. I'd never read a Brian Freeman book before, but after reading "Goodbye to the Dead", I'm a fan. This is a craftily written book with a very complex plot with totally unexpected twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, Freeman throws in another curve. It was suspenseful & surprising to the very last pages. Wish I'd discovered him sooner!

    14. I love this author, I love this author, I love this author. He is so good! This book starts with Serena witnessing a man shoot a young woman outside of a bar. Then it goes back about 8 years to when Stride's wife, Cindy, was still alive. The husband of a close friend of hers is shot and killed, and the friend is the primary suspect. Stride has the difficult task of working the clues while his wife suffers to figure out if her friend is really a murderer or not. This is also the time that Cindy f [...]

    15. Eccellente autore. Pensavo di aver letto precedentemente qualcosa dello stesso ma l'avevo scambiato per un autore di horror con cui non aveva evidentemente niente a che fare. Quando ho iniziato a leggere il primo libro (La ragazza di pietra) mi sono reso conto dell'errore fatto e ho preso coscienza di trovarmi di fronte ad un Grandissimo!!! Sette libri di fila (la serie di Jonny Stride) in poco più di due mesi mi hanno fatto capire che i paragoni con il passato (Chandler, Hammet, Chase etc.) ma [...]

    16. Another great Jonathon Stride book. I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it went back in time and we got to know Cindy, Strides first wife. At that time Cindy was good friends with a very accomplished heart surgeon, Janine. Janine goes on trial for killing her husband, Cindy thinks her friend is innocent and Stride is convinced she's guilty. There are a couple twists in here that I didn't see coming at all. Great build up in the suspense in this novel.Kudos, Mr Freeman, for an excellent addit [...]

    17. This is one of the best of the Jonathan Stride series with almost half the book taking place in the past when JS' wife Cindy was still alive. This does not in any way detract from the story (no jumping back and forth thankfully!) which is very well done. Of course, we have Serena and Maggie along to keep things tense in the Present part of the book and now Cat, the newest addition to the family. All in all, a well done addition to the series.

    18. I just met Jonathan Stride, a chance meeting as a result of picking up a book at the library when I had nothing to read. I'll definitely go back and look at some more of these stories. This one was top shelf.A brilliant surgeon charged with the murder of her husband. Jonathan Stride dealing with the loss of his wife to cancer. A teenage girl who has a difficult time getting her life back on the right path. This story has all of that and more, as it twists and turns to a conclusion.A gripping can [...]

    19. Read my full review: bit/1R7ocuuSynopsis: Stride's past is coming back to haunt him when a gun used in a previous crime is used in the brutal murder of another person. Did Stride get the killer wrong sending an innocent woman to prison for the murder of her husband?My rating: 5 StarsMy opinion: GOOD GAWD, this series never gets old. Freeman has managed to take us back to solve two murders. The first when Stride's wife, Cindy, is still alive and diagnosed with cancer and the present involving his [...]

    20. Another new series for me but one with enough backstory that even new-to-the-series readers can pick it up and enjoy it. Especially read by one of my favorite narrators, Joe Barrett. Stride is a detective in Duluth, MN, and the port city location adds some gritty details. A well-known heart surgeon is convicted of ending her messy marriage by killing her husband, even though a weapon is never found. When the weapon does turn up 9 years later in a homicide, Stride begins to question his investiga [...]

    21. Freeman è un autore che sa come catturare l’attenzione del lettore. Il romanzo inizia in sordina per poi arricchirsi, pagina dopo pagina, di colpi di scena che rendono la trama ricca di suspense. []Con un architettura narrativa ampia e complessa, lo scrittore ci conduce attraverso un labirinto in cui le molte supposizioni si scontrano con le poche certezze. La scrittura incalzante, il ritmo sostenuto sono caratteristiche salienti di questo romanzo in cui Freeman riesce a rendere in modo effic [...]

    22. It's almost the tenth anniversary since Duluth said goodbye to it's innocence. Theyear in which it found itself both gripped by murder and united in terror. A pillar of the community Detective Sergeant Jonathan Stride had his home and heart torn toribbons by the claws of cancer. Cat Mateo an orphan of the streets with a knack of landing on her feet and owes her rescue to Detective Stride. But Cat also holds somethingelse close to her chest. A secret the sheer power of which she could not possibl [...]

    23. Ok, I just finished Goodbye to the Dead. And all the typical superlatives such as amazing, wonderful, fantastic, etc can't possibly do justice to the story. I've come to love Jonathan Stride, Maggie, Serena, and now Cat, over the yearsn't wait to see what happens next!Stride is right up there with John Foley, Harry Bosch, and Virgil Flowers. Good guys everyone, despite their flaws. They're the real deal. I anxiously wait for the next installment, knowing that it will somehow be better than the p [...]

    24. My first Brian Freeman. I visit the area 4-5 times each year so the Duluth landmarks and places were a big draw for me. The story centers around a successful doctor and her murdered but controversial husband. Several sub stories of local families and individuals all eventually tie together as the murder is eventually solved 8-9 years later. As always, the port and incoming/outgoing ships play a role. While the freighters are breathtaking to see coming and going from all the harbors, there must b [...]

    25. Another fantastic entry into the series of Jonathan Stride by Brian Freeman. I love visiting Duluth by reading these stories, and the characters are old friends I enjoy catching up with. The plot was well paced as always, and it felt like two stories in one by how the book was divided up. My only complaint would be that it is stretching credibility that Serena, Jonathan, Maggie and/or Cat are always in exactly the right place at the wrong time. I'm also just about done with "Saint Cindy" and whi [...]

    26. Another great chapter in the Jonathan Stride series. A captivating plot surrounded by vivid characters, good and evil. Your fingers will blister from the flurry of page turns and the thirst of just 'one more chapter'.The Stride series shines a literary spotlight on Duluth Minnesota, the perfect place for pure psychological suspense.The best recommendation that was ever given to me was to read Brian Freeman.

    27. A very good book, while I thought I had figured out the ending I did get a surprise. Surprises are almost always nice to get in a book. The characters are well developed and the story doesn't focus on one person, there are several in play. Timelines go from the past to the present and are neatly tied together in a very believable way. If we could give half stars this would get 4 1/2.

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