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Stripped: a book

5 Ratings: 2.0
A thriller by Brian Freeman featuring Detective Jonathan Stride

   At the start of Freeman's solid second thriller (after 2005's Immoral), detective Jonathan Stride has left his job in Duluth, Minn., for Las Vegas, Nev. The action begins with a flashback to Sin City in the 1950s and the murder of a famous … see full wiki

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1 review about Stripped: a book

Detective Jonathan Stride Tries To Imitate Harry Bosch

  • Dec 21, 2009
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This book got off to a painfully slow start. I looked at the pages and I was past page 200 before it was difficult to put down. During the prologue we witness a murder at a Las Vegas hotel swimming pool in the 1960's. The book then flashes forward to a murder of a "glamor boy" outside a Vegas hotel. Jon Stride is called to investigate this murder with his TS partner Amanda. The killer was very brazen about what he did and seemed to intentionally leave a fingerprint behind.

In the meantime a boy is killed in a hit and run. Coincidentally, Stride's live-in love partner Serena is called to investigate. Little by little Stride and Serena start talking about their respective cases and they find some connections. They realize the connections link back to the 60's murder from the prologue of Amira who used to dance at the Sherehazade (I think that is how it is spelled). When they start to investigate they are told to "not investigate." Apparently the discussion of Amira's murder sets off some nerves, indicating that some important people may have been involved in a cover-up.

The book drags on for about 150 pages until it picks up steam. And then it dies down again about 40 pages before the ending. When everything is explained, I found myself shaking my head in how corny some of the explainations were.

I am not sure what all the five star reviews in Amazon were all about. If you really want to read what a detective novel should be like, I suggest any of the Harry Bosch novels by Michael Connelly. Then I would challenge anyone to give this book above a three star rating.

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