At a Glance
Brian Freeman is the author of the Jonathan Stride psychological thriller series, the Cab Bolton crime mystery series, and the new Frost Eaton series.
Reading the Brian Freeman books in order starts with his first novel, Immoral, published in 2005, which won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel. It was also a finalist for the popular Edgar Awards, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards. The book is the first in his popular Jonathan Stride mystery series.
The author has two additional series, Cab Bolton and Frost Eaton, the latest with the first book published in 2017.
Brian Freeman (website) was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1963 and grew up in the Bay Area of California in San Mateo, after which he attended Carleton College in Minnesota from which he graduated in English in 1984 with magna cum laude.
Brian married his wife, Marcia, there and decided to settle down with his family in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Brian started writing from an early age, as he always wanted to write books for a living. Noticing his love of the craft, his middle-school teacher encouraged him to simply sit in a corner and write his story, rather than follow the class curriculum. He finished his first novel at the age of 13.
Before starting his author career at the age of 41 he worked as a database systems manager, communication strategist and business writer in Minnesota, after which acted as director of marketing and public relations for the international law firm Faegre & Benson.
So far his books have been sold in over 45 countries and translated into 20 languages.
The author also wrote several romantic novels, including West 57 under the pseudonym B.N. Freeman, and The Agency under the alias Ally O’Brien.
The latest Brian Freeman book is The Voice Inside, the 2nd book in the Frost Eaton series, a book published early 2018, followed by Alter Ego, the 9th Jonathan Stride mystery series.
The Jonathan Stride series features Homicide Lieutenant Jonathan Stride and his partner Maggie Bei, working on the coast of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. In Marathon, published in 2017, a bomb explodes at the Duluth Marathon and, invariably, a Muslim man is found as the criminal. But did he really do it?
When the bomb exploded, Stride, his wife Serena, and his partner, Maggie, were right in the middle of it all, as Serena had just completed the race. As the police is clearing the area and the ambulances and medics are there to try to help the injured, many think this was an act of terror, and Islamic radicalism is in the minds of many. When American Muslim Khan Rashid is pointed a finger at as being a suspect, things turn dire for the poor man, especially when the entire Duluth is looking for him.
The author brings a complex mix of real-life events and people’s feelings about these events and racial differences that are so prevalent in the minds of so many people today.
In Alter Ego, we meet once again Jonathan Stride, working the case of a ghost. Because that’s what the dead driver in a freak car accident seems to be since his identity was fake and he didn’t really seem to exist.
When the next day a student at a Dulluth college disappears, Stride starts to put the dots together and connect the two cases.
Here are the Brian Freeman books in order for his three crime mystery series.
Jonathan Stride Series In Order
The series features Jonathan Stride, a homicide lieutenant, Maggie Bei, his partner working on the coast of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, and Serena Dial, a fellow detective and love interest of Jonathan.
- Immoral (Jonathan Stride #1), 2005
- Stripped (Jonathan Stride #2), 2006
- Stalked (Jonathan Stride #3), 2007
- The Watcher (Jonathan Stride #4), 2008 (also titled In The Dark)
- The Burying Place (Jonathan Stride #5), 2009
- Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride #5.5), 2012
- Turn to Stone (Jonathan Stride #5.6), 2014
- The Cold Nowhere (Jonathan Stride #6), 2013
- Goodbye to the Dead (Jonathan Stride #7), 2015
- Marathon (Jonathan Stride #8), 2017
- Alter Ego (Jonathan Stride #9), 2018
Cab Bolton Series In Order
The series features Cab Bolton, a quirky Florida detective
Frost Eaton Series in Order
Frost Eaton is a homicide detective in San Francisco with very rigid moral codes that, at times, causing him quite a bit of trouble
- The Night Bird (Frost Eaton #1), 2017
- The Voice Inside (Frost Eaton #2), 2018
- Crooked Street (Frost Eaton #3), 2019
Other Brian Freeman Books
- The Agency (Tess Drake series), 2009 (written as Ally O’Brien)
- West 57, 2015 (written as B.N. Freeman)