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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-01-18
- Reviewer: Staff
The recovery of a gun used to kill a young woman outside a seedy Duluth, Minn., bar propels Freeman’s deftly plotted seventh Jonathan Stride novel (after 2014’s The Cold Nowhere). Nine years earlier, Dr. Janine Snow, a highly respected heart specialist, went to prison for fatally shooting her abrasive journalist husband, Jay Ferris. The gun used on Ferris wasn’t found, until the bar murder. The older case has a personal connection for police detective Stride; his beloved late wife, Cindy, was Janine’s best friend and drove her home on the night of the crime. Stride and Serena Dial, a police officer who’s also his girlfriend, investigate both murders. Meanwhile, Stride and Serena must deal with the problems of their pregnant 17-year-old ward, Cat Mateo. Stride’s heartfelt memories of Cindy and his reluctance to fully commit to Serena, coupled with an in-depth look at the book’s supporting characters, make this police procedural a standout. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Mar.)