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Goodbye to the Dead
by Brian Freeman
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Quercus, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Detective Jonathan Stride is back in action in Brian Freeman's Goodbye to the Dead, in which a modern murder raises questions about a cold case that resulted in the conviction of a brilliant surgeon for her husband's murder. Stride was certain that he had identified the perp, but the murder weapon was never found and now he has to wonder if he was mistaken.

At this stage in Stride's life, he's in a relationship with fellow detective Serena Dial - his beloved wife Cindy died of cancer eight years before and Serena suspects that Jonnie is still in love with her. They have taken into their home Cat Mateo, a runaway pregnant teenager they helped during a previous case. It hasn't been easy for any of them! After Serena follows Cat into a Duluth bar, she sees a woman being murdered outside it. Chasing the killer, she finds a gun, which turns out to have quite a history.

Back nine years, Cindy Stride gives her friend, Dr. Janine Snow, a ride home from a party, and leaves her there with her husband - they'd been at odds for months. That night, Jonathan receives the call that Janine's husband has been shot. Stride and his partner Maggie are pretty sure that Janine did it, but where's the gun? And it turns out that Janine's hubby had other enemies than his wife, and that Janine was being blackmailed. But, though Cindy holds to the belief that her friend is innocent and a jury member falls under Janine's spell, the surgeon is jailed for murder.

The plot thickens to take in the jury member's obsession with proving Janine's innocence and human trafficking that puts Cat at risk. But the central question remains - did Janine shoot her husband or not? You'll just have to read Goodbye to the Dead for your answer - it's well worth your time.

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