Spilled Blood: A Novel

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Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2012 - Fiction - 347 pages
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A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud--and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire.   Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn't be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company's carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation's president, is found shot dead--and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime. Reluctantly, Olivia's mother summons her estranged husband Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, to come defend his daughter. As Christopher struggles to unravel the mystery of Ashlynn's murder and save his own daughter, he uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over everything are the chilling, apocalyptic threats from a murderous psychopath known only as “Aquarius.”    

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The premise itself grabbed me from the beginning. - Goodreads
Definitely a very taut page turner. - Goodreads
The pacing is superb. - Goodreads
I loved the story line and the ending!!! - Goodreads
The plot was meaty, with several mysteries going on. - Goodreads
And wow, what a plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - JeffV - LibraryThing

Minnesota native Brian Freeman likes setting his novels in his home state. Even better, the narrator of the audiobook has, or at least read the book, with a local accent/dialect. While a nice touch ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

Such a great read! I felt drawn in pretty quickly and compelled to finish the story to figure out who the heck "Aquarius" was! I didn't figure it out until the name was actually mentioned. Aside from ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Often likened to Harlan Coben and David Baldacci, award-winning author Brian Freeman is an internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and translated into 20 languages. Brian's debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar®, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. Since then, each subsequent novel has been published to similar acclaim. Freeman lives and writes in his native state of Minnesota.

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