Two teenage girls play a deadly game of Russian Roulette...
It's every parent's worst nightmare. Christopher Hawk's daughter has been accused of murder . . . and she looks guilty as sin.
Chris rushes to the rural badlands of southern Minnesota, where his ex-wife and his only child, Olivia, now live, determined to defend his daughter.
He discovers two towns at war: Barron, where a chemical company has brought jobs and money, and St. Croix, Olivia's downriver home, where the same chemicals are believed to have brought death: a cancer cluster with mysterious origins.
Olivia is at the center of the feud, and so is the girl she's suspected of killing. If Chris is to find out what really happened, he needs to learn everything about his daughter... but he's beginning to realize he hardly knows her at all.
Chris wants to believe Olivia is innocent, but belief is only the first step. Now he has to prove it.
And all the while, her enemies are waiting, baying for her blood...
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"Spilled Blood is everything a great suspense novel should be: gripping, shocking, and moving. Brian Freeman proves once again he's a master of psychological suspense, as he layers one family's crisis with an entire town's drama, building to an epic crescendo of rage, revenge and redemption."
– Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"Brian Freeman is emerging as one of our best dramatic storytellers, combining the pace of a DeMille with the plot twists of Preston and Child. Spilled Blood is the latest of his thrillers, with a small-town murder that takes so many turns that, in then end, no one can say 'I knew it!'"
– Larry Schweikart, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"Suspense doesn't get more excruciating than this....Reading this novel is like walking a tightrope in a high wind. Don't miss it."
– Booklist (Starred Review)
"Shockingly terrifying...enough to guarantee fevered page-turning after lights-out."
– London Daily Mail
"Chilling...A compelling read."
– Evening Standard
"Freeman's most intricate and compelling psychological suspense"
– Saint Paul Pioneer Press
"This gripping story of anger, anguish, despair, greed and revenge is a blast.... Terrific."
– Peterborough Evening Telegraph
"This gripping psychological thriller is a cut above the rest and will have you guessing until the very last twist."
"The pace is swift, but not relentless. The puzzle is teasing. The writing is sharp, spare and simple. The characters utterly real. The final twist is one I should have seen coming, but didn't. And the whole builds to one truly cataclysmic finale. Loved it."
"Harrowing...Freeman ratchets up the suspense steadily, and then provides a cataclysmic ending."
"A great read from a rising star in the crime genre."
"Brian Freeman knows how to write psychological suspense and really packs a punch with SPILLED BLOOD. The tension is taut as each new twist and turn is revealed on the way to a gripping conclusion. A great thriller!"
"A vital account of life in the rural American badlands, and of the corrosive and self-perpetuating nature of hatred... tied into a plausible and satisfying mystery."
"Fans of mysteries, thrillers and suspense -- heck, fans of a good story in general -- will find much to love in 'Spilled Blood,' which doesn't let up until the very last page."
"His characters are both human and humane....This is a good thriller which rattles along with numerous twists and plot turns - without resorting to artificial cliff-hangers - concentrating instead on putting credible characters under pressure so that the reader actually feels for them and cares whether they survive or triumph."