Max Freeman Books In Publication Order
- The Blue Edge of Midnight (2002)
- A Visible Darkness (2003)
- Shadow Men (2004)
- A Killing Night (2005)
- Acts of Nature (2007)
- Midnight Guardians (2012)
- Don’t Lose Her (2015)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Eye of Vengeance (2006)
- The Styx (2009)
- Oooo That Smell (2011)
- The Sindia Promise (2018)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Florida Heat Wave (2010)
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Jonathon King Books Overview
Featuring ex cop Max Freeman, The Blue Edge of Midnight marks the debut of a powerful new crime series. ‘The Blue Edge of Midnight is a terrific book that begins the run of a great new talent in Jonathon King. From start to finish it is full of true character and jagged surprises. King adds new dimensions of depth and substance to the modern crime novel.’ Michael Connelly Max Freeman’s old life ended on a night that will haunt him forever. The night he killed a twelve year old child in self defense in a Philadelphia shootout. The night he stopped being a cop. Now he lives an existence of solitary confinement on the edge of the Florida Everglades, where he answers to no one but the demons that eat away at his conscience. Until the night he finds the corpse of a child beside an ancient river. The night Max Freeman’s past explodes into the present. Suddenly, Freeman is thrust into the center of the search for a killer responsible for a string of grisly slayings that is baffling both local authorities and the F.B.I. Distrusted as an outsider by the longtime residents of the Glades and pulled into the case as suspect by the police, Freeman must walk a tenuous tightrope of distrust on both sides of the law. When another child goes missing, all eyes turn to Freeman and the ex cop, driven by his old habits and the memories of that long ago Philadelphia midnight, knows that he has no choice but to hunt down the seemingly unstoppable murderer himself. An electrifying story of crime, punishment, and one man’s personal redemption played out against a backdrop of wild natural beauty in conflict with the modern urban world, The Blue Edge of Midnight heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in contemporary crime fiction.
With his first novel The Blue Edge of Midnight, Jonathon King was praised for his ‘powerful storytelling’ San Diego Union Tribune, for his ‘stunning’ and ‘superb’ writing Pittsburgh Tribune, and for adding ‘new dimensions to the modern crime novel’ Michael Connelly. And, in a starred review, Publishers Weekly compared King to James Hall, Robert Parker, and James Lee Burke. Now, in A Visible Darkness, King delivers another gripping, unforgettable story. Max Freeman is seeking refuge from the familiar demons of his former life as a Philadelphia police officer, in his secluded shack deep in the Everglades. But his self imposed isolation is inter rupted when he receives a desperate call from his best friend, attorney Billy Manchester. There has been a recent string of suspicious deaths all elderly women, all from a poor neighborhood, and all with sizable and recently sold off insurance policies which the police have been unable, or unwilling, to investigate. Billy believes something sinister may be at work, and so, to help his friend, Max must reluctantly pry where he’s not wanted, and act like the cop he’s trying to forget he was. To discover an unseen killer, Max will confront not only the dangers of a forgotten Florida cityscape, but the unexpected and dark corners of his own past as well. Filled with twists, turns, and a breathtaking evocation of a rarely glimpsed underside of modern America, A Visible Darkness confirms Jonathon King’s place at the forefront of a new generation of crime novelists.
Book three of the bestselling Max Freeman mystery series: Max seeks to uncover the twisted truth behind an eighty-year-old triple homicide In the 1920s, three of Mark Mayes’s ancestors left to help build the first road through the Everglades-backbreaking labor from which they never returned. Now, decades later, Mayes has discovered letters that point to murder as the cause of their disappearance, and he hires Max Freeman to get to the bottom of it all. But as Freeman follows the trail of evidence, he incurs the wrath of the corporation that built the road, and finds that the murder case may not be as cold as everyone assumed. Freeman’s search takes him to the heart of the Everglades to reveal the truth behind the murders-and put a stop to a cycle of violence three generations in the making. ‘Backs up its detailed police procedure with entertaining, quirky characters…
You’ll feel right with [Max at the scene of the crime.’ -People ‘Captures the intrigue, lyrical beauty, and darkness of the Florida Everglades better than any other writer.’ -James Lee Burke Jonathon King is an Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist and the creator of the bestselling Max Freeman crime series. Born in Lansing, Michigan, in the 1950s, King worked as a crime reporter in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for twenty-four years before becoming a full-time novelist. Along with the six books of the Max Freeman series, King has also authored the thriller Eye of Vengeance 2007 and the historical novel The Styx 2009. He lives in south Florida.
Book four of the bestselling Max Freeman mystery series: Max’s investigation of a string of murders in south Florida leads him to the most shocking of suspects After three young female bartenders were murdered in Miami and one went missing in Philadelphia, Freeman’s ex-girlfriend Sherry Richards hires him to help with the case. Freeman grudgingly accepts the job, despite Sherry’s insistence that a retired police officer who saved Freeman’s life back in Philadelphia is the prime suspect. As Freeman returns to Philly to investigate, he must face his feelings of camaraderie for his former colleague, his affection for Sherry, and a resurgence of his own personal demons in order to solve the crime before the killer can strike again. ‘Balanced, efficient, and compelling from start to finish.’ -The Miami Herald ‘King’s writing is gritty, vivid, and suspenseful.’ -Harlan Coben Jonathon King is an Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist and the creator of the bestselling Max Freeman crime series. Born in Lansing, Michigan, in the 1950s, King worked as a crime reporter in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for twenty-four years before becoming a full-time novelist. Along with the six books of the Max Freeman series, King has also authored the thriller Eye of Vengeance 2007 and the historical novel The Styx 2009. He lives in south Florida.
Craving some quiet time together, Max Freeman and Detective Sherry Richards retreat to Max’s secluded shack deep in the Florida Everglades. No television. No cell phones. No neighbors. It s a perfect and much needed escape from the daily grind. But when a violent hurricane rips through South Florida obliterating everything in its path, Max and Sherry s peaceful getaway turns into a desperate fight for survival. And the hurricane is only the beginning of the nightmare. With Sherry severely injured and no way to call for help, the couple begins a treacherous trek back to civilization, only to find that the hurricane s devastation is the least of their worries. In the wake of the storm, the isolation they originally sought soon becomes deadly as undesirables invade the Glades. Some have come to profit from the destruction and loot what remains, while others will stop at nothing to protect secrets. All are willing to kill to get what they came for, and Max and Sherry are smack in the line of fire. Jonathon King writes with the eye of a reporter, the instincts of a cop, and the heart of a champion. T. Jefferson Parker, bestselling author of Storm Runners
Book six of the bestselling Max Freeman mystery series: Max investigates a conspiracy involving corrupt cops, fraud, and a drug kingpin from his past as he fights to save what he loves most Max is back, trawling the trailer parks and waterways of South Florida, where amid the gorgeous beaches and abundant foliage there lies a stunning range of brutality. After Max is hired to investigate a conspiracy involving fake claims to Medicare, he quickly realizes the scheme is much more dangerous than anyone assumed. And when the Brown Man, a former drug kingpin who once helped Max nab a serial killer, reappears in a slick new guise, Max must reclaim his street instincts to protect not just the citizens of South Florida, but also his girlfriend, Detective Sherry Richards-the one person he can’t afford to lose. This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s life. ‘King adds new dimensions of depth and substance to the modern crime novel.’ -Michael Connelly ‘Whether taking us to the dark corners of the Everglades or the hard streets of Philadelphia, King’s writing is gritty, vivid, and suspenseful.’ -Harlan Coben ‘Jonathon King captures the intrigue, lyrical beauty, and darkness of the Florida Everglades better than any other writer I know of.’ -James Lee Burke Jonathon King is an Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist and the creator of the bestselling Max Freeman crime series. Born in Lansing, Michigan, in the 1950s, King worked as a crime reporter in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for twenty-four years before becoming a full-time novelist. Along with the six books of the Max Freeman series, King has also authored the thriller Eye of Vengeance 2007 and the historical novel The Styx 2009. He lives in South Florida.
A veteran crime reporter, Nick Mullins was no stranger to scenes of violence and loss. He was well practiced at keeping tragedy at arm’s length with a professional detachment until he was forced to face his own tragedy when a drunk driver took the lives of Nick s wife and one of their two daughters, forever shattering his world. Now, with a nine year old to raise on his own, Nick struggles to balance single fatherhood with a career that daily puts him into the dark corners of death and justice. When a convicted murderer is dramatically and publicly gunned down with a single bullet to the head in front of a county jailhouse, Nick is immediately dispatched by his newspaper to cover the story, pressing his old police contacts with his usual mix of subtle charm and brazen questioning. But when he realizes that the victim was the subject of one of his old stories, Nick is drawn into the investigation himself. Before long he s one step ahead of the cops in the hunt for a cold blooded killer a sniper who has a talent for targeting criminals, and who makes it clear that he has his eye on Nick. With his career, family, and life on the line, Nick plays a delicate and potentially deadly game of cat and mouse with the police, the Secret Service, and his editors all of whom are watching Nick s every move as he fights to find the shooter before he strikes again. A stirring page turner bristling with an intense, gritty realism and filled with vivid and unforgettable characters, Eye of Vengeance is Jonathon King at his very best.
It is legend, the burning of The Styx. For over a hundred years, the destruction of a black community on the blossoming new island of Palm Beach has been folklore. Historic photos prove The Styx existed, but century old memories muddle the truth of its demise. What happened to a ragtag collection of homes and rooming houses that once sheltered the great Henry Flagler’s hotel workers at the turn of the 20th century? The legend is steeped in rumor, but the racism of the age, the uncommon wealth and privilege that came to the wilderness of Florida, and the greedy scramble to grab a piece of a new Eden are undeniable truths. Jonathon King s novel The Styx is a fictional story of what happened in the later years of the 1890 s, when the great migration to Florida changed the state forever. With deft descriptions of New York s Lower East Side, the Wild West towns and villages of a newly discovered Florida, and the majesty of Palm Beach s new Royal Poinciana Hotel, King tells a story of murder and cover ups, power turned greedy, society women behaving badly, and good people doing what good people must always do to build a real civilization.