A gruesome, unsolved murder divides a tightknit Lake Michigan community in "The Bone House"

Each day leading up to the April 14 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2012 Genre Fiction Finalist:

The Bone House

Brian Freeman

Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press

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After allegations of an affair with a student force Mark Bradley from his teaching post, he becomes a social pariah in his close-knit Wisconsin town. A year later, when a teenage girl is found dead on a beach near where Mark and his wife Hilary are staying, Mark is immediately pegged as the prime suspect. It falls to Hilary to convince lead detective Cab Bolton that the case is not as clear-cut as it seems.

An excerpt from The Bone House:

Glory Fischer lay atop a mattress on the floor with her brown eyes wide open, smearing the mosquitoes that landed on her face and listening to the moths beat their wings madly against the screen. Her skin was filmy with sweat. Her nightgown clung to her scrawny legs in the dampness. She waited, chewing her fingernails, until the house was dead still. At one in the morning, she finally decided it was safe to sneak away, the way she had done for the past five nights.

No one would hear her leave. No one would hear her come back.

Click here for a chapter-long excerpt from The Bone House.


Edgar Award-nominee Brian Freeman is the author of 15 novels, including five psychological suspense thrillers. He is a previous Minnesota Book Award finalist for Stripped.


“Just as in real life, no one in this novel is entirely innocent or guilty, and it is up to the reader to determine what the law cannot. Twists and turns will keep you guessing!”
– Minnesota Book Awards judge

“Freeman is an excellent purveyor of psychological suspense… [He] expertly links the back stories of the Bones and the Bradleys and keeps the suspense at fever pitch.”
Daily Mail, London

“Scorching suspense…In this book, [Freeman] has surpassed himself.”
Star Tribune

“Exciting…Like Freeman’s Stride novels, The Bone House zips along in lean prose to a conclusion that involves a killer whose identity is well-hidden.”
Pioneer Press 


In this blog interview, Brian Freeman talks his literary inspirations and about the major themes around which The Bone House and his other stand-alone novels are based.

In a similar vein, Freeman, a Woodbury local, sat down recently with Woodbury Patch editor Kris Janisch to talk about his beginnings and where he thinks the genre fiction publishing industry is headed.


In this hour-long library appearance in Janesville, Wis., Brian Freeman shares experiences from his years as a full-time, professional author, tips from his writing process, and the story behind The Bone House.


Award winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Saint Paul Riverfront. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. New this year: a post-awards “Epilogue Celebration.” Tickets are available online or by calling 651-222-3242. Click here for more information.

Have you read The Bone House? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

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