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Jonathon King is an American bestselling and award-winning author of mystery, thriller and historical mystery novels.

An Edgar Award–winning novelist, he is widely known for writing the bestselling Max Freeman crime series.

Originally from Lansing, Michigan, where he was born in the 1950s, there was always the generational expectation that King would end up as an autoworker.

However, an encounter with the works of John D. MacDonald during his teens unintentionally set the foundations for a future career as a writer.

King worked as a crime reporter in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for twenty-four years before ultimately becoming a full-time novelist.

He made his debut in 2002 with The Blue Edge of Midnight, the first of the Max Freeman crime series.

More about Jonathon King

Genres: Historical Mystery, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1957

United Kingdom

Non Series

  • Eye of Vengeance (2006)
  • The Styx (2009)
  • The Sindia Promise: Life After the Shipwreck (2018)

Max Freeman

  1. The Blue Edge of Midnight (2002)
  2. A Visible Darkness (2003)
  3. Shadow Men (2004)
  4. A Killing Night (2005)
  5. Acts of Nature (2007)
  6. Midnight Guardians (2012)
  7. Don't Lose Her (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Eye of Vengeance

With a sniper targeting Florida’s worst criminals, a reporter must choose between revenge and the law.

As a reporter for the South Florida Daily News, Nick Mullins has covered the worst of the Sunshine State’s crooks and murderers. But the man he’s obsessed with is Robert Walker, responsible for the deaths of Mullins’s wife and daughter in a drunk driving accident. 

When a military-trained sniper begins murdering the criminals Mullins has covered in his reporting, he comes to a harrowing crossroads: Stop the sniper’s reign of terror, or succumb to his own thirst for vengeance and allow Walker to become the killer’s next target.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1453209875
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
The Styx

A Pinkerton detective is hired to protect a Palm Beach tycoon in this Reconstruction-era tale of luxury hotels, corruption, and murder.

The Great Migration of the 1890s remade south Florida as Northern developers, former sharecroppers, and recent immigrants rushed to the state to seek their fortunes. Sitting atop it all was the Royal Poinciana Hotel, built on the shores of Palm Beach by real estate tycoon Henry Flagler. 

Nearby was the Styx, an African American community that housed many of the Royal Poinciana’s 1,200 workers. Shortly after the hotel’s completion, the Styx would be mysteriously burned to the ground in a tragedy clouded for generations by rumor and myth—until now.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1453209905
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
The Sindia Promise: Life After the Shipwreck

December 15, 1901: After a nasty night of storms along the eastern seaboard, residents of a small New Jersey barrier island awoke to the sounds of snapping, ripping, and cracking along the beachfront. Was it distant lightning? Thunder? When they finally got out to inspect, they were met by the stunning sight of a huge four-masted merchant vessel wallowing in the surf just yards offshore. Shipwreck!

The grounding of the Sindia -- sailing from Japan to New York City in time for the Christmas selling season -- has been the subject of speculation and conspiracy theories for over a century. Generations of beachgoers watcher her shatter and sink until the encroaching sand finally swallowed every trace. How did she come to land here of all places? What was she really carrying? And who came to profit from her demise?

The Sindia Promise spins a fictional tale of one man with the answer. Theo Cuthbert, a simple sailor, hears the deathbed declaration and plea of his best friend aboard: They're' yours now, Theo. Take them and live a life. In his struggle to honor the promise he makes to his friend, Cuthbert becomes a thief and an entrepreneur, a killer and a lifesaver, a husband, a father, and a heartbroken lover. 

Surrounded by the coastal beauty of the sea and marsh and pristine waterways of America's mid-Atlantic states, one man wrestles with a changing world in a new century and his moral obligation to it.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07GHTSX9S

Max Freeman

The Blue Edge of Midnight

A tormented ex-cop is on a mission to solve a grisly murder and earn redemption for his dark past.

After a shootout during a convenience store holdup led to the accidental death of a twelve-year-old, Max Freeman left behind the Philadelphia police department for a life in exile in the Florida Everglades. 

Since then, he has lived in seclusion, haunted by guilt, with the humid night and the nocturnal predators of the swamp as his only company. But everything changes when Freeman discovers a young girl’s body floating in the muddy waters and becomes the prime suspect for her murder. To prove his innocence, Freeman must uncover the real murderer—and confront his own tortured soul—before it’s too late.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-1453258378
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
A Visible Darkness

An ex-cop from Philly investigates the deaths of elderly women in a poor Florida community.

When five elderly women are murdered in Fort Lauderdale, Max Freeman is determined to get to the bottom of it. His friend, the lawyer Billy Manchester, believes the murders are tied to a conspiracy to collect on the women’s life insurance policies. But when Freeman uncovers a shocking betrayal, he soon realizes the gruesome plot reaches further than anyone thought possible. Now it’s a race against the clock to hunt down the psychopath behind the murders—before the killer sets his sights on Freeman himself.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1453258385
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Shadow Men

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.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-1453209899
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
A Killing Night

Female bartenders are targeted by a killer...

After three young bartenders are murdered in Miami, and another goes missing in Philadelphia, private investigator Max Freeman is hired—by his ex-girlfriend Sherry—to look into the deaths. He accepts the job grudgingly, especially since Sherry is convinced the prime suspect is a retired police officer who once saved Freeman’s life back in Philly.

Heading from Florida up north to his old stomping grounds, Freeman races to solve the case before the killer can strike again. But looking at the evidence objectively as he wrestles with his personal feelings for Sherry and his former colleague will be more difficult than he expected.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0451218162
Publisher: Signet Books
Acts of Nature

A PI’s vacation in the Everglades is disrupted by a deadly hurricane—and dangerous criminals.

The peace and quiet of Max Freeman and Sherry Richards’s vacation ends abruptly when Hurricane Simone slams into the Sunshine State. Sherry suffers a devastating injury in the storm, and the two are left stranded in the swamp.

But as they struggle to find help, they’re thwarted by not only opportunistic crooks looking to benefit from the disaster, but also hired muscle from a powerful oil company hoping to protect a lethal secret—regardless of who stands in the way.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1453209844
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Midnight Guardians

A case of Medicare fraud leads a Florida PI into much darker territory...

Private investigator Max Freeman makes his living tracking down the criminals lurking amid the beaches and trailer parks of south Florida. His latest case involves a conspiracy to defraud Medicare—but he quickly discovers there’s more to it than a simple scam.

Soon the former Philadelphia cop is calling upon all his old street instincts when an ex-drug kingpin known as the Brown Man turns up—and Freeman’s girlfriend, Det. Sherry Richards, is put in harm’s way.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1453204788
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
Don't Lose Her

When a pregnant judge is abducted, a PI follows her trail into the Florida Everglades...

US district judge Diane Manchester has looked across the courtroom into the eyes of evil before. But today, as she presides over the extradition hearing of a notorious Colombian drug lord, she is also eight months pregnant. Her chair is uncomfortable, her robe is constrictive, and her due date is fast approaching. If she shows a single sign of weakness, Diane risks jeopardizing the biggest trial of her career and setting a vicious murderer free.

In seconds, her situation takes a harrowing turn for the worse. Walking to her favorite lunch spot, Diane is grabbed off the street, thrown into the back of a white van, blindfolded, and threatened with death. She has no idea who her kidnappers are or what they want. Maintaining a strict code of silence, they refuse to give her even the smallest glimmer of hope.

But Diane’s captors have overlooked a crucial detail: Her husband, Billy, is the employer and best friend of Max Freeman, Philadelphia cop turned South Florida private investigator. Tossing off the rule of law, Freeman sets out to determine which of a rogues’ gallery of suspects took Diane—and to save her and her unborn child before it’s too late.

Author: Jonathon King
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1504001656
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller