Synopses & Reviews
When a teenager from a wealthy suburb outside of Oakland, CA is dumped at an inner city bus stop, homicide detective Matt Sinclair catches the case. It's his first since being bumped to desk duty for a bust that went south...fast. With few leads and plenty of attention, it's the worst kind of case to help him get back up to speed.
And it only gets worse as the bodies start to pile up--first at the same bus bench, then around the city. Unable to link the victims to each other, the killer is just getting started. Time is running out on Sinclair's career, not to mention the people closest to him.
With Red Line, Brian Thiem, a veteran of the Oakland police department and the Iraq war, has written a nuanced police procedural filled with the kind of insight that could only be written by a detective who has walked the streets and lived the life.
"Thiem skillfully guides the realistic action to the unexpected ending. Readers will want to see more of his richly drawn main character."
"This hard-edged beauty makes reviewers think maybe theyve been too nice to all those suffering cop/lawyer/PI types who swarm the genre... none are as interesting as Sinclairs psy-war with the world."
Some books require a few pages to really get going. Such is NOT the case with Brian Thiems gripping police procedural
RED LINE is that good
[Thiem] knows prose. He knows characters and drama. He understands suspense, its power and how to wield it. He knows police life grit. Fictional latitude and realism huddle happily here.”
"A compelling read from beginning to end, "Red Line" is very highly recommended."
--Midwest Book Review
"[Thiem's] skill as a story teller makes me look forward to more. Reading this book was not unlike the thrill you get when a car takes off with the pedal to the floor."
Brian Thiem hits the bulls-eye in his true-to-life debut. A mystery with authenticity, grit, drama Red Line has it all. A gripping police procedural from a real pro.”
--Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and NYT bestselling author of My Sisters Grave
"The real dealand one that could only be written by a cop. This street-wise police procedural offers readers a unique and inside view of the high-stress, high-stakes search for the bad guys."
--Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Truth Be Told
"Red Line is a forceful tale of unintended consequences and brutal vengeance. Brian Thiems years on Oakland's mean streets lend his debut novel a profound authenticity, and he peels back the layers of an intricate investigation with a deft, racing style that keeps you guessing to the end. This is crime fiction the way it should be, an exploration of human nature on its worst day."
--J. Mark Betrand, award-winning author of Back on Murder
"When an ex-homicide cop writes a police procedural, it's going to be the real deal--gritty crime scenes, flashing blue lights, interfering brass, relationship complications and that all-important cop's gut. Brian Thiem has it all in his page-turner debut novel about a serial killer in Oakland."
--Kate Flora, Edgar Award nominee and author of Death in Paradise
About the Author
Brian Thiem spent 25 years with the Oakland Police Department, working Homicide as a detective sergeant and later as the commander of the Homicide Section. He also spent 28 years of combined active and reserve duty in the Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He received various Military Police and Criminal Investigation Division (CID) assignments, including a tour in Iraq as the Deputy Commander of the Criminal Investigation Group for the Middle East. This is his first novel.