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Author: Brian Thiem Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Matt Sinclair Series Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781504644778
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When a teenager from a wealthy suburb outside Oakland 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. Sinclair is unable to link the victims to each other, and the killer is just getting started. Time is running out for Sinclair’s career, not to mention for 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 come from a detective who has walked the streets and lived the life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling read from beginning to end…Very highly recommended.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • "[Thiem’s] skill as a storyteller 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.”

    Crimespree Magazine

  • “Some books require a few pages to really get going. Such is not the case with Brian Thiem’s gripping police procedural…[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.”

    Noir Journal

  • “Theim…skillfully guides the realistic action to the unexpected ending. Readers will want to see more of his richly drawn main character.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] hard-edged beauty…Yes, there’s a murder plot here and chases and gun battles and a gun-to-the-head standoff, and they’re all well done. But none are as interesting as Sinclair’s psy-war with the world.”


  • “Narrator Johnny Heller’s gruff voice immediately draws listeners into the murder investigation…The story is contemporary, not noir, but Heller gives it an old-fashioned feel that fits the hero…Heller shifts perspectives well as the story goes back and forth between Sinclair’s investigation and the machinations of the serial killer…Heller keeps listeners engrossed through the attacks on Sinclair’s life to the final race against time.”


  • “Brian Thiem hits the bull’s-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, author of Her Final Breath

  • “The real deal—and one that could only be written by a cop. This streetwise police procedural offers readers a unique and inside view of the high-stress, high-stakes search for the bad guys.”

    Hank Phillippi Ryan, award-winning author of Truth Be Told

  • “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

  • "Red Line is a forceful tale of unintended consequences and brutal vengeance. Brian Thiem’s 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 Bertrand, award-winning author of Back on Murder

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About the Author

Brian Thiem spent twenty-five years with the Oakland Police Department, working homicide as a detective sergeant and later as the commander of the homicide section. He also spent twenty-eight years of combined active and reserve duty in the US Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He received various assignments, including a tour in Iraq as the deputy commander of the Criminal Investigation Group for the Middle East. He lives in Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of numerous Earphones and Audie Awards, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013 and he has been named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.