When the Oakland coroner’s office uncovers a body buried in a shallow grave in the outskirts of the city, homicide sergeant Matt Sinclair expects to find a drug dealer caught in the crosshairs of a turf war. Instead, the victim is identified as Phil Roberts, the commander of the police department’s intelligence unit and Sinclair’s former partner.
Police brass want to pin the murder on a dead member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and they want the case closed quickly, but Sinclair and his current partner, Cathy Braddock, aren’t satisfied with that answer. As Sinclair delves into the details of Roberts’s past, secrets from his work and personal life come to the surface–secrets that some people will go to any length to keep buried. But Sinclair won’t stop until he finds the truth, even if it means sacrificing his former partner’s reputation and possibly his own career.
With Shallow Grave, Brian Thiem brings back his beloved detective for a thrilling third adventure in his acclaimed police procedural series.
Brian Thiem, author of the acclaimed Matt Sinclair mystery series, 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. His final assignment was a tour in Iraq as the deputy commander of the Criminal Investigation Group (CID) for the Middle East. He lives in South Carolina. This is his third novel.
On Thrill Kill:
“Thiem’s hard-hitting…portrayal of a decent man’s efforts to uphold civilization in a decaying urban jungle rings all too disturbingly true.” – Publishers Weekly starred review
“Another satisfying read in a top-notch new series. Be well, Detective Sinclair, and come back soon. We need you.” – Booklist
“Thiem’s tough-but-tender hero’s dedication to a routine so grueling it feels authentic puts the procedure back in procedural.” – Kirkus Reviews
“If you like a good detective story/police procedural, then this book is definitely for you.” – Manhattan Book Review, 4.5 stars
“Lots of action, on the edge of your seat suspense and an ending making you want more.” – Night Owl Reviews
“An exciting police procedural…Sinclair, particularly, is a well-drawn character with depth and flaws that Thiem continues to explore…the book is good, though somewhat harrowing, read with lots of page-turning action and realistic drama.” – Reviewing the Evidence
On Red Line:
“Thiem skillfully guides the realistic action to the unexpected ending. Readers will want to see more of his richly drawn main character.” – Publishers Weekly
“This hard-edged beauty makes reviewers think maybe they’ve been too nice to all those suffering cop/lawyer/PI types who swarm the genre… none are as interesting as Sinclair’s psy-war with the world.” – Booklist
“Some books require a few pages to really get going. Such is NOT the case with Brian Thiem’s 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.” – Noir Journal
“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.” – Crimespree Magazine
“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, #1 Amazon and NYT bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave
“The real deal—and 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 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 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