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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by Brian Thiem
by Brian Sweany
by Brian Skerry, Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
by Dan Gutman
by Parnell Hall
"Narrator Johnny Heller's gruff voice immediately draws listeners into the murder investigation of the Bus Bench Killer. When Oakland detective Matt Sinclair arrives on the scene, Heller's voice gives life to the hero. The story is contemporary, not noir, but Heller gives it an old-fashioned feel that fits the hero. Sinclair is troubled by alcoholism and determined to put red lines through closed cases. Heller shifts perspectives well as the story goes back and forth between Sinclair's investigation and the machinations of the serial killer. Thiem adds text messaging and TV news of the investigation to the mix, at times chillingly. Underneath, there's still a familiar yarn. Heller keeps listeners engrossed through the attacks on Sinclair's life to the final race against time. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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