Cops in Oakland seldom meet people whose lives are going well. That’s certainly the case when homicide sergeant Matt Sinclair recognizes the dead woman hanging from a tree as a teenage runaway named Dawn he arrested ten years before. And as Sinclair and his partner, Cathy Braddock, soon learn, many of Dawn’s clients, not to mention the local and federal officials who protect them, will go to any length to keep the police from digging too deep into her past.
Then the killer goes public, and Sinclair and Braddock must race to uncover the secrets Dawn was killed to protect before the killer unleashes a major attack on a scale the city has never seen before.
With Thrill Kill, Brian Thiem, a veteran of the Oakland Police Department and the Iraq war, has written a nuanced police procedural that could only be written by a trained detective with years of hard-earned experience.
“Thiem’s tough-but-tender hero’s dedication to a routine so grueling it feels authentic puts the procedure back in procedural.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Another satisfying read in a top-notch new series. Be well, Detective Sinclair, and come back soon. We need you.” Booklist
“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
“An exciting police procedural… Sinclair, particularly, is a well-drawn character with depth and flaws that Thiem continues to explore…the book is a good, though somewhat harrowing, read with lots of page-turning action and realistic drama.”
—Reviewing the Evidence
“Lots of action, on the edge of your seat suspense and an ending making you want more.”
—Night Owl Reviews