BRIAN THIEM is the author of Red Line, Thrill Kill, and Shallow Grave (Crooked Lane Books). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an adjunct professor with the MFA Program at Western Connecticut State University. In his previous life, he spent 25 years with the Oakland Police Department, working Homicide as a detective sergeant and later as the commander of the Homicide Section. He’s also a veteran of the Iraq War, and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years of active and reserve duty. He lives in South Carolina.