Synopsis

It has been four years since the case of serial killer Silas Alvah shook the town of Seattle to its core.

Retired Detective John Corbin has settled into his life of husband, father, and restaurant owner; Detective work, however, is embedded in his heart and soul and the pull has never left him. When a disturbed and twisted killer rises to the surface of Northwestern Washington, it is soon apparent his intention is to draw John Corbin back into the horrors of detective work that has already left him scarred. Will John risk everything to be drawn into the killer's twisted game of using human beings as pawns? Will he follow his ingrained instincts and attempt to save the innocent from evil? ‘The Redemption’ is a twisting, turning labyrinth that will take you on a thrill ride unlike anything you have experienced before as each life is measured by our most unforgiving enemy… Time.

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Preview:

Here is the first scene from my upcoming release: 'The Redemption', the sequel to 'A Thin Line'.

     Nathan Jefferies opened his eyes. As his vision sharpened, the world slowly but steadily came into focus. What Nathan saw caused him to yearn for the oblivion of unconsciousness to return. Above him was a large glass vat with a spout on one end, containing a clear liquid with a yellowish tint. He noticed a faint scent of sewage; panic came over him as he thought: sulfuric acid. A chain was attached to a crank and secured to the side of the vat opposite the spout. Nathan tried to sit up but he was restrained by chains, one secured to each limb. He quickly looked around and saw he was lying in what resembled a glass coffin. The room was small, with one door and one window. Nighttime shadows came through the window and played on the far wall. There was one, faint light bulb hanging from the ceiling, dimly lighting the room.
How did I get here? Nathan thought.
     His eyes returned to the acid in the vat. He heard a click as one link of the chain cranked up, and the liquid inched toward the spout. Holy shit, it’s timed! he thought. Nathan flailed his arms and legs, trying to free himself from his restraints but to no avail. He was tightly secured.
     “Help!” Nathan yelled with all he had. Nothing. After a few more futile attempts, he stopped.
     As his coherency returned, he tried to remember anything he could. He recalled his morning jog while absorbing the sun’s early rays. His run was interrupted as he approached a black SUV that was pulled over due to a flat tire; he had stopped to help the motorist mount the spare. The last thing in his memory was turning to look at the tire, and then he woke up here.
Another click from above and the liquid inched closer to the spout. Nathan thought of his family: his wife, Andrea and his two sons, Zachary and William. He yearned to see them again. How could it end like this? Nathan always wondered what it would be like to live inside a horror movie; to feel the adrenaline and panic of knowing your life hangs in the balance, living with the uncertainty of your outcome and how much pain you would endure. Nathan glanced at the window and noticed the first sign of morning as the room started to brighten a bit, with the virgin sunlight of a new day.
Click.
The fluid was at the end of the spout now. One more link and it would drip onto him. The spout was aligned with his face, a mere three feet above him. He noticed something in the far corner uncovered by the morning sunlight; a video camera pointed at him with an illuminated green light.Someone was recording this.
“Stop this, help me, please!” he screamed at the camera.
Click.
The first drop fell onto his right eyeball. Nathan’s sight turned black as he screamed in pain.
Click.
Click.
Click.

Reader's thoughts:

Redemption, (book 2 in A Thin Line series) is an unrelenting Psychological thriller. The author creates a mysterious, eerie atmosphere throughout the entire book. A psychotic killer toys with the minds of the detectives, as he creates his own playing field of sick, twisted games. Playing by his rules are the detective's only option. There is heartache, tragedy, romance, mystery and a touch of humor in this brilliantly written novel.  I encourage readers to read this book. It exercises the mind in ways that are unimaginable.

Reader's thoughts:

At times frightening, at times heart-wrenching, and engaging from the first to the last page, this story is one of the best thrillers I've read this year. And I read lots of thrillers. David Boiani knows how to create tension and keep it up for many pages. But the story is much more that a thrilling mystery story. It's also a thought-provoking philosophical and psychological look into family relationships, true friendship, loyalty, and priorities. The most memorable relationships are between detective John Corbin and his wife and between detective John Corbin and Captain Johnson.

When I picked up this book, I didn't realize it's a sequel to a previous story, but that didn't matter. The story stands on its own. Of course, now I want to read the previous book!

Reader's thoughts:

I loved “A Thin Line” not only because of the thrilling plot and intriguing characters but because of the important moral questions it posed for the reader. Naturally, I just had to grab the sequel - “The Redemption” - as soon as it came out, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The tension was palpable throughout the story as John Corbin, a retired detective, comes face to face with a new serial killer on the prowl, but this time it’s personal.
There wasn’t a dull moment in the entire narration, and new characters came together seamlessly with the old ones. A twisted game of cat and mouse with a deranged maniac was also fascinating to follow, and soon I couldn’t turn pages fast enough to find out if John would outsmart the killer after all, or lose everything trying.
I won’t give away anything else so you can enjoy the story for yourselves but let me tell you, it was great! If you love thrillers and dark reads, this one is definitely for you. Highly recommended!