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A Thin Line

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  50 reviews
John Corbin has been investigating, catching, and convicting murderers, rapists, and pedophiles for twenty years as a Seattle detective. But lately, someone has been beating him to the punch and eliminating these vile criminals before he can apprehend them. John is learning that there is a thin line between innocent or guilty, good or evil, alive or dead. By definition, a ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published February 20th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kathi Defranc
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story of a detective,family man and true hero to the innocent. He is very good at his job, keeping horrific criminals away from victims, early in his career trading his life for that of a young woman held by a man with intent to kill her then himself. As time goes on, he becomes very aware of that thin line that exists between right and wrong, that sometimes what really needs to happen goes beyond what most can comprehend...
I really enjoyed this story and will definitely read
Linda Strong
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 - 3 stars

Detective John Corbin has been with the Seattle Police for 20 years, spending his time carching some of the most vile murderers, rapists, pedophiles.

When he gets the first call, it's to investigate the remains of a man who has obviously been tortured and brutally murdered. Even the cops have a problem dealing with this kind of brutality.

And then another man is found ... tortured and murdered. And again, another man..

What links all these victims?

Not everything is black and white, The
Bill Ward
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable crime thriller, which poses a very interesting question about morality. At the outset, I found the story about two police colleagues to be enthralling but as the story develops it becomes rather darker and there was one particular thread to the story that I wished had taken a different direction. I was literally shouting at one of the protagonists not to put his gun down, which shows how engrossed I was in the story. There are twists and a satisfying ending but you are left ...more
Kata Mlek
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We stop the suffering in the ones we can reach.” This is the advice John Corbin, the main character in A Thin Line, receives from his wife when he wakes up from his usual nightmares, again asking why he's unable to fix the world. What a childish question… but what a natural question for me—I’ve wondered about fixing the world over and over again. This is why John grabbed my attention from the very first page.

As a skilled detective, John can’t tolerate his own failures: lives he didn’t manage t
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
3 Stars

Did I read the same book as everyone else? While the premise of this book is very good, the language was difficult. Aside from getting many things wrong about the City of Seattle, the editing was poor and the paragraph and chapter transitions were awful.

A warning for those who would like to know: there is much sex and violence in this book. Although that doesn’t bother me, I thought I should state it.

Detective John Corbin is set up as a philosopher expounding on everything. His partner,
Chariss Walker
The Thin Line by David Boiani is a thriller about a cop from Seattle, but it delves into relationships between partners on the police force, husband and wife, brothers, and the customer and bartender. We have a veteran cop and his family, a rookie cop in love, several serial killers, and a vigilante who picks off disgusting pervs. Let me say right now that I liked the ending. Maybe that makes me a bit of a vigilante at heart. There is quite a bit of gore, but not any more than other books of thi ...more
Angie Dokos
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very addicting. Intense. Couldn't put it down. Broke my heart at one point. It surprised me, for a change. I loved it! It is dark, but I really enjoyed it. It may make me an evil person, but I like how it turned out.
Glen Weissenberger
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murder-mystery
I’m tough to please, particularly in this genre: I have spent my life in legal education and scholarship, specifically teaching and writing on the law of evidence, and in particular, forensic psychiatric evidence. I approached A Thin Line with some skepticism.

I am glad to say that this skepticism was entirely unwarranted.

David Boiani’s story is well-constructed, and it is insightfully told. I have always held that the notion of being able “to keep one’s work out of one’s personal life” is prepo
Cynthia Morgan
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although this is not my typical genre, I enjoyed the unique storyline’s intense and relentless pace, as the author spun one point of view into several perspectives; entirely capturing me. The hero is likable and easy to commiserate with, and the author successfully held me in suspense, giving away neither too much nor too little. Having said that, however, I did find many of the passages required reading more than once to fully absorb the complexities of the writing and the forensics described. ...more
Madeleine Holly-Rosing
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, detective
(Note: Trigger warning for graphic violence.)

Detective John Corbin loves his wife, his kids, his job in the Seattle PD, and has taken a new detective under his wing. Unfortunately, he doesn't have much time to enjoy his family as the city of Seattle seems to attract the most vicious and evil serial killers.

The book starts off with a bang as we witness a brutal killing. There are several serial killers, but the one who is the most interesting is Silas. The writer does a terrific job depicting wha
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is one to make you think about right and wrong and how easy it is to step over that "thin line" that divides them. Are there crimes so horrific that it's okay to take justice into your own hands? The killer certainly thinks so. You often hear, "Make the punishment fit the crime." If the monsters you come across in this story knew what their punishment would be, I bet they'd have had second thoughts about doing the beastly things they did. And yes, some of them will make you ill thinki ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not for the faint of heart. This is a dark story that grips you and holds you to the last page. It will challenge your thinking about right and wrong. It's probably a 5 stars story because it is so well written but I couldn't bring myself to do it because to say I loved it would be wrong for me. It's hard to believe it's an first novel by the author as it is well thought out and expressed a side of life that few admit to. The darkness that is in each of us and what can happen for those of us tha ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unfortunately I read the sequel first. However, I still think this author has a wonderful story line and great characters. I realize the main character, John Corbin, claims not to believe in God. Actually under all his insight into a criminal mind he would have to believe in order to stay sane. He does something he shouldn’t and then asks God to forgive him. I think we all believe in something bigger than ourselves even if we think we don’t. This book is awesome
Louise Jackson
I love a good thriller and this one didn't disappoint.
The author builds the pace nicely, leading us into the character's daily routine and family life, and then suddenly shocking the reader with some truly uncomfortable scenes. Great descriptive powers had me shuddering in one or two places and the neat, choppy writing style added to the general tension.
The story has some good twists as it draws us on into this world of crime and I'll be looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Kat Drennan
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A gritty, fast paced cop story about an officer who struggles with the horrors of his job and tries to find some meaning and balance in her personal life. The hero is a likable character who tries to help others besides catching a psychotic killer. I tend to be stingy with my 5 star reviews. Though this one is well written and error free, it was a bit spare for me and at times read like "talking heads." It's a decent story though, and a fast read for anyone who loves a good cop story.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The writing was too stiff, there was no flow to it. At times it seemed a bit preachy for a novel. The climax was supposed to be a shock, but the way the reveal transpired, it felt like a wet sock falling to the ground *splat*. I kept hoping the book would get better.
Jay Williams
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book covers some interesting ground and has a few surprises. The style of writing is sophomoric, which set me off. The book makes a case for pure good and pure evil. As a result the characters are somewhat unrealistic. The ending is very unrealistic.
Lia Neeley
Story line

The story line was good however some chapters were irrelevant and i felt they took away the hero aspect of the book. We did not require an entire chapter on giving head of a sexual encounter to know the characters
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it and also the "wise" conversations with the family. I never guessed who the vigilante was, norm predicted the out come. Excellent work!
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well told story! Especially liked the development of Corbin and McGrath characters and their close relationship. Also something to think about regarding the age old questions.
I really liked the premise of this book! It made me not want to put it down, however the conversations were soooo stilted it felt a bit off. Hence the 3 stars.
Grant Leishman
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
There is an awful lot to like about Boiani's A Thin Line, but also there were little aspects of it that nagged away at me and whilst not actually detracting from my reading, perhaps did detract a little from my overall enjoyment of what was essentially an excellent story.
A Thin Line is a moral posing book - one that asks questions of the reader and then supplies the answers in this particular case. The story focuses on two detectives in Seattle, Washington whose day to day cases drawn them clos
Lucille Bransfield
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much!! It's crazy and fast paced. You almost root for the bad guy cause he's putting a hurt on the real bad guys. Keeps you guessing until the end. It is really gory and detailed. I immediately called my sister and told her to buy the book and start reading it so we could talk about it!! She's also loving it's craziness. It reminds me of Richard Laymon's writing. Really well done!!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A Thin line by David Boiani is an extremely graphic, timely paced novel about a Seattle detective named John Corbin. For twenty years Corbin has investigated,chased and caught murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. Problem is, someone is playing judge, juror and executioner before he can get his pad and pencil out.
David Boiani drags us into horror, the dark side of life,and that small wish in the corner of our minds- to save the innocent, by any means out there. Believe me, as a reader you will alm
Cherime MacFarlane
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A man of principle finds himself increasingly disturbed by the principles he is trying to uphold. Divorcing his job from his life is becoming more difficult as time goes on. He finds himself balancing on the edge of that very thin line that separates the cop from the killer. It is a question of balance and his ability to maintain.
Ian Hunter
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is a wonderful story. My only reason for not going 5 stars is perhaps petty and overly technical. I thought there were far too many page-long paragraphs that could have been broken up. But the tale itself is marvelous. The only other caveat I’d mention up front is the murders are very gruesome and graphically described. In that sense, the book reminded me of the movie Seven, which also had a long list of graphically laid out heinous crimes, and haunting images that just stick with
Amy Rivers
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I want to give this book a 3.5. A Thin Line is a dark thriller about a detective who's struggling with the emotional impact his job has had on him. He and his partner investigate serial killers and other violent crimes, which has left its mark quite profoundly on the lead detective's psyche. I loved that the main character was very introspective and philosophical. David Boiani devoted a lot of space to showing us the inner turmoil of a person who has spent the better part of his adult life witne ...more
Brigitta Moon
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Warning! Read on empty stomach. The characters in this novel speak in stiff terms. They hardly

ever use a contraction. After I got past that, this book never ceased to surprise me. John is a detective who is hunting sick bas##### who are committing gruesome murders. And then there's a vigilante on the loose. I was eating, drinking and reading. Don't do that. I kid you not when I say my mouth fell open so wide that my chin was in my lap. My stomach contents were trying to climb out. You find yours
Colin Garrow
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seattle detective John Corbin spends his working life catching rapists, murderers and paedophiles, but a new killer is on the prowl, ridding the world of villains before the police can intervene. As Corbin discovers more bodies, he is faced with a dilemma – the gap between good and evil appears to grow ever smaller, and Corbin begins to wonder if he knows the difference any more. And if that’s the case, what should he do about it?

David Boiani has written an interesting novel, where instead of th
Terri Talley
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In David Boiani’s, A Thin Line, we meet Seattle detective, John Corbin who’s chased and caught murderers, rapists and pedophiles for twenty years. But now a vigilante eliminates these horrid criminals before they can be brought to justice. This suspenseful, psychological thriller is driven by a chilling and graphic narrative that questions the thin line between what is the law and what is right and just.

I loved reading A Thin Line. I felt like I was reading a James Patterson thriller. In additi
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David Boiani is an American author living in Coventry, RI. He writes Psychological thrillers mixed with a touch of horror. He recently released a collection of short stories called "Dark Musings". He also plans to start "The redemption", the sequel to his debut novel, "A Thin Line", later this year. Visit his website here...

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