Retired Detective Sergeant Rick Reed was a member of the Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff Department for 30 years. He worked in the Criminal Investigations Unit from 1987 until 2003 when he was promoted from Detective to Detective Sergeant and transferred to Internal Affairs. During his career he has served as a Crisis Management/Hostage Negotiator, and received that training from Dominic Missino who has trained negotiators all over the globe. He also served as a handwriting expert, and received his training from the US Secret Service. He is currently an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice program at a local community college in Indiana.
During his time in law enforcement he was lead investigator on numerous homicides, rapes and battery cases. His acclaimed book, BLOOD TRAIL, is the true account of one of the homicides he investigated in 2000 that unearthed a serial killer who had claimed 14 victims.
He now writes serial killer-fiction for Kensington Books. The first book, THE CRUELEST CUT, introduced detective Jack Murphy and his partner, Liddell Blanchard, as they chase a set of serial killers through the streets of Evansville, Indiana. The most recent release, THE COLDEST FEAR, is the second in the Jack Murphy series.