Red on Red by Edward Conlon
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The author of the celebrated memoir Blue Blood (“May be the best account ever written of life behind the badge.” —Time) delivers a mesmerizing, relentless thriller that rings with the truth of what it takes to be an NYPD detective. Nick Meehan is introspective, haunted, and burned out on the Job. He is transferred to a squad in the upper reaches of Manhattan and paired with Esposito—a hungry, driven cop who has mostly good intentions but trouble following the rules. The two develop a fierce friendship that plays out against a tangle of mysteries: a hanging in a city park, a serial rapist at large, a wayward Catholic schoolgirl who may be a victim of abuse, and a savage gang war that erupts over a case of mistaken identity.
 
Red on Red captures the vibrant dynamic of a successful police partnership—the tests of loyalty, the necessary betrayals, the wedding of life and work. Conlon is a natural and perceptive storyteller, awake to the ironies and compromises of life on the Job and the beauty and brutality of the city itself.

 

About Edward Conlon

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Edward Conlon is a detective with the New York City Police Department. A graduate of Harvard, he has published articles in The New Yorker and Harper's and his work has been included in The Best American Essays. He is the author of a memoir, Blue Blood, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a New York Times bestseller.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Spiegel & Grau. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With the pensive and self-aware Meehan doubting his own judgment, Esposito leads the way though a series of maneuvers, some legal, some not, and many skirting department rules, that land the pair in a gun battle at a Dominican gang funeral and then at a clandestine meeting with Cole at which a ro...

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Publishers Weekly

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Meehan and his new detective partner, Esposito, look into a variety of other cases, including the apparent suicide of a recently arrived Mexican immigrant woman, gangland slayings by rival drug dealers (called "red on red" or criminal on criminal killings), and a serial rapist.

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Red on Red : A Novel

The Wall Street Journal

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Esposito, a less poetic sort than Meehan, has a ­pragmatic way of pondering the big questions of police work.

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Oregon Live

But with "Red on Red," main character Nick Meehan remains "a missionary without a mission."

May 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Red on Red : A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

A fierce and unlikely friendship develops between them and plays out against a tangle of mysteries: a lonely immigrant who hangs herself in Inwood Hill Park, a serial rapist preying on upper Manhattan, a troubled Catholic schoolgirl who appears in the wrong place with uncanny regularity, and a sa...

Apr 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Red on Red : A Novel

Spinetingler Magazine

Having first turned his hand to a memoir of life in the NYPD, “Blue Blood,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-fiction, the author, a working cop and detective, has now turned his efforts to fiction.

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True Crime Book Reviews

And there is your first Red on Red – or would that be more like Blue on Blue?

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