Red on Red

Edward Conlon, Random/Spiegel & Grau, $26 (464p) ISBN 978-0-385-51917-5
NYPD detective Conlon, author of the memoir Blue Blood, turns to fiction with this ambitious, sprawling epic of police life. Nick Meehan, a New York City detective slipping into mid-career burnout, takes a special case for Internal Affairs to investigate a suspected dirty cop. 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. In between the crime solving, Conlon examines the personal lives of his two main players, the subtle alliances and loyalties, the emotional tolls, the temptations, the shades of gray inherent to police work. The pace may be slower than the average thriller, but this expertly crafted novel will appeal to readers of literary crime masters such as George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane, and Richard Price. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/14/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
Compact Disc - 978-0-307-87609-6
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-307-87612-6
Hardcover - 789 pages - 978-1-4104-3969-7
Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-0-679-60441-9
Paperback - 442 pages - 978-0-385-51918-2
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