Red on Red

Red on Red

by Edward Conlon
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Red on Red by Edward Conlon

From the author of the celebrated and bestselling memoir Blue Blood (“May be the best account ever written of life behind the badge.” —Time) comes this highly anticipated fiction debut. In Red on Red, Edward Conlon tells the story of two NYPD detectives, Meehan and Esposito: one damaged and introspective, the other ambitious and unscrupulous. Meehan is compelled by haunting and elusive stories that defy easy resolution, while Esposito is drawn to cases of rough and ordinary combat. 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 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—and tells an unrelenting and exciting story that captures the grittiness, complexity, ironies, and compromises of life on the job.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385519175
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Bronx, New York

Date of Birth:

January 15, 1965

Place of Birth:

Bronx, New York

Education:

Regis High School, New York City, 1983, Harvard College, 1987

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Red on Red 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
If you want gripping suspense or fast-paced mystery, don't look here. This story does not move quickly. Instead, it forces readers to take their time, to wander the paths of the main character, to get lost with him, to feel his emotions and to see the minute details in life that many of us so easily overlook. Edward Conlon is a cop writing about cops and his inside viewpoint gives readers something new to look at. There is some mystery, some suspense, some police procedural. But, at its heart, this book is one man's journey while finding his place in life. The words are sometimes poetic, sometimes crushing in their realism. Red On Red is a powerful read for those willing to set aside their expectations and lose themselves in the words.
Muffm More than 1 year ago
Oh my God, there is nothing worse than an "author" who tries to step out of what he his and write as someone else. Conlon is a cop, so why doesn't he write like a cop. I made it through 65 pages and had to stop abusing my eyes and my brain. "The tattered curl of the edges added to the faintness of the praise." What is that? I only wish there was some way to get my money back.
Steven Tiberg More than 1 year ago
this book ls worse than junk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This New York police thriller had both exciting action and great insight into what seemed like the inner most feelings of real life detectives.
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This book was SO slow going! I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did. I'm a fast reader normally, but this took much longer than usual. Don't waste your money!
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
Edward Conlon's novel is very well done. I enjoyed going out with the two partners each day and felt that he conveyed well what the daily life might be like for detectives of experience in New York. Many books have been written about whether the job corrupts the cop or the corrupt become cops. It seems it's more likely the job as cops have to deal with so many obstacles to goodness. Courts, rules, lowlifes, easy money, easy wins, temptation is always at the door. It wouldn't even surprise me if some of Conlon's fellow cops came here and trashed his novel! It's well worth a read, despite the naysayers.
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