Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review : Red on Red

Red on Red by Edward Conlon. Spiegel & Grau, 2011. [Published April 5]

[Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers]

Red on Red is the fiction debut of Edward Conlon, author of the memoir Blue Blood. He is a detective with the NYPD, and it shows in the structure of Red on Red. The novel follows two NYPD detectives, Meehan and Esposito, who get along despite, or perhaps because of, their very different styles. We meet them as they work a night shift and catch several cases. These cases play out over the course of the novel.

Most crime novels I’ve read are clearly about a single crime from the very beginning. The fact that several crimes were introduced made it seem like a more realistic depiction of police work. It also made me feel like I was reading an episode of NYPD Blue, which, in my book, is not a bad thing at all. I felt like I got an insight into real police work and the police mind. All in all, I enjoyed Red on Red and would definitely recommend it to readers of crime fiction.

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1 comment:

  1. Ooh, that does sound good. It would be nice to see a realistic depiction of police work.