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Red on Red
Red on Red
Author: Edward Conlon
 A 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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385519175
ISBN-10: 0385519176
Publication Date: 4/5/2011
Pages: 464
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Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Two most unlikely NYPD detectives work to solve cases. Meehan is by-the-book and is to spy on his partner, Esposito, who is known to take liberties to solve his cases. Rumor has it that he even accepts bribes. What is the truth? As the relationship develops between them, one begins to understand both men who are unpopular with the rest of the squad.

Meehan's marriage is falling apart but his partnership with Esposito is strengthening as the two find that they work together well. Their cases include a young woman found hanging from a tree, a drug-related shooting and a missing daughter. As they investigate the shooting, they find a group terrorizing a man they have wrapped in cellophane tape. The youngest member of the group is killed.

Nick Meehan is having a tough time. Both he and Esposito are injured in a stakeout at a funeral that turns violent. While he stays with Esposito and his family his father dies quietly and alone in the apartment. His wife consoles him but acknowledges that their life together is over. He pursues Daysi, a flower shop owner, when he can and thinks that he may be in love with her but her son, Estaban, hates the idea of anyone replacing his father.

As Nick struggles with depression and contemplates suicide. When someone shoots at him and misses, he realizes that he doesn't want to die. His breakup with his wife and Daysi depress him. When he thinks that Esposito has had sex with Daysi he is so angry believing that even his partner has let him down. The relationship between the two deteriorates even more and the squad wonders what will happen next. The climax is sudden and surprising as cases mesh and are some are finally solved but not as either man envisioned. It's a read that investigates the inner feelings of two policemen who work together and how it affects their work and their lives. I rather enjoyed reading this on.