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Dead Red (Raymond Donne Mystery #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
New York City school teacher Raymond Donne has no idea how bad his night is going to get when he picks up the phone. Ricky Torres, his old friend from his days as a cop, needs Ray's help, and he needs it right now---in the middle of the night. Ricky picks Ray up in the taxi he's been driving since returning from serving as a marine in Iraq, but before Ricky can tell Ray ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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Gloria Feit
Aug 19, 2015 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
Raymond Donne, an ex-Brooklyn cop and now a school teacher, is in the last two weeks of the summer break when his vacation comes to an abrupt halt. In the middle of the night, a friend asks him to take a drive with him since he has made a mistake and wants Ray’s help. Before he can reveal anything he is shot dead and Ray ends up with a concussion.

Thus begins an eventful week during which Ray again plays detective. Along the way, he teams up with Jack Knight, another ex-cop now a PI, who has been
Feb 07, 2015 Ray rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books-read
Tim's third in this series, and it wound up as well played as the first two. I say "wound up" because it took awhile for it to go INTO its full wind-up, and I found the middle, especially, to be a bit too much in the stretch position. (Yes, the title is again a baseball reference- he explains it somewhere in that middle). Somewhere around Chapter 21, I wondered when things were going to start picking up, in terms of both pace and progress toward the Whodunits.

Answer: somewhere right round Chapte
Thomas Bruso
Jun 10, 2016 Thomas Bruso rated it liked it
Mystery author Tim O’Mara’s (“Crooked Numbers”) third Raymond Donne adventure “Dead Red” pits the inner city schoolteacher against a fierce group of characters.

New York City retired cop turned schoolteacher Raymond Donne receives a cryptic call late one night from his Marine friend turned NYC taxi driver Ricky Torres, regarding Ricky’s past experience in Iraq. Ricky picks Ray up at his apartment, and as they drive around the city — Ricky prepared to explain to Ray the reason for his call — a tor
Feb 12, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
As a New York City public middle school teacher and a fan of detective fiction, I've found reading Tim O'Mara's Raymond Donne series to be a great pleasure. O'Mara's third installment in the series, Dead Red, begins with Donne in the back of a cab amidst explosions of glass as Ricky Torres is shot to death in the front seat. The aftermath of this killing, and the search for the killer, lead to the back alleys and the halls of power of New York City.

O'Mara is a writer with an innate and uncanny a
Reviewed for Library Journal here:

Raymond Donne survived a serious injury that ended his career as a New York City cop. Now a teacher, he is inexorably tied to the police force, with an uncle who’s chief of detectives and an enduring allegiance to his brothers in blue. When Ray receives a call to meet Ricky T, an old cop buddy who has just returned from Iraq, he is happy to oblige. At the meeting, sniper shots are fired, Ricky is killed, and Ray is lucky
Apr 17, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Saint Martin Press and the author, Tim O'Mara for a copy of this book, and to goodreads for providing this opportunity through the First Reads program.

4.5 stars. When you first meet someone, that first impression forms most of your judgment of that person. The first few pages of this book gave me a good impression of what was to come. I really like the writing style used here. Most authors write in very 'correct' English, which makes conversation sound stuffy, and not like everyd
Lorin Cary
Oct 03, 2015 Lorin Cary rated it really liked it
Dear Red, Tim O’Mara

Raymond Donne is a school teacher, a former cop and nephew of NYC’s chief of police. He has a girl friend, Allison, a reporter, and a host of relatives and friends. When Ricky Torres, a buddy from his days as a cop, calls in the wee hours Ray meets him, and Ricky is murdered. Ray’s concussion doesn’t stop him from gradually being drawn into learning who did it. Not without risks. Someone shoots into his bedroom at night; fortunately he and Allison aren’t in the bed. It’s summ
Feb 04, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Dead Red is the third installment of the Raymond Donne Mystery series by author Tim O'Mara. This is the first book of O'Mara's that I've read. You do not have to read the first two in the series to get the full enjoyment of Dead Red. O'Mara is a good writer who draws the reader into the story quickly.

Set in New York City, we find school teacher Raymond Donne setting out to help an old friend, Ricky Torres. Ricky, who is now driving a taxi since returning from serving in Iraq, is about to pick up
Jan 09, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
One of the most solid suspense stories I have read in a while.
Kept me guessing until the end.
This is the first Raymond Donne book I have read, and I didn't find myself left out by not reading the others.
The story ties together many of today's hot topics like returning soldiers and PTSD.
Characters here are quite complete and I found myself comfortable with their actions. I was a little startled by the ending but maybe not having read the others I did miss a tiny bit of backstory. Or perhaps tha
Apr 10, 2015 Peacejanz rated it it was amazing
A great mystery! Schoolteacher Ray Dunne is with his buddy, recently back from Iraq when gun shots kill the buddy. Dunne is hardly aware of what is happening. Various friends of the dead man and of Dunne show up with various proposals. One of them is to help find a young teenager, the child of a VERY rich and powerful man. This book has many mysteries and they cling together by threads. It is fast paced, well-written, and will delight the mystery lover.
Kent District Library
“I read this on the recommendation of a patron, it was very good. Set in NY, cop turned school teacher Raymond Donne gets pulled into another mystery after his friend Ricky is found dead.”

—Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch
Nov 05, 2015 Dee rated it liked it
Shelves: august-2015
Okay so I am going to sound silly and say, Tim hits another one our of the ballpark.... hehehe...had to do it. Seriously, this is book three in the series and each one gets better and better. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend the series
Mar 06, 2015 Rina rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
#3 in this series about a cop turned teacher who's uncle is chief of police and who always finds himself tied up in some kind of murder mystery. character is likeable and stories are simplistic but enjoyable to read.
Elsie Roberts
Mar 18, 2015 Elsie Roberts rated it really liked it
First read for Tim O'Mara. Not to bad, lots of stuff happening, fairly good story line. Will read a few more of his books.
May 18, 2015 Mistelle rated it really liked it
Very well written likable former cop as the main character. Good feel for NY neighborhoods. Really enjoyed this quick thriller!
Jan Stone
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Feb 08, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Raymond Dunne series and it is the best! A fast paced, thrilling read.
Rich Zahradnik
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Dec 07, 2015
Mar 10, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it
A pretty good, easy read. The third in his series with this ex cop.
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Tim O’Mara has been teaching math and special education in the New York City public schools since 1987, 12 of them in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sacrifice Fly, his first novel, introduces schoolteacher/ex-cop Raymond Donne and was nominated for the 2013 Best First Novel Barry Award. Other Donne mysteries: Crooked Numbers, Dead Red, Nasty Cutter, slated for release in the U.S. January 1, 2017. His sho ...more
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Raymond Donne Mystery (3 books)
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