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Red on Red by Edward Conlon
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Jul 07, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 17 to 19, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Other readers have commented that it's not plot-driven and that the author overuses and unnecessarily draws out literary techniques from creative writing class. I am very much a plot-driven reader and I enjoyed the detailed, moment-to-moment pace of the novel and how the detectives' crimes and investigations gradually unfolded and connected to each other. I also thought it conveyed a sense of place of upper Manhattan, and I am willing to take the portrait of police life at face value, having no personal knowledge to contradict it. The book does spend many pages wallowing in the main character's emotional torments: choices between right and wrong, loyalty to fading relationships, etc., and for me this got a little old, but the next chapter always picked up the pace with some exciting shootout.

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