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Title:
Dead red
Author:
O'Mara, Tim, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.

©2014
Physical Description:
x, 308 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
"New York City school teacher Raymond Donne had no idea how bad his night was going to get when he picked 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 has been driving since returning from serving as a Marine in Iraq, but before Ricky can tell Ray what's going on the windows of the taxi explode under a hail of bullets killing Ricky and knocking Ray unconscious as he dives to pull Ricky out of harm's way. Ray would've done anything to help Ricky out while he was alive. Now that he's dead, he'll go to the same lengths to find out who did it and why. All he has to go on is that Ricky was working with Jack Knight, another ex-cop turned PI. They were investigating the disappearance of a PR giant's daughter who had ties to the same Brooklyn streets that all three of them used to work. Is that what got Ricky killed or was he into something even more dangerous? Was there anything that Ray could've done for him while he was alive? Is there anything he can do for him now? Filled with the kinds of unexpected twists that make for the best crime fiction and with secrets that run far deeper than loyalties, Dead Red is the most thrilling mystery yet in Tim O'Mara's widely acclaimed series"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250058638
Format :
Book

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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 what's going on, the windows of the taxi explode under a hail of bullets killing Ricky and knocking Ray unconscious as he dives to pull his friend out of harm's way.

Ray would've done anything to help Ricky out while he was alive. Now that he's dead, he'll go to the same lengths to find out who did it and why. All he has to go on is that Ricky was working with Jack Knight, Ray's old nemesis, another ex-cop turned PI. They were investigating the disappearance of a PR giant's daughter who had ties to the same Brooklyn streets that all three of them used to work. Is that what got Ricky killed or was he into something even more dangerous? Was there anything that Ray could've done for him while he was alive? Is there anything he can do for him now?

Filled with the kinds of unexpected twists that make for the best crime fiction, and with secrets that run far deeper than loyalties, Dead Red is the most thrilling mystery yet in Tim O'Mara's widely acclaimed series.


Author Notes

TIM O'MARA, author of Crooked Numbers and the Barry Award--nominated Sacrifice Fly , is a teacher in the New York City public-school system. He lives in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen with his wife and daughter. Dead Red is his third Raymond Donne mystery.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Former New York cop turned school teacher Raymond Donne returns in this solid third entry in a series set in trendy Brooklyn. Ray gets a call from an old friend from his days on the force, Ricky Torres, who picks him up in the taxi he's been driving to help make ends meet. But before he can explain the middle-of-the-night meeting, Ricky is killed and Ray injured when the cab is shot up. Turns out Ricky was also working for a private investigator, Jack Knight, another ex-cop who shared some bad history with Ray. Nonetheless, Knight hires Ray to help out with a case involving a missing teenage girl whose father is a public-relations millionaire, and Ray agrees, hoping it will help him find out who killed Ricky and why. The characters seem a bit stereotypical at first, but O'Mara imbues them with enough humanity to overcome the reader's initial reluctance to suspend disbelief. Another solid mystery that should appeal to Robert Crais or Linda Fairstein fans.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

O'Mara's intricately plotted third outing for New York City-cop-turned-Brooklyn-teacher Ray Donne (after 2013's Crooked Numbers) opens with a bang. Ray and his old friend Ricky Torres, a former cop and ex-Marine who served in Iraq, are sitting in the front seat of Ricky's cab when it's riddled with bullets, killing Ricky and injuring Ray. Ricky had been working for Jack Knight, another ex-cop who now runs a PI agency, to locate Angela, the missing 16-year-old daughter of a public-relations mogul. To find out who targeted Ricky, Ray agrees to assist on the case, despite his long, acrimonious history with Jack. Ray's girlfriend, newspaper reporter Allison Rogers, and his uncle, NYPD chief of detectives Raymond Donne, lend support. O'Mara captures the world of New York politics and convincingly takes Ray into the mind-set of young veterans newly returned from war. Energetic storytelling and credible characters are a plus. Agents: Erin Niumata and Maura Teitelbaum, Folio Literary Management. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

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 to escape with his life. The murder forges an uneasy alliance between Ray and pugnacious ex-cop Jack Knight, as the two are determined to identify Ricky's killer. Along the way, they unearth family secrets, corruption in high places, and the enduring horrors of war. Verdict This is the third in the series (Sacrifice Fly; Crooked Numbers), but it is not necessary to have read the others. O'Mara spends too much energy on quips and superfluous descriptions in the beginning, which stalls the momentum in this otherwise solid crime novel. The character of Edgar, the socially awkward techno nerd who assists Ray, is a welcome reprieve from the usual cast of characters. A definite purchase if you own the series; optional for those who have a strong following of gritty crime novels. [Library marketing.]-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph, MI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.