Spiegel & Grau
March 20, 2012 / ISBN 978-0385519182
by Bob Walch
Nick Meehan and his new partner, Esposito, would not appear at first
glance to be the ideal investigative team. But opposites do attract.
They form a solid friendship and become quite effective on the streets
of upper Manhattan.
It is a good
thing the duo works so well together because their case load is
quite ridiculous. There's a gang war that needs defusing, the apparent
suicide of a lonely immigrant in a neighborhood park, a serial rapist
preying on the city's young women and a wayward Catholic girl who
always manages to be in the wrong place at the right time and might
also be the victim of abuse. That's a lot for just two detectives,
no matter how good they are, to deal with.
I have to admit
that I wasn't thrilled with this novel. First, it was a little too
psychological for my liking. We spent far too much time in one of
the protagonist's head. That's all fine and dandy but not at the
expense of the story.
was the plot itself. Meehan and Esposito have too much on their
plates. I would much rather read a thriller with a central problem
and no more than one back story rather than one offering a potpourri
of crime as this one does.
I'd have to
give "Red on Red" a thumbs down. There are too
many really good novels out there to spend time with a marginally