Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: Dead Red (Raymond Donne Mystery #3) by Tim O'Mara

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1071 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250058635
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Jan. 20 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 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.

About the Author

 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. His second Donne mystery, Crooked Numbers launched October 15, 2013. For the past 12 years, he has hosted and co-produced a bi-weekly reading series of poetry and prose in New York City’s East Village. He currently lives and teaches in Manhattan.

My Review

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 Raymond in his taxi when gun fire hits the taxi. Now Ricky is dead and Ray sets out to find his killer. There are lots of twists and turns in the action. A great thriller that kept me turning the pages long past when I should have been sleeping! Contemporary story line with a focus on the issues of returning soldiers. Great characters with realistic relationships.

I do recommend the book Dead Red and I'm looking forward to reading Mr. O'Mara's other books in the series.

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