Dead Red Book Summary and Study Guide

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The book opens with Peter and what seems to be a massive hangover, but he has no recollection of drinking enough to deserve to feel that dreadful. He is told by Mary, his friend and the hostess of the party from the night before, that he left to walk along the beach with a red headed woman, only he did not return, and seems to have spent the night asleep in a hammock in the rain.
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When he gets into work, he sees a report on a drowned woman who also has red hair, but who has not yet been identified. He recognises her but can only remember her first name, Anne. Digging into the case, he is aware that it looks bad for him as he has admitted that he was probably the last person to see her alive, and he knows that he will logically be the prime suspect. This is confirmed when he sees a car with men that he recognises from the Internal Affairs department following him. He feels the need to investigate the case and find out what really happened that night on the beach. To assist him he asks for the help of his long time partner, Joe and a friend in the FBI, Ralph.
The review of this Book prepared by eyal

Andreu's main character, Detective Pete Copeland, is believable, not so far over the top that the reader would think of a character from one of Arnold's action movies, yet replete with enough testosterone and street smarts he keeps from getting killed. The story begins with Copeland, waking up on a beach one morning with a bad headache, but no clue as to how he got there. He later finds out he was with a red-headed female, but before he can figure out who she was, the lady turns up dead. And that sort of thing puts a cop in a very bad situation.

The rest of the book details Copeland's investigative prowess and is filled with behind the scenes workings of what actually happens during a murder investigation. There are twists and turns and a few more people end up dead. Even so, the gore score is mild and younger members of the house can read it without having nightmares. Andreu says his characters are gleaned from the good, the bad and the ugly of many former fellow officers and it's a sure bet some of Andreu himself is detailed in Copeland's skills and maneuvers.

My only frustration with Dead Red was that Andreu left a few details dangling toward the end. Throughout the story, Copeland's girlfriend, Mary, plays more than an incidental role and Copeland ends up marrying her. Yet once the two tie the knot, Andreu never mentions her again, a minor, yet noticeable oversight.

The review of this Book prepared by Patricia Collier

After not knowing why he woke up on a Miami beach, Detective Peter Copeland becomes entangled in a series of deaths, some of which are close to home. The author presents the reader with previously unknown details about the way a ‘real' murder case is investigated. The main character (Det. Copeland) uses logic and proper police tactics to unravel the murder cases that begin to fall in his lap. After initially eliminating some suspects, Det. Copeland focuses in on the real killer(s).
The review of this Book prepared by Ana Slaterry

The main character is a detective whose personal life collides with his work. He investigates the murder of a woman and he was the last person to be with her.
The review of this Book prepared by Neal Spangler

Dead Red deals with the way a “real” homicide detective investigates his/her cases. The lead character, Detective Peter Copeland, skillfully identifies evidence, gets reluctant witnesses to cooperate, deals with the medical examiner and prosecutor in a most skilled manner. Having to unravel a series of leaks in his investigation, Copeland masterfully gets to the bottom of a series of bizarre murders in Miami. He puts his 20 years as a Miami Homicide Detective to practice in every aspect of this thrilling plot. Both strangers and friends end up murdered during this story, yet Copeland manages to keep cool and untangle the strange series of events.

The review of this Book prepared by Nelson Andreu

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 38%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 32%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence    -   Big focus on autopsies Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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