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Dead Red
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In 1896 the City of Miami was incorporated and elected their first law enforcement official, a town marshal.  In 1907, the office of town marshal was abandoned in favor of creating a police department and the Miami Police Department was formed.  Today, The Miami Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency which consists of over 1000 sworn police officers and over 350 civilian police employees.  The Miami Police Department is organized into four large divisions: Field Operations Division; Internal Affairs Division; Criminal Investigations Division; and, Administration Division. 


According to the Miami Police Department, “The most visible component of the Department is the Field Operations Division which is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of police services within the City of Miami.  These are the uniformed men and women that patrol the City's neighborhoods, engage in community policing projects, support various community involvement programs, and provide the nucleus for the specialized cadres that augment the patrol force within the Department.


The Criminal Investigations Division is the investigative arm of the Department.  The highly trained and experienced professionals that comprise this Division focus on a wide range of criminal activities within the City of Miami.  Their expertise in a variety of police science disciplines enables them to skillfully investigate crime and apprehend offenders.  


The Administration Division performs the administrative and logistical functions that are crucial to the continued effective operations of the Department.  A dedicated staff of both civilian and sworn personnel, the members of this Division ensure that the Department has the appropriate resources, including budget, manpower, communications, data systems, records, and equipment to support the overall law enforcement efforts of the Department.”




Lieutenant Nelson Andreu (retired) dedicated nearly his entire police career with the Miami Police Department to homicide and death-investigation cases. During his nearly 23-year tenure with Miami Police Department, Lieutenant Nelson Andreu spent over 21 years in the Homicide Unit. He investigated thousands of death cases ranging from routine natural deaths, accidental deaths, industrial deaths, murders and suicides, to his working on five separate serial killer investigations. His murder investigations culminated in 2002 with the conviction of Francisco Del Junco, a Miami serial killer who bludgeoned to death and then set fire to four women in South Florida.


According to the book description of Nelson Andreu’s Dead Read, “Detective Peter Copeland wakes up on the beach one morning with a killer headache and no clue how he came to be there. Before long, he discovers that the exotic redheaded stranger he met at a party the night before is washed up on the beach, dead. What's this? Another detective mystery? But finally, here's one that departs from the mold. "Dead Red" is based on first-hand knowledge of solving mysterious deaths, thanks to author Nelson Andreu's twenty-two years in Miami's Homicide Unit. Readers who are curious about the workings behind crime investigations finally get what they want: insight on the inner workings of homicide(extracting answers from a reluctant witness, capturing an elusive fingerprint, distilling evidence from a mutilated victim) woven within an intriguing plot. Of course, Detective Copeland uncovers the answer--but that answer is what every cop dreads.”

One reader of Dead Read said, “Knowing Nelson cut no slack with me. I've been reading Cop books since I was a young guy. I'm used to the best, McBain, Cornwell, Wabaugh etc. But I honestly can state that the only reason that i didn't give it 5 stars was I was looking for the hook to the next crime scene in his next book. I guess I didn't want the bad guy caught yet! I actually went to an autopsy with him a hundred years ago. It was a "Crispy Critter", a burn victim. Nelson was the best teacher on pointing out certain things to be noted that might be helpful in the investigation. Cool man, very cool. I'll bet the Miami cops miss him a bunch.  Like I said no slack, I want another and soon!! Get going Andreu.”

Another reader of Dead Red Said, “As an avid reader of `Detective Novels' I was given a pre-release copy of "Dead Red" by a close friend. I must admit I was kept on the edge of my seat as I turned the pages! The procedures the author lays out in this novel are OUTSTANDING! I guess every writer of detective novels should research their facts before writing. In the case of "Dead Red," the author has first hand knowledge based on his experience in the field. I highly recommend all of you who like Detective type novels to pick up a copy of Nelson Andreu's new book.”

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