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Rizzo's Fire (Joe Rizzo #2)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  23 reviews
As NYPD veteran Joe Rizzo edges toward retirement, things only seem to get harder:a promise to his wife to quit smoking, a new partner, and the most bafflingcase of his career.

Robert Lauria was practically a hermit and was dead ten days before anyone found him.Fired from his job weeks ago, he rarely left his apartment and had no visitors except his cousin, who says she har
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published March 1st 2011)
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SETTING: Brooklyn, NY
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.75
WHY: Joe Rizzo has been a cop for 27 years and is planning to retire in about a year. He's just been assigned a new partner, Priscilla Jackson. Although she may be his junior, she holds her own. The main case they are working on involves the death of a hermit like man, and then the murder of a noted playwright. The cases are related. The plot is the weak point of the book. Its main strength is the authenticity of how the police procedures. In order
Paul Pessolano
When I read Lou Manfredo's first book, "Rizzo's War", I was pleasantly surprised at not only the story but the character, Detective Joe Rizzo, and how he solves crimes.

Rizzo is a detective who is fast coming into retirement. He is streetwise and doesn't always adhere to the way things should be done. He is out to get results and if he has to break a few, or maybe more than a few, rules to get the job done than thats what he will do.

Both "Rizzo's War" and "Rizzo's Fire" have Joe and his partner w
Reviewed for Library Journal:

Set against the colorful backdrop of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the second installment of Manfredo's series (after Rizzo's War) follows Det. Joe Rizzo and his new partner, Priscilla Jackson, on their first assignment together. When a local recluse is found murdered in his kitchen, the case appears to be an ordinary robbery gone wrong. As the investigation unfolds, both detectives begin to realize that their homicide could be tied to the recent killing of a Pulitzer Prize
Lizzie Hayes
‘Rizzo’s Fire’ by Lou Manfredo
Published by Corvus, 1st July 2011. ISBN: 978-1-84887-584-5

Detective Joe Rizzo is your old style cop. Nearing retirement after twenty-six years service he has lived most of his life in Brooklyn as a New York City cop. Whilst he still believes passionately in his job he is only too aware of the seamy side of Law and Order, the deals and the politics that operate behind the scenes. It’s a dirty business but someone has to do it. But now his youngest daughter Carol has
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
"I normally use book lover, Nancy Pearl’s rule of thumb: if you don’t like a book in the first 50 pages, ... but thought there might be a good reason to continue (with Rizzo's Fire)."

Check out Becky's review on the library's blog:
It's always tough to follow up a strong first book--and Manfredo isn't the first author to come up a little shorter the second time around.

Still, it's a solid read. Each page, each moment screams "authentic." Not just because of what Manfredo used to do, though that certainly helps. The way that Rizzo and Cil have to juggle cases, call in and ask for favors, cut deals with all sorts of unsavory types, play politics, so on and so forth--if that's not as close as you can get to reality, I don't kn
Author Lou Manfredo worked for years in Brooklyn law enforcement, so he has a feel for the rhythms of street talk and the machinations of cops manipulating the legal process to get convictions. Here we meet Joe Rizzo, 51, who's working with a new partner, Cil. As he shows her the ropes, we learn how things get done on the tough streets of Brooklyn. Rizzo is meant to be a good guy, but he breaks the law or does dodgy deals if he thinks it will lead to criminals ending up behind bars. The novel ge ...more
#2 in the Joe Rizzo series, has Brooklyn cop Rizzo and his new partner tackle an intriguing murder mystery. Intrigue also stalks the political hallways of the NYPD.

Joe Rizzo and his new partner, Priscilla Jackson, have their first assignment together. When a local recluse is found murdered in his kitchen, the case appears to be an ordinary robbery gone wrong. As the investigation unfolds, both detectives begin to realize that their homicide could be tied to the recent killing of a Pulitzer Prize
I loved the first book in this series, Rizzo's War, so I was eager to read this one. I was a bit disappointed by how slow the story moved, but about 3/4 of the way through he shifted into high gear and drove it successfully over the finish line. At times I felt like putting the book down and moving on, but I did like his characters and really wanted to see where it was all going. I am no slouch when it comes to swearing, but I think the author could have limited the amount of times his character ...more
Nancy Cook  Lauer
A good enough police procedural by an author I had never read. It was the perfect book for me to read in my currently distracted frame of mind -- easy to pick up and catch up. A quick read.
If you read RIZZO’S FIRE, I recommend you read Mandfredo's first book, RIZZO’S WAR, first because there are so many references to incidences in the first novel that you won’t understand if you haven’t read it. This is labeled as a police procedural novel, but there is far too much dedicated to personal lives of the detectives, which I found distracted from the primary story. Or maybe the police portion was the secondary story. Overall, this is a slow moving rather boring work.
This is the sequel to Rizzo's War. This series is similar in many ways to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum character. Interesting at first and then amazingly annoying. It took me a little longer to say goodbye to Stephanie, but she was charming. One more ought to be more than enough for Joe.
Rizzo has a new partner & use lots of stuff from the first book (Rizzo's War) - advise to read them in order. Lots of stuff going on - he connects the dots so well - wonderful detective police novel.
I like the way Lou tells a story--this book spent a bit more time than I thought necessary leading up to his NEXT book but it held my interest.
Ed O'farrell
Clumsy plotting and predictable events mar this effort. Nonetheless the author carries the action and the result is readable. Worth the read.
Manfredo really understands the "moral and legal ambiguity" of police work, which makes the two Rizzo books I've read so far so great.
Catherine Woodman
A little too hard boiled of a detective for my taste, and a little too underpowered in plot, but an acceptable murder mystery
enjoyable basic cop drama, easy to read, nitty gritty leg work pays off. pleasant characters, would read more manfredi
Mar 30, 2012 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: April
Same comments as for the earlier book, Rizzo's War. This one was just as good.
New York City police procedural. A few too many cliches. But it was readable.
One of the few books I didn't finish reading.
May 13, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lou Manfredo served in the Brooklyn criminal justice system for twenty-five years. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and Brooklyn Noir. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.
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