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Rizzo's War (Joe Rizzo #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  233 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Rizzo's War, Lou Manfredo's stunningly authentic debut, partners a rookie detective with a seasoned veteran on his way to retirement in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

"There's no wrong, there's no right, there just is." This is the refrain of Joe Rizzo, a decades-long veteran of the NYPD, as he passes on the knowledge of his years of experience to his ambitious new partner, Mike Mc
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Minotaur Books
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Got this as a freebie from Amazon. No need to summarize the plot, it's fairly standard: old cop under fire, young cop trying to play it straight, old cop becomes mentor, they bond.

The first half of the book really did not grab my attention. Manfredo defines the relationship between the two cops: Rizzo is in trouble with IAD for protecting his old partner, and McQueen was rapidly promoted to detective for saving the mayor's daughter from a rape, and creating the background for the recurring mantr
Gail Cooke
Amazing! When Emmy Award winning actor Bobby Cannavale slips into character as one of New York's finest you believe you're eavesdropping. His deliveries of police-speak are true, and his narration portions are presented in a low, distinct, ultra smooth voice. When 27-year NYPD veteran Joe Rizzo is speaking Cannavale easily slips into a deeper, husky tone reflecting at times weariness of what he has seen and done or simply ennui. This narrator presents a one man show from Big Apple Streets.

Joe Rizzo is a Brooklyn police detective with a lot of miles and a lot of experience in the complicated political world of New York City. As he edges closer to retirement he’s managed to keep his nose clean and still have a rep as good cop. It hasn’t been easy. He tries to explain to his ambitious young partner how it works but that’s not easy either. Rizzo’s philosophy is that there’s no right or wrong, there just is. There’s legal and there’s illegal but even those rules keep changing so a goo ...more
Sam Reaves
Some books you read for the voice, some you read for the story. A minimalist Ken Bruen type of story hooks you with the voice, and it gets the critical raves. And then there are good, workmanlike novels like Lou Manfredo's which will never get a lot of style points but hook you with credible, sympathetic characters, a vivid depiction of a place and plenty of insights into the way the world works. This is a New York cop novel (a genre unto itself) and a good one. Rizzo is a tough, worldly-wise ol ...more
Heard this on CD. Very good police procedural novel. I liked the two main characters although it took me awhile to be sure I could trust them, as it took them awhile to trust each other; I found their cases interesting, although the second half of the book was more captivating than the first half. Nearing the end, I was pleased to note that this was a debut novel and the first in a series. As time allows, I will definitely check out the next one - hopefully also on audio, as the reader was excel ...more
The story so heavy. The characters are interesting and intense I could not help myself re-reading it again to catch where I actually missed. I could not help myself drawn into the mystery as Det. Joe Rizzo and newly Det. Mike McQueen's cases.

I like how the dept of realism especially of law enforcers and the politics even how things goes around these days. Both detectives are amazingly good cops yet at the same time they knew how the system works and it's a bit sad. One day they got the case wher
Paul Pessolano
If you are looking for something different in a mystey and something different in a detective, try "Rizzo's War". This is a refreshing and down to earth story that takes place in New York.

Joe Rizzo has been on the NYPD long enough to put in for retirement. Joe is partnered with Mike McQueen, a new detective that has been on the force for six years.

Joe has been living by the mantra, "There is no right. There is no wrong. There just is". He tries to pass this and the other hard earned knowledge he
Working 25 years in Brooklyn’s criminal court system may have given first-time novelist Lou Manfredo a rare insight into how justice really gets done, but it hasn’t gifted him with any special knack for dialogue or exposition. Large chunks of Manfredo’s police procedural Rizzo’s War are given over to characters saying “Here’s the thing,” then delivering long speeches that lay out what’s going to happen next in the plot, and how they feel about it. What most writers would do via internal monologu ...more
Thomas Paul
I think it would be very difficult to create two characters who are more stereotyped than the two main characters in this story. We have Joe Rizzo, tough Italian detective who has been on the force forever and is just waiting to be able to afford to live off his pension and we have Mike McQueen, new college-educated detective who just came over from patrolling the streets of Manhattan and wants to get promoted back to a big-time job in Manhattan. And let's not forget the African-American, lesbia ...more
Veteran cop Joe Rizzo and his recently promoted partner Mike McQueen are fighting a war on the streets of Bensonhurst, New York. This war consists of daily skirmishes with common street thugs, burglars, as well as dealing with the victims of the street scum. In addition, Rizzo’s previous partner is currently being investigated by Internal Affairs and the IA boys are doing their best to intimidate Russo into divulging any information he may have on the guy, going so far as threatening to “bring h ...more
Ashley Dawn
Joe Rizzo is a veteran NYPD detective who is partnered with ‘young gun’, Mike McQueen. Rizzo is to be the teacher and McQueen the wary, but willing student. Both Rizzo and McQueen have their reservations about trusting each other. Rizzo has been around enough to know there is a lot of grey area between the black and white that McQueen sees in his idealistic view.
They work several different types of crimes together from burglary to murder. Their ‘main’ case is the missing bipolar daughter of a ci
Rizzo and his new partner, Mike McQueen are adjusting to one another. Rizzo is a veteran NYPD cop. His old partner found himself needing some money and owing a bookie, lots of money, in addition to drawing red flags with Internal Affairs for some of his actions on duty. Mike is quiet and by the books; whereas Rizzo makes his own rules and doesn’t care what anyone else says.

When Rosanne, the mentally unstable daughter of a famous city councilman goes missing, it is up to Rizzo and Mike to locate
Joe Rizzo, a 26 year veteran of the police force, is partnered with Mike McQueen, a cop almost 20 years his junior, just after Mike received a promotion to detective. Initially, they warily keep their distance from each other, trying to figure out how the other will react in each situation and to what extent they can trust each other. Joe is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Department for some troubles caused by his previous partner, and though he claims to be not guilty of any wrongd ...more
Frank Tarquini
I picked this up in the library in the fiction section on a whim. It was a cop novel but not a mystery novel and it comes from a 1st person viewpoint of Rizzo's partner. Rizzo's is a local precinct street detective in Brooklyn, who has seen many years on the force. He is holding off retirement until he is able to get all of his daughter's thru college and medical school.
This is not about a man, who is tired or cynical about his life. He loves his wife and family but he also desires to help his
I enjoyed Lou Manfredo's debut novel Rizzo's War in the form of an audiobook. The audiobook was read by Bobby Cannavale. I enjoyed the subtle voice changes for each of the characters. The one complaint about the audiobook was that the cds did not state "this is the end of disc #" instead it started at the beginning, making me confused.

In Rizzo's War, we follow Michael McQueen, a younger police officer who has moved up to detective following a lucky break (apprehending a to-be rapist, who happen
A different kind of hard-boiled cop story

Joe Rizzo is a detective in NYPD's 62nd Precinct. He is partnered with a young whiz kid newly minted detective and together they solve crimes, talk about crime and we learn how a determined detective can trade favors to skip bureaucratic steps.

Rizzo's War is, in a lot of ways, a non-traditional detective story. Usually, there is an overarching plot (the big crime, in a detective story) and lots of smaller crimes pepper the story as interesting filler.
Ahhhh, the classic NYPD roman policier -- especially the "old cop, young cop" variant -- never entirely dies off. Even when it's out of fashion, as it is now, there's always someone ready to take up the tale again.

There are significant problems with the structure of this novel, which doesn't know if it wants to be episodic or unitary in narrative strategy. Some of the dialog is awfully expository too, although in this subgenre it can be refreshing to just hear the characters list out their grind
Richard Wagner
i wanted to like this more than i did. i had just read two Richard Price novels and thought i'd give this a try. it paled in comparison. it's a decent story, but not nearly gritty enough. the main characters are pretty disappointing and the ending is really sanctimonious. if Rizzo had one more Chesterfield i think i would have shot myself in the head.
Robert Intriago
If you like Ed McBain with a touch of Joseph Wambaugh, then you will enjoy this book. The eternal struggle for a policeman between personal discretion versus the legal duty is played out in Manfredo's plot, with a little bit of humor and sarcasm. The author also uses cynisim as the basic protective tool used by most law enforcement personnel to cover pain. The story deals with corrupt politicians, burglars, sex offenders and the everyday life of detectives.

The story pairs an old seasoned detect
Dec 25, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cop story readers who like that the law is grey
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2009
I read half of this book on a flight to Florida.

Its a good cop mystery in which an older veteran detective is paired with a younger detective to solve crimes, but what the older cop mostly shows the younger is that detectives trade favors to accomplish things. The main crime in the novel is the disappearance of a politico's teenage daughter who is bipolar. Perfunctory treatment is given the usual investigation of leads. Instead the story focuses on the fact that the girl may be tied up with a bi
This was both a fascinating and a humorous examination of the struggles, the challenges, the nuances and the revelations that one encounters while laboring to police a large city. Detective Sargeant Joe Rizzo is an exceedingly intriguing and an utterly loveable character. His wisdom and perspective on doing the job in a manner which minimizes a cop's level of frustration while simultaneously accumulating favors with city politicians, department brass, local clergymen and gangsters alike serves a ...more
Kirsten Griffith
I requested this book for my partner, who enjoyed it. Gritty, realistic, and easy to read, it could have used a bit more polishing from the editorial team, but not poorly done.
Veteran Brooklyn cop Rizzo gets a new partner and a politically charges case that he really doesn't want. If he can't avoid the assignment, he'll see how he can shape the rules to his advantage and sweeten his impending retirement.

Joe Rizzo series - When NYPD veteran Joe Rizzo and his ambitious new partner Mike McQueen are given the delicate task of finding and returning the runaway daughter of a city councilman, they learn that the councilman may or may not be more interested in something his d
Weak plot lines, absolutely no character devolpement
Very good police procedural.
Lawrence Arnow
Good read, fast, interesting characters & dialogue, seemed realistic also. Will read this writer again in the future.
PROTAGONIST: Joe Rizzo and Mike McQueen, police
SETTING: New York City
RATING: 3.75
WHY: Experienced NYPD cop Joe Rizzo takes on a new partner, Mike McQueen, and teaches him how to handle the situations they face. Really interesting to see Joe's take on how little or much to invest in the cases they handle, felt very real. The writing was not very smooth, but that was secondary to the feeling that Manfredo presented such an authentic picture of the job.
Wow! Where has Manfredo been all my life? This was a gripping tale with great characters and just enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sure, I have no way of knowing how authentically the characters, situations, and ethics of the NYPD detectives are depicted, but man, it couldn't feel more authentic. You get the feeling you've been shadowing actual detectives for eleven months by the time you're done.

Can't wait for the sequels!
Character of a veteran Italian NY street cop is quite good. Dialect is racy and sarcastic and what you would expect for that character. Main plot is supported by minor plots and interesting sub plots along with good supporting characters. I had read this before I started logging on to Goodreads so I thought since a new Rizzo book just was released, I would review this one. Definitely worth reading
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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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