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Tin Badges

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  104 reviews
A top NYPD detective is pulled out of retirement to take down a notorious drug dealer. But when cracking the case means involving his computer-whiz nephew, will he risk the only family he's ever had? From the #1 bestselling author of Sleepers and The Wolf. . . .

As one of the NYPD's most trusted "tin badges"--retired detectives brought in to solve cases that are beyond the
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Ballantine Books (first published June 7th 2016)
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Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carcaterra's novel "Tin Badges" appears to be the start of an exciting new series. Tank Rizzo and his partner had an exciting NYPD career which ended with retirement. But,instead of running a bar or playing cards or watching NFL games and inviting the gang over for barbecues, Tank still hungers for the adrenaline feel of action and wears a "tin badge," meaning he gets tossed a cold case or sometimes a rotten case now and then and gets paid real dollars to deliver the criminals to NY's Finest.

Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and fun! I liked the premise of the ex-police officers being used to solve some cold cases the current force doesn't have time for - maybe that should happin in real life? The relationship between Tank and his new live-in nephew, Chris was interesting and I liked watching it develop. The central case Tank and Pearl, his wheelchair-bound partner, were invesigating turned out to be a lot bigger than they initially thought which put them in some very interesting situations. The link wi ...more
Kathi Defranc
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story of an ex-cop with an amazing selection of friends from all walks of life! The characters are real, showing their good and bad parts, and we come to know exactly the way their lives go. Tank still loves real police work, and he has a relationship with the Chief where he is given cold or hard to get to cases to work out with his own small crew. That includes his former partner and best friend, Paulie, who is in a wheelchair after the outcome of their last case on the force, ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! A good old knock-down, shoot 'em up story with a really cool lead character (somewhat reminiscent of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser) that doesn't challenge readers with ever-changing character perspectives and time flashbacks or confusing head games. That means assuming the very talented Mr. Carcaterra keeps writing about retired NYPD cop "Tank" Rizzo, I'll be first in line to read each and every one.

Tank, you see, is a "tin badge" - the term used for retired police officers who are ca
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Great story. Fast read. Tons of action.
This is the first time reading this author and unfortunately it came during a very busy week for me. So I could only read little bits and pieces of this book at a time. Very frustrating!!

The premise of the story is unique and I love all of these true crime happenings. The street sense, the mob players, and select good cops work together to make a dent in the drug world.

This book is actually a fast read and it is written in the sh
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not quite as gritty as I expected, Tin Badges is a solid crime novel. It’s very smart and both the plot and characters keep you intrigued.

I loved Tank Rizzo, and especially loved how family, friendship, and the streets all intertwined here.

Carcarterra’s writing style is tight and stylish, making this a compelling read.

I enjoyed this and would like more Tank Rizzo books in the future!

*ARC Provided via Net Galley
Bonnye Reed
Tin Badges are those imaginary ones carried by ex-cops and ex-military looking to clear up unsolved crimes after overworked authorities have given up on finding a solution. Tank Rizzo is retired from the NYPD and his old commander brings him the occasional dead file to keep him and his team of misfits busy. Working one case until it is solved is a luxury available only to those no longer working the street, and Tank and crew have an excellent success rate going for them.

But the case handed down
Susan Johnson
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Tank Rizzo is recently retired as a NY Police Detective. He keeps his fingers in the game by becoming a tin star, a recently detective who is assigned a cold case to investigate. He does this one at a time and as frequently as he wants. With his partner, Pearl who was injured in the line of duty and is now in a wheelchair, and a motley crew that includes a gypsy fortune teller, a body builder and the former head of a local Mafia gang he is assigned the case of two streetwalkers who had
Jul 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Tin Badges makes retirement look exciting! Tank, retired NYPD, sometimes gets cold cases to work from his old boss. He has an interesting assemblage of personas to help him out with these cases. I liked the quirky dynamics of these characters. They had engaging dialogue and interactions. Tank is tough on the outside, but he's soft on the inside. As a former cop, he must embody the idea of a take no sh** from anybody kind of guy. There's much more to him, though, and he has a lot of personal stuf ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really wanted to read Tin Badges by Lorenzo because the cover and description grabbed my attention. I have not read any of author Lorenzo Carcaterra's books before, but I am glad that I have now! Tin Badges is a rough group of colorful characters gathering together to solve cold cases. Retired Detectives Tank and his former partner in solving crime, Pearl are the leaders of the Tin Badges group. Tank suddenly becomes the guardian to his nephew, Chris who is 15 and angry at the world. The two h ...more
This was a good read about a retired cop and his partner who work on cold cases. It's a stand-alone novel, moves through the story quickly. I am curious to see what happens in the next book with his nephew. I enjoyed it.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Retired detectives are still used to solve cold cases for the NYPD, but this case is barely lukewarm when the department has given up. The Chief gives it to Tank Rizzo and his wheelchair bound former partner Pear. And they the his crew of Tin Badges find themselves embroiled with an evil and violent drug dealer, who threatens all of them, including Tank’s inamorata, the daughter of a former Outfit member, and his recently orphaned nephew, a computer genius. Great Greenwich Village scenes, wonder ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

This is an addictive novel. I almost wanted to start it over as soon as I finished it.

In it, we meet retired detective Tank Rizzo, his partner and closest friend Pearl and a new gang of “irregulars.”

At the request of the Chief of Detectives of the NYPD Tank and Pearl are pulled out of retirement to investigate an attack on two women. It turns out to be a much bigger investigation than originally imagined. Following the clues in the case leads them to Gonzo, a semi-crazed drug lord. This
Darcia Helle
Lack of attention to details ruined this book for me. From the book's description, we know Tank gets custody of his nephew. But here's the problem: there is no will naming Tank, or anyone else, as the child's guardian. And yet, there is no social worker, no hearing, no legal proceedings at all. Tank simply tells the kid he gets to decide where he wants to live, and then the kid packs a bag and off they go.

Attention to detail doesn't get better as the story moves along. Issues were either ignored
Jay Williams
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps one of the best police stories I have read. It all takes place in New York City, and involves just about every issue in human relationships you can identify. The characters are very realistic and covered in depth, warts and all. The story begins with Tank and his long time partner on a bust that ends with both of them wounded and sent to pasture. Many separate plot threads keep the reader engaged and provide understanding of the characters involved and the progress of their relat ...more
Diane Saul
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tank is retired from the police depot but he still takes on cold cases for the dept. Tank, his ex partner Pearl and motley crew take on one of the biggest drug kings. They are badly outgunned and the crooks have a few dirty cops on their side. Tank is also adjusting to having his nephew living with him after the teens parents die in a car crash.

There was action and suspense that will keep you entertained. The characters were believable, likable, but not perfect. The ending was a perfect set up f
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good crime story. There are police officers (both good and bad), mobsters and drug lords. Most of the people in this book would rather shoot first and ask questions later. When Tank, a retired police officer, is asked to look into a cold case where two prostitutes were brutally attacked. It quickly becomes apparent that there is a lot more to this case. Things escalate quickly until Tank is involved in a war with a drug lord named Gonzo.

The story moves along quickly and was very intere
Kathy Davie
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
A standalone mystery thriller novel (with series potential!) revolving around a pair of tin badges and their unusual crew of misfits.

This eARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an honest review.

My Take
It's more tell than anything with a cold start, and I wish that Carcaterra had played up the tension more. As for the inciting incident, it made no sense to me. What cops are going to raid a criminal base on their own?? As for Jack and Susan, why didn't they just turn back? And i
Don Gorman
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
(3). You start out with a bad ass retired cop. Then you find out his name is Tank. You just know that this is no tea and crumpets story from that point on. This is one high intensity, high violence story that moves right along. Pretty good character development, with just a touch of sappiness along the way. I will need to check this author out a little further. Fun stuff.
New York City detectives Tank Rizzo and Pearl Monroe carried a gold badge up until the fateful day when both of them lost their jobs. But Pearl lost so much more. Now both of them hold a tin badge, one that has few privileges of their former life, but it does open some doors. The duo works cold cases that the NYPD doesn’t have time to investigate thanks to the Chief of Police that has a soft spot for both of them.

When the case involving a couple of young women, who are beaten and sexually abused
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of uncorrected proof

Tommy Rizzo, commonly referred to as Tank, now works as a tin badge whenever the chief of detectives hands the retired NYPD detective an unsolved case to investigate. Both Tank and his partner, Frank Monroe, better known as Pearl, suffered severe injuries while working their last on-the-job case, injuries that left Pearl wheelchair-bound. But Pearl remains an important part of the team Tank has gathered to assist him in these cold case investigations.

Tank accepts a rap
Kyle Robertson
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lorenzo Carcaterra proves that he is still at the top of his game with “Tin Badges”. His unique writing style keeps you interested throughout and keeps the pages turning. He writes with a lifelong knowledge of the rough and seedy underbelly of the boroughs of New York. Plenty of character development and backstory is also provided for the key characters. I have long been a fan of “Sleepers”, and I was very excited to read this new novel from him.

Former NYPD detective Tank Rizzo is called out of
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Decent Read But Nothing Special!

Many years ago Lorenzo Carcaterra became one of my favorite authors after reading his non-fiction books, Sleepers and A Safe Place. However, he dropped from being one of my favorite authors to being a “hit or miss” author after reading four of his fiction books — Gangster, Apaches, Chasers and Wolf.

Having now finished his latest book, I consider Tin Badges — which is the first in a series featuring main character, Tank Rizzo, a retired NYPD Detective who, along
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I find myself drawn into a book because of a certain combination of characters, and Tin Badges has this in spades. "As one of the NYPD’s most trusted “tin badges”—retired detectives brought in to solve cases that are beyond the reach of the everyday force—" Tommy (Tank) Rizzo, retired from the police force because of an injury, is given cold cases in a sort of freelance manner.

He and his former partner Pearl, who is now confined to a wheelchair, have assembled a team of various misfit
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank Ballantine Books and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this advanced copy in exchange for an impartial review. This was my first Lorenzo Caraterra novel, but hopefully not my last. The main character is Tank Rizzo, a retired NYPD detective, known on the streets as a tin badge. He and his old partner, Pearl, are assigned an occasional cold case to work by the chief of detectives. Tank and Pearl are not your typical detectives, preferring museums, art galleys, jazz, wine a ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Tin Badges represents one of my favorite types of thrillers - it's part police procedural, part gritty street fight, and part character study. Tank and his partner, Pearl, are former NYPD detectives who were forced to retire because of severe job-related injuries. Both are rough and tough yet there is a moral compass that guides them to fight the bad guys and not ever give up. They are well-rounded characters who find joy in
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tin Badges

Lorenzo Carcaterra has written a dozen books, but Tin Badges, a novel written in 2016, is the first that has been reviewed in this blog ( If his other books are as awesome as this one, then we’ve been missing out on a very talented writer. The story starts with two story lines. First there is Tank Rizzo who stopped being a New York City cop when he was involved in a particularly ugly take down in which there were several deaths, including that of his belo
Diane Hernandez
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Retired NYPD Detective Tank Rizzo is pulled back into duty to solve cold cases with a bunch of misfit (and criminal) friends in the action-filled police procedural, Tin Badges.

There are two parallel stories. The first is a (retired) police procedural of how Tank chases the scummy drug kingpin, Gonzo. The second is Tank’s personal story of his guardianship over his deceased, and disliked, brother’s son, Christopher. Christopher eventually joins Tank’s motley crew to use his computer hacking skill
I devoured Tin Badges in one day. I hadn't realized that Lorenzo Carcaterra had also written one of my recent favorites, The Wolf, because the stories were very different.

Tin Badges is a detective thriller - set in today's New York with retired Tank Rizzo and his partner Pearl and their team of unorthodox crimefighters. Tank and Pearl were forced into retirement after significant, debilitating injuries in the line of duty. While Tank and Pearl are unable to work as regular police, their Captain
Lou Jacobs
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Retired NYC police department detective, Tank Rizzo is occasionally brought in to solve cases .. either "cold" or
those with undesirable political ramifications. He's asked to investigate a case involving two prostitutes who were brutally assaulted and raped two years age ... with little in the way of actual resolution. Tank assembles a colorful team of seemingly misfits ... Alexandra, a gypsy fortune teller, a body builder bartender, and several acquaintances that are computer and tech savvy, hi
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Number-one New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra's highly successful career spans more than 25 years of writing for the diverse fields of fiction, non-fiction, television, and film.

Born and raised in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Carcaterra landed his first job in the newspaper business as a copy boy for The New York Daily News in 1976. He worked his way up to entertainmen
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