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Rizzo's War (Joe Rizzo #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  294 Ratings  ·  80 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
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot & casting. Ambiguous morality (not immoral) throughout (there's no good, no bad - it just is?!?) no graphics, gore - mild profanity. Well narrated.
Gail Cooke
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

I have mixed feelings about this book.

It was a well-told story about a NYPD detective nearing the end of his career who is tapped along with his young partner to find the missing daughter of a shady councilman. But that doesn’t happen until almost halfway through the book.

But it’s not a true police procedural or mystery because there’s very little investigation in the search for the missing girl. Everything gets done on the basis of favors owed and collected, presenting a rather bleak picture of
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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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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