Rizzo's War by Lou Manfredo

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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 McQueen, over a year of riding together as detectives in the Sixty-second Precinct in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. McQueen is fresh from the beat in Manhattan, and Bensonhurst might as well be China for how different it is. They work on several cases, some big, some small, but the lesson is always the same. Whether it’s a simple robbery or an attempted assault, Rizzo’s saying always seems to bear out.

When the two detectives are given the delicate task of finding and returning the runaway daughter of a city councilman, who may or may not be more interested in something his daughter has taken with her than in her safety, the situation is much more complex. By the end of Rizzo and McQueen’s year together, however, McQueen is not surprised to discover that even in those more complicated cases, Rizzo is still right—there’s no wrong, there’s no right, there just is.

Rizzo’s War is an introduction to a wonderful new voice in crime fiction in the Big Apple, ringing with authenticity, full of personality, and taut with the suspense of real, everyday life in the big city. 


 

About Lou Manfredo

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Lou Manfredo, author of Rizzo’s Fire and Rizzo’s War, worked 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. This is his third novel. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.
 
Published September 23, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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Carol Rizzo, their youngest daughter, announces—in terms as strong as Rizzo himself once used—that she too has opted for blue.

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When he was found dead after 13 days, his landlady delivered a predictable epitaph: “Always paid his rent early, in cash.” Too bad some fix-hungry junkie had happened to select the apartment of poor, sad “Mr. Cellophane,” noticed for once and strangled because of it.

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“There just is.” Mike McQueen, 28, has arrived at the 62nd after an exemplary apprenticeship in uniform, but first-rate performance is not what’s earned him his brand-new shield.

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Joe Rizzo (after 2011’s Rizzo’s Fire) passes the generational torch to Joe’s 21-year-old daughter, Carol.

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Many chapters of routine police work and soap opera (Jackson's estranged from her mother, who cut her off over her sexual preference, while one of Rizzo's daughters wants to join the force against his wishes) pass before the pair start investigating the strangling homicide of ex-shoe clerk Robert...

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Manfredo depicts police work as a series of impossible moral choices, faced daily, and he shows how his cops constantly weigh ethically iffy moves against the greater good, always remembering that there’s a difference between “wrong” and “illegal.” To find their missing person, Rizzo and McQueen ...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Joe Rizzo is a veteran cop in Brooklyn.

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Look At OKC

Instead of going into retirement as he originally planned, Joe Rizzo decides to stay a little longer, to watch out for his youngest daughter, Carol, who is a rookie on the police force.

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Nights and Weekends

He’s always had an image of what The Job was supposed to be, but after a few years on the streets (and a few weeks as a detective), he’s starting to doubt his career choice.

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