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Publisher's Summary

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 62nd 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.
©2009 Lou Manfredo (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Lou Manfredo gets it. As a depiction of the Byzantine, politicized existence of a working American police department, Rizzo's War stands as a valuable primer. This is good police work as it actually occurs - full of flaw and compromise, absent the pristine science of television procedurals, and bearing only a vague resemblance to what any social or legal philosopher might define as justice. With all of that said, though, sometimes good police work is nearly enough." (David Simon, creator of The Wire)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 05-23-12

Hear's my must listen list...and review!

My reviews seldom do justice to any of the best mystery/thrillers I've read. When I'm shopping for a book, reader reviews have a huge impact on my purchases. I get frustrated trying to scroll through others' reviews to find the "can't misses." So following this review are a few of my best bets and can't misses!

Rizzo is an honest, grizzled veteran teaching his newly promoted partner how things get done in New York. The performance by reader Bobby Cannavale is outstanding, bringing every character to life as I'm sure the author intended.The characters are fantastic, each with extraordinary depth. This is no trite story.

But the mystery itself is where the story falls short of 5 stars. I found the politics, maze of inner-department workings, and relationships engrossing. I enjoyed the whole experience and will probably listen again based on the reader alone.

Here are a few of my can't misses in the thriller category. You can look up reviews on each one, but don't miss any of these! Gutshot Straight, Dawn Patrol, Winter of Frankie Machine, Paranoia, Power Play, all 5 of Nesbo's Harry Hole books, Rain Gods, Crusader's Cross. I've listened to each of these more than once. Better still, my wife who shies away from this category, loved these as well.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen M. Crawford on 10-31-09

Excellent Author, Excellent Narrator

Lou Manfredo's debut is an honest look at police station politics and officer experiences. I look forward to Manfredo's next novel. Bobby Cannevale's talent as a narrator is amazing. His ability to modify his voice for each character along with his east coast accent makes this an excellent listen.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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