Rizzo's War

  • by Lou Manfredo
  • Narrated by Bobby Cannavale
  • 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Charles Atkinson "Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?"

Bobby Cannavale should read many, many more books.

I had never heard of Lou Manfredo before, but I had heard of Bobby Cannavale from his theater work and his reading of Richard Price's Lush Life. This story is an excellent police procedural, with an old, experienced cop and a new, fresh kid who gets thoroughly introduced into the corruption and evil that are New York City politics and the NYPD force. I take it that much of this book is exaggerated, and it provides great entertainment, no matter how fictional it is. The story is wide-ranging and includes a few scenes which are truly thrilling and cinematic. It is not, however, made for the movies, as are a few books which just cannot hide their ambition. "Heat" is one of these, and I believe that it was actually created to go with the TV series.
The real find, though, is this narrator. Bobby Cannavale has a wonderful voice. He voices many characters with understanding and skill. He is believable and has great dramatic abilities. The absolutely wonderful thing about him, though, is the fact that his natural voice is one of the most delightful instruments to listen to in my entire life of hearing actors speak their lines. His voice has a grainy, rough, masculine texture that cannot be imitated. Clearly a New Yorker, he can disguise his natural accent, and he can rise and fall to match the emotions demanded by the character, the author and the plot situation he finds. Having heard him work will change your view of narrators forever, IMHO. I can't wait for him to do more of this work. If you get to see him on stage, you are a lucky person, indeed.
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- Richard Delman "I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2009
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio