Rizzo's War

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages

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.

 

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I enjoyed this book and will read the next two in the series. Joe Rizzo is a street-wise cop in Brooklyn who is nearing the end of hios career. An Internal Affairs investigation is hanging over his ... Read full review

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I requested this book for my partner, who enjoyed it. Gritty, realistic, and easy to read, it could have used a bit more polishing from the editorial team, but not poorly done. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
23
CHAPTER THREE
51
CHAPTER FOUR
77
CHAPTER FIVE
89
CHAPTER SIX
109
CHAPTER SEVEN
119
CHAPTER EIGHT
133
CHAPTER TWELVE
187
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
191
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
205
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
221
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
227
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
239
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
245
CHAPTER NINETEEN
259

CHAPTER NINE
151
CHAPTER TEN
167
CHAPTER ELEVEN
177
CHAPTER TWENTY
267
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
277
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About the author (2009)

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. Rizzo's War is his first novel. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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