Rizzo’s War, Lou Manfredo’s stunningly authentic debut,
partners a rookie detective with a seasoned veteran on his way to retirement in
“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
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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