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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lou Manfredo Narrator: Bobby Cannavale Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781427207852
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/18/2014

    " This debut novel from Lou Manfredo is a good police procedural, but what I liked best about it was the moral dilemma it presented. Will the cops do the right thing or the wrong thing? And what is the right thing? It's a complex situation with multi-dimensional characters. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Eilenfeldt | 2/6/2014

    " Lou Manfredo gives the reader a gritty, realistic look at the life of a New York Police Department detective. I am looking forward to reading more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Icicle4 | 1/28/2014

    " Good police procedural novel - takes place in Brooklyn, NY. Street View on Google Maps came in handy - the location of the NYC boroughs has always been hard for me to keep straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benita | 1/22/2014

    " AWESOME police writer - multiple crimes - not just one focus - moves along so realistically - wonderfully written - love all his books!! True summer reads!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Paulson | 1/10/2014

    " This book reads like the Law and Order episodes with the Lenny Brisco character. If you're into that sort of thing, this is an excellent read. I always enjoyed this character, and it was hard for me to read Rizzo's sayings without hearing Brisco's voice. Well written, very gritty. Lots of NSFW language. If you can get past that, I recommend reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/29/2013

    " This is truly a "police procedural," & not really a "mystery" novel in the usual sense. We follow two NYC detectives over a period of time as they deal with various situations. Very satisfying novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 12/19/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/11/2013

    " realistic and clever depiction of Brookyln cops lives and cases "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/4/2013

    " Good police procedural. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 9/1/2013

    " enjoyable basic cop drama, easy to read, nitty gritty leg work pays off. pleasant characters, would read more manfredi "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlis | 8/24/2013

    " We enjoyed listening to this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Emil | 5/11/2013

    " I was surprised to read about a bad cop with good intentions. We always expect police officers as the good guys but sometimes good guys have to do everything to see justice done. Like Det. Joe Rizzo said, "There is no right, there is no wrong, there's just is" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raechel | 2/28/2013

    " "There is no right. There is no wrong. There just is." Fantastic cop novel about a NYC detective and his new, slightly idealistic partner. Gritty, nuanced, wonderful characters, interesting case. I can't wait for the next one to be ready for me at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/13/2012

    " I have found a new favorite author........I can't wait to read more. Thank you Mr. Manfredo for a great reading experience "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 12/23/2011

    " Good detective story with the experienced NYPD detective Joe Rizzo and his young partner. As in much of life, experience counts in detective work. Rizzo's wisdom: "The littlest crimes have the greatest effect on people." "Character doesn't change, just circumstances." "It is what it is." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Bender | 5/16/2011

    " New author for me - his first novel. Terrific! The Brooklynese is perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 11/24/2010

    " Excellent Debut novel. I hope this author writes more about these characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrianna | 10/15/2010

    " I wanted to like this book but really couldn't get through it past page 70. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/24/2010

    " This debut novel from Lou Manfredo is a good police procedural, but what I liked best about it was the moral dilemma it presented. Will the cops do the right thing or the wrong thing? And what is the right thing? It's a complex situation with multi-dimensional characters. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 8/9/2010

    " Rizzo is the veteran cop who is mentor to Mike McQueen as they pursue crime in Brooklyn. The current case is the disappearance of the adult daughter who a local bigwig. Rizzo's favorite saying is, "There is no wrong. There is no right. There just is." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 6/9/2010

    " Brooklyn, specifically Bensonhurst, where I lived in the early 70's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 5/28/2010

    " very good nyc (bensonhurst) poli procedural. lots of moral dilemma, bad cops, good cops, stinky politicos etc.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 4/29/2010

    " Listening to . . . good NYP procedural. some grey areas about the main character. Read by Bobby Cannavale - did a good job "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/21/2010

    " realistic and clever depiction of Brookyln cops lives and cases "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 2/4/2010

    " Another great debut novel, set in Brooklyn with the authentic flavor only someone who's been there can bring. Manfredo's on his way. "

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About the Author

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. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.

About the Narrator

Bobby Cannavale is a film, stage, and television actor. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films, but he is perhaps best known for his role as a reincarnated matchmaker on ABC's Cupid. He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the hit show Will & Grace.