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Rizzo's Fire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Loved it!

    After reading Rizzo's war I was hooked. I only hoped the 2nd installment of the series would measure up. No worries there - it was even better than the first.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    I read this book, as well as the author's first book in this series within three days! A great read!!!

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    Fired Up

    Lou Manfredo is everything Joseph Wambaugh is not. I liked the way the author plays the moral questions a police officer deals with- or not, depending on the cop. And his openness to people of color by including a lesbian African-American partner for Rizzo is admirable. Manfredo shows respect for people, and I like that. Cop stories don't have to only be about narrow-minded cops. The fact that Rizzo commits as many crimes as he stops is an intriguing introspective on what it takes to enforce law and order.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

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    A good, solid mystery

    Det. Sargent Joe Rizzo is at the end of his career with the Brooklyn Police Department. Rizzo and his partner, Det. Priscilla Jackson, arrive at the apartment of Robert Lauria who was murdered days earlier.

    Lauria was living like a hermit with no close friends or relatives, and Rizzo and Jackson believe his death is tied to the murder of a famous playwright in Manhattan. Trying to stay under the radar to prove the connection without giving away their information to Manhattan is a difficult task, but Rizzo is convinced this is the case that will end his long police career on a high note.

    Meanwhile, Rizzo is facing a real problem at home; his youngest daughter wants to attend the police academy. Rizzo is dead set against her career choice because of his knowledge of how frustrating police work can be.

    If Joe's retirement is truly just a year away, this series is going to be short lived which would be a shame. The banter between old world Italian Rizzo and Priscilla, an African American lesbian, livens up Manfredo's latest. RIZZO'S FIRE is a good, solid mystery, but the references to damaging information that Joe and his previous partner have on a local politico compel me to suggest that you read RIZZO'S WAR first. Lynn Kimmerle

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Exciting

    As he nears retirement Brooklyn Police Detective Sergeant Joe Rizzo has seen everything in his years on the NYPD force. His new partner Priscilla Jackson is an openly lesbian African-American, which does not faze the veteran cop in the least though he feels for her as her mom cut her off over her sexual preference. Joe's biggest concern of the moment is his daughter wants to become a chip off the old block and become a cop, which he opposes.

    Joe and Priscilla investigate the strangling death of a former shoe salesman Robert Lauria. The homicide seems identical to the recent murder of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. As the two cops seek clues, Joe fears a serial killer is on the loose.

    The prime homicide investigation starts several chapters into the enjoyable Brooklyn police procedural as the opening segue focuses on personal issues and routine office work that the two cops face. Once the story line shifts into first gear when the inquiry begins, the action becomes fast-paced. Although the two detectives seem on their own with little support from their precinct to include data warehousing to affirm or disprove Rizzo's theory, fans will enjoy the view of Brooklyn from a pair who would insist a tree never grows in a cement jungle (see Rizzo's War for his first case).

    Harriet Klausner

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