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Rizzo's War (Joe Rizzo Series #1)

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    Very Down to Earth

    A really great read. The characters were so real and down to earth. It makes you wonder (for those not from the streets) and reinforces (for those from the streets) what actually happens out there on the streets of NYC. Life is tough for cops and people in general and tough decisions have to be made. Lou Manfredo's characters make these decisions with the same effort that we sometimes have to.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    A winner!

    This is Lou Manfredo's first book and I am telling you now it is a winner! Go Lou! I am looking forward to future books from this author and found "Rizzo's War" fast paced, edge of the seat suspense, just juicy. Hope to read more from him.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009


    Very pleased with the way things came together. Living in Brooklyn I saw the story unfold before my eyes. Congratulations to Mr. Manfredo, job well done.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    super Bensonhurst police procedural

    Twenty-seven years with NYPD has Detective Sergeant Joe Rizzo considering retirement as police work is the game of a younger man or woman. He is asked to mentor his young new partner, Mike McQueen, who has risen in only six years on the force rather quickly because he has proven he has the ability but also more important he has connections ever since he rescued the roommate of the mayor's daughter.

    Joe likes the energy of his partner and puts off retirement though the spring in his step (and the car seat) is not what it once was. They work several cases with the most visible being a missing teen whose dad is a Brooklyn councilman making a lot of white noise in the background. Other cases are much simpler and less politically connected.

    The story line is fast-paced even on a tedious stake-out as the audience obtains a tour of Brooklyn through the eyes of the two detectives. Joe is terrific as the highly regarded 'elder statesman" working with a rookie (in terms of detective level that is) while Mike is too hero-worshiping as any moment readers will expect him to shine the shoes of his teacher-hero. Still fans will enjoy this super Bensonhurst police procedural.

    Harriet Klausner

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