Rizzo's Fire

Rizzo's Fire

by Lou Manfredo
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Rizzo's Fire by Lou Manfredo

As twenty-year NYPD veteran Joe Rizzo edges closer to retirement, things only seem to get harder: a new partner, a promise to his wife to quit smoking, and the most baffling case of his career—a murder investigation.

The victim, Robert Lauria, was practically a hermit and was dead ten days before anyone found him. Fired from his job as a shoe salesman weeks ago, he rarely left his apartment and had no visitors except his cousin, who says she hardly knew him. So who strangled him late one night as he made tea in his kitchen? And could there be a connection to the headline-grabbing murder of a Broadway producer a day earlier?

Armed with more street smarts than the FBI agents assigned to the more glamorous case, Rizzo and his new partner, Priscilla Jackson, are tasked with navigating the twin labyrinths of the case and NYPD politics in order to find the killer and bring him to justice.

Full of the sounds and sights of walking the beat in Bensonhurst, Rizzo's Fire comes on the heels of Lou Manfredo's acclaimed debut, Rizzo's War, and brings the streets of Brooklyn to life in a way that no New York City crime novel has before.

Rizzo's Fire is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429966177
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Rizzo Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 614,615
File size: 305 KB

About the Author

Lou Manfredo, author of Rizzo's War, worked 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 Fire is his second novel. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.


Lou Manfredo, author of the novels Rizzo’s Fire, Rizzo’s War, and Rizzo's Daughter, worked 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.

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Rizzo's Fire (Joe Rizzo Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
howardl More than 1 year ago
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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KenCady More than 1 year ago
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.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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