Rizzo's War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lou Manfredo

Narrated By: Bobby Cannavale

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: September 2009

Duration: 9 hours 59 minutes


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.


  • Joe Bellave

    Good police-procedural story, some laughs thrown in. Not a lot of surprises or shocks, but still worth the listen. The writers portrayal of Rizzo is very heart-felt and authentic, especially when he's writing about his family. As for the narration, you really can't go wrong with anything narrated by Bobby Cannavale. Great performance. If I see him listed as a narrator, chances are I'll be buying the audiobook.

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