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Product Details

  • Series: Rizzo Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312538073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312538071
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Rizzo’s Fire

“He knows the pitfalls of police work, and his account is both procedural and compelling, never forgetting the psychological toll that comes with the crimes. . . . The grit of South Brooklyn is still under Manfredo’s fingernails.”
---New York Daily News

“Brooklyn criminal justice veteran Lou Manfredo sticks to his guns in this follow-up to Rizzo’s War.”
---The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

“Gripping . . . Bar none, Joe Rizzo is the most authentic cop in contemporary crime fiction.”
---Kirkus Reviews (starred review, One of the Best Mysteries of 2011)

Praise for Rizzo’s War

“Lou Manfredo gets it . . . This is good police work as it actually occurs . . . sometimes good police work is nearly enough.”
---David Simon, creator of The Wire

“Manfredo shows us the nitty-gritty of police work. . . . It’s a realistic portrait . . . a solid debut.”
---The Washington Post

“Comparable to the late Ed McBain’s brilliant 87th Precinct procedurals . . . Manfredo’s novel resonates with authenticity.”
---South Florida Sun-Sentinel

About the Author

Lou Manfredo, author of Rizzo’s Fire and 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 Daughter is his third novel. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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By susan mitchell on February 19, 2013
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a good continuing story of a n.y.cops life and family. looking forward to the next chapter. keep up the good read.
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Lou Manfredo has created a very successful formula for his signature character, Joe Rizzo (see "Rizzo's War"). His formula includes a mix of highly authentic police procedurals, mixed with a tough yet heartwarming detective sergeant near retirement, and blends it with touches of family life including his wife and a daughter (who has now joined the NYPD) to illustrate the psychological impact of the job on families. The actual crimes being investigated are of less total interest than the characters and the inter-dynamics among them and the people they serve in New York. If anything, the Rizzo series is more a study in characters and procedurals than high octane suspense thrillers. Indeed, in "Rizzo's Daughter", although there are several investigations that thread throughout the book, it is more a series of investigations revealing the successes and failures of daily routine police procedurals along with the psychological toll these investigations take on the detectives.

Manfredo has created a character in Joe Rizzo that is deep, complex, and multi-textured. He is a man who has seen a lot, done a lot, and regrets a lot. Yet he is a man who believes in the virtues of the law and the expediency of justice. He is a man who on one hand is ready to retire and leave the tough job of policing the streets to someone younger; yet, he simply can't quite pull himself away knowing that his life will be empty without the purpose that being a detective gives him. So he continues to find reasons to delay his announced retirement. When his daughter, Carol, joins the force, Joe has renewed focus to ensure she is assigned to the best possible precinct and to the best possible training officer--in short, Joe has new reasons to delay retirement.
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By Badman on October 3, 2012
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Finishing up the "Rizzo" trilogy, "Rizzo's Daughter" is by far the best in the series. All the stuff planted in the first two books finally pays off, and unlike the first two books there is a lot going on, not all of it very pretty. By the end of the book, Rizzo has been so shaken and corrupted by events he has vowed to finally retire for real, a good ending if Manfredo has really decided to wrap it up.

With yet another new partner, Rizzo is soon involved in two cases: the murder of a mob boss that corrupted Rizzo's old partner and drove him into retirement, and the fact his youngest daughter is now a rookie police officer on the streets of New York. Several unexpected things occur, and Rizzo is soon working with the mob boss that might have killed the original boss to find out who is responsible for a vicious attack on a family member, even if it means breaking his oath as an officer.

Like the other books in this series, Manfredo really brings the streets of New York alive and his descriptions are spectacular. The interactions of the cops, and especially the cops with the mobsters, seem realistic enough. More than that though, we get to see a Rizzo that is on the edge and pissed off and willing to cut all corners and bend rules to find out what he needs. By the end of the book we have seen what was present in the first book (a tendency to look the other way and let things slide) become full-blown corruption, due to circumstances beyond Rizzo's control. A powerful and fitting ending, showing the extent a cop will go to and at what point breaking the law they are sworn to uphold becomes necessary. Worth reading the first two just to get to this one.
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By Ed Gould on September 22, 2012
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Manfredo does it again! Coming from the neighborhood he writes about makes all his novels ring true.
Waiting impatiently for the next.
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By G.Bone on July 31, 2012
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The book is of an end note to the entire triology. It is also an illustration on how far a cop can and should not go. I can't exactly say more because it would spoil the plot.
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There's nothing especially new in this book - - but I mean that as a compliment. This novel reads like all the tv cop shows and movies you've ever seen rolled into one. Seasoned cops, rookie cops, gangsters, action, character development and authenticity - - it has it all. This is an exciting book that gives the reader a glimpse of the inside world of police work complete with its temptations, truth and lies. I haven't read the earlier "Rizzo" books - - but I will!
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