Lou Manfredo served 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." This is his first novel. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.
Praise for "Rizzo's War""Lou Manfredo gets it. As a depiction of the Byzantine, politicized existence of a working American police department, "Rizzo's War" stands as a valuable primer. This is good police work as it actually occurs--full of flaw and compromise, absent the pristine science of television procedurals, and bearing only a vague resemblance to what any social or legal philosopher might define as justice. With all of that said, though, sometimes good police work is nearly enough."--David Simon, creator of "The Wire ""I've read a lot of New York cop novels in my lifetime, but Lou Manfredo has managed to introduce totally original characters in Joe Rizzo and his young partner. "Rizzo's War" is about story, character, and an engaging literary style that should make the author the next big one."--"Otto Penzler," owner of The Mysterious Bookshop ""Rizzo's War" is exceptional. Most urban crime novels do not tell it like it is. They give their heroes square jaws and reduce subtle moral shadings to plainly dishonest black-and-white. But this is a bold adventure in the gray zone--in other words, the world that most of us actually live in. The people are recognizable, the talk is good, and the story is swift. Somewhere in fiction heaven, Dashiell Hammett and Jane Austen are both admiring Joe Rizzo's undeluded pragmatism. It's a terrific debut and Lou Manfredo is a writer to watch."--Peter Blauner, author of "Slipping into Darkness" and "Slow Motion Riot" "A compelling, beautifully written debut novel. Joe Rizzo walks a morally complicated tightrope between self-protection and self-destruction, and we cannot look away. No one knows this world like Lou Manfredo. "Rizzo's War" is the best police procedural I've read in a decade."--Tim McLoughlin, editor of "Brooklyn Noir"