Brooklyn cop Joe Rizzo---"the most authentic cop in contemporary crime fiction" (starred review Kirkus Reviews)---is ready to retire and spend the rest of his days with his wife, doting on their grown-up girls. But when his youngest daughter, Carol, decides to follow her dad onto the force, Joe decides to stay on until she's settled, calling in favors to get her assigned to the easiest house, the best training officer—anything to protect his baby girl.
While there, of course, he's still working a few cases, though he never would've guessed that one of them would be the most sensational case of his career, the murder of mob boss Louie Quattropa. If mob wars were the worst of his problems, he could handle that, but with a daughter on patrol, Joe knows all too well what dangers await her and what little he can do about them.
With an authentic voice and breathtakingly accurate portrayal of police work, Lou Manfredo's novels have won wide acclaim, and Rizzo's Daughter raises the bar to a whole new level.
As the title suggests, Manfredo's uneven third novel featuring NYPD Det. Sgt. Joe Rizzo (after 2011's Rizzo's Fire) passes the generational torch to Joe's 21-year-old daughter, Carol. Already eligible for retirement, Joe has prolonged his career to help Carol start hers in good stead with the NYPD's bureaucracy. Joe's wife, Jennifer, worries about both her husband and daughter facing the physical and moral perils posed by the streets. That Carol makes a risky collar on her first patrol suggests Jennifer may be right. Meanwhile, Joe's investigation into gangster Louis Quattropa's assassination edges him toward sympathy with the old guard Mafia's fear of the possible culprits, the upstart Russian mob. While Manfredo, a 25-year veteran of the Brooklyn criminal justice system, crafts gritty dialogue as authentic-sounding as a wiretap transcript, the episodic story line rings false by schematically illustrating the costs of lives pursued inside and outside the law.