Lou Manfredo

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.



As a depiction of the Byzantine, politicized existence of a working American police department, Rizzo's War stands as a valuable primer.
David Simon, creator of The Wire

As stark and true as David Simon's faultless depiction of the Baltimore PD in The Wire...
Daily Mail

Brooklyn, as the portrayal in Manfredo's excellent debut makes clear, is a different world. Rizzo's War is a police procedural of more than usual intelligence.
The Times

Riveting... dealing with every aspect of American policing from dirty politics to the intricate hierarchy of biker gangs.

Rizzo's War is exceptional. Most urban crime novels do not tell it like it is. But this is a bold adventure... a terrific debut and Lou Manfredo is a writer to watch.
Peter Blauner