Tin Badges

TIN BADGES                                            LORENZO CARCATERRA

As one of the NYPD’s most trusted “tin badges”—retired detectives brought in to solve cases that are beyond the reach of the everyday force—Tank Rizzo has faced off against some of the city’s toughest criminals without breaking a sweat. To tackle a case involving a dangerous kingpin known as Gonzo, Tank turns to his best friend and ex-partner, Pearl; a former mobster living out a seemingly quiet retirement as the owner of Tank’s favorite Italian restaurant, and a team of expert misfits he would trust with his life. But Gonzo will stop at nothing to defend the empire he's built, and won't hesitate to make it personal.

Then Tank gets a call telling him that his brother and sister-in-law, estranged from him for many years, have been killed in a horrific car accident. Tank is the only family left for his orphaned teenage nephew, Chris, although he knows his lifestyle is ill-suited to win him father of the year.

Chris moves in with Tank, and the two circle each other warily. It’s only when Chris reveals an interest in true crime and a genius-level skill with computers that they begin to bond. Chris’s skills may be exactly what Tank’s team needs to take Gonzo down—but getting him involved could put his life at risk.


The book opens with the two partners doing their job while being detectives, and how Pear his best friend ends up in a wheelchair. Now many years later retired Tank is still given jobs by the chief. With his crew or the people that have been in his life, it seems forever, from Carmine who owns the restaurant across the street who is also an ex-mob boss. Connie Carmines daughter also works at the restaurant and is the love interest of Tank. to his computer guy Joey. He begins his case about a decomposed body of a teenage girl along the Hudson Park Way.
Before he can even start to get involved with all of that his brother and his wife die in a car accident leaving a teenage boy who has never met his uncle and now is supposed to live with him. Or as Tank says you can go into the system until you eighteen. Really a good bonding tool is Tank’s communication skills.
Once you get going into the story it is a quick read with twists and turns. With all of the different characters adding something to the flow of the story. I found that it was really all of these characters that for me made the book. Overall a good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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