Review by Booklist Review
Tank Rizzo no longer speaks to brother Jack. Retired from the NYPD after his last case, in which Tank was shot and his partner, Pearl Monroe, ended up in a wheelchair, he and Pearl now work as ""tin badges,"" taking cases that police don't have time for. Just as they get a new case for their team, Tank hears that Jack and his wife have died in a car crash, leaving a son, teenager Chris. Tank takes in his nephew, who's not only grieving the loss of his parents but also resentful about Tank's absence from his family's life, which Tank won't explain. Chris' passion is crime investigation, and he's a computer whiz, so Tank reluctantly lets him join the case, which takes them into the middle of a high-level narcotics operation whose head man, Gonzo, is soon gunning for the whole team, and Tank, in particular. Carcaterra capably combines his trademark adrenaline-fueled action with the emotion involved in Tank taking on a parental role for a sometimes surly teen. All this needs, after a cliff-hanger close, is a sequel, and, fortunately, one is promised.--Michele Leber Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Set in New York, this uneven series launch from bestseller Carcaterra (Sleepers) introduces former NYPD detective Tank Rizzo, one of the titular Tin Badges ("Retired cops who get handed cases when the PD is on overload"). When Tank's estranged brother and sister-in-law die in a car accident, he takes in his grieving teenage nephew, Chris Rizzo. Tank also lands a not-so-cold case involving a drug dealer and numerous corrupt NYPD officers, and Chris ends up joining Tank's motley crew of investigators, which also includes an ex-mob boss, a Romani fortune teller, and Tank's former partner, Pearl. The police give Tank and his team so much leeway that Mike Hammer would be jealous, and as their hunt for the dealer continues, plenty of folks get sent to the hospital or morgue. Though Carcaterra keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace, the unrealism of his world (where old-school mob bosses appear to have never hurt any innocents) and shallowness of the characters remove any sense of gravitas from the plot. Fans of lighter crime fiction may enjoy this, however. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME. (Sept.)
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