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Tin Badges

A Novel
Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of Sleepers and The Wolf, hailed as “simply the best” (Steve Berry) and “one of the most intriguing writers around” (Newsweek)....

A top NYPD detective is pulled out of retirement to take down a notorious drug dealer. But will he risk the only family he’s ever had to crack the case?

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. 

Advance praise for Tin Badges

“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.” (Booklist)

“Another gem from a writer who has earned his spot at the top echelon of suspense masters... Everything here leaps from the page, never stinting on the harsh reality, delivering a spicy, smart, and entertaining adventure.” (Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of the Cotton Malone series)

©2019 Lorenzo Carcaterra (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Tin Badges is pure platinum. Action fans will love the complex move/countermove battle between retired NYPD detective Tank Rizzo’s colorful crew of societal misfits and a vicious drug dealer and the corrupt cops who protect him, but Carcaterra digs deeper, rendering a soulful meditation on the things that make the life-and-death struggle worth the risk - family, honor, loyalty, and sacrifice. Tin Badges shines brilliantly.” (John Clarkson, author of Among Thieves and Bronx Requiem

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Once I started listening, I didn't want to stop. I loved the story and can't wait for the next one.

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  • 09-26-19

Another masterpiece

Lorenzos book Gangster is my all time Fav.

This book is brilliant.

The narrator actually adds to the story and plot with his excellent pace tone and accent.

(All too often good books are ruined by used car sales man style narrators)

The plot is engrossing , the characters deep.

I was actually pleased to get caught in traffic as meant I got book finished