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Confessions of a Catholic Cop Paperback – October 25, 2006
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Thomas Fitzsimmons is the real deal. This book rings with truth. Confessions of a Catholic is a terrific debut novel. --Warren Murphy, two time Edgar Award Winner
Forget TV cops shows. This is real. Fitzsimmons nails this story because he know the world--hang on tight. This ride is not down main street. --Ed Dee - best selling author of the Con Man's Daughter
Fitzsimmons takes an unblinking look at the psychological disposition of two South Bronx police officers. Gritty realism, fascinating interactions and snappy dialogue serve well to accelerate the well paced plot. (Mar.)
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Fitzsimmons grew up in an Irish, Bronx, New York, neighborhood in a family of career cops. After high school, he joined the Navy and pulled sea duty aboard a guided missile cruiser on its way to Vietnam. The wartime experiences kindled a civic spirit in Fitzsimmons, who, upon being honorably discharged, joined the New York City Police Department. During a career that spanned 10 years in the precinct dramatized in Paul Newman's "Fort Apache-The Bronx," Fitzsimmons notched numerous arrests collaring armed robbers, drug kingpins, and arsonists.
Fitzsimmons's heroics were brought to the attention of talent scout Joey Hunter, who was the president of the Men's Division for the Ford Modeling Agency. The Ford executive convinced Fitzsimmons that he had a future in the TV/modeling industries. The young cop soon filled his off-duty hours with modeling assignments, which eventually led to an audition with NBC-TV for a position as an on-camera personality and co-host for the magazine-format talk show, "Now."
Success in the entertainment industry forced Fitzsimmons to choose between law enforcement or a glamorous, new lifestyle. The decision was tough, but Fitzsimmons never looked back. The actor/writer won the coveted TV assignment with NBC, and, although the show was eventually canceled, he soon became a top TV commercial actor and print model. As a rising star with the Ford Agency and the J. Michael Bloom Television Agency, he appeared in such soap operas as "One Life to Live" and "Texas" and served as a principal in more than 150 television commercials.
Fitzsimmons also drew from his law enforcement experiences with the NYPD, as well as numerous federal and international police contacts, to become a top security consultant to affluent clients nationwide. A recognized security expert, he has appeared on shows such as "Good Morning America," "Geraldo Rivera" and "Montel Williams."
Fitzsimmons, who has written two novels, a memoir, a short story collection, and three screenplays has sold stories in Esquire Magazine, and New York Magazine. He has optioned film treatments to Doug Wick, Academy Award wining producer of "Gladiator," to the actor Ray Liotta and Larry "JR" Hagman's Majlar Productions.
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This review is for "Confessions of a Catholic Cop"
" Confessions of a Catholic Cop" is a well written, fast reading thriller that is difficult to put down once you start. Fitzsimmons really knows how to grip the reader having lived the life himself. This book is perfect for your summer vacation. Highly recommended!
I can't wait for his next one.
The author, Thomas Fitzsimmons, being an NYPD veteran, is able to open a window on what it is like to be a police officer in New York City. Between the covers of this book are interesting and varied characters in a captivating story that will give you insight to the cruel brutality of what greed can do to the human psyche in some, in contrast to the fearless determination and bravery it takes in others to halt the bloodshed of innocent lives.
At the same time, Fitzsimmons' refreshing writing and undeniable wit has integrated humor as well as a touch of romance into this genuinely enjoyable page-turner.
"Confessions Of A Catholic Cop" grabs the reader on the first page and doesn't let go until the last page is breathlessly read. It is a compelling and gritty story of cops who patrol the crime ridden streets of the South Bronx. The novel is fast paced, well constructed, and filled with realistic and believable dialogue that contributes to the depth of the characterizations of the protagonists. The reader comes to know Michael Beckett, a police department medal of honor winner and part time actor, and Vinnie D'Amato, his devil-may-care yet troubled partner, as fully fleshed, flawed, yet committed police officers with foibles, and strengths that constantly amaze.
Michael and Vinnie are investigating on their own, a series of mysterious fires that strike abandoned buildings on a Bronx city block that is scheduled ostensibly for redevelopment by a rich and ruthless real estate mogul, R.J.Gold. Unfortunately, some of the buildings are not totally abandoned and several people are killed. Who is the sinister giant seen cruising the Bronx streets before and after devestating fires? What is his relationship to Gold and to Michael and Vinnie? Who is the police insider who is helping Gold and obstructing Beckett and D'Amato? Why does Beckett's blossoming romance with Solana Ortiz, a writer on his cop show, suddenly veer out of control?
Many questions like these are ultimately answered in a somewhat satisfying conclusion that leaves the possibility of a sequel wide open due to several loose ends left purposely untied. Personally, I will be there for any sequel that includes these characters.Read more ›
I fell in love with the character, Beckett, and his high adventurous life as a cop in the Bronx. There is a love story, murder mystery, lies, death(suicide) and betrayal throughout the book. As you read you want the truth to come out, you want Beckett to "win" in the end, but you also don't want to see the heart ache he has to go through to "win".
There are a lot of ups & downs in this book. I was never sure if I really wanted to move on through the story or not because I didn't want to read the down parts. But the book as a whole is awesome.
I would recommend this book to adults who love drama, adventure, mystery and a bit of a love story. The author also left the book open to possible sequels which would make me very happy. Maybe we'll see more drama between Beckett and the Gold Company.
For my readers who are use to me reviewing Christian books I want to make a warning that is book does not fall into that category. There is swearing, sex and murder. So if those type of books don't appeal to you, I would say you would not like it. But those things made the book very realistic too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a person who worked more than 20 years in law enforcement I am rarely impressed by so called “cops and robbers stories”, but in this riveting novel, Thomas Fitzsimmons gives us... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Bob Taggart
Officers Michael Beckett and Vinnie D’Amato were partners in the roughest district of New York, “The Bronx”. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Minnesota Miranda Sherman
"Confessions of a Catholic Cop" is a great read that will have you speeding through the pages to find out what happens next. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael B
Great story that kept me intrigued from beginning to end. Fitzsimmons continues to keep my interest for the next ones! Bravo!Published on May 11, 2013 by Momma Fargo
I had heard about Thomas Fitzsimmons and knew that he had been a "cop" for many years and was now doing celebrity security. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by *susan*
From the very first paragraph you are drawn into the world of the real NYC cops life with daily challenges and events told "straight up" by Thomas Fitzsimmons. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Roberta Carol
This story takes you on a journey to the South Bronx, Fort Appache. You may ask, why would I ever want to journey to the South Bronx, Fort Appache and I will tell you that with... Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Carla
I retired as a patrol Officer not far from where this novel is set.Its great to see a book about patrol cops who are indeed the backbone of the Police Dept. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by michael chilson