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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas J. Fitzsimmons Inc. (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978976215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978976217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,923,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fitzsimmons is a worthy successor to Ed McBain, the king of gritty crime fiction. Under his pen the city sizzles like a drop of rich, red blood on a baking sidewalk. --Stephen Coonts - New York Times Bestselling Author

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.)


--Publisher's Weekly

From the Inside Flap

Ten-year police veteran Michael Beckett has policing in his blood and knows no other life. Until by chance he lands a small role on Law & Order, and decides he can start a new life in front of the camera. But when the neighborhood of a young, hot Law & Order scriptwriter Solana Ortiz becomes the target of a string of arsons, Beckett uncovers a scheme that reaches into the deepest pockets of power and greed in New York City, and into the path of an old friend that Beckett will do almost anything to forget . . ..

More About the Author

Thomas Fitzsimmons didn't need to go to the public library, interview participants, or hire a team of high-priced researchers to write gritty stories. For Fitzsimmons, a former New York City police officer, NBC television personality, Ford Model, and soap-opera/TV commercial actor, business associate and friend to some of the country's most rich and famous, it was as simple as recalling his life.

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.

Customer Reviews

It took me about two days to read the book, and it was hard to put it down.
KimberlyAnneW
This story, with its twists, turns, and many unique characters make this book a terrific page turner.
Dom
Fitzsimmon's writing allows you to connect to the character's, who each resonate authenticity.
Lauryn

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Forry Buckingham on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a Protestant boy who grew up in Baltimore, I was captured by Confessions of a Catholic Cop by page one! Fitzsimmons is the real deal, his experiences as a cop in NYC, come beating though in his vivid scenes and emotions. When you find your heart rate racing, you know you are experiencing more than just a great novel. Bravo, Mr. Fitzsimmons and thank you. Wow!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Checkmeister on May 27, 2011
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A lethal dose of Christian dogma enforced with a 9mm bullet. "Confessions of a Catholic Cop" is powerful, poignant and personal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L. Burns on February 19, 2011
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" 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pattig on May 28, 2011
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Confessions of a Catholic Cop is a great read. The story is fast paced and entertaining. Thomas Fitzsimmons made his characters come to life. I grew up in the Bronx and I feel like I know Beckett and D'Amato. Their relationship rings true and the unexpected twists and turns of the story make it exciting. I'm looking forward to a sequel. Mr. Fitzsimmons is a talented author. Let's hear more from him!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tribeca_Ken on May 9, 2011
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"Confessions of a Catholic Cop" is an exciting adventure written by an author who obviously has lived the thrilling life of a Bronx cop. Fitzsimmons tells the tale of a NYC cop and his side job that merges and creates a riveting story that will keep you reading and looking for the next twist, until the very end. What comes after the end was my desire to read another action packed story by this talented author. Bring it on Mr. Fitzsimmons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TMStyles VINE VOICE on February 1, 2011
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"Confessions Of A Catholic Cop" was initially published as "City Of Fire" for which I offered the following review. I was asked to reprint my review under the new title.

"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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Shaer on February 9, 2011
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'Confessions of a Catholic Cop' is a gripping thrill ride and a first-rate mystery. Author Thomas Fitzsimmons takes the reader on a journey through the gritty Bronx underbelly, a journey which includes characters from the highest class of Fifth Avenue executives, corrupt NYC cops, shady bar owners, and honest beat cops.

The story follows an honest Bronx cop (who also moonlights as a supporting character on 'Law and Order') and his troubled partner as they try to uncover a string of mysterious arsons surrounding a Bronx city block that has been ear-marked for demolition by a Manhattan real estate tycoon. As clue after clue brings them deeper and deeper into a massive potential cover-up, they try, perhaps in vain, to hold on to their jobs as police officers.

'Confessions of a Catholic Cop' starts out strong and never lets up. The action is non-stop and the mystery is involving. A perfect summer read. A breathless page-turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thatcher Stevens on January 30, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book immensely. The pace is fast, and the characters are well-crafted and unique, where they could have easily been stereotyped. You're never quite sure what they might do next. It's a fairly complex plot, but the writer does an excellent job of keeping the story lines connected, and they culminate in a "can't put it down" ending in the last few chapters. He also manages to really make the city itself a major character, from the grittiest slums to the glamourous hangouts of the rich...you can really visualize these places in detail as the story unfolds. There are also so many twist and turns, that you just want to keep reading because you're not sure where this story is leading. Overall, a great piece of pulp fiction that could easily be categorized as modern noir in a cinematic sense. I definitely recommend it to any fans of mysteries and thrillers, cop stories, and books about New York City.
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