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The world of priests can be filled with moments of spiritual wonder, and darkness beyond what many might imagine. In Confessions, I wanted to explore the life of a priest who was tested with the most basic element of his vows--saying, and doing, nothing. Even when every fiber of his being is crying out for action. For justice. Even vengeance.
Constrained by the the strictures of faith and overwhelming dogmatic decree, what would one man do when faced with a test that might shatter all he's held dear?
Setting Confessions in Chicago, for me, was somewhat of an easy choice. I've used the locale in a previous novel, Simple Simon, which was made into the film Mercury Rising starring Bruce Willis. The city, with arterial waters flowing through it and glass towers stark against the sky, seems to me a place where characters have a landscape worthy of compelling stories. And there is something about a metropolis wedged close against the vast waters of a lake as prone to storming as it is to idyllic calm.
I hope you enjoy reading Confessions as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Schmuck & Underwood (November 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFB86E
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Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He writes thrillers and contemporary fiction, and is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, Confessions, and Cop Killer. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His works have been translated into Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Polish, French and other languages. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye.

Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Kelpie and a Beagle Vizsla.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Valentine on January 8, 2011
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It has been a long time since I've stayed up half the night to finish a book. It's been a long time since I read a book in one day because I just could not put it down. Yesterday that happened and I'm a little groggy today because of it but so pleased to be able to write about this book, Confessions by Ryne Douglas Pearson. It is only available as an ebook so, when I read about it, I went to the Kindle store on Amazon and downloaded it instantly - ah, the joy of literary instant gratification!

Pearson is best known as a writer of thrillers but this is a thriller with a difference. It opens in the emergency room of a hospital where Father Michael Jerome, a police department chaplain, is called to minister to a policeman wounded in the line of duty. The policeman will be fine but, while he is there, Fr. Jerome is told there is a dying man, wounded in the same incident, who is asking for a priest. Fr. Jerome goes to him but in the process of preparing to administer the Last Rites he hears something so shocking, so devastating that he, much to his own horror, finds he cannot administer the sacrament. Five years earlier his beloved younger sister Katie was killed during a convenience store robbery and here, asking for his ministry, Fr. Jerome discovers, is her killer. This is the first blow to his long cherished identity as a good priest.

What follows is a visceral, at times heart-breaking investigation by Fr. Jerome of the truth of his sister's death. The story is told in the first person from the priest's point of view and throughout the twists and turns of the plot his rigorous self-examination and attempts to make sense of an increasingly insane situation are told with a beauty and lyricism of language that had me breathless at times.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DFH on March 9, 2011
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I bought a Kindle a few months ago to read Pearson's novel, Donzerly Light. Confessions is the fourth of Pearson's books that I have read since then. I'm generally a slow reader, but couldn't put this book down. There were a few surprises throughout the book. The author did an excellent job in developing his characters. Another of Pearson's books that would make a great movie. I'm still hoping to see All For One on the big screen.
Looking forward to reading Top Ten next.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Ann on March 31, 2011
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From the first page to the last, the characters draw you into every scene. The prose is fresh, the details sharp, and tension is rife on every page. It's not only a page-turning is also a deep and moving story about confession, forgiveness, and grief. Highly recommended.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Burke on December 24, 2011
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The story was good enough to justify ignoring the most basic grammar mistakes: "I" for "me"..."lay" for "lie"..."affect" for "effect"..."infer" for "imply"....I often got the feeling that it was written in present tense simply because the writer has trouble with syntax. It was overwritten in some places, not descriptive enough in others. Hiring a copy editor would have been a good investment.
I should have noticed that the positive reviews from the media were for the author's OTHER books. It's difficult to believe this was crafted by an experienced pro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cait VINE VOICE on February 17, 2011
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Father Michael Jerome is awoken from a restless sleep, dreaming again of when he and his sister were kids, spending the summer at the modest cabin at the lake that their parents own. A bittersweet dream, because his sister is now dead, shot in a grocery store holdup some five years ago. But the phone is ringing and duty calls, his duty as a chaplain of the Chicago Police Department. A policeman has been shot.

The world of cops is not new to Michael. He personally knows the policeman that has been shot but then he knows a lot of cops. His dad is retired from the force and these people, including the injured policeman's dad, were his friends. Michael arrives at the hospital to find that, happily, the injury to the policeman is not as bad as first thought and that he will be fine. The same can not be said of the criminal who shot him. Taking a bullet to the head, he is not expected to live long and Father Jerome is called to his bedside where the man begs the priest to here his confession and offer him absolution. But when Michael hears what the man says in his ramblings, he is so shocked that he can not respond. It is not the shooting tonight that the man confesses, but the killing of a young woman some five years ago in a grocery store...Father Mike's sister.
It seems it was not a holdup at all, but a "hit".
And in pursuing the truth of what happened that night, what Father Mike's believes he knew about his sister and so much of what he has built his life on, will be shaken to it's very foundation.

This was a good book, a compelling read, but not without some flaws, flaws that seem to bother me more now, some days after I read it, than when I was reading the book. So we will get them out of the way first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BarbsLynne on October 31, 2012
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I really don't understand why this book is listed under Christian fiction. I guess it's because the lead character is a priest.

I was disappointed in the book because of the language in the book - I quit reading secular fiction because I don't like hearing curse words and since I can't make it stop in public, I can choose to not read books with that in them. I was very surprised - even the priests in the book used curse words!

Then there was - Spoiler Alert - that the girl who was murdered was a lesbian and her brother the priest made it clear that he didn't see anything wrong with it - even going so far as saying that he didn't believe what the Bible says!!

I have to admit that the ending did take me completly by surprise, but it wasn't enough to change my opinion.

I have deleted this book from my Kindle and I doubt that I will ever read this author again.
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