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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.)


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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 . . ..
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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 (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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" 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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Officers Michael Beckett and Vinnie D’Amato were partners in the roughest district of New York, “The Bronx”. While investigating a string of arson fires and the death of a homeless teen mom and young baby they slowly begin to uncover corruption and a plot that involves everyone from Beckett’s crush from his TV acting career on Law & Order to a dirty cop in the same precinct all the way up to a very powerful billionaire that happened to be an old friend of Beckett and D’Amato. The two struggle over jealously, drinking, and out of control behavior to work together on solving the case.
This book is filled with a lot of excitement and plot twists. I love that the Author uses third person point of view and switches between character points of view through the book. It helps understand the different characters and the constantly twisting plot. There are a few very gruesome scenes in the book that is filled with emotion but overall the book is a page turner that keeps you wanting just one more chapter before putting the book down for the night. With the addition of the love interest who happens to be tied into the overall plot she brings a softer side to the book where Officer Beckett is able to leave his bad cop routine at the door and show a softer side with a little romance and vulnerability.
This was an amazing read. I thoroughly enjoy murder/mystery genre of books so this was a great addition to my bookshelf. I highly recommend this book as it is sure to keep you very entertained and wrapped up in a good book. The Author is very descriptive and his great use of descriptive words leads the reader to be able to picture the story play out.
Written by Thomas Fitzsimmons a former New York Police Officer, United States Navy Veteran and current Head of Security for many Hollywood stars. With his background the story is filled with great detail and a sense of accuracy to police procedure and protocol.
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Thomas Fitzsimmons is a new, independent author who was a New York City cop for ten years and is also a Vietnam veteran. As such he ha plenty of experience with the darker side of human nature and he uses it well in his debut novel. His lead character, Michael Beckett, is a likeable guy, a good cop, a decent human being who was raised in an Irish Catholic family and who works part time as an actor on the television program Law and Order. I thought the latter was an interesting addition to his character because much of the story-telling in Fitzsimmon's novel reads rather like a Law and Order script - one of the few contemporary television programs I have actually watched.

The story is pretty straight-forward. A series of arsons has plagued a neighborhood in the South Bronx and it is pretty obvious somebody is up to no good but who and why? Beckett and his partner Vinnie D'Amato have some clues but pulling all of them together is a daunting task. Especially when they are juggling far more cases than they have time to deal with, non-stop pressure from within the police department, a highly critical public, obnoxiously persistent news reporters, problems at home, and no shortage of inter-personal conflicts between Beckett and D'Amato who is openly jealous of his partner's new-found celebrity.

Fitzsimmons writes well and I liked the shifting POV. Chapters alternated between Beckett's first-person narrative and a third-person POV that gives the reader a different perspective on the action - and there is plenty of action. Fitzsimmons writes with the confidence and authority of experience and it comes through powerfully throughout the story.

He also has a real gift for his secondary and minor characters. Some of them were just perfect.
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"Confessions of a Catholic Cop" grabbed my attention from the very first paragraph and had me engrossed until the very last word.

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.
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