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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my first Fitzsimmons novel. Won't be my last. A damsel in distress, good guys, bad guys. Highly entertaining read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 months ago by Bob Taggart
"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 19 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