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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 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. He is accomplished at characterization and eve those characters that might have slipped into cliché had such individual personalities that it made it interesting. He also has a dry sense of humor and he made me chuckle with his political activist Reverend Al Dullard ("dull" being the opposite of "sharp".)
This is action-packed, gritty, violent, straight-forward story-telling without a lot of suspense or mystery. In fact, to me the biggest mystery was why the book was titled as it was since, other than mentioning that he grew up in an Irish-Catholic family, Beckett doesn't seem to have much connection to his religion. Toward the end of the book, after a particularly violent shoot-out, he goes to his parish priest and asks for Confession (the scene reminded me of a few Law & Order episodes in which Detective Eliot Stabler does the same thing.)
I liked Fitzsimmons style. The violence was tough in places and parts of it were very sad but I couldn't help but care about both Beckett and D'Amato. In fact all of the characters were interesting - I felt a special attachment to D'Amato's long-suffering wife. So, if you are looking for plenty of action, interesting characters and a good story, this will do. I admit I kept waiting for more about the "Catholic" aspect of Beckett's life and felt a little mislead when not much happened with that.
I read the Kindle version and there are some serious formatting issues. There is no break or indenting on most of the paragraphs which makes it hard to follow at times. Also, for some reason, the author kept spelling "psycho" as "physco" - not a big deal but it did make me wonder if he'd ever seen the Hitchcock movie.
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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The characters are believable and relatable. It is well worth your investment of time and money.