Confessions Of A Catholic Cop
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Confessions Of A Catholic Cop

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by Thomas Fitzsimmons
An insider's tale of a dedicated pair of New York City cops who uncover a heinous scheme of arson that will keep you spellbound from begining to electrifying end.


An insider's tale of a dedicated pair of New York City cops who uncover a heinous scheme of arson that will keep you spellbound from begining to electrifying end.

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Confessions Of A Catholic Cop 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Monica1 More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest; I was a little hesitant about doing this review. I'm more of a history, biography, "top 10 book club" type of girl. When I saw the cover, I tried to get my husband to read it and do the review, I thought it was more his type of book. He told me I, "had agreed to do the review and had an obligation to the author and publisher", and even though I'm stubborn and reluctant to admit this, he was absolutely correct. Let me reiterate, that which has been said a thousand times can't judge a book by its cover! Confessions of a Catholic Cop is a white knuckled, first-rate mystery. Thomas Fitzsimmons, the author and an ex-New York City police officer takes you on a journey through the shadows of the gritty New York Bronx. You meet a wide variety of characters from high powered NY executives to local thugs, and corrupt cops to sketchy bar owners. The story follows an honest Bronx cop, who moonlights as a supporting character on Law and Order, and his very disturbed partner, as they try to solve a string of mysterious arsons. Clue after clue brings them closer to what they suspect is a huge cover-up. The action is non-stop and the mystery propels you deeper and deeper. This book does contain strong language and violence; however, it is necessary to relay an authentic story. In general, this book was a fascinating read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a compelling mystery.
Stephanie_Ward More than 1 year ago
Confessions of a Catholic Cop is a gritty police novel that centers on NYPD officer Michael Beckett who finds himself in the middle of a highly organized crime spree in the Bronx. He must trust his instincts and his police work to find out who is responsible - and make them pay. The book switches between first and third person narration, which makes it a bit confusing for the reader to keep up with. The setting and descriptive details the author uses are authentic, but seem to be overdone. It leaves the reader trying to focus too hard on the details being described instead of being transported to the scene in their minds. The novel is a straight forward police/crime drama. There are no twists in the plot and there is virtually no suspense. Fans of the TV show Law & Order will appreciate this book for its methodic flow and storytelling. Fitzsimmons has a long history of police work, which gives him the advantage of knowing what really happens as a New York police officer. The reader is given a rare look into the life and mind of a cop and comes out feeling like they have a better understanding and appreciation for the work and struggles that the police force faces every day.
BeBopElmo More than 1 year ago
"Confessions of a Catholic Cop" is fast moving, engaging, and entertaining. It's a good read. The characters are easy to relate to and I found myself caring about what happened to them as I turned each page. Thomas Fitzsimmons is a good story teller. This tale is about a New York City street cop, his partner, and their workplace. You don't have to be a New York native like me to appreciate the action in the Big Apple as the main character's zoom along in their patrol car taking care of business. "Confessions" has good guys and bad guys, ethical conflicts, cruelty, sensitivity,and satisfying resolutions. It also has some beautiful people and some ugly people. In addition, there are plenty of twists and turns that kept me interested until the end. As I said, "Confessions of a Catholic Cop" is a good read. I recommend it without hesitation.
Countrysunset More than 1 year ago
From being an actor on a big-time TV show, to cruising the downtrodden streets of the Bronx in search of killers, comes the "Confessions of a Catholic Cop." This story unfolds like a criminal show on TV with it's main character, Michael Beckett, leading the way. He's been with the NYPD for 10 years now and thinks he's in need of a change but circumstances and alot of unexplained drama keeps pulling him back in. Follow his story as he witnesses a horrible tragedy and vows to take on the ones responsible. This journey involves high-rollers with alot of money on the line, greed, jealousy, psychotic friends, territorial rottweilers, and a swweet, but frightened, young lady. Come see how this author puts it all together to create one very high-paced, action-packed drama that is sure to please. This book is really far from my usual choice of what to read, but I can honestly say that I did thoroughly enjoy it. Mr. Fitzsimmons definitely makes this highly suspenseful tale very real to the reader. His writing style draws you right in and you can't hlep but keep turning the pages to keep up with what is going to happen next. It is so genuine, I caught myself gasp out loud at the description of when the mother and child was consumed in a fire. I couldn't help myself. It was like seeing it happen right in front of me. I'm sure this author brings a tremendous amount of his own experiences to his writing and it definitely makes for gripping reading material! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an action-packed, gripping drama, with mystery, suspense,and even a tinge of romance thrown in. This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful author for my honest review.
BRZZYBIGT More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be just a decent summer read but it's so compelling that once I started it I couldn't put it down. And as a life long New Yorker, I can say Thomas Fitzsimmons got the true City gritty feel. The story's great, the action jolts - what more could you want!
MFBX More than 1 year ago
The writing was so strong your senses came alive with the sounds, sights and smells of the South Bronx. As a New Yorker I can attest to the authors ability to transport the reader to the very streets he patrolled, as a member of the NYPD. Mr. Fitzsimmons is a writer that has set-off a Five-Alarmer with this book and I look forward to many more alarms to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Found this on Book Gorilla on sale. Great characters and dialogue. This is one of those authors I can't understand why I've never heard of before; like Laurence Shamus who writes Key West mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a retired Boston police officer and, for better or worse, I really relate to the characters in this novel. The writing is clean, direct, and the pacing kept me turning pages. I recommend this book to police buffs, or anyone who loves a good thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book awhile ago but am only just getting to write a review. This is terrific first novel. Great dialogue. Very gritty. Very real. I was afraid it would be another homogenized cop book, but Fitzsimmons gives us his unique characters warts and all. I highly recommend this book.
michael1957 More than 1 year ago
The author was a cop in New York's South Bronx. He writes from experience. This is a real page turner. Hardly put this book down until the finish. Really enjoyed it.
Pagemeister More than 1 year ago
Fitzsimmons, "Confessions" was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. If you don't put it on your summer reading list you'll deserve to roast in Purgatory, whether you're a Catholic or not.
LAUR88 More than 1 year ago
"Confessions of a Catholic Cop" captured my attention in the first chapter. Being that I am on the other side of the country, it was so interesting to read a book that explained the Bronx policing experience so accurately! Fitzsimmon's writing allows you to connect to the character's, who each resonate authenticity. I especially loved his engaging way of storytelling. I cannot wait for his next novel - clearly he has a long, successful career ahead of him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Very sexy writing. Thomas Fitzsimmons knows how to appeal to female readers. He gets inside womens' heads - and creates some insanely appealable female characters.
Shannyn917 More than 1 year ago
"Confessions of a Catholic Cop" had my attention from the very first paragraph and had me engrossed until the very last word. The book is filled with twists and turns as well as interesting and varied characters. Fitzsimmons tells an outstanding story that will give you a candid insight of what greed can do to the human psyche in some, creating an insatiable appetite for money and lack of even an iota of compassion for others -- in contrast to the fearless determination and courage it takes in others to halt the bloodshed of innocent lives -- an equally insatiable appetite. At the same time, the author intermingled wit and humor in addition to a touch of romance into this genuinely enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the author's second book "Confessions of a Suicidal Policewoman" first but still found this book intriguing. This a gritty, real life feel  to it. The R.J. Gold character HAS to be "The Donald" Trump himself.
SanDiegoBob More than 1 year ago
Excellent. I have read this book several times over the past year and still enjoy it--it's a comfort read. I feel like I know the believable characters. Love the real world dialogue and interesting story line.
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NYC83 More than 1 year ago
"Confessions of a Catholic Cop" is a powerful, page-turning thriller about love, trust and the search for true identity. The story delves into the dark and dangerous streets of New York City's South Bronx, where NYPD cop Michael Beckett and writer Solana Ortiz uncover a trail of corruption that leads to some of the City's most powerful people. Author Thomas Fitzsimmons, a former NYPD cop who worked in the precinct where the book is set, has the unique ability to put you into the storyline, making you feel like you are taking part in the action. His vivid storytelling comes from years of living what he writes - and it makes for an exciting and excellent story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a thriller, a love story or just loves to read. I can't wait for book #2!
KC1961 More than 1 year ago
Thrilling. A great read. Couldn't put it down!
JMBronxCop More than 1 year ago
Just finished Confessions of a Catholic Cop. Couldn't put it down. Fitzsimmons keeps you on the edge all the way. I highly recommend it.
Tom_Counihan More than 1 year ago
Thomas Fitzsimmons knows what he's writing about. This book grips the soul of the city and the dialogue burns right off the page - tough, hard and to the point with a rare and tender center. The book is a confession from the heart of a cop who isn't afraid to tell it like it is. I loved the cover - a nice streak of blasphemy, the mix of the gun and the church. Are there any more stories to tell? I'm up for it.
BronxAngelReview More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Mr. Fitzsimmons character Michael Beckett reminds me of Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher - they're no-nonsense detectives who don't mince words and have a location in Los Angeles and New York. "City of Fire" is an authentic and exciting read. I will DEFINITELY start buying Mr. Fitzsimmons books as they come out. This is the FIRST time I've ever reviewed a book since I enjoyed it so very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife told me I'd like the book. She was right. I read it in two days. The book has a non-fiction quality to it. I think I recognized a few named-changed personalities. Donald Trump for one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It's obvious the author is the real-deal. The partnership relationship is so authentic, the ending choked me up. It's gonna make one heck of a movie.
Colbsterman More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining!! Read over the weekend...could not put down! My wife was so impressed that I would not stop reading, "Confessions of a Cathlic Cop", that she recommended the book for her book club of 14 ladies! Very exciting story....A MUST READ FOR ALL! Thomas, you hit this out of the ball park....thank you again for an excellent read. Can't wait until your next book comes out! Dave Olympia, WA