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Confessions (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ryne Douglas Pearson

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Présentation de l'éditeur

 
Knowing screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson brings to life a novel of vengeance, revelation, and redemption.
 
Three shots. Two killers. One secret that must be kept.
 
Five years after his sister, Katie, was murdered, Chicago Police Chaplain Father Michael Jerome has moved on with his life. But he has never forgotten that terrible time. Has never stopped wondering who killed her.
 
And why.
 
When a dying criminal's confession points Michael toward answers to these questions, he embarks on a journey of discovery that takes him from the halls of Congress to death row at an Indiana prison, and ultimately leads him to Christine Wheeler. A friend from his sister's past, she expresses doubts about the circumstances of Katie's murder. Doubts that force Michael down a path where revelations shatter a lifetime of illusions held about those closest to him, and uncover a web of deceit crafted to keep a dark truth from ever being known.
 
But every secret he uncovers, every lie he unravels, leads him to realize that someone is desperate for the past to stay buried.

Biographie de l'auteur

Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. 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 Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Editeur : Schmuck & Underwood (15 novembre 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004CFB86E
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Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions. 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. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America-West, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

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 Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thriller with both brains and heart 8 janvier 2011
Par Kathleen Valentine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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. In describing his feelings at having to revisit the agony of his sister's death he says, "I have tried to bury that time. To lay a veneer over memory that, on occasion, has allowed snippets to invade my consciousness. Now the thin skin of manufactured self deceit has been shredded, and what was, is again."

Pearson's ability to write exquisite prose with an economy of language elevates what could be a darn-good crime novel into the realm of literary fiction in which the central character takes not only through the increasingly mind-numbing realities of what has happened but also invites us in to his own growing pain, fearfulness, anger, frustration, and sense of betrayal. He discovers that he knew very little about the beloved sister whose loss has been a constant pain in his life. He discovers an anger and a violence in himself that shakes his belief in who he is both as a priest and as a man. Ultimately, as the final, bitter truth is revealed he also discovered that he and he alone was the one who did not know what happened. He had imagined himself the protector, the comforter, and the solace of the people he loved when, in fact, he was the last to know.

Because I recently wrote a novel about a good priest in a bad situation (Each Angel Burns) I was particularly mesmerized by Pearson's creation of Fr. Jerome and I was impressed with how believable I found him. Writing about good clergy is difficult because the average reader often does not understand the thin line between transcendent Faith and contact with brutal reality that most clerics walk. When Fr. Jerome is at home in the rectory where he lives with his fellow priests we see the poignancy of their lives - vegging out in front of television programs with a chocolate bar, an old priest who drinks himself to sleep so as not dream of the horrors he witnessed as a missionary in Rwanda, the tentative attempts of brother priests to guard one another from "near occasions of sin". When Fr. Jerome encounters Christine, his sister's best friend from childhood, we see him struggle with his increasing feelings toward her, questioning whether they are nostalgia, situational, or real.

One of the things I most appreciate about Pearson's story is his avoidance of nearly every cliché imaginable. So often it would have been easy to add a cheap thrill to the storyline that he deftly side-stepped By the end of the story I found myself aching for this man who had lived his whole life trying to be good, honorable, and of service, discovering that he no longer knew who he was or whether he could rely on what he once cherished.

As readers of this blog know, I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke whose character Dave Robicheaux I find one of the most complex and fascinating in contemporary American literature. Fr. Michael Jerome could be another such character. This is a beautifully crafted book that I recommend to anyone who wants a thriller with both brains and heart.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Would make a good movie 10 mars 2011
Par DFH - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A deep & engaging mystery 31 mars 2011
Par Ellie Ann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
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 mystery...it is also a deep and moving story about confession, forgiveness, and grief. Highly recommended.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Priests usually have better grammar 24 décembre 2011
Par Amanda Burke - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good...with a few maddening flaws 17 février 2011
Par cait - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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.
Sometime small mistakes of an author just jump out and annoy me to no end. I am a Catholic. I assume Mr. Douglas is not..or was just a bit careless in his "priest stuff". A priest 'says' Mass, or celebrates Mass, he does not 'do' Mass. Never heard it said. And then most Catholics, unless they are trying to make some sort of point, capitalize the word Mass...it is not 'mass'. When a priest exits the church from the altar at the end of Mass, the dismissal, he would be, as the celebrant, always the last in the procession, after the altar server and readers or deacons, not in the front as the author writes it. OK, those mistakes, little mistakes, just drive me nuts. Authors, get an expert to read the book before it is publish and find these things..please.

There is the whole 'seal of the confessional' thing. For those of you who are not familiar with Catholic beliefs, let me explain. What you tell a priest in the sacrament of confession is secret. Big time secret. Go to prison secret, go to your death secret...and there are priests throughout history who have in fact been killed rather than reveal what someone told them in a confession. Yes, it is that serious, that sacred an obligation. Yes, there may be a priest or two who has broken that obligation but it is rare, very rare. But poor Father Mike spills the beans, and to the most unsuitable person IMHO, in his journey to solve the mystery of his sister's death, so quickly, so easily, that my head was spinning.
Really Mike..just like that? And worse, he is not seemingly that upset about it. But then honestly, Father Mike does not seem like a very spiritual man. Maybe he should have been a cop like his dad.
Then there was the ending. The epilogue as it were, not the end of the mystery, which was a shocking surprise. Father Mike's world has been shaken to the core. I get that. But how he handles it is so cliche, so 'easy', that I was disappointed. Ok, enough of my 'issues'. I am sorry. Things like that just drive me nuts.

Now, the good and a great deal of good there is. First of all, Mr. Pearson is a lovely writer. Sometimes his prose is just so beautiful that it really makes this book rise above a common thriller. Very nice.
The characters are all very good, very believable and Father Mike is very easy to identify with as his world starts to crumble. Even when I found him a bit annoying, he is believable. And the story..the story is very good. So good that I read the book straight through in one day because I just had to know what happened. There is one aspect of the mystery that I guessed but an ending that I did not see coming. Gosh. Very good and, when explained, believable.
As I said, Mr. Douglas is a very good writer and I look forward to checking out some of the other books he has written in the future. In the meantime, Confessions is one I would recommend.
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