A teenager, Joey “Noonz” Mastronunzio, is forced to participate in a home invasion in Queens leaving a young couple dead and their infant son an orphan.
Although he did not pull the trigger, he is determined to atone for his actions that night by joining the Marines Corps and then joining the seminary after his military service. The baby, Michael Simon, grows up to become an NYPD homicide lieutenant determined to locate and arrest the “guy who got away” from the scene of the murders. When Lieutenant Simon finally discovers the identity of the second perpetrator, he is shocked to learn he has known him most of his life.
What follows is an unlikely alliance between Simon and the Bishop of Brooklyn as they uncover the rampant pedophilia in the Church. Battling threats, intrigue, deception, and murder, the duo comes up against the highest echelons of power in the NYPD and the Church as both institutions desperately seek to keep their records of depravity and coverups from ever being released to the public.
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Several plots and sub-plots are woven together in this excellent novel. The relationship between a Catholic priest and a Jewish-Catholic-atheist cop is key to the story that also highlights similarities between the Catholic Church and NYPD. Character development is amazing as the protagonists and the supporting characters all seem so real that you're sad the story ends (or their lives end) and you must say goodbye.
This author, Henry Hack, really spins an interesting, deeply involved story. Without getting into the "plot," The characters become "real", his knowledge of police procedural, and the personalities of policemen help keep the book believable and interesting. I would recommend this book to all mystery readers.
When I first started reading this I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, and the author. Absolution was riveting in the fact it was very educational about certain issues in the Catholic church. It also showed us a friendship that evolved from a tragedy that spanned years. Then as they both worked together to basically right a wrong, I felt like I was investigating this with them, and helping them to right the wrong. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves crime mysteries. This is my open and honest opinion.