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Author: Solomon Jones
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Having come of age on the mob-controlled streets of 1960’s South Philly, Detective Mike Coletti learned early to walk the fine line between cops and criminals. That skill served him well during his thirty-one years in homicide. But it never stopped the nightmares. The screams in the sanctuary still haunt him, the sound of the gunshots still torment him, and the truth of the Confessional Murders still speaks to him, if only in his dreams. Now, on the eve of Coletti’s retirement, the priest whom he arrested for the decade-old crime is about to be put to death, and in one final nightmare, Coletti clearly sees the truth. The priest is innocent, and it all comes to light when the real killer reemerges and embarks on a killing spree that turns Philadelphia upside down. To set things right and stop the execution of an innocent man, Coletti must catch a mysterious killer who now calls himself the Angel of Death. As the chase winds through art galleries and gritty streets, ancient prophecies and holy ground, the game intensifies, cultures collide, and Philly’s best detective is forced to face his nightmarish past—a past that could very well destroy him.
Haggard, hard-edged, combative, and a loner, Philadelphia PD Detective Mike Coletti has been haunted for a decade by a recurring dream of the shotgun slaughter of three people in a Catholic church. It was his case, and a priest was convicted of the murders based on solid forensic evidence, but his dream tells him that the Angel of Death was responsible—and that the priest, on death row, is innocent. Mere weeks before Coletti’s retirement, the seemingly preternatural Angel of Death appears and declares war on Coletti and the city. The Last Confession starts with a bang and doesn’t let up, but Jones, a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, also manages to develop a cadre of complex characters and a knowing, compelling, tragic, and ultimately loving portrait of his city. The surprise ending will indeed surprise, but it may strain credulity, too. That said, many readers who finish this thriller will seek out Jones’ three previous novels about cops, crime, and life in the City of Brotherly Love. --Thomas Gaughan