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The Confession of Joe Cullen

(1988)
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Publisher's Weekly
The prolific novelist ( The Pledge ) weighs in with his 46th book, a crime thriller-cum-political allegory. Mel Freedman, Jewish police lieutenant in a largely Catholic/black New York City precinct house, and his Puerto Rican sidekick, Ramos, stumble onto what looks like a Washington-run cocaine-smuggling operation in Central America. Their tip-off is Joe Cullen--Vietnam vet, pilot-for-hire and guilt-ridden Catholic--who saw a priest thrown out of a helicopter in Honduras. After more murders, Cullen flees the N.Y.C. police, who want him as a suspect; he's also evading the drug cabal which may include an army colonel who resembles Oliver North and a multimillionaire WASP society figure. This tough-guy tale has a soft heart: Freedman dates his ex-wife; a pretty assistant D.A. falls head-over-heels for fugitive Cullen. Although the characters at times resemble props in a morality play and the plot is schematic, Fast's grimly chilling fa ble delivers a resounding message about the decline of America's values, its corrupt leaders and the duplicity of a U.S. government that, clandestinely or openly, supports death squads and dictators in Latin America.

Library Journal
Joe Cullen makes more than one confession: to the police, to a priest, and to a hooker. The confession concerns the death of a priest in Honduras, and the details weave a startling web of intrigue involving the CIA and the Feds trading guns to the Contras for cocaine. When the hooker and the priest confessed to are killed, Lieutenant Freedman of the New York City Police involves himself in tracking down the brains behind the whole scheme. While this fast-moving story succeeds on the level of a thriller, there is also substantive probing into guilt and mysticism in Catholicism. An unexpected and welcome book from the author of April Morning ( LJ 4/1/61) and many other well-known works. Highly recommended.-- Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown and Mahoning Cty . P.L., Ohio

 
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Hardback Editions

January 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: The Confession of Joe Cullen
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-517-07943-7 / 978-0-517-07943-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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January 1991 : UK Hardback
Title: Confession of Joe Cullen (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-86220-401-1 / 978-0-86220-401-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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November 1990 : USA Hardback
Title: The Confession of Joe Cullen (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-8161-4954-2 / 978-0-8161-4954-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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January 1990 : UK Hardback
Title: The Confession of Joe Cullen
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-340-51076-5 / 978-0-340-51076-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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November 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: Confession of Joe Cullen
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-395-50936-X / 978-0-395-50936-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T)
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Paperback Editions

November 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: The Confession of Joe Cullen (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-340-53067-7 / 978-0-340-53067-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Coronet Books
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June 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Confession of Joe Cullen
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-340-53068-5 / 978-0-340-53068-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Coronet Books
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May 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Confession of Joe Cullen, The
Author(s): Howard Fast
ISBN: 0-440-20669-3 / 978-0-440-20669-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Confession of Joe Cullen
Author(s): Howard Fast
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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