The reviews below were for the first version of Redemption Mountain, a print-on-demand publication entitled The Pie Man, which came out in 2009. Reviews were taken from Amazon and other on-line sources.

I am an active book club member and end up reading books that truthfully aren’t very good. The Pie Man by Gerry Fitzgerald is the real deal! It is rich with characters who you really care about, and a plot that keeps you totally involved. It was a large book, but so well written that I read it in no time. Part of the ending was shocking, but had a real WOW factor. I didn’t want the story to end! As I was reading the book it actually played like a movie in my mind. I agree with other reviewers that it would make a great film. Bravo to the author for his remarkable debut novel. Maryanne Goulart, Westport, MA

The Pie Man is an outstanding literary first effort. The author illustrates a mastery of several diverse subjects, interweaving them into a very readable, intriguing tale of love, heartache, and the triumph of ethics over the exploitive appetites of corporate greed. Remarkably rich character development allows the reader to deeply experience a range of attachments and emotions – from the eminently lovable, to the thoroughly despicable. The author effectively employs humor, and has a wonderful command of language, allowing scenes to vividly come to life, and leaving the reader no choice but to rejoice at the unlikely good fortune of the underdog. Invariably, chapters end in a manner that vaguely but cleverly hint at what’s to come, preventing the reader from inserting the bookmark and getting to bed! The novel teases the reader into predicting the outcome, then amending that prediction; but the story eventually concludes in a fashion that defies prediction. Oh yes, and if you don’t absolutely fall in love with the Pie Man himself, you’re likely incapable of falling in love! Kevin McCullough, Wrentham, MA

I just finished The Pie Man and feel lost without these characters in my life. I love a book like this that stays with me long after the read is over. The story line kept me wondering and hoping for different outcomes and the author doesn’t disappoint by being predictable. I was involved with each of the characters and was left wishing for more. What a fascinating culture and industry I learned about all the while being so entertained, I couldn’t put it down. Gail Mathes, Port St. Lucie, FL

This book was sent to me by a friend. I usually like to select my own reads but I thought I’d honor the gift. This is one of the best books I have read in years and I read quite a bit. You won’t be sorry for buying this book. The characters become your friends and when you finish the book you don’t want your friends to leave. A real winner. Frank Towers, Roxbury, NY

One of the best stories I have read this year! I didn’t want the story to end…at least not the way it did…even though I knew that it would. Each chapter kept me coming back for more, even the ending. I felt each person’s feelings as the story progressed. I fell in love with Pie Man and felt such sorrow for Charlie and Natty and what the outcome of their relationship would produce. When I bought the book I thought that it would bore me with technical terms about the coal mining industry, not so, the writer kept my interest in both the mining and especially in each of the character’s lives and how the strip mining effected them. A wonderful read, I hope it’s enjoyed by many readers young and old. Y. Taylor, Holyoke, MA

“The Pie Man,” written by Gerry FitzGerald, tells a beautiful story of love, soccer and, like most books of the area, coal. His descriptions are well worded and thought out, and he paints a fantastic picture in the reader’s mind. “The Pie Man” has a lot of soul, and encompasses the spirit of rural West Virginia.” Reviewed By The Daily Athenaeum, Morgantown, WV

“Gerry FitzGerald, a native of Massachusetts who owns an advertising agency in Springfield, MA, has written “The Pie Man” (, 536 pages, $23.95) one of the best books about West Virginia and the culture of the coal counties that I’ve ever read. It’s a tour de force debut novel that captures the spirit of the Mountain State’s southern coal counties.” Reviewed By David M. Kinchen, West Virginia, Book Critic