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Diary of a Small Fish Paperback – October 6, 2011
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About the Author
Pete Morin has been a trial attorney, a politician, a bureaucrat, a lobbyist, and now writes crime fiction and legal mumbo jumbo. His short fiction has appeared in NEEDLE, A Magazine of Noir, Words With Jam, 100 Stories for Haiti, and Words to Music. When he is not writing, Pete plays blues guitar in Boston bars, and on increasingly rare occasion, plays a round of golf. He lives in a money pit on the seacoast south of Boston, in an area once known as the Irish Riviera. Pete is represented by Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency.
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I add the same obnoxious commentary when I read a book, and came to Pete Morin’s Diary of a Small Fish, assuming I’d soon be adding a subtext of snarkiness that Pete Morin never intended.
But I didn’t. Because I couldn’t. Diary of a Small Fish is well-written, fun, and oddly-moving.
Paul D. Forte, heir to a large fortune who plays an “obscene amount of golf” and is the head counsel for the Boston MBTA, is first subpoenaed and then indicted for, well, playing to much golf on a lobbyist’s dime. Along the way, he falls in love, grieves his father’s death, and takes care of his ex-wife. Sob story, I know.
Morin, in his debut novel, has done an admirable job of writing protagonist better suited for a romance novel—Paul Forte is wealthy, handsome, and well-bred, with a depth and vulnerability that makes Paul likeable despite. As a reader, I rooted for the guy although I knew the man his problems were self-induced. Although the secondary characters don’t have much depth (and this may be because they don’t really need to), the novel’s plot and pace are such that I not only understood the legal fine points that drive the novel, but also enjoyed their presence.
I recommend this book unreservedly. It’s one of the best books I’ve read all year.
However, the narrator / protagonist gets a few hits along the way including being tried as a federal felon for simply doing business as usual. As the course of the legal story moves on, he acquires a rather bizarre girlfriend and must call on people from his former life as a legislator to get him out.
This is what made the story for me. The evolution of a character that I cared nothing about into one who I was rooting for as the trial came to a head. We get introduced to a rather large ensemble that are interesting and worth the time getting to know them. Then his ex-wife comes back on the scene but in an unexpected way with an unexpected settlement to her arc.
Overall, a nicely paced legal thriller with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
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