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Diary of a Small Fish Paperback – October 6, 2011
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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.
The mention of paying an attorney $750 an hour? Obscene. What makes attorneys think they are "worth" so much money, even if they're charging much less than $750 an hour. Shear arrogance. Many of them are ignorant about the case they're hired to defend/prosecute, but unless one does his own legal research, he won't be aware of the fact and will pay the lawyer big bucks to lose the case for him.
I loved Mr. Morin's use of Connah Stoah...Boston accent for Corner Store.
There are a few punctuation errors/proofreading errors, and there are several misuses of the very "to lay," such as "...she laid on her back." The past tense of the verb "to lay" always requires a direct object.
At the end he mentions youwriteon.org but it is .com.
I offer just a few corrections for a wonderful book.
This book is the introduction to attorney Paul Forte and a cast of repeating characters that play large rolls in the subsequent novels. The plot is great, well written and fast paced. If you enjoy a good legal thriller/mystery, this series is for you.
But there's another level--let's call it the anal literary level--where it falls pretty flat. And it's a shame, because it might have been why this book is indie published, instead of appearing in a Barnes and Noble near you. Most readers probably don't notice it because it's a fun book: very well-written, full of inside knowledge, packed with humor, and highly ingratiating.
Let's start off with why it's such a cool book that you'll almost certainly like a lot. The main asset is Paul Forté--leading man, narrator, and pretty obviously "auteur a clef". And character sketch of Forté would coincide very closely with a bio blurb of Morin. Not really robbing Peter to pay Paul, but a strong dimension in why the book works so well: Morin is a great guy with an effortlessly engaging manner that moves us through the story on Teflon bearings. To include the experience in courtroom, legislature, lobbies, and golf courses that informs the novel... and the late father who is so obviously a major influence and benefactor of both.
The narrative voice is the other main asset: Morin slides seamlessly from simplifying legal thickets in lay/human terms to an elegant and easygoing traction with dialogue and exposition, to just the right soupcon of profanity, slang, musical references, and wit. (One example I liked, he's arrested by a Marshall named Tucker). Basically, it's a joy to read without stumbling blocks or speedbumps.
Then we have a guy being trapped into Federal indictment for playing golf and living it up--with food and drink richly named and savored.Read more ›
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It took me awhile to get into this book and get a feeling for the characters but once I did it was a really good legal thriller. Characters came to life and I enjoyed it.Published 2 months ago by a morgan
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I only gave this 2-stars instead of 1 because I actually made it through the entire book. Somehow. I found it extremely repetitive and totally beyond me with all the boring golf... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Luvs2Read