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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466255277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466255272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,258,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not a good person to watch television with. I guess the plot. I mock the characters. I add a layer of double entendre to the angsty part of the dialogue. I’ve been told sitting that next to me during an episode of Nashville is a to live through a newly-found circle of Dante’s Inferno.

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.
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This one has it all. Take the most wonderful book you've ever read X 10 and you have "Diary of a Small Fish." This one barely stops to let you catch your breath. Pete Morin's debut novel hits every note on the keyboard. You have no idea what's happening next which drives his protagonist to spend many sleepless nights banished from his girlfriend's bedroom. Now you have a bogus trial that drags on for over a year; he's headed for jail; months of worry come true for being charged by the First Assistant District Attorney of Boston. What's the beef? Former Massachusetts state legislator Paul Forte is charged by a ruthless prosecutor for receiving reciprocal gifts at the clubhouse. It's a history-changing payback that makes no sense until a brilliant PI, teaming up with the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service and the United States Justice System join forces to make a dramatic call. The story is brilliantly peppered with good buddy stories for both sexes; a loving ex-wife and a sizzling new flame meet face to face; a tragedy that will leave you in tears and a courtroom battle that is disturbing. Every emotion you have will be tested by this book. If they make this into a movie (and they should), you'll laugh, cry, cheer; it will be the best date night movie ever. This is one book you won't forget. Hope to hear more from the ingenious Pete Morin. His future is rock solid. P.S. If this isn't the best "feel good" book you've ever read, give it to a friend; they'll love you for it!
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I loved the book. Wonderful prose and metaphors. It correctly depicted how the "legal system" is often criminal itself and can be used as a vendetta.

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.
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I won’t go into details of the plot since many of the reviewers have done this already. I will say that I originally received book 3 (Half Irish) in the series for free in exchange for an honest review (via Book Explosions review site on GoodReads) and enjoyed it so much that I purchased this book (book 1) and Full Irish (book 2). I’d recommend reading them in order, but they can be read as stand-alone novels as well.

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.
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I really enjoyed this story. Well written and was grateful for no murders, and no overly explicit sex scenes. You will be rooting for Paul as he seems to be being railroaded for his love of golf.
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At one level this is a great 5 Star book, the kind everybody likes and tells their friends about and uses to shut up the nitwits who say indie authors can't be as good as the "real" ones. Maybe that's enough to say.
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.
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