I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. Legal thrillers with a good dose of backdoor political maneuvering. What really makes this story shine is the dialog. I adored it from start to finish. Had some wonderful smart butt stuff thrown in for good measure. The plot moves along at a nice clip and you do feel for the ‘small fish’. Hope to see more from this author.
When Paul Forte is indicted by a federal grand jury, everyone suspects prosecutor Bernard (don’t call him “Bernie”) Kilroy has more on his mind than justice. Then the FBI agent in charge of Paul’s case gives him a clue to the mystery: Kilroy is bent on settling an old family score, and he’s not above breaking the law to do it.
Paul is already dealing with the death of his parents and divorce from a woman he still loves. Now, with the support of an alluring grand juror, Paul must expose the vindictive prosecutor’s own corruption before the jury renders a verdict on his Osso Buco.
Pete Morin has been a trial attorney, a politician, a bureaucrat, a lobbyist, and an astute witness of human behavior. He combines them all in his debut novel, Diary of a Small Fish, and his short story collection, Uneasy Living.
Pete’s 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 crime fiction or legal mumbo jumbo, Pete plays blues guitar in Boston bars, enjoys food and wine with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two adult children, 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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