Now I haven’t had a chance to read Small Fish in its entirety, yet, but I had the privilege of trading critiques with Pete back when Diary of a Small Fish and Fighting Gravity were young. But what I’ve seen of it, and Pete’s writing in general, I can guarantee you it’s great.
So, here’s the scoop:
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.
Great writing and books aside, Pete himself’s a great guy to know. (Plus he’s got the same name as my favorite character in Fighting Gravity.) If I remember correctly he once sent me an email with the subject “do you mind if” in which the body started “I slap you around a bit.” If you know anything about me, you know that made me die laughing, even as he proceeded to tell me off. (He was right, I might add.)
Here’s his official bio:
Pete Morin has been a trial attorney, a politician, a bureaucrat, a lobbyist, and a witness (voluntary and subpoenaed) to countless outrages. He combines them all in this debut novel.
Pete’s short fiction has appeared in NEEDLE, A Magazine of Noir, Words With Jam, 100 Stories for Haiti, and Words to Music. He published many of them in a collection titled Uneasy Living, available on Amazon and Smashwords.
When he is not writing crime fiction or legal mumbo jumbo, Pete plays blues guitar in Boston bars, enjoys the beach, food and wine with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two adult children, and on rare occasion, punches a fade wedge to a tight pin surrounded by sand or water. 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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