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When a despised hedge fund manager is found murdered in his library, Cape Cod's go-to criminal defense lawyer Raymond Hannah is called upon to save the hide of his stockbroker, Thaddeus Sonnet.

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Published: Feb. 27, 2012
Words: 5,190
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465729163
About Pete Morin

In my adult life, I’ve been a trial attorney, a politician, a bureaucrat, a lobbyist, and (I like to think) an observant witness to human behavior. I’ve tried to combine all of them in my debut novel, Diary of a Small Fish.

My creative writing began at the University of Vermont in the mid-1970’s, where I was very fortunate to have studied under award winning authors David Huddle and T. Alan Broughton. Following college, I pursued a wide-ranging career in law and politics in which I served three terms in the Massachusetts Legislature and two years as general counsel of the MBTA. In what some friends peg a mid-life crisis, I returned to writing fiction in 2007.I now split my time between fiction and law.
My short fiction has appeared in NEEDLE, A Magazine of Noir, Words With Jam, 100 Stories for Haiti, and Words to Music. I republished many of them in a collection titled Uneasy Living.

When I’m not writing crime fiction or practicing law, I play blues guitar in Boston bars, enjoy food and wine with my wife of 28 years, Elizabeth, and our two adult children. On increasingly rare occasions, I play a round of golf. We live in a money pit on the seacoast south of Boston, in an area once known as the Irish Riviera.

I am very lucky to be represented by Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency.

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Review by: Bill Almond on Oct. 25, 2012 : (no rating)
Peter Morin has a casual writing style that allows for the reader to slip into his stories as if they were slipping into the most comfortable pair of sweatpants that they own. He pulls you in and gets the story flowing so that you keep turning the pages anticipating the next twist. This story was fun and fast. Too fast. It was so enjoyable a read and intersting a story I was very disappointed when it ended...it left me wanting so much more of it.

Peter is good at his craft and getting better. His characters are real and the dialogue rings true. I look forward to reading more of Peter's work because it is truly entertainment!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robin Foster on March 21, 2012 : star star star star star
Peter Morin brings a sense of place and deceptively conversational style to this classic set piece of a mystery. Morin's narrator introduces himself through his conversation, actions, and milieu and quickly draws us into his Cape Cod. More bemused than hard-boiled, attorney/narrator Raymond Hannah leads the reader through a human maze, entertains, and solves the mystery in just over 5000 words, all in the interest of getting back to Urano's Trattoria before the osso buco special sells out.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dale T. Phillips on Feb. 29, 2012 : star star star star star
A corker of a classic little mystery tale, with an unlikeable dead guy, his lying and roving wife, and a bunch of suspects with great motives. What sets this apart is the style of the teller, the elan with which he conducts the case and solves the crime. Forced to leave his osso buco to help a friend in trouble, he deftly takes charge like a modern-day Nick Charles. A few days and drinks and questions later, he reveals the murderer. Slick, well-told story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cat Woods on Feb. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
Pete Morin delivers with this short story. Morin's writing is lyrical, witty and full of character. Not to mention all the pieces needed to solve the mystery.

While I wasn't shocked by the outcome, I was pleasantly surprised by the over all depth that came out of a mere 5,000 words.

Well worth my reading time on this drizzly day!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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