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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A Dublin reporter is on a mission to find the murderer of an honest politician and close friend. A Boston lawyer is hired to dig up dirt on a conniving Irish competitor. When the two collide at a famous County Kerry castle and discover their mutual interests, the ensuing game plan is more Pink Panther than Hercule Poirot.
Ace trial lawyer Victor Black's consummate skills may not guarantee a just result in the courtroom, but he is sure to find the justice he seeks elsewhere.
When a treasure hunting vessel blows up off Marconi Beach on Cape Cod, locals suspect the little brother.
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.
Diary of a Small Fish
An ex-politician's golf and dining habits lead him into a confrontation with a prosecutor with a grudge. George V. Higgins meets Christopher Buckley.
A collection of short stories involving abandonment, grief, loss, and betrayal
Giving It Away
A small town Maine couple learn surprising lessons about their friends and neighbors when their anonymous charity is treated with resentment.
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Smashwords book reviews by Pete Morin
- All I Want
on April 23, 2011
Another brilliantly crafted piece from Shayne Parkinson. Once more, she demonstrates the perfect balance of craft and creativity and her understanding of the human soul.
- Austin Nights
on July 04, 2011
Sometimes I feel that the best literary fiction is where nothing much happens and everybody feels deeply about it. Put another way, literary fiction is where all of the action is between the head and heart.
However one defines it, I aver emphatically that Austin Nights is the best work of literary fiction I have read in several years.
Michael Davidson, the author, relates through Michael Davidson, the hero, a view of the world that is unique, innocent, obsessive, without cynicism and tragicomic. He does it with prose that makes you stop and re-read, not for meaning but for the simple pleasure of it.
This novel, where nothing much happens, will have a profound emotional effect on you. I feel guilty paying only .99 for it.
And this is Exhibit A in the failure of traditional publishing to spot genius.
- Peril: A Ger Mayes Thriller
on July 25, 2011
Ruby Barnes is a very funny man. The anti-hero of Peril, Ger Mayes, is a scoundrel, a lovable rogue, a thoroughly incompetent reprobate whose cavalcade of tribulations goes from ridiculous to hopeless. This is a rollicking good read that guarantees to entertain.
Barnes is in the fine tradition of Irish storytellers.