Friday, 30 March 2012

Diary of a Small Fish - review

The small fish in question, Paul Forte, is a quick-witted master of the funny line. He is also, like the author, a lawyer. Recently divorced, and still grieving over the sudden death of his parents, his life takes an unexpectedly sinister turn when he finds himself facing criminal charges over a few (okay, more than a few) games of golf with friends who happen to be lobbyists. Forte loves golf, it’s his passion, but it’s about to bring him down because prosecutor Bernard Kilroy has the Attorney General post in his sights and intends to use Forte’s trial as his vehicle to gaining the position.

Running through the storyline as a secondary thread is Forte's attempt to love again, but this brings still more difficulties into his already overcomplicated life.

As the book progresses, we find out that Forte has been deliberately targeted and why, all of which adds to the complexity of the tale.

The first few pages didn’t hook me as much as the rest of the novel. For me, Morin overloads the opening with too much legal jargon and political scene setting. Fortunately, he soon moves into the heart of the story, which is a great read.

The characters are well drawn and credible. Paul Forte, the narrator of the story, is inherently likeable, so much so that I was rooting for him to find a way out of his legal troubles, get the girl and live happily ever after. Did he? You’ll have to read the book to find out.


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