A Boston-Irish Crime Trio
In 2011, Pete Morin published his first legal crime novel, Diary of a Small Fish. Following the success of this book, Pete asked me to co-write another crime novel, and we had no problem finding a suitable hero- Paul Forté, the likable main character of his first book. This time, in the book that was to become Full Irish, the plot links Boston and Ireland in a corruption scandal that takes Paul, Shannon and the Irish reporter Finola, , on a wild chase around Ireland, bouncing back and forth across the pond.
This was so much fun to write that we decided to create a second Boston-Irish story with the title Half Irish- equally full of mayhem and political shenanigans.
As a result of our efforts, laughs and a little bit of good-humored bickering, we have this trilogy-or triptych- to offer lovers of legal/political suspense stories. Although each book is a stand-alone story, they are linked by the main character of the first book. Below you will find a short description of each book and links to the e-book store of your choice.
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. THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY FREE.
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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.
Full Irish marks the return of Paul Forté and his wife, Shannon, and the introduction of Finola McGee. In a sometimes madcap, sometimes dark adventure, Shannon lands a blow against lecherous politicians, McGee shows off her pole dancing prowess, an Anglo-Irish butler turns double-agent, and the zygomatic bone takes disproportionate abuse. But can the trio unravel the web of conspiracy stretching from the back corridors of Leinster House to the polished inner sanctum of the Massachusetts Senate?
Against the backdrop of the windswept west coast of Ireland and the watering holes of Dublin and Boston, Full Irish exposes a rivalry that goes to the very heart of politics.
When an immigrant Irish roofer plummets to his death from a South Boston building, lawyer Paul Forte steps in to settle the man’s presumably meager estate, as a favor to his friend, Dublin reporter Finola McGee. A routine probate matter, he thought, until he discovers the penthouse condo, the top-of-the-line Harley and credit card statements reflecting a fondness for Las Vegas.
In Ireland, Finola’s human interest story about the tragedy prompts several Irish widows to inform her of similar accidents in the States. In each case, the laborers had been beneficiaries of CRAIC, an Irish “charity” run by ex-politician Finbarr Murphy; their lives had been insured for substantial amounts; and their widows did not receive what they were due.
When insidious political forces (and a little blackmail) impel her editor to silence her, Finola smells another big story. She is convinced CRAIC is another word for scam.
As Paul and Finola team up once again to plumb the depths of Irish treachery, secrets are divulged, privileges violated, punches thrown, loyalties shredded and bombs ignited; but it takes a meddling amateur to unmask the saboteur.
I’d like to add that co-writing these two legal/political thrillers was a tremendously enjoyable experience. I hope the fun we had spilled into the stories. I’ll end with a big thank you to Pete for asking me to co-write with him.