How Long is a Piece of Rope: Diary of a Small Fish
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.
So what does Pete make of crime fiction’s burningest of burning questions?
1. Diary of a Small Fish is way better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, but one day I’d really like to be as good as a 25 year old single malt.
2. You will just love my book if you enjoyed anything by Chris Buckley or George V. Higgins, but if you’re a fan of Phyllis Schlafly, steer well clear.
3. Nothing but trouble comes from the barrel of a gun.
4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where does Diary of a Small Fish fit into the spectrum?
Answer: The thrust of Small Fish is that a man gets indicted by a federal grand jury for eating osso buco and drinking martinis. Almost everything dramatic that occurs is preceded by a great meal. Reflecting on the question makes me realize that almost everything I’ve ever written has food in it. Nothing junky, either. Unless you count Tiramisu.
I’m in tune with the words of Ogden Nash.
5. How would it affect the direction DOSF takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?
Oddly, the title of Chapter 7 is “Gourmet Blubbering, Gourmet Delight.” Dinner at a Providence Italian bistro with the ex-wife, late dinner at a Boston South End bistro with the new squeeze. So it’d just be one damn long dinner show.
6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?
Definitely out at the sea. My inner thoughts scare the crap out of me.
7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?
I yo-yo back and forth. On the current WIP, I wrote the last paragraph, like an anchor, and I’ve been slowly pulling the boat toward it.
8. A great villain or a great hero?
Hero, for sure. But villains are easier.
9. DOSF will change the way a reader looks at steamed clams.
10. How long is a piece of rope?
Depends. What’s your neck size?