Monday, December 1, 2014

Full Irish / Pete Morin & Susanne O’Leary

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Approximate word count: 65-70,000 words

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An attorney and former politician (he served three terms in the Massachusetts Legislature), Pete Morin lives on the coast south of Boston. When he isn’t writing or working in his law practice, you’ll sometimes find Morin hanging out with his guitar in Boston’s blues bars. Morin has one previous novel, Diary of a Small Fish, and a short story collection, also available. For more, visit his website.

A native of Sweden, Susanne O’Leary has spent most of her adult life as a globetrotter, moving from country to country with her husband, a former Irish diplomat. They’ve now settled in Ireland where O’Leary writes in many genres including chick-lit, women’s fiction (both historical and contemporary), mystery, and now a thriller. For more, visit O’Leary’s blog.


“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.”


If you like political thrillers, as I do, Full Irish fills the bill well. Nicely plotted, with action happening on both sides of the pond in Boston and Ireland, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing at who can be trusted.

I especially liked the main characters with Paul Forté as the honest man, trying to operate in the shark-infested waters of Boston politics, and Finola McGee, the Irish reporter. Plenty of tension, but with occasional doses of humor to lighten things up, Full Irish was a fun read.


Adult language.

Although apparently the characters Paul and Shannon Forté originated in Morin’s first novel, this book can be read as a standalone. I never felt that I was missing anything about the past of the Fortés by not having read Morin’s debut novel.

Format/Typo Issues:

My review is based on a pre-release beta version and I’m unable to judge the final product in this area.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

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