I have been a "Dobbyn" fan since reading his first short story, and he has never disappointed. But "Black Diamond" puts Dobbyn in the winner's circle, and he's destined to be a fixture there. Right out of the gate, Dobbyn has you on the edge of your seat, and there's no relief until the dramatic finish line. From the gripping opening to the final scene, Dobbyn is always one step ahead, building plot upon plot with every remarkable character he introduces. I wanted every character in every scene! Dobbyn must have been a one-time lawyer, jockey, IRA fighter, family man . . . and even "thug" . . . to paint such vivid characters! And as for the main characters--Michael Knight and Lex Devlin--I almost want to travel to Boston in the hope that I might find them there and just tag along! I am hooked on this dynamic duo, and I cannot wait to follow them on whatever white-knuckled adventure Dobbyn has in store for them next!
The true testimony of Dobbyn's mastery is that I found myself reading out loud with Boston and Irish accents! And in so many books, I find myself flaking the remaining pages to feel satisfied that I am getting closer to the end, but in all three of Dobbyn's masterpieces, there was a sense of dread as the final page came racing toward me because I truly did not want it to end! I just wanted more pages to turn! Rare is the writer that instills such a constant rush until the final dramatic piece fits into place. Dobbyn writes on another level. And he does it with unique style and grace, without gratuitous violence or excessive vulgarity. Dobbyn is old school with modern flavor, and it works. I love it!
"Black Diamond" is a wild nail-biter from beginning to end. I don't know what is next for Michael Knight and Lex Devlin, but I am so anxious to find out! Let someone else teach the law students, Mr. Dobbyn! You just keep writing!