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Black Diamond: A Novel (Knight and Devlin Thriller Book 3) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

A native of Boston, John F. Dobbyn has served as a professor of law at Villanova Law School since 1969. He and his wife, Lois, live in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Dobbyn is also the author of Frame-Up.

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  • File Size: 2378 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M1KIJA
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Boston was a wonderful home base. From Boston Latin School to Harvard College, to Boston College Law School, to Harvard Law School, the town afforded a very generous education. Interspersed were three years of directing fighter aircraft in the Air Defense Command of the Air Force, and several years of trial practice as a lawyer. But the heart of our lives from the time I had the good sense to marry Lois has been Villanova Law School as a professor of law. Thirty years ago, I was bitten by a bug for which there is no antidote. I sold a short story to Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine. The magazine went down for the third time, no connection I hope, but I plowed on through a sea of rejection slips until Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine finally accepted a short mystery story. Then they accepted twenty more, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine took another six, before I was ready to assault Everest - i.e., write a novel. Oceanview Publishing became the home for the Michael Knight/Lex Devlin series of Legal thriller/mysteries. NEON DRAGON, wasfollowed by FRAME UP, and BLACK DIAMOND. The fourth, DEADLY DIAMONDS was just released.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Prof. Michael T. Flannery on November 30, 2011
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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!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lobel on December 18, 2011
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Jack Dobbyn combines a knowledge of what its like to live in Boston and uses it to lay out a real page turner involving the legal profession. Although I've been in practice over 40 years, I've never been as involved in legal situations that Michael Knight seems to thrive on and compels the reader to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. I guess at my age, its more fun to read about these murder mysteries than become involved in them. And a fun read it is. I finished the book in one night because I couldn't put it down trying to guess what was coming next. I can't wait until the next one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill McCloskey V.F. on October 27, 2011
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Black Diamond is Dobbyn's best work so far. A real page turner full of mystery and excitement. So many topics are intertwined between Boston and Dublin along with a stimulating cast of characters that you will find it quite difficult to stop reading this pulse throbbing novel.

Bill McCloskey
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By charlie dee on October 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I almost feel guilty giving Black Diamond 5 stars, having given 5 stars to Dobbyn's previous 2 books but he has proven to have the staying power of the master story teller he has become.One can feel the power & strength generated in the fight and racing scenes, as they lept off the pages.The intermingling of international characters, fast becoming a Dobbyn staple, adds spice & zest to the brew.
Dobbyn may have to quit his day job so we can gracefully put Grisham - my other favorite legal author - out to pasture.
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Jack Dobbyn does it again with his new book Black Diamond! Through Jack's writing, you truly feel that you are along for another exciting, dangerous, and fun ride with the lead character Michael Knight, a lawyer who can get himself and his clients out of any sticky situation (which is fine by me, as it's fiction and makes for a fun read). I greatly enjoyed the characters, the settings of Boston, Suffolk Downs and Ireland, the intrigue, the suspense, the humor and the fun metaphors used throughout the book. I also learned a lot about horse breeding and racing, Ireland and the history of the IRA - making the book an educational read as well! I look forward to Jack's next book, and Michael's next big case and adventure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John on January 2, 2012
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Black Diamond combines scenes from the streets of Boston and Dublin with the pace and excitement of a thoroughbred horse race. If you enjoy the paddock and the pub, this thriller will take you on an extraordinary ride. Jack Dobbyn has honed his story-telling skills and infused his latest Michael Knight and Lex Devlin adventure with realism and complexity that will leave his readers eager for more.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AR on November 22, 2012
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I wasn't excited by this book. I only read it because it pertains to horse racing. The plot is fairly predictable, the writing is okay...it is only the first book read by this author so it is hard to judge. If anyone asks me to recommend a book, I would not mention this read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zon Alum on December 14, 2012
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I've read much better books that are not as well reviewed as this one. I found the themes and characters to be generic, gratuitous and contrived. There are over 100 law schools in the country
... 6 or 7 in Boston...but of course he went to Harvard. And a Harvard grad who practices criminal law? Mmm what was the point of his supposed Puerto Rican background? Oh and he's a jazz musician too? All this and he's only 29? And of course the prosecutor calls him "kid." And all those stereotypical Irish names....I don't mean to be insulting but it really reads like an amateur or a novel written for 14-year-olds.
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