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Black Diamond (Knight and Devlin Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

John Dobbyn
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Book Description

Michael Knight and Lex Devlin agree to defend a jockey accused of murdering a fellow jockey during a race at Boston's Suffolk Downs. Michael's expertise in the machinations of the horse racing game is expected to serve them well. But a personal attachment to the murdered jockey thrusts Michael and Lex into the midst of conflict between Boston's Irish mafia and remnants of the terrorist branch of the Irish Republican Army. Now they are in the crosshairs of both, and the brutality of these combatants knows no bounds. As Michael and Lex uncover layer after layer of deceptions involved in the seamier side of horse racing, they become more dangerous to the gangs. In action that shuttles between Ireland and Boston, the lives of the lawyers as well as those close to them are in the gravest danger and the criminals show no mercy in their quest to put an end to this threat. As their investigation hurtles forward, it could end a wonderful law partnership due to the absence of living partners.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608090221
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 2 edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M1KIJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blanket of 564 Red Roses for Black Diamond! November 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Boston 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! October 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dobbyn 'Gem' 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By C. Belz
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Diamond is a Thoroughbred Winner! January 2, 2012
By John
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for me November 22, 2012
By AR
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Diamond: A Knight and Devlin Thriller December 30, 2012
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The book was good and kept my attention. However, several of the situations did not meet the reality test. Most of the action around the kidnapping were far fetched, There were other places in the story that were a stretch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Third knight/devlin novel, read! Convoluted plot filled with surprises!
Published 7 days ago by Gordon Weeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading this one. Lots of twists.
Published 29 days ago by jb
1.0 out of 5 stars ok story line, poorly executed
Now i know why i got this at a discount. I can't figure out how this turned into a series unless the earlier books were better, but i don't think the author is capable of writing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by EE Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE FOR MORE KNIGHT AND DEVLIN BOOKS!!
I've now read the three books I've found by this author, and I could read his novels forever.

His novels are refreshing, engaging, entertaining, and totally void of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ingrid Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Boston, you will like this
Writing was straightword , decent style , kept my interest. Perhaps the locale made this happen as I know the streets and other areas he wrote about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Franklin's Kindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
I enjoyed this novel, it was a great story woven through some serious plot twists... Again, very enjoyable, thank you!
Published 6 months ago by David Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
Mr. Dobbyn creates a wonderful story concerning a subject that many of us old enough to remember "The Troubles" perhaps have not wanted to think about. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Terri LaClaire
3.0 out of 5 stars My review
The book is about racing horses. But it rambles somewhat .i enjoyed the way it ended . It was a surprise.
Published 7 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reads ever
I never heard of John Dobbyn before this book was offered to me with a Kindle special. I have been burned out on lawyer novels for some time. This one is different . Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Perkerson
4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced...riveting!
My first Knight and Devlin adventure. I must say I was not disappointed and will definitely be back for more. It was fast paced and I could not put down until finished.
Published 8 months ago by MC
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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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