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Black Diamond (Knight and Devlin #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  132 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Oceanview Publishing
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Pascal Marco
Jan 24, 2014 Pascal Marco rated it it was amazing
Black diamond is my first exposure to the great writing if john dobbyn. I think what I liked most about the story is how he seamlessly weaved the two locations of Boston and Ireland as he told his tale of a jockey who is killed while riding his mount right before the finish line...quite an interesting concept I must was it murder? Not having any knowledge of horse racing whatsoever, I especially liked dobbyn's ability to make me feel and understand the locale and characters of a racetra ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
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I was lucky enough to win a copy of Black Diamond through Goodreads, and it proved to be a thrilling read that captured my interest from the very beginning. This book is the first that I have read by Dobbyn, and I definitely don't plan on it being the last especially if there are more books featuring Knight and Devlin. The book begins with a horse race that Michael goes to since his childhood buddy is racing and ends with a mysterious death. The lead suspect shows up on Michael's doorstep wantin ...more
Yvann S
Sep 17, 2011 Yvann S rated it liked it
“To one who starts every day with a double jolt of Starbucks’ caffeine-drenched special, the offer of a cup of tea was like offering tofu to a carnivore.”

Michael’s childhood friend Danny is thrown from his horse during a race and dies of his injuries. A rival jockey, accused of pushing Danny off, comes to Michael’s legal practice for criminal defence. Certain that something bigger is afoot, Michael takes the case, but it is his loyalties to Danny’s wife that cause him the most danger in his ques
Shawn Fairweather
Dec 30, 2011 Shawn Fairweather rated it really liked it
This was a freebie from Goodreads, and an autographed copy ta boot!. I have to say that I was fully engrossed by Mr, Dobbyns work from beginning to end. Nothing challenging here just a smooth roller coaster of a ride for a organized crime/legal thriller if that makes any sense. I had a hard time however dealing with the fact that the main character shared the same name as a David Hasselhoff character for a while, but I got over that eventually. Black Diamond is a thriller based around the underg ...more
Mary Chrapliwy
Sep 01, 2011 Mary Chrapliwy rated it really liked it
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A smart Boston lawyer gets pulled into the underworld of crime, murder, and horse race fixing in the United States and spanning over the ocean into Ireland.

Michael Knight is a young, smart Boston lawyer who witnesses his friend Danny's fall off a horse named Black Diamond in a race at a race track that is more like a second home to him. Dobbyn skillfully weaves back story into this novel that illuminates why Michael and his friend Danny are involved with the track and how they both succeeded in
Apr 05, 2016 Kirk rated it liked it
I enjoyed the legal issues and horseracing angle, but the plot has too many holes for my liking.
When the publisher made available an advanced readers copy of Black Diamond by John F. Dobbyn, I jumped on it. I used to be a fan of horse-racing mysteries but I hadn’t read anything like that in a long time so it seemed like it was meant to be. After reading Black Diamond, I learned it’s Book #3 in this mystery series; however, it makes a great stand-alone novel. If you like a good mystery like I do, you’ll be pleased with this one. Read the rest of my review at this shortlink: http://popcornre ...more
Allie Bates
Feb 21, 2013 Allie Bates rated it really liked it
Colorful, twisty, racey mystery weaving from the horsey world of Suffolk Down through Boston to Ireland and back. If the tale does not take us through the ins and outs of a courtroom, it still echoes with Dobbyn's authoritative knowledge of horse racing and law, or more specifically, law in Boston. The whole review is here.
Doug Morrison
Feb 10, 2013 Doug Morrison rated it did not like it
Unbelievable plot. Wooden characters. Absolutely silly, waste of time. The law sections--the main character is a Boston attorney--are foolish and could not happen. The "thriller" portions are so unrealistic in concept as to become laughable. When you don't care about the fate of a child, you know the novel is missing an awful lot.
Jan 12, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
Won this from the Firstreads Givaways.

Great book. This was a fun murder mystery that allowed the reader enough information to make educated guesses about the "who-dun-it" and wrapped up the story nicely. I will be seeking other titles from this author. 4.5 stars.
Jul 25, 2012 Deborah rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd of a very nice legal series. The first is Neon Dragon, the second is Frame-Up. I would give 5 stars to them all, except for the definite need for editing.
Nov 02, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
Really great book....kept me on the edge of my set quite a bit..I would recommend this book to all my friends and faimly that love to read as much as I do
Jan 07, 2013 Ben rated it liked it
A taut Irish thriller with a couple too many stock Irish mobster characters to keep straight.
Nov 17, 2011 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Great read! Looking for others by this author
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John F. Dobbyn is an American mystery writer and Professor of Law at the Villanova University School of Law. His Devlin and Knight short story "Trumpeter Swan," published in the February 2004 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, was a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best Short Story from the Private Eye Writers of America. He lives in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with his wife Lois.
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