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sticker20-20ng20member20-prof20readerThe phrase that has soothed the furrowed brows of criminal defense attorneys from the early days of the Old bailey to current times in Boston’s Suffolk Superior Court is simply this: The Lawyer Always Goes Home.
Author: John F. Dobbyn
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Series: Knight and Devlin, #4
Sequel to: Black Diamond
Genres: Thriller

Danger escalates as Michael Knight and Lex Devlin enter into the defense of a Puerto Rican jockey charged with felony murder as a result of a fixed race at Boston’s Suffolk Downs.

As their investigation exposes the jockey’s role, they become embroiled in a conflict between two Puerto Rican crime gangs. One of these gangs is aligned for the first time with Boston’s Italian Mafia in tapping into almost limitless profits from the illicit trade of exotic and endangered species of wild animals captured in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and smuggled through the shoreline of the Florida Keys.

Working to free their client and to prevent the brutal abuse of these vulnerable animals, Michael and Lex find themselves squarely in the crossfire of rival organized crime gangs from the barrio of Jamaica Plain, Boston, to the gang-dominated streets of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Contrary to what people think, not everybody can write.

Be honest: how many times have you picked up a book with a promising story that either didn’t deliver or that put you off because of the writing?
Sure enough, we don’t live in the age of refined and flourished language, we don’t need nor want over-complicated metaphores or words, but there must be a certain flow to tell a certain story!
While there are a ton of writers that try their hand at storytelling, there are only so many authors that make it worth your while.

In regards of writing style and aforementioned flow, John F. Dobbyn is definitely among the latter. The man can definitely deliver a well-written, solid and intriguing story! Which isn’t exactly a walk on the beach in any genre, but represents a special challange for thriller and mystery writers.

I will definitely come back – or better, I will backtrack and go through the previous installments ASAP – to the Knight and Devlin legal-detective thriller series which now ranks, to me, with Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta and Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan only on the lawyer front instead of that of the medical examiner.

May it be as prolific and successful as them!