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.
Michael Knight is the junior partner with Lex Devlin in the Devlin & Knight criminal defense Boston law firm. He’s out at Suffolk Downs, watching his friend Danny race Black Diamond, a 20-to-1 longshot, to what looks like a huge win. Michael is aghast when Danny suddenly goes over the rail. Even worse, Danny dies because of the fall and it looks like the jockey next to him is responsible. Word around the stables is that the fix was on from the Irish mob in that race.
“In a fraction of a second, Danny went from the rhythmic crouch of a jockey aboard the front-runner to a splaying spasm of arms and legs that had him hurtling over the rail into an unnatural twist of body and limbs on the inside turf. Black Diamond went on to cross the finish line riderless and therefore disqualified, but every eye in that suddenly hushed crowd was on the still figure of the jockey. For seconds, I was too stunned to move.”
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