In the crosshairs of two warring mobs
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.
Dobbyn's pleasant if lightweight third thriller featuring attorney Michael Knight (after Frame-Up) zips back and forth between Boston and Dublin. When a friend of Knight's, jockey Danny Ryan, takes a fatal spill during a race at Suffolk Downs, Knight and his crafty mentor, Lex Devlin, wind up involved in a case of horse race fixing and international gang warfare. The local Irish mob is bad enough, but a remnant of the brutal, hardcore Irish Republican Army now wants to expand into the States. The IRA thugs have had decades of experience in kidnapping, torture, and murder, and they're willing to corrupt or kill anyone in their way. Fortunately, Knight has a sharp wit and a gift of gab that he uses to exploit the enmity between and within the rival gangs. The book's tension may suffer from Knight's gift, for it's difficult to believe that anything terrible could happen to a clever lad flashing so much good old Irish blarney.