Frame-Up (Knight and Devlin Series #2)

Frame-Up (Knight and Devlin Series #2)

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by John Dobbyn

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After graduating from Harvard Law with his closest friend John McKedrick, Michael Knight takes a job with his mentor, legendary trial attorney Lex Devlin, while John becomes sole associate of a notorious mob lawyer. Michael never lost hope that John McKedrick would escape to cleaner pastures -until John is murdered in a car bombing bearing the signature of his


After graduating from Harvard Law with his closest friend John McKedrick, Michael Knight takes a job with his mentor, legendary trial attorney Lex Devlin, while John becomes sole associate of a notorious mob lawyer. Michael never lost hope that John McKedrick would escape to cleaner pastures -until John is murdered in a car bombing bearing the signature of his questionable clientele. How could two friends who were so close have taken such wildly divergent paths? In the wake of McKedricks murder, three men who took their own deviating paths will meet for the first time in forty years. Matt Ryan, a priest, Dominic Santangelo, a mafia don, and Lex Devlin put the past aside to focus on a present concern: Dominics son has been charged with John McKedricks murder. At Lexs urging, Michael Knight reluctantly agrees to represent the alleged bomber. In building a defense, Michael is drawn into a high-stakes art fraud that leads him from the seediest parts of Boston to the sophisticated Amsterdam inner sanctum of international crime.

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Oceanview Publishing
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Knight and Devlin Series, #2
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6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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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.

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Frame-Up 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DarcyO More than 1 year ago
Friendship and the life choices we make are the basis for John F. Dobbyn's "Frame Up." Boston lawyers John McKedrick and Michael Knight have been best friends since childhood, yet John chooses to defend clients with ties to the mob while Michael is a straight-arrow lawyer working for legendary attorney Lex Devlin, his mentor. John is killed and Michael seriously injured in a car bombing of dubious origins. Mob boss Dominic Santangelo's son is charged with John's murder and he wants Lex to defend his son. Friendship again comes into play here as Dominic and Lex were close friends as young men, along with Matt Ryan, former fighter turned priest. But the story centers on Michael, out to find John's killer. His unlawyer-like efforts lead him to discover John's involvement in an art fraud of international proportions all while dodging several attempts on his own life. Dobbyn has created a cast of engaging characters in this crime thriller. Michael is a worthy hero and readers will be rooting for him. The fast-paced mystery offers a bit of romance, too. I thoroughly enjoyed Dobbyn's "Frame Up" and hope to read more of Michael Knight's escapades. I would recommend this book to all mystery lovers.
misterreereeder More than 1 year ago
John Dobbyn's latest Michael Knight book is a good followup. It certainly appears Knight has "angels watching over him" when he survives the car bomb explosion intended for his best friend. It was interesting to discover the relationship his partner has with a leader in the mob. Because of this relationship and because Knight wants to find the person who killed his friend, he agrees to take the case to defend the mob leader's son - who will be charged with the murder of Michael's friend. As he investigates the case, it will take more than angels to watch over and protect him as attempts are made on his life. Guns, bullets, and murder are NOT how angels protect you. There is plenty more in this book of interest and things are not always as it would appear. Check it out!!!
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Tooph More than 1 year ago
John Dobbyn's writing style and story lines are contagious. This book was as enjoyable, if not more so, than Dobbyn's first novel NEON DRAGON. The characters are so alive and likeable. I'm a huge James Patterson fan and this book is as good as any Patterson novel I have read. John Dobbyn's stories make Grisham look like he entered a high school writing contest. This is a must read author. You will not be disappointed. Thanks again for your hard work Mr. Dobbyn!
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Vicki_Landes More than 1 year ago
Author John F. Dobbyn's sophomore novel paints an exquisite portrait of his writing style's consistent sophistication and intelligence. "Frame-Up" has a Grisham-worthy plot, brilliantly vivid detail, and unforgettable characters. Just try and put this one down; I could. but only to pick it right back up again! "Frame-Up" revisits attorney Michael Knight - a junior partner of a renowned trial lawyer, a proud resident of the city of Boston, and the best friend to fellow attorney - and now, car bomb victim - John McKedrick. Although Michael knew of the unscrupulous mafia connections his friend's business kept him tied to, he always thought that John would leave it behind in a less-violent manner. In a cruel twist of fate, Michael is asked to represent the very man accused of his friend's murder - a man with high-level mafia connections and a committed plea of absolute innocence. Once past his initial reluctance, Michael jumps into this man's defense head first and quickly finds himself in the deep end of an intricate - and international - conspiracy. With shocking discoveries at each step and an explosive ending you won't even see coming, "Frame-Up" is Oceanview Publishing's newest masterpiece. John F. Dobbyn writes a smart legal thriller at a language level well above what is considered 'typical' for fiction. His plots and subplots are seamlessly woven together with impeccably clear details, bringing his characters and the charming soul of Boston to life. Even his descriptions of the local cuisine were so realistic that they made my mouth water and my stomach growl. The story's legal twists and turns combined with heart-pounding action will please any John Grisham fan and could very conceivably be worthy of the silver screen. "Neon Dragon" author John F. Dobbyn releases his second Michael Knight novel entitled, "Frame-Up". A picture perfect example of what a legal thriller should aspire to be, "Frame-Up" gives any Grisham book a run for its money. I always love it when authors add a bit of local flavor into the mix and Dobbyn's tastes of Boston won't disappoint even the oldest and most established of locals. My newest favorite!
janimar More than 1 year ago
In Frame Up former professor of law, author John F. Dobbyn shows his understanding of lawyers. His main character, Michael Knight is thrown into danger when he is hurt at a car bombing but his best friend John McKedrick, a lawyer is murdered. Michael was in law school with John and is now a law partner with Lex Devlin who is like a father to him. They are both thrown into solving John's murder when Devlin's childhood friends, Matt Ryan, now a priest and Dominic Santangelo, who became a Mafia con, ask for a meeting. Santangelo's son, Peter has been charged with John's death. Reluctantly, Devlin agrees to represent Peter though he sets clear boundaries with Santangelo. Little do Devlin and Michael know what is ahead. Michael becomes more involved with other members of the Mafia and John's girlfriend as he tries to unravel the truth behind John's murder. He knew John had been involved with a seedy man but he had no idea how dangerous it would become. Michael finds out this murder has ramifications not just in Boston but there are international connections. This mystery keeps you guessing as Michael tries to unravel what really happened to his friend and gets sucked into the world of priceless art. Along the way he encounters many thugs, his old art history professor, and a Russian Mafia leader. Devlin continually gives him counsel to stay out of it but Michael just jumps in further. He thinks quickly on his feet and is not afraid to get to the truth even when he faces danger. He is likeable and I was rooting for him the entire time. This book is definitely a page turner reminding me of John Grisham's legal thrillers and Robert Ludlum's international crime thrillers. I highly recommend it and would love it if Dobbyn would write more books about Michael Knight.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Best friends John McKedrick and Michael Knight graduate from Harvard Law with each accepting a professional position with a legal Bostonian legend. Michael works for his mentor trial attorney Lex Devlin; John becomes an associate of notorious mob lawyer Benny Ignola. Michael is worried about John as the longer one is associated with the lawyer to mid mob management, the more difficult it would be to practice law in cleaner circumstances. Michael's fears for his buddy prove underestimated when he awakens in the hospital having survived the car bomb blast that killed John, mob style. The police arrest Peter Santangelo, son of the Mafia chief Dominic. Lex asks his junior partner to defend Peter as the former muses how three friends four decades ago, (Lex, Dominic and Father Matt Ryan) chose diverse paths, but are brought back together due to two friends choosing different paths. Mindful of Cagney-O'Brien in Angels with Dirty Faces, Frame-Up is a terrific character driven legal thriller that is at its best when the focus is on two generations of best friends going down diverse paths. The story line remains exhilarating, but loses some of the profundity of comparing decisions of seemingly similar people when Michael follows clues re illegal art sales to Amsterdam. Still fans will relish John F. Dobbyn's superb tale with plenty of dirty rats, beautiful women, but no grapefruit. Harriet Klausner