High Stakes (A Knight and Devlin Thriller #6) (Hardcover)

By John F. Dobbyn

Oceanview Publishing, 9781608093557, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

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Description

Perfect for fans of Daniel Silva and Steve Berry

An authentic Stradivarius violin turns up in Romania. A Stradivarius is rare enough, but this one is even more special. It is thought to hold the code disclosing the location of a treasure hidden in the fifteenth century. The violin is steeped in haunting mystique: it is believed to have been hidden by Vlad Dracula, whose historic tyranny led to the fabrication of the myth of vampirism. Russian, Chinese, and Romanian gangs centered in Boston want the code and all of them are hot on the trail. Violence is their language—brutality, their technique. And who is hired to see that the treasure lands in the rightful place? None other than Michael Knight with a little help from his senior law partner Lex Devlin and his crony, Billy Coyne, Boston’s deputy district attorney.

Michael uses the thin leverage of his knowledge about the violin to keep each of the three gang leaders at bay, while he follows the chain of historic clues from a violin shop in the Carpathian Mountains to a gangster-infested nightclub in Bucharest, to a university in Istanbul, and back to the gang headquarters of the three competing criminal organizations. Secrets from the past and present collide along the perilous shuttle between Boston and Romania. In the end, what is the righteous solution?



About the Author

Best-selling author John F. Dobbyn, a graduate of Harvard College, Boston College Law School, and Harvard Law School, is a former professor of law at Villanova Law School where he taught criminal, constitutional, and corporate law. Prior to his teaching career, Dobbyn practiced criminal and civil trial work. He is a frequent contributor to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and he is the author of five award-winning legal thrillers featuring Michael Knight and Lex Devlin. High Stakes is his sixth book in the series. Dobbyn is a Boston native and now resides in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lois.



Praise For High Stakes (A Knight and Devlin Thriller #6)

“This rapid pace adventure delivers equal quantities of action, history, secrets, and conspiracies. Definitely an entertaining romp.” — Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author


"John Dobbyn knows how to write a thriller, with intriguing characters, well-timed wit, and suspense that doesn't quit." — Lisa Scottoline, New York Times best-selling author


 “Once again, John F. Dobbyn grounds thrilling action in a fascinating subject—in this case, a possible lost cultural treasure linked to the historical Dracula. Attorney Michael Knight relies on quick wits, strong friendships, and deep personal integrity in globe-hopping engagements with Russian and Chinese gangs. High Stakes is spellbinding from page one to the end.”— Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine


“This is for those who like action-packed escapist fiction, spiced with a dash of Dracula lore.” — Publishers Weekly


“John Dobbyn knows how to write a thriller, with intriguing characters, well-timed wit, and suspense that doesn't quit.” — Lisa Scottoline, New York Times Best Selling Author of Someone Knows


“[In High Stakes,] Dobbyn breathes fresh life into hoary thriller conventions, often with a touch of humor." — Booklist