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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.

©2016 John F. Dobbyn (P)2017 John F. Dobbyn

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A good Mystery

This Audio Book runs on all Cylinders it is well researched with a believable plot a great assortment of characters
and a terrific performance by the Narrator.

With these elements in full force you have a first rate effort by the Writer.


Download and enjoy the ride.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Great Book!

The narrator done a great job telling the story. The story line is very entertaining. Great job!

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Just Ok

The narration for the book was good but I found the story hard to follow. I was provided this book at no charge but submitted this review on my own.

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Odds are...

I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBoom to review. Opinions are my own.

This felt like a typical noir type of mystery/procedural- not at all a thriller. I liked the narrator's Boston accent. The story went on forever and the convoluted storyline- with a glimpse at the past ( really not necesary), the whole of the race fixing piece, and then the various mafias involved- just way too much. Keep it simple, please.

That said, I listened to the whole thing- liked pieces of it, but probably would not pick up more by this author.

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Its a Shame How Easily Some Things Get Overlooked

This book points out through the main character's own stumblings how easily many things get overlooked. Even though the author brings to the fore the issue that inspired this book, the writing is skillful enough not to push a social agenda. Further, just when you think you understand where the book is going, another domino gets added to the pile.

Since this book contains many ethnic and economic cultures the narrator has to run a full scale of accents. Thankfully, he does each beautifully and flawlessly with differentiation.

A frequent saying in the book is the axiom 'The lawyer always goes home'. Depending on your perspective, the efforts of the main character to try to live up to this phrase can either look like a heroic triumph, a case of 'Out of the frying pan and into the fire... out of the fire and into the volcano....out of the volcano and what comes next?' or anywhere in between. Throughout the book the author drags into the light many things that people have heard about but would rather ignore. He also shows how people can be marginalized and isolated even within their native cultures. Conversely, he also shows what dedication, loyalty, and the earning of respect from the right people can do for a man, especially in times of need. This book is definitely worth listening to.

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PAGE-TURNER! GOOD THRILLER.

If you're an animal lover, like I am, it was a hard read in that regard, but otherwise a nail-biting thriller that I really enjoyed. Great story, great narration, definitely recommended. The book goes into great detail about this industry, and is very enlightening. Job w
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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-24-18

Nobody buys a dead monkey.

A jockey dies when his brother's horse swerves in front of his own during a race. The brother goes on to win but is then disqualified for causing the accident. But was it really an accident or had the race been fixed? The police want to arrest the jockey for causing the fatality during a felony. The brothers, originally from Puerto Rico, had been very close and were Knight's cousins, The defense lawyer believes that something is very wrong and sets out to find Victor before the police can bring him in He seeks help from an old gang leader he'd known when he had been young and vulnerable. But when this man is also killed, Knight has to find out why.

Fatal odds is an involving and complex thriller, mostly set in the gang lands of Boston but also in Puerto Rico. Lots of bravado, deaths and confrontation as well as plentiful praise for the food which is eaten. This reader had mistakenly expected more legal, in court action but the story, although calling on the powers of the deputy public prosecutor a couple of times, manages to evade almost any mention of the courts. Some very interesting, and concerning, smuggling statistics related and repeated in a brief afterwards comment by the author: it is almost reading the book for these interesting facts alone.

The story was mostly well written although there were occasional contradictions in the text, such as rushing to prevent a guard from escaping from a prison cage despite the door having already been closed. These are all very minor but the book would be better without them. And despite the 'audience's feel that they impart to the characters, the preponderance of Spanish names and sentences - conversation and foodstuffs - for this reader interrupted any story flow that had been generated. The feel good ending could also have been omitted: it served only as a distraction to the impact of the story overall.I

Bill Nevitt, who narrates, was impressive in his unhesitating reading of the Spanish names and dialogue. His voice is pleasant, well articulated and with good intonation. The delivery is rather noir in quality, slightly staccato and, for this reader, fractionally too slow. Increasing the playback seed to 1.25 easily resolved that, however. His voicing of various protagonists was good, each being due to actively individual.

My thanks to the rights holder of Fatal Odds who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. The story certainly highlighted a most unpleasant yet very profitable aspect of international smuggling which is, if not unknown, at least underestimated in most people's awareness. The fact that it is one of the top monetary returns but goes almost unchallenged is scandalous and this book does a good job in helping to increase public pressure to put an end to this cruel and disastrous trafficking.