A notable archaeologist, close to finding a priceless artifact, meets his untimely demise—Matthew Shane vows to find his murderer
Matthew Shane is a law professor in Salem, Massachusetts, where he enjoys fruitful mentorship from Professor Barrington Holmes, a well-known archaeologist. So when Professor Holmes is found dead in his office and the police rule it a suicide, something doesn’t sit right with Matthew. He becomes determined to find the true cause of Holmes’ death and bring closure to his widow.
Matthew soon learns that Professor Holmes belonged to a group of notable archaeologists dubbed “The Monkey’s Paw,” who were all entangled in an expedition to find an unknown object of unprecedented historical and financial value. Each member had been given one piece of the instructions to find the object, but some of the men had encountered horrific twists of fate before the group could reunite to continue in their search. Joining forces with the remaining members, Matthew’s quest for the cause of the apparent curse of The Monkey’s Paw leads him on a global wild goose chase that culminates in a turn of events not even Professor Holmes could have predicted.
Perfect for fans of Michael Crichton and Dan Brown
“Deadly Depths gives readers characters they care about and gets hearts pumping as the mystery and adventure unfold!” —Janet Hutchings, Editor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Deadly Depths is an exciting mystery novel that asks who has the right to seek and exploit lost treasures.” —Foreword Reviews
Praise for John F. Dobbyn
“This rapid pace adventure [High Stakes] 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
“John F. Dobbyn’s thriller Fatal Odds does everything right: a nail-biting plot to keep you turning pages, characters that shine brighter with every twist and turn, and a ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity that will leave you shocked. Here is a novel that expertly mixes thrills and smarts and will have you clamoring for more from this author. I know I want more.”—James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author
“Knight has a sharp wit and a gift of gab that he uses to exploit the enmity between and within the rival gangs . . . it’s difficult to believe that anything terrible could happen to a clever lad flashing so much good old Irish blarney.”—Publishers Weekly
“Readers of early John Grisham and Jeremiah Healy will enjoy Dobbyn's debut [Neon Dragon] for his insider knowledge of the legal system and the defense strategy his protagonists use in court.”—Library Journal
“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 of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine