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Frame Up
by John F. Dobbyn
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Oceanview, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Friends Michael Knight and John McKedrick take diverging career paths after graduating from Harvard Law School. Michael practices with the U.S. Attorney's office and is later mentored by Lex Devlin at his prestigious trial law firm. John, equally gifted, becomes an attorney for the Mob, under another famous lawyer, Benny Ignola. Michael never stops hoping that John will reconsider his life choices and join a reputable law firm.

Seven years later, Michael watches as his friend is blown to bits by a car bomb. Michael is injured from his proximity to the car and spends the next two and a half days unconscious. He awakens in time for John's funeral.

The police charge Peter Santangelo, the son of a Mafia boss, with planting the bomb that led to John's death. Later, at Lex Devlin's request, Michael agrees to defend Peter. Lex grew up with Peter's father. Once Michael agrees, he throws himself into unraveling the mystery that surrounds the case. Initiated in Boston, Michael's quest for answers takes him to England and Amsterdam. The murder may be the result of an international conspiracy.

The hold that friendships have on individuals - despite years and different lifestyles - runs through this story. Michael is a likable hero and Frame Up is hard to put down.

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