Book Reviews

Book Review: TH1RT3EN

DETAILS

Title: THIRTEEN [Eddie Flynn #4]
Author: Steve Cavanagh
Publisher: Orion Books
ISBN: 9781409170662
Genre: Legal Thriller

BACK COVER BLURB

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

WHAT I THOUGHT

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
— Christopher McQuarrie, The Unusual Suspects

It doesn’t get any better than this! Steve Cavanagh has done it again, pulling out all the stops to bring another fast-paced, thrilling, roller coaster ride of a read. A thoroughly compelling story in which the Devil truly is in the details.

Eddie Flynn is back in the arena, the courtroom that is, playing the ‘fall’ guy and sitting second chair to Rudy Carp, the lawyer representing actor, Bobby Solomon, in the case of the century. Thing is, Eddie has been talked into playing the fall guy by going after the cops who, Carp has convinced Eddie, planted evidence at the scene of a heinous crime, implicating Bobby Solomon in the murder of his wife and security guard.

While Eddie isn’t convinced either way, not yet at least, he’s taken the ‘second’ chair and, in doing so, the opportunity to do what he does best, because Carp Law has offered him something he needs right now. A boring, secure job in a big law firm, in order to win back his wife. He needs this, he tells himself. Because the one thing Eddie Flynn doesn’t want to lose right now, is his daughter. And if it means going ‘straight,’ and getting out of the way of the bad guys, Eddie is going to give it his best shot.

But not everything is going to go according to plan, as always. Cavanagh throws every possible spanner into the works, and mixes it up, putting Eddie back in the firing line, and in the sights of not just a couple of corrupt cops, but a serial killer.

As always, the author amps up the tension on several levels, as Flynn and Carp get set to defend Bobby Solomon, unaware there is another player in the room. One who has his own agenda and, a need to kill. Cavanagh alternates between Flynn’s side of the story, told in the first person, and that of serial killer and clever chameleon, Joshua Kane—and if this creepy unnerving guy doesn’t give you goose bumps, no one will.

I particularly like the way the author has written the alternating parts of this story, because while Kane is clearly a main story component, it’s through Eddie’s eye and thoughts that the story really opens up. Eddie is at the emotional heart of the story. Here’s a man trying hard to keep it altogether, because not only has he vowed to himself to do the right thing, but if he doesn’t change, he knows he will lose his wife and daughter for good.

So while we read about Kane and his past, and what makes him a cold-blooded killer, heartless to a fault. Eddie keeps us grounded in reality. And, in between the sensational details of a murder trial, a game of cat and mouse begins. But rest assured, Eddie Flynn is no mouse. He’s going to need his background as a conman not just to help get Bobby Solomon off a murder conviction, but to out-smart, and out-play a killer in their midst.

Aided by a well-round cast of characters that each have their own unique personalities, with some crackling twists and turns that had me furiously page turning, the climatic end left me almost breathless and dizzy.

Intense, taut, adrenaline-fuelled, plausibly plotted, cleverly twisted, and masterly engineered to leave you wanting more. Eddie Flynn and his author deliver a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining read.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 9 / 10

8 Comments

  1. Whoop whoop, what a great review Alexandra. I loved reading it – I’m still smiling as your enthusiasm and love for this story oozes from every paragraph. It does sound like a thrilling read. Once I am over my fantasy stage, I am definitely tempted to give it a go.

    I’m so glad this one worked out so well, especially given how the book before this one turned out to be. Happy reading!

    • Alexandra says

      Lol! Thank you, Vera. I probably did get carried away and gushed, but that’s because I really thoroughly enjoy the read. Cavanagh is an excellent author, and you can see how much the character has grown from book one till now.

      The story was really well told, and I think you’d enjoy his style of writing. I hope you give Eddie Flynn a fling. 😀

      • No need to apologise, I love reading reviews that clearly reflect a reviewer’s enjoyment – those are the best! And yours was very articulate as well, I loved it!

        Eddie Flynn is a character I will be getting to know for sure. Looking forward to it.

  2. Awesome review! Sounds like just the sort of book i should read, and whenever it popped up, everyone was as enthusiastic as you. So it’s a good sign!
    I went to the charity shop yesterday and found a copy of it. Didn’t realize it was also a series :/

    • Yeah, it’s book four in the series, but can still be read as a standalone. Cavanagh makes it so you don’t necessarily need to read the others, but, of course, it’s always a better read if you do. And yeah, he’s fast becoming another “Go-To” author you can trust for a good read. Love the character of Flynn. 😀

  3. Great review Alexandra! I have this book and was wondering if any trigger warnings in it? I’m very cautious about thrillers as I’m a sensitive reader 🙂 Thanks a lot! x

    • Hi, Umut, I don’t think you’ll find anything untoward in this one. Which is, in part, a courtroom drama. Yes, there’s a serial killer, but there is nothing graphic or gory, no rape, or anything like that. I don’t really like to read anything with too much violence, and would say in my review if there was excessive gore or violence.

      This is a really enjoyable read. I hope you try it.

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