Book Review: The Liar


Title: THE LIAR [Eddie Flynn #3] Author: Steve Cavanagh
Publisher: Orion Books
ISBN: 9781409152392
Genre: Courtroom Drama | Crime Fiction



Leonard Howell’s worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. Not content with relying on the cops, Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back.


Eddie Flynn knows what it’s like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld.


However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of game have changed – and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth…?


The one thing you can be certain of when reading a Steve Cavanagh, Eddie Flynn novel, is great plotting. Always cleverly twisted with plenty of red herrings, mis-directs, and side-bars to make you wonder where the plot’s heading next. And so it is with THE LIAR the third in the Eddie Flynn series of legal thrillers.

Throw in a great, well delineated set of characters with their own idiosyncratic tics, and you have the perfect delivery vehicles for said twisted plot.

Eddie Flynn is one of those wonderfully nuanced characters with plenty of chinks in his battered armour. But even when he’s employing somewhat dubious methods you know he’s doing it for all the right reasons.

“Doing something illegal, so long as I believed it was right, normally didn’t bother me. This bothered me. If I came out of this in the next ten minutes without being arrested I promised myself I would take a step back for my own good.”

Eddie has heart, Eddie is a shades of grey hero with an iffy past. One that helps him outsmart, and sometimes, out manoeuvre the bad guys. And with a Cavanagh novel, you’re never quite sure just who the bad guys might turn out to be.

The secondary characters are just as well-fleshed out as Eddie. And I have come to really enjoy Eddie’s meet ups with both Agent Harper, a feisty firecracker of a personality with a great gut instinct, and Judge Harry Ford, a man with a perchance for wisdom, who enjoys a good nightcap, or three.

It’s also the secondary plot lines—something Cavanagh pays great attention to—that adds such depth to this series. There is always, but always, something else going on, not quite in the background, that usually ties-in, in some way, with the main plot; usually with consequences. This time around, it’s an old case of murder that Judge Harry Ford lost when still a defence lawyer. A case that still haunts him and for good reason.

Set at a blistering pace, with plenty of twists and turns, THE LIAR is as much a page turner as earlier books in this series. An addictive, fast, fun and thrilling read, you won’t be disappointed with THE LIAR.

Rating: 9.5 / 10

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  1. May 10, 2019

    Hi Diana. THE LIAR is as good as THIRTEEN, and just as cleverly plotted, full of twists and surprises, and as well written as are all the Eddie Flynn series. I haven’t read a bad one yet. I really love this character and the series, and hope you enjoy it as much.

    Oh, and yes, in each book, you get to know a little bit more about their relationship, as you do with Eddie and his wife and daughter.

  2. May 10, 2019

    This one sounds so good. I have only read Thirteen and I loved it. I’ve been meaning to get the first three books. I am so curious to find out more about how the relationship between Eddie and the judge started. Great review!

  3. April 4, 2019

    I love Cavanagh! Can’t wait to read Twisted. No Eddie but I’m sure I’ll love it too. Great review!

    • Alexandra
      April 4, 2019

      Ah, another fan. No need to preach to you then, Kelly. And sadly, no, no Eddie in TWISTED, but still, I’m looking forward to the read too.

      • April 4, 2019

        Nope, would be preaching to the choir I’m sure we’ll love it even without Eddie

        • Alexandra
          April 4, 2019

          I hope so, Kelly! 😀

  4. What a great tease! I’ve got to get this series on my schedule. Excellent review, Alexandra

    • Alexandra
      April 3, 2019

      Thanks, Jonetta. I totally fell in love with Cavanagh’s character(s), and he really knows how to plot a great story. You really must try The Defence first!

  5. April 3, 2019

    Ooh, nice to see book #3 is still going strong!
    I’m in the mood for sequels this month, and have a few series i want to continue. This is one of them 🙂

    • Alexandra
      April 3, 2019

      It was as twisted as The Defence, Norrie, and equally as devious with the characters and plotting. Now I can’t wait to read TWISTED itself, though I know it’s not an Eddie Flynn book.

      Have fun with this series, and enjoy!

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