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First Impressions Friday: THE DEFENCE

It’s that time of week again, which means, it’s First Impressions Friday. For those of you who are unfamiliar, #FIF is a weekly meme created by Joe, over at: Storeys of Stories. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading and share your first impression, predict what you think will happen, and then say whether you think you’ll enjoy it or not.

I haven’t done this #tag for a while now as, for some reason, I’ve picked up and put down several books over the last month. And, uninspired, haven’t read anything for weeks. But last night, out of my last haul of books, I picked up THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh.

Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren’t that different.

It’s been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn’t have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie’s back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter Amy.

Eddie only has 48 hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial—and win—if wants to save his daughter.

Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his ‘client’ and ensure Amy’s safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?

Lose this case and he loses everything.

So, as I said, I only just picked this one up and started reading it. Which means, I’m not really far enough to say definitively if this is going to be a hit or a miss, but I’m predicting a ‘Hit’ based on the opening line alone:

Do exactly as I tell you or I’ll put a bullet in your spine.

Fast-paced, full of action, and one hell of a roller coaster ride, so far. I feel like I’ve found the right book to pull me back into reading.

I think this one is going to be a solid: 8 /10


  1. Aha now it’s my turn to put one on the list! Ever since I read the many great reviews about Thirteen I’ve been itching to read one of his novels. Good choice

    • Alexandra says

      Thanks, Inge. I too have Thirteen as a priority, but I wanted to start with this first book, as I always end up reading out of order. So far, so good.

  2. Alexandra I love that opening line! I don’t read many thrillers or suspense anymore but I will add this one on my TBR. I love the concept of a short time frame to prove something and using his wits to outsmart other people! Happy reading!

    • Alexandra says

      Exavtly, it’s that taught timeframe that adds a sense of urgency to this one, and I like fast paced thrillers and, so far, this one is really ratcheting up the danger.

  3. What a great opening line, that definitely got my attention. 8/10 sounds like a fun read, fingers crossed. Happy reading.

    • Alexandra says

      Isn’t it just? It grabbed me straight away, and the pace is taught and fraught with danger. Will definitely be reading more from Cavanagh.

  4. Well, based on the blurb and the first line, i say it sounds good 😀 Hope it will be nice all the way through!

    • Alexandra says

      It was, Norrie. I finished it last night, and thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride!

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