July 2018

Steve Cavanagh - Th1rt3en

"Eddie Flynn has to be one of my favourite characters."

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?

Eddie Flynn has to be one of my favourite characters. He's now living a good life but he's not so far away from his previous life that he has forgotten the tricks of the trade, nor is he unwilling to use them. He's a perfect mix of a character with good morals but happy to bend to rules to make sure justice is done.

'Thirteen' sees Eddie back in the courtroom where he is up against a really successful lawyer and with the evidence making his client look guilty, it's one of those books that will keep you turning the pages waiting for sucker punch after sucker punch that you think must be in there, and which will bring down the opposition.

Cavanagh manages really well to mix an 'edge of the seat' legal thriller that also has a mix of police investigation, gruesome murders and a balance of the characters personal lives.

As ever, Cavanagh manages to deliver a pretty much faultless book (OK, so the plot may be a little far-fetched), but it is written so well, has lots of surprises and left me guessing and second guessing right up to the end. Eddie Flynn is one of those creations that stay with you and still remains original and an absolute one-off. Another stunning and exciting read from Cavanagh!

Reviewed by: H.A.

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