Book Review: THIRTEEN by Steve Cavanagh @orionbooks


Publication: 14th June 2018 by Orion



‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.

The first thing I did after finishing reading this gripping novel was to go and buy the first three books in the series and ask myself why I never heard of Steve Cavanagh before. I was completely absorbed by the twisty plot and by charismatic defence attorney Eddie Flynn from the first page.

Although this is the fourth book that sees his protagonist Eddie Flynn in action, it can easily be read as a standalone novel. In THIRTEEN, there is a killer on the loose. We know his name, Joshua Kane, but he easily changes appearance and voice to take someone else’s place after he kills them. Now he is trying to get into the trial of the year, the one where Robert Solomon, a famous Hollywood actor, will have to defend himself from the accusation of murdering his wife and his security guard.

Enter Eddie Flynn. He defends only people he is sure they are innocent and after talking to Robert Solomon he knows Robert is innocent, but he also knows that he is hiding something. So he accepts to help Rudy Carp, a high-profile lawyer, in proving Robert’s innocence.

The character of Eddie Flynn is very likable. He is charming, honest, smart, and really good at his job and you also get a glimpse of his personal life as he dreams of a more normal and safer career that will allow him to get his wife and daughter back.

I was hooked from the beginning in this fast-paced novel where everything happens in a few days and the tension and suspense are always high. Thrilling, compulsive, and twisty, THIRTEEN was one of these novels that I didn’t want to end and I can’t wait to read more about Eddie Flynn and his dangerous and twisty cases. I’d like to thank Orion Books and NetGalley for providing me with a proof copy of the book.

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