The Defence

The Defence

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 11/02/2016
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The Defence
Fantastic series.
Having recently read Thirteen I had to go and buy his previous three novels as Thirteen was phenomenal. The defence has not disappointed. It is equally ... READ MORE
Sally Boocock


'Everything a great thriller should be and I can't wait to see more of Eddie Flynn.' Mark Billingham

'So Hollywood, punchy and cool and pacy as hell.' Eva Dolan

Eddie Flynn has 48 hours to save his daughter...

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 forty-eight hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial - and win - if he 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?

Praise for race-against-time legal thriller writer, Steve Cavanagh:

'A gripping, twisty thriller'Ian Rankin, number 1 bestselling author of Rather Be The Devil

'Legal thrillers are my blind spot, but I'll always make an exception for Steve Cavanagh. Quite simply, THE PLEA is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast.' John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker series

'In the crowded field of legal thrillers, Steve Cavanagh stands head and shoulders above the competition, with his skilfully plotted, action-packed and big-hearted Eddie Flynn novels . . . highly intelligent, twist-laden and absolutely unputdownable'Eva Dolan, author of the critically acclaimed Tell No Tales

'A cleverly constructed legal thriller combined with a classic locked-room mystery. Eddie Flynn is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional heroes and Cavanagh one of my favourite thriller writers.' S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood

'Raymond Chandler could have created Eddie Flynn. THE PLEA is Phillip Marlowe and Michael Connolly's Mickey Haller combined, with a bit of Jim Thompson's THE GRIFTERS thrown in. A superb read with a main character destined to be one of the most talked about in crime fiction.' Howard Linskey, author of The Search

If you like John Grisham, Lee Child and Michael Connelly, you will LOVE the gripping and twisty Eddie Flynn series:

1. The Defence
2. The Plea
3. The Liar

* Each Eddie Flynn thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order *

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781409152316
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 225g
  • Dimensions: 135 x 201 x 22 mm

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The Defence
Great Book
Very good book, enjoyed the story along with the twists & turns in it.
The Defence
Did not disappoint
I actually read Cavanagh's 'Thirteen' first, but enjoyed it so much I had to go back and read more of the Eddie Flynn series. This book did not disappoint.... READ MORE
The Defence
Great Read
Another great Steve Cavanagh book. Great story, twists and turns, riveting read.
The Defence
Excellent Story
I am enjoying the books in this series, although i am not reading them in order. Eddie Flynn is a very likeable character. The story is an adventure an... READ MORE
Christine KYLE
The Defence
A good start to the series
Reformed con artist and defence lawyer Eddie Flynn is forced to represent Olek Volchek, the head of the Russian mafia in New York. With a hidden bomb strap... READ MORE
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