The Serial Killer Isn T On TrialHe S On The JuryIt S The Murder Trial Of The Century And Joshua Kane Has Killed To Get The Best Seat In The House And To Be Sure The Wrong Man Goes Down For The Crime Because This Time, The Killer Isn T On Trial He S On The JuryBut There S Someone On His Tail Former Conman Turned Criminal Defense Attorney Eddie Flynn Doesn T Believe That His Movie Star Client Killed Two People He Suspects That The Real Killer Is Closer Than They Think But Who Would Guess Just How Close As legal thrillers go, it doesn t get much better than Steve Cavanagh s Thirteen It also doesn t get much weirder An ex conman as a defence lawyer and a serial killer on the jury But this was such a gripping read the tension was unbearable at times The characters were cleverly brought to life with a storyline that was not only intense, but oh so clever The twists came thick and fast towards the end, reaching dizzying heights, and made it impossible to put the book down I ve read some truly terrific books this year, and Thirteen has made it onto that list Read it if you get the chance Thank you to Netgalley, and Orion for my ARC in exchange for an honest review A brilliant con artist goes head to head with a brilliant serial killer Who will win in the end Eddie Flynn, a former con artist turned lawyer, is put in the spotlight when he takes on the case of a Hollywood actor accused of murdering his wife and bodyguard The evidence is damning, but Eddie believes in his client s innocence and will do what it takes to win the case Joshua Kane, a serial killer with a unique ability, plots his way onto the Hollywood murder jury He has a vested interest in the outcome of the case.This is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn series, but the first for me It can definitely be read as standalone With that being said, I want to know about Eddie and plan on reading the earlier books in the series to fill in some gaps The narrative is split between Eddie and Kane s POV s, each compelling in its own way Eddie is a fascinating and flawed protagonist who is easy to root for And Kane, without giving too much away,.well, he is one of the most fascinating characters I have come across in a long time Thirteen is a fast paced legal thriller with tons of twists and turns This is an exciting and intense read that kept me guessing It goes a little off the rails towards the end, but this aspect didn t take away from my enjoyment The premise is a little whacky, but it works It was nice to read something that was a little different and not the typical formulaic thriller I highly recommend I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 STARSBuddy Read With Nicki from The Secret Library Blog THE SERIAL KILLER ISN T ON TRIAL.HE S ON THE JURYWhen I read this teaser on the cover, I immediately wanted to read it and find out how a serial killer got a seat on the jury and how this show would play out This is 4 in this popular series and now I know why This worked just fine as a stand alone I was easily pulled into the story with the super suspenseful beginning and questions quickly started swirling around in my thoughts.I m a huge fan of courtroom dramas and legal thrillers and this one did not disappoint A celebrity named Robert Soloman is charged with murder and goes on trial, but his lawyer, Eddie Flynn sees that somethings just don t add up Okay, Eddie is Brilliant It was a perfect book for a buddy read and we had a great time trying to find all the pieces to solve the big puzzle We were able to find some hints to what was coming, but we were also surprised The creative plot and fascinating characters kept me engaged and there was just the right amount of action to add some tension.Recommend to fans of legal crime fiction courtroom dramas with a touch of dark and disturbing Steve Cavanagh writes top notch adrenaline fuelled legal thrillers with his charismatic defence lawyer, ex con artist Eddie Flynn, set in New York and this is his best one yet Eddie has been hoping to get back together with his wife, Christine, and his beloved daughter, Amy, which his defence work in the past has placed in grave danger, leading to their separation He thinks he has it finally worked out as he plans for a safe and secure legal career with Rudy Carp, where he has been co opted onto the legal defence team for famous celebrity Hollywood actor, Robert Solomon, on trial for the murder of his actress wife, Ariella Bloom, and his security man Is it already too late to save his marriage Flynn has attracted the rage of NYPD cops he has publicly revealed as corrupt Solomon appears a lost cause, the evidence stacked against him is overwhelming, but Eddie can feel he is an innocent man, and will do all that he can to prove it However, Eddie is to find himself in the most testing case of his career with no idea of what he is up against.Eddie s close friend, Judge Harry Ford, takes over the trial after the health issues of the previous judge The colourful Southern PR savvy prosecuter for hire, Art Pryor, has never lost a case, and with the support of his formidable expertise, confidently believes that Solomon will be convicted Eddie knows that he has been recruited as the fall guy should he fail to prove that the NYPD has tampered with critical evidence, a dollar bill with the DNA of a convicted killer from the past, Richard Pena, and the DNA of Solomon Eddie hires ex FBI Harper to be his investigator, and this leads to an FBI agent, Delaney, who believes there is a serial killer whose MO includes leaving behind a specially marked dollar bill on the victim, but has escaped detection because he ensures someone else is always convicted for the murders Could this provide a viable route to save Solomon by introducing another suspect However, Delaney is refusing to testify and Eddie has a problem he could not have imagined, the killer is on the jury, ideally placed to ensure that a guilty verdict prevails Cavanagh engineers masterly misdirections and twists in this taut and fast paced thriller that had me reading until I finished The suspense and tension is palpable in this brilliantly plotted story of a highly intelligent manipulative serial killer with the chameleon like ability to become another person, feel no pain, a true sociopath who knows that he really is special and untouchable with the help he receives from someone close to the case Eddie is a phenomenal lawyer, displaying his courtroom skills with panache as he illustrates that the art of the cross examination and the art of the con are one and the same thing This is a terrifically entertaining read and Cavanagh can be counted to have you gripped from the moment you start reading A fantastic legal thriller that I recommend highly Many thanks to Orion for an ARC. Wow, what a ride this was I couldn t put it down and ended up reading it into the small hours I picked this book up as I d seen several good reviews of it from friends and I m so glad I did.This is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn series, though it s the first one I ve read, and it works perfectly well as a standalone Eddie, former conman turned lawyer, is asked to work on the case of Hollywood star Bobby Solomon, who is standing trial for murdering his wife and his head of security Yet unbeknownst to Eddie there is a rogue juror A serial killer, a chameleon, has infiltrated the jury process, and he s hell bent on making sure Bobby Solomon is found guilty.I really don t want to say too much about the plot, just that it s twisty and turny, and certainly has the wow factor that a good legal thriller needs Yet it s so much than that I really enjoyed the characters, as well as the action in and out of the courtroom and I ll certainly be on the lookout for of Steve Cavanagh s work in the future I can t recommend this book highly enough.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Five starsALL OF THE STARS In a market saturated with legal thrillers, Thirteen needs its own category This concept was brilliant and the execution superb I could not put it down Thirteen is the 4th book in the Eddie Flynn series but works as a stand alone Eddie is an ex con turned lawyer who goes toe to toe in a battle of brains with a serial killer who wrangles his way onto a jury This book is so clever, so intriguing, so filled with red herrings and brilliant misdirection that I CANNOT wait to go back and read the others.There is an interesting sub plot with some bad guys but I dare not say too much, except for this Get yourself a copy and get to it, even if legal thrillers are not your jam You won t be sorry Thank you to the brilliant Steve Cavanagh, Flatiron Books and Netgalley for giving me this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review Five starsALL OF THE STARS In a market saturated with legal thrillers, Thirteen needs its own category This concept was brilliant and the execution superb I could not put it down Thirteen is the 4th book in the Eddie Flynn series but works as a stand alone I have not read the othersyet Eddie is an ex con turned lawyer who goes toe to toe in a battle of brains with a serial killer who wrangles his way onto a jury This book is so clever, so intriguing, so filled with red herrings and brilliant misdirection that I CANNOT wait to go back and read his others.There is an interesting sub plot with some bad guys but I dare not say too much, except for this Get yourself a copy and get to it even if legal thrillers are not your jam You won t be sorry Thank you to the brilliant Steve Cavanagh, Flatiron Books and Netgalley for giving me this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review I love a good courtroom drama and this is an excellent one It dragged me right in with that dramatic tagline on the cover that tells us that The serial killer isn t on trial HE S ON THE JURY and kept me guessing as to who he could be right up to the end This is the fourth novel in this series lawyer writer Steve Cavanagh featuring defense lawyer Eddie Flynn It also works well as a stand alone novel without that feeling that you should have read the earlier episodes Eddie Flynn is a great character, a defense lawyer with a heart and an instinct for telling truth from lies An ex con artist, Eddie believes that a good cross examination requires the same three stages as a good con, and luckily for the people he defends, he just happens to be expert at both As a result of his previous skill in handling police called to give testimony, Eddie has been asked to join the team defending celebrity actor Robert Solomon accused of murdering his actress wife and his security guard They were found murdered together in bed in the Solomons apartment and the evidence pointing at Robert having murdered them in a fit of rage is strong However, after talking to him Eddie believes Robert s claim that he is innocent and has been set up, but has no idea why someone would want to do that They ll also be up against one of the most powerful and successful prosecutors in New York so Eddie will have to be very smart if he is to find the weaknesses in the evidence.Interwoven with this fascinating courtroom drama, are the moves being made by the serial killer to infiltrate and influence the composition of the jury It s intriguing to see how he is able to do this and also to speculate as to why he want to I won t risk a spoiler here except to say he is a serial killer and psycopath with a twisted motive in his choice of victims I found this a refreshingly original crime thriller and was totally engaged in both the courtroom drama and the mystery of the serial killer Needless to say, I will definitely be seeking out of Cavanagh s works in the future With thanks to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for an advanced copy of the book to read. I started reading Thirteen on 4 26 2019 and finished it on 4 30 2019 at 12 53am This book is a fantastic read I love the two point of views with the lawyer and the killer I love that both main characters are smart and knowledgeable as well as the supporting characters I love learning that the career choice of being a defense lawyer can be life threatening and could potentially break up a family I like that there are definitions and detailed explanations to courtroom actions, such as what a rogue juror is.The story begins with the first person point of view following Eddie Flynn as he defends a lady on drug possession in a courtroom He won the case and then got invited to be part of the largest murder trial ever, a celebrity being accused of double murder The alternative view told in third person is the killer He took time to study who the jurors will be and did the steps to become him His process is also presented in the prologue of the story The book is organized into 5 days of the week covering the length of the murder trial.Thirteen is very well written and such an adrenaline rush read I enjoyed the courtroom twists with how the evidences are presented I like how the lawyer work through solving a puzzle and finding a pattern to a problem I enjoyed the humor between the lawyers in the courtroom It s fun when Eddie analyze what the other person is saying or not saying because it shows that he s clever to figure out the silent meaning behind the words This book is definitely a page turner and I highly recommend everyone to read it.Pro fast paced, page turner, suspense, adrenaline rush, humor, courtroom, serial killer,Con noneI rate it 5 stars Disclaimer Many thanks to Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest.xoxo,Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for details An entertaining and fast paced crime novel but you need to seriously suspend disbelief when reading this one The celebrity murder trial of the century, Hollywood s biggest star Robert Solomon is charged with murdering his wife and 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 the mind of lawyer Eddie Flynn The Serial Killer isn t on trial He s on the Jury I was intrigued by the above line and really wanted to read this Novel The story is fast paced and the characters well drawn and I liked the main Protagonist Eddie Flynn, I enjoyed the court room drama but the plot line is very quite far fetched and unbelievable and this did affect my rating of the book.I listened to this one on Audible and the narration was good.An entertaining read but not one for my favourites shelf and I doubt I will remember it a year from now.
- 336 pages
- Steve Cavanagh
- 02 August 2017 Steve Cavanagh