Steve Cavanagh

The Defence

"...I challenge any reader to be able to put this book down."


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? Lose this case and he loses everything.

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Eddie Flynn is a defence lawyer that makes Grisham's look tame, and one so maverick he makes Connolly's look conservative. Very cleverly written, 'The Defence' is a mix of a legal thriller, David and Goliath, and a battle of wits on every page. There is not a dull moment and I challenge any reader to be able to put this book down. Flynn, like many successful protagonists is flawed; a broken marriage and a recovering alcoholic. Added to this he is also a con artist, spending much of his younger years fleecing insurance companies for large personal injury pay outs. Yet despite all these flaws he is immensely likable and I was instantly rooting for him. Paradoxically, even though he was a con artist and a defence lawyer, he was still fundamentally a good person, wanting to do the right thing. Cavanagh will keep you on your toes with 'The Defence'. It's not just a page turning legal thriller, but also plenty of double crossing between the characters involved. I am sure Eddie Flynn will return, and I along with many others will be eagerly awaiting his next case.

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