When I read Steve Cavanagh’s gripping thriller Thirteen, I was blown away. You’ll find my review here. It’s the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn series and so I was keen to go back and read the others. The Defence is the first in the series.
Here’s the blurb:
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?
My partner also read Thirteen first and loved it. He read The Defence before me and said it was even better. How could that be? I wondered. So I had very high hopes of The Defence before I’d even turned the first page. I have to say I was very disappointed – to start with. It took me a while to get into the book – to connect with Eddie again and with the storyline.
Then, about halfway through, I felt we were off and running again. The story took on those twists and turns I’d been waiting for and I was gripped. I needed to know what happened next.
I do wonder if my initial disappointment was because of my high expectation. Perhaps if my partner hadn’t said it was better than Thirteen, I wouldn’t have expected it to be. Or maybe I didn’t engage with the plot as much as I did in Thirteen. I’m not sure. Do I want to read more of Steve Cavanagh’s books? Definitely.