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The Defense: A Novel (Eddie Flynn Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“Cavanagh’s stellar debut provides everything a reader could ask for in a thriller―nail-biting suspense, a Russian nesting doll of a plot, and an original and compelling lead.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If you're a fan of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Brad Meltzer, then you will be a fan of Steve Cavanagh's The Defense. Cavanagh's debut novel introduces a wonderfully flawed hero, Eddie Flynn, one-time con man, now turned lawyer, who will hold you spellbound. This is a hell of a genre-bending book. I hope Cavanagh's working on the sequel.” ―Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel
“This is a super, break-neck book.”
―Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Steve Cavanagh's The Defense puts the 'thrill' back in 'legal thriller.' Non-stop action, unexpected and totally cool plot twists, a sympathetic genius of a con-man/attorney, and a clock that never ever ever stops ticking -- this isn't narrative drive, it's rocket-like narrative propulsion! Hop aboard and enjoy the ride!” ―John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Fall and the Dismas Hardy series
“A fresh approach…A rush of double-crosses...and some savvy lawyering. Cavanagh keeps things hopping and writes a fine action scene.”
―The Dallas Morning News
“Reads a lot like a courtroom drama that Lee Child might write about Jack Reacher's younger, hotter-headed brother.” ―Irish Times
“Part classic courtroom drama in the John Grisham tradition and part Bruce Willis-like action hero fiction straight out of the Die Hard franchise, this is a rip-roaring action-packed and highly entertaining debut.” ―Irish Independent
“The Defense is the best kind of legal thriller, proving that the real drama takes place outside of the courtroom, in the head and the heart. I started reading to see what would happen next, but couldn't put the book down because I needed to learn more about con man turned lawyer Eddie Flynn, the smartest man in the courthouse. I was hooked until the last satisfying page.” ―Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Ex--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B016I8G61Y
- Publisher : Flatiron Books; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016)
- Publication date : May 3, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 716 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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I read this author’s popular fourth installment of his Eddie Flynn series earlier this year. I am talking about THIRTEEN which was published in 2018 and made quite an impression on popular authors, critics, and readers alike. Personally, I just loved it. Naturally when Cavanagh’s debut novel was featured in a promotional email at a reduced price, I hit the Purchase Button right away. I had been so impressed by the runaway bestseller THIRTEEN that I had intended to read more from this talented new-to-me author.
By 25% into the book Eddie has been threatened by a Russian Mobster to murder the star witness for the prosecution in his trial for First Degree Murder, and the mobsters have kidnapped his 10-yr old daughter to ensure his cooperation. Great start to a novel---even if he murders the witness he realizes that he will be signing both his and his daughter's death warrant. Can a master con man save himself and his little girl using the tool's of a huckster's trade? The novel had an intriguing premise and it held my interest as the story line unfolded.
However, by the time I had read to the 39% mark, the momentum had slowed and although the narrative remained at least interesting, it was somewhat dull but for Eddie's anecdotes about his days as a grifter and his successful exploits with insurance fraud. This observation remained pretty much the tale of the take until around the 75% mark, or final one fourth of the novel.
That said, the action does pick up with a host of criminal elements, i.e., the Russian mob, the Italian crime family in New York, assorted other mobsters and the cartels. The core of the plot (Eddie's 10 yr. old daughter’s abduction by the Russian mafia to be used as leverage for Eddie to act as the crime boss's attorney, and to blow up the star witness for the prosecution) ultimately evolves into a more complex story line. Eddie is a tough street fighter and gifted grifter and con man (former that is) and the book picks up momentum when Flynn starts outwitting the bad guys and the narrative reveals the grand scope of the web within which Eddie has found himself trapped.
Finally, this debut novel is better than many I've read. The few scenes in the courtroom were especially good. Eddie Flynn is a likable scoundrel who was a talented and successful con artist by trade before his mother's death guilted him into changing careers. Eddie went to law school and plied his previously well honed hustler skills to the attorney trade. The author gives Eddie a guilty conscience over a past professional mistake, makes him a haunted recovering alcoholic with a failed marriage and a young daughter who gets caught up in the train wreck he made of his legal career. He's flawed but charismatic enough to make you like him anyway. Mafia, mobsters, and organized crime aren't my cup of tea but Cavanagh spins an ambitious action packed yarn that pits Eddie against some heavy odds stacked against him. He has only his wits and a con man's instincts and talents to carry the day. The narrative dragged at times and I felt impatient for the tale to end.
There is also one jarring scene toward the end of the book that I felt was completely unnecessary, but beyond that, totally unbelievable and a giant turn off as a reader. I am talking about Eddie physically assaulting the head of the Russian Mafia when the crime boss had just seconds earlier told Eddie that he would not harm him or his family. A mature man, a smart man, or a man who is portrayed as a cunning strategist slugs the mob boss and his bodyguard just for the hell of it.
Loved THIRTEEN so would likely have read the next book featuring the exploits of the Eddie Flynn. The ridiculous action taken by Eddie at the end makes me feel like he is not a “thinking man” at all.
Top reviews from other countries
Il va faire appel à son passé de voleur-arnaqueur, à sa connaissance des lieux, aux interruptions de séances et à quelques relations extérieures, pour se sortir de ce piège.
Le style de Steve Cavanagh pour ce premier roman rappelle celui de Michaël Connelly qui ne le renierait sûrement pas. Le maniement du suspense est efficace. A suivre.
C'est bien écrit et çà va vite, très vite...
Bref, un très bon moment de lecture, sans prise de tête...
Je vais lire les suivants.