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The Plea: A Novel (Eddie Flynn Book 2) by [Steve Cavanagh]

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"Nasty, vicious, ruthless. That's the way we like our legal mysteries, so The Plea fits the bill…The impressive legal maneuvering pays off in a centerpiece courtroom drama."
―New York Times Book Review

“Cavanagh's fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller is bound to grip John Grisham and Michael Connelly fans with its unexpected turns.” ―Library Journal, starred review

"A terrific new voice... Cavanagh's blend of courtroom twists and out-of-court action shakes up standard tropes and has real freshness...Cavanagh has a particular talent for escalating tension, and Eddie Flynn is a terrific creation well worth following. There are shades of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller, but Flynn is also a unique character all his own. The Plea is a propulsive read that'll have you soldered to your seat as the pages whir by." ―Mystery Scene

“Criminally entertaining…Perfect for anyone who likes a locked-room mystery wrapped inside a legal thriller on steroids.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As Cavanagh develops his plot, it’s not clear who’s conning whom... [The] setup produces some stunning moments, like a car chase directed by cell phone. Plus delicious locked-room and what-the-police-missed detection... The action sequences and the courtroom hijinks make this worth a look.” ―Booklist

“You can beat him up, arrest his wife, try to acid bomb him, but you can't hustle a hustler… Good courtroom sequences, engaging minor characters, an ornately twisted plot, a repentant but hopeful hero―what could go wrong?...A worthwhile caper.” ―

“Rip-roaring legal thriller…Twisty, bloody, and convincing.”
―Ian Rankin

The Plea is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast.”
―John Connolly

“Fast-moving, low-punching, street-hustling adventure... Seriously superior airport read.”
Times Crime Book Club

“If you don't normally read courtroom dramas, you must make an exception. These books are just full of intelligent wheeling and dealing. Top notch storytelling... Superb, in a 'I must not move a muscle til I have finished this book' way.” ―Northern Crime

“Lively, clever and enjoyable . . . The constant action is interrupted only by absorbing courtroom scenes.” ―The Times (UK)

The Plea reads like an idiosyncratic cross between Elmore Leonard and John Grisham, but bursts with its own individual flavour.” ―The Financial Times (UK)

Praise for Steve Cavanagh's Eddie Flynn series:
“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.”
―Nelson DeMille,#1
New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel

“This guy is the real deal. Trust me.”
―Lee Child, #1
New York Times bestselling author

“Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.”
―Ruth Ware, #1
New York Times bestselling author

“Expertly combines his authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride.”
―Michael Connelly, #1
New York Times bestselling author

“Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation.”
―Sarah Pinborough, #1 internationally bestselling author

“Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.”
―Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author

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About the Author

Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He currently practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). He is married with two young children.

Find out more at or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B073Z7GT2K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flatiron Books (February 13, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 13, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2205 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 357 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 4,174 ratings

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Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, Sunday Times best-selling author of the Eddie Flynn series which has sold a million copies in the UK. His third novel, The Liar, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the year 2018. Thirteen won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime novel of the year 2019. FIFTY FIFTY was a Richard and Judy Book club choice, and the BBC Between The Covers book club choice. All of his novels have been nominated for major awards. His last four novels have all been Sunday Times Bestsellers.

The Eddie Flynn series can be read in any order, but the list in full in order of publication is as follows:

The Defence

The Cross (ebook exclusive novella)

The Plea

The Liar


Fifty Fifty

The Devil's Advocate

The Accomplice

Standalone books - Twisted.

Find out more at or follow Steve on Twitter @SteveCavanagh_

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Eddie Flynn Novel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Eddie Flynn Novel!
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𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞 - The Plea
𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 - Steve Cavanagh
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 - Thriller, Fiction, Legal Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Legal Story
𝐋𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 - 387 pages
𝐀𝐠𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 - 15+

When David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to persuade him to testify against the firm.

Eddie is not someone who is easily coerced, but when the FBI reveal that they have incriminating files on his wife, he knows he has no choice.

But Eddie is convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the deal, Eddie must find a way to prove his client's innocence.

But the stakes are high - his wife is in danger. And not just from the FBI . . .


Another Eddie Flynn Novel!
I've waited so long to read this and it's been sat in my Amazon Wish List for months!
I decided to just buy it for the current price because it just wasn't dropping to 99p!🙈

Oh my word, this book gripped me from the first page, but I will say it was a very complicated plot so I had to reread parts of it a few times so that I could understand what was happening, especially because most of my reading is done at night, in bed!

This is another Eddie Flynn case that is fast paced and super exciting!
It does not disappoint and I highly recommend that you read it, you don't have to because they are standalones but please read them in order!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great legal/courtroom drama
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