Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4) by Steve Cavanagh @orionbooks @SSCav #Thirteen #BookReview #LegalThriller

Thirteen: The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury by [Steve Cavanagh]





‘Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.’ Michael Connelly

‘THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.’ Sarah Pinborough

‘Outstanding.’ Lee Child

‘Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.’ Clare Mackintosh


‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.


Thirteen: The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury


So many books blend when you read a lot but then you get the odd ones that stand out because they are so different and well this is definitely one of them. You get a taster of Eddie Flynn at the start of the book, a defence lawyer with a unique background himself as he was originally a conman with charisma. After his win, he asked if he will form part of the team on a high profile double murder case. A well-known celebrity accused of murdering his wife and his head of security who he swears he found murdered in his bed.

There in itself is a great story until you meet Joshua Kane as he murders yet another of his victims so that he can take the man’s place on the trial as a juror. You know Joshua is the murderer and the celebrity is innocent but he needs to make sure that he can manipulate the jury if he is to get the guilty verdict he wants. He is intelligent, skilled and has a determination that says no-one will stop him.

There is no give away to the plot there, this is the knowledge you begin the story with. It isn’t the knowing the who that the story is about but the how and why. I was totally engrossed in this, loved the details of the ins and outs of the system and how the selections were made. The story is gripping with Flynn having that extra intuition for something not being quite right. Not happy with just been on the defence team, he begins his own digging.

The jury is a mixed bunch of ordinary people with some being more strong-willed than others. A definite threat to a man that needs to be the alfa male in the group to control how they think. The tension is electric in a race against time as the case is drawing to its end. This is a belting story with characters that stay in your head even when you put the book down. Highly recommended read.


Steve Cavanagh

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.


Twitter: @SSCav

Thirteen: The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury by [Steve Cavanagh]



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