***WINNER OF THE CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD 2018***
A MISSING GIRL. A DESPERATE FATHER.
A CASE WHICH WILL TEAR THEM APART.
'Plotting that takes the breath away' Ian Rankin
'A fantastic thriller writer' Mark Billingham
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WHO IS DEADLIER ...
Leonard Howell's worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. He can't rely on the cops, so Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back.
THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH
Eddie Flynn knows what it's like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld.
... OR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES A LIE?
However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of the game have changed - and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth...?
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An ingenious plot, gripping action and characters who leap off the page: discover why readers love Steve Cavanagh:
'Cavanagh stands head and shoulders above the competition, with his skilfully plotted, action-packed and big-hearted Eddie Flynn novels . . . highly intelligent, twist-laden and absolutely unputdownable' Eva Dolan, author of the critically acclaimed Tell No Tales
'What a thriller! Breathlessly brilliant and fiendishly clever' Miranda Dickinson
'A cleverly constructed legal thriller combined with a classic locked-room mystery. Eddie Flynn is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional heroes and Cavanagh one of my favourite thriller writers.' S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood
'Raymond Chandler could have created Eddie Flynn. THE PLEA is Phillip Marlowe and Michael Connolly's Mickey Haller combined, with a bit of Jim Thompson's THE GRIFTERS thrown in. A superb read with a main character destined to be one of the most talked about in crime fiction.' Howard Linskey, author of The Search
If you like John Grisham, Lee Child and Michael Connelly, you will LOVE the gripping and twisty Eddie Flynn series:
1. The Defence
2. The Plea
3. The Liar
* Each Eddie Flynn thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order *
Irish civil rights lawyer. (Real name Steve Mearns). Born and raised in Belfast. Moved to Dublin at age 18 to study law. Five published thrillers involving New York conman turned lawyer Eddie Flynn, with a sixth on the way in August 2021. I’ve read #2 and #5 and liked them.
Our boy is summoned in the middle of the night by an ex-military dude turned wealthy private security entrepreneur whose beloved daughter has been kidnapped. On his way there, Eddie’s served with a demand for legal records from a case handled by his legal mentor back in the day who handed over his files to our boy after he became a superior court judge. The FBI is all over the kidnapping case but getting nowhere. The vic’s Dad pulls an insurance scam that blows up in his face, as does his house. Meanwhile, a venal (is there any other kind) plaintiff attorney is trying to stitch our boy’s judge mate up for malpractice for not representing a client, yada, yada, FBI charges our boy’s new client with murder of his daughter, investigatory dead ends, yada, yada, people are not what they seems, court room action, dodgy testimony, defendant tries to top himself, sleight of hand by our hero, blood and guts, twists and turns. The two cases come together and lead to dramatic conclusion in the cemetery at Sleepy Hollow of all places.
Slick, fast paced, with a touch of wise cracking humour to lighten things up. Mr Flynn’s heart in the right place but he’s a rogue by nature, which prevents him sounding holier than thou. I doubt there are many real life lawyers are called upon to soak up as much physical punishment as him, but it’s America. Anything’s possible. The supporting cast are mostly caricature.
It might not be literature but it’s an engaging, entertaining read with a protagonist about whom I want to read more.