Author: Steve Cavanagh
Published: May 3, 2016 by Flatiron Books
Genre: Thriller / Legal Thriller
Hardcover: 320 pages
My Rating: 3 1/3 stars
Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turns out the two aren’t that different.
Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn’t have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie’s ten-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case whether he likes it or not.
Using his razor-sharp wit and every con, bluff, grift, and trick in the book, Eddie has only forty-eight hours to defend an impossible murder trial. And if he loses this case, he loses everything.
This is the first book in a series of four featuring former con artist turned lawyer, Eddie Flynn. His fourth book, Thirteen, which came out this year is what really caught my attention. The tag line for that book is “The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.” Holy moly – do I want to read that book! But first things first – I heard a lot of people read Thirteen and loved it so much they went back to the beginning to read the whole series. Why not start with the first, which is what I did.
The Defense is a high octane movie in a book. The action starts out on the first page when a gun is held at Eddie Flynn’s back and he’s held captive by the Russian mob. At stake is his daughter’s life unless he agrees to represent the head of the Russian mafia who’s on trial for murder. He has to smuggle into the court house the bomb that is strapped to his back, because the ultimate goal is to blow up the state attorney’s key witness before he testifies.
There are some twists and turns. There are hidden agendas. There is plenty of action, cunning legal maneuvers, and tricks of the trade from a former con artist. Nothing goes quite as planned. What this book doesn’t have is character development. It’s just not that kind of book. It very plot driven and keeps you turning the pages. It’s a cross between an Ocean’s Eleven con, a John Grisham legal thriller, and a Die Hard action movie.