The Defence – Steve Cavanagh

Published 12 March 2015 by Orion

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Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren’t that different.

It’s been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn’t have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie’s back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.

Eddie only has forty-eight hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial – and win – if he wants to save his daughter.

Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his ‘client’ and ensure Amy’s safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?

Lose this case and he loses everything.


This legal drama came highly recommended by two leading names in crime book blogging, Liz and Steph. See Liz’s Top 11 of the Year and CrimeThrillerGirl’s Top Ten of 2015. I read this with very high hopes of a stonkingly good read.

My thoughts

Believe the rumours about this one! The Defence is a terrific court room action packed drama. And it has the most lovely intriguing central character in rough around the edges, Eddie Flynn.

The story follows Eddie Flynn in a crazy couple of days of his life. He is forced back to his job as a lawyer, after a year off drowning his sorrows in booze. His daughter is held hostage and he must defend in court a very guilty Russian Mafia boss, Volchek. Plus he has a bomb strapped to him. Eddie isn’t your average middle class lawyer type, with a nice suit and an impeccable background. He has a background in grifting and conning. These special skills of his are needed, when it comes to defeating the Mafia and rescuing his daughter. Tension escalates, as we hold our breath and we see how Eddie copes under extreme pressure.

Think of an action hero like Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’ or Jason Bourne and you are not far off with Eddie Flynn. As a character, you just can’t help feeling for him as his life spirals out of control. He is totally unexpected and really something special. You find yourself cheering for Eddie and hoping that he defeats the baddies. Luckily he has a few crooked friends he can call on for help and he has super-human stamina. He is just so clever and witty, in the court room scenes that it takes your breath away. How he can function on so little sleep is beyond me. Action heroes do not need sleep, like us mere mortals.

This is one book that you will be racing to get through, to see if Eddie can succeed. You will fall a little bit in love with Eddie. And you will believe that he can save the day. Exciting and beautifully constructed. Please someone make this into a film! Recommended.



My thanks to the publishers and to Netgalley for my review copy!



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3 Responses to The Defence – Steve Cavanagh

  1. crimeworm says:

    Oh gosh I’ve got to fit this into 2015, just in case it’s THAT GOOD it’s eligible for an award (I’ll be reading til Hogmanay so my list will be very late!)

    • Christine says:

      Will be interested to see if you love it as well, Linda. We need your book list of faves for this year. I’m dying to see what you’ve chosen.

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