The Defense

The Defense

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""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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250082251
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cav
Description: 308 pages ; 25 cm


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JCLBetM Mar 23, 2020

I started reading this series because author Dervla McTiernan posted about being excited to read the newest book; I love her writing so wanted to know what she liked. I almost stopped early on because it seemed a bit light on heart and depth, but as soon as I found out about Flynn's daughter I was hooked. It's definitely a lighter crime read in that the main character is a fast-talking flippant (seeming) conartist-turned-lawyer, and it has that private eye kinda vibe, but it's good pacing and I was definitely left wanting to follow Flynn's story.

Jan 09, 2020

The second time I've read an Eddie Flynn book. This time the Russian Mob have his daughter & Eddie has to defend the leader & also set up a bomb inside the court. Eddie was once a con man so he is able to use a few tricks that help him.
Fast paced, very exciting with many twists & turns to keep you turning pages when you really should be going to sleep.

Dec 20, 2019

This novel becomes more intense and the suspense is heightened as the story enfolds. The book is written by a Belfast lawyer so the courtroom drama and questioning of witnesses is where Cavanagh's expertise shows. Eddie Flynn, the main character, is a likable NYC lawyer for the defense. In this novel he uses a lot of pick pocket tricks to get the results he needs to be one step ahead of his client who is threatening him and his 10 year old daughter. There is plenty of action outside the courtroom as well. Cavanagh has written several books with Eddie Flynn as his main character. Each novel presents a different plot with the author providing background information repeat characters as needed so each can be read as a stand alone. Cavanagh's novels have won awards. His novels are great reads for the beach or poolside

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 04, 2019

Not my usual thing...but the third book in this series was recently released and somehow landed on my radar. This is a fast-paced court room drama featuring a hard-scrabble attorney trying to save his daughter. Thematically it has more ties to films like Taken and Ransom...and will definitely appeal to readers who like their novels fast-paced and full of action.

Nov 13, 2019

When we first meet Eddie Flynn he is being held at gunpoint. His assailant instructs Flynn to put on his coat -- and it now has a bomb inside. . .And this taut thrill ride continues through the entire novel with many twists and turns. One of the scenes that captivated my imagination was Flynn's ride on the back of a Kawasaki Ninja 650 through lower Manhattan during morning rush hour. The primary motivation for Flynn is saving his 10-year-old daughter Amy from the clutches of the Russian mob. It will take every last trick and resource he has to get her back. His tool chest includes calling on a boyhood friend who is a boss in the Italian mafia and the judge who turned him from being a con man into a lawyer. Flynn will need both those skill sets to survive and save Amy. Fans of John Grisham and "The Lincoln Lawyer" will want to check out this series.

Oct 14, 2019

Good lord.

Oct 14, 2019

Kept me holding my breath & on the edge of my seat. Every time I relaxed the least little bit, there was another reason to hold my breath and keep reading.
Could not believe this was his first book - it's excellent!

May 29, 2019

I must have like this book, as I started reading it at bedtime... and finished in one sitting (or laying.) quirky characters and menacing bad guys, bullets spraying, an interesting combination of grifter/lawyer, it was an adventure.

Jun 16, 2016

Needed an easy, fast-paced book after slogging my way thru a 600 page book that I didn't really like. This one fit the bill. I liked the con-man/lawyer character idea for Eddie. A lot of the book is far-fetched, but it was an entertaining, early John Grisham type read. Good if you are looking for a quick thriller.


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