2016 Spotlight: The Plea Steve Cavanagh.


Publication Date: May 19th From Orion

Source: Publisher Review Copy

Fraud. Blackmail. Murder. It’s all in a day’s work for Eddie Flynn.

For years, major New York law firm Harland & Sinton has operated a massive global fraud. The FBI are on to them, but they need witnesses to secure their case. When a major client of the firm, David Child, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure Child as his client and force him to testify against the firm.

Eddie’s not a man to be forced into representing a guilty client, but the FBI have incriminating files on Eddie’s wife, Christine, and if Eddie won’t play ball, she’ll pay the price.

When Eddie meets David Child he knows Child is innocent, despite the overwhelming evidence against him. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the plea, Eddie must find a way to prove Child’s innocence while keeping his wife out of danger – not just from the FBI, but from the firm itself.

The Plea is Steve Cavanagh’s follow up to the (entirely brilliant) The Defence, featuring once more the indomitable Eddie Flynn – one of those characters you completely fall in love with (just me? No I don’t think it is you know) and a fast paced, edge of the seat thrill ride of a story that is utterly addictive.

From the killer opening to the intensely exciting ending The Plea doesn’t let up and  fairly bombs along, with Eddie flung into a situation that tests his mettle once more and the same heady mix of courtroom drama and cliffhanger danger zones that made The Defence such a joy to read – hold onto your hats this is a hell of a ride.

The writing is snappy, engaging and entirely bang on in creating a proper page turner of the kind that can drive you mad (I have to go to work? Noooo) – descriptively speaking Mr Cavanagh has a real eye for scene setting and character study but wraps it all up in a distinct and thrillingly atmospheric plot – proper storytelling this, like episodic television drama within a novel, beautifully constructed and a pure adrenalin rush from first page to last.

Loved David Child as a character incidentally – Just saying. The whole cast external to Eddie were terrific, another reason this is so great, it has people you can love, hate or a bit of both (glances sideways at Zader) and despite its thriller nature Steve Cavanagh never loses sight of the need to make you care. Pretty perfect really, a story you can enjoy on many levels.

Overall a WHOLE load of fun. Head clutching, breathless, edge of the seat fun. More please.

Highly Recommended.

Steve has very kindly agreed to answer some questions for me for release date so look out for that nearer the time. And hey, nice early heads up means that if you haven’t met Eddie Flynn yet, you could take a look at The Defence (details below) and see what you are missing.


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The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn’t matter in a trial.

The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove.

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 48 hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial – and win – if 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.

My Original Review for The Defence is right HERE

You can Purchase The Defence by clickety clicking HERE

Happy Reading Folks!

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