Thirteen (Eddie Flynn Series #3)

Thirteen (Eddie Flynn Series #3)

by Steve Cavanagh

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Thirteen is the legal thriller Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and Ruth Ware are raving about and readers can’t put down.

“Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.” —Lee Child

“A dead bang BEAST of a book that expertly combines Cavanagh’s authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.” —Michael Connelly

It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house – and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.

But there’s someone on his tail. Former-conman-turned-criminal-defense-attorney Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe that his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects that the real killer is closer than they think – but who would guess just how close?

“A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.” —Ruth Ware

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250297617
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Series: Eddie Flynn Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 583
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Steve Cavanagh is the international award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn novels. His debut novel, The Defense, was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Thriller of the Year, and The Plea won the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel. Steve is still a practicing lawyer (someday he’ll get the hang of it) and co-host of the chart-topping podcast Two Crime Writers And A Microphone. He has been involved in several high-profile civil rights cases, his Eddie Flynn novels have been published in over twenty countries, he’s married with two young children, and in his spare time he is mostly asleep.
Steve Cavanagh is an Irish author from Belfast and at the age eighteen he studied law by mistake. He is now the international award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn novels. His debut novel, The Defense, was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Thriller of the Year, and The Plea won the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel. Steve is still a practicing lawyer (someday he’ll get the hang of it) and co-host ofthe chart-topping podcast Two Crime Writers And A Microphone. He has been involved in several high-profile civil rights cases, his Eddie Flynn novels have been published in over twenty countries, he’s married with two young children, and in his spare time he is mostly asleep.

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Thirteen: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Aqswr 23 days ago
THIRTEEN continues the legal career of Eddie Flynn, although I admit I read the story as a stand alone. I found the book less of a standard legal thriller and more of a master-criminal tale. One in which our master criminal somehow eludes all manner of prosecution while wantonly conducting horrible crimes for many years. For added details, author Steve Cavanagh spends more time describing the work of the criminal than the past of our protagonist, a former con man. I had hoped to learn more about elaborate cons. Perhaps I would have done better with an earlier book in this series. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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Anonymous 26 days ago
The New York Times gave it a review that made me want to read 13. I enjoyed every page
cloggiedownunder 30 days ago
4.5 ★s Thirteen is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn series by Irish lawyer and author, Steve Cavanagh. Eddie Flynn had been approached by high-profile lawyer Rudy Carp, but was reluctant to join his team for Bobby Solomon’s trial. Bobby was charged with the murder of his wife, Ariel Bloom and his head of security, Carl Tozer. On meeting Bobby, however, Eddie became convinced of his innocence. Eddie’s role would be to discredit the NYPD’s handling of evidence. The case looked almost hopeless but there was a piece of evidence that had Eddie puzzled, so he called on his ex-FBI friend, Harper, to do some digging. His good friend Judge Harry Ford would be on the bench and the prosecution had a hired gun to put their case. Art Pryor had a reputation for getting convictions, and doing so quickly. But then the unexpected happened, and suddenly Eddie was defending Bobby by himself. Cavanagh sets up his story with chapters that alternate between Eddie’s narrative and the perspective of the murderer. So the reader is immediately aware of what this man has done to get onto the jury, and why, if not the full extent of his actions. Eddie is smart, but is this serial killer smarter? Cavanagh’s tale is full of twists and turns and red herrings to mislead and distract the reader. Eddie indulges in some clever courtroom antics and also mixes it with the bad guys in a physical sense. There’s plenty of action leading to a heart-stopping climax in this gripping page-turner.
Carolefort 2 days ago
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh is the fourth entry in the Eddie Flynn series. However, it reads well as a standalone. This novel defies definition: it is a murder mystery, a legal thriller, a psychological drama. Eddie Flynn is a criminal defense attorney whose client is Robert Solomon, a famous actor accused of murdering his wife and her lover. It soon becomes apparent that Solomon is innocent but the evidence is against him. However, who committed the brutal murders and why was Solomon so expertly framed? Are all the members of the jury who they say they are? And who is Joshua Kane? Thirteen is an exceptional mystery: the plot is original and the characters interesting. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy fast-paced, mysterious legal thrillers. Thank you to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
CapriciousNiteOwl 6 days ago
I loved everything about this book! It was a well-written, clever, intriguing legal thriller read with well-developed characters. Simply, everything I look for in a book in this genre. A breath of fresh air between all the legal and suspense thrillers out there. This is my first book by Steve Cavanagh and I can not wait to read more books from this author. Thank you NetGalley, Flatiron Books, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous 9 days ago
It was a great distraction that didn't last long enough. A story with great twists and turns and great characters. It even gave me something to think about; the jealously that can rise up for those who succeed (or don't succeed to the level they wish). There was a few typos throughout and the number continued to grow. This was a distraction that took away from the fast paced action at the end.
McKenzie-Allyshia 11 days ago
This legal mystery/thriller was absolutely incredible. From the very first page, I could not put the book down. I mean, hello, the defense lawyer is an ex-conman. That in itself is interesting! This entire book was intense and so wonderfully done. I felt myself on the edge of my seat the entire read. The plot twists were well planned and for the most part I had no questions. I did find myself exclaiming "what?!" and "no way!" out loud numerous times at work though when I should not have been reading. In regards to the main characters, the defense lawyer and the serial killer, both were incredibly clever and well written. The reader is given just enough information at the right times to not be overwhelmed or have any lingering questions. Not to mention, I was floored by some of the tactics that were done and the thought that had to have gone into accomplishing them. At the end of the day, I really enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait to read more books by Steve Cavanagh. Initially I thought that Thirteen was a stand alone book, but I am happy to report it is not! You can read it as so, but I definitely will be checking out the other books in this series.
Nursebookie 14 days ago
“THIRTEEN” is the 4th of the Eddie Flynn series following ‘The Defence’ (February 2016), ‘The Plea’ (April 2017) and ‘The Liar’ (November 2017). This is an amazing book that is a hybrid of a murder and court room drama which I absolutely enjoyed. The chapters alternate from Eddie Flynn (first person narrative) the lawyer and Joshua Kane (third person narrative) the murderer. It works amazingly well and you get a great sense of the characters’ thoughts, actions and behaviors. The story is split up into days as the story is told over a weeks’ time. Flynn is an exceptional lawyer who cares nothing about ego but instead the drive to protect the innocent, and risking his family and life in the process. He is the ideal in moral and character. I find myself rooting for him and feel every bit of his pain and agony as he goes through this trial of the century. The opposite goes for Joshua Kane who feels no pain whatsoever and is one of the scariest character I have ever read and you will be amazed how this character was written with absolute brilliance!! A true psychopath, cold killer, meticulous, cunning and an expert impersonator! Overall, I highly recommend this novel to those of you who enjoy reading thrillers and legal/courtroom drama. It’s a fast-paced, high-energy novel, with a really unique storyline and characters. This book is one-of-a-kind and original, and I was hooked from the start. I will definitely be reading all the other Eddie Flynn series.
labmom55 15 days ago
What a great premise! What if the murderer is on the jury? You’ve got dual story lines here, both equally engaging. In the first, a serial murderer is determined to get on the jury of a murder trial so he can get the defendant convicted. Flip side, a lawyer is picked to be second chair on the defense side of the same murder trial. I hadn’t realized this was the fourth in a series. Cavanagh gives you enough background that it’s easy to read this as a stand alone. This isn't believable but it’s fun as hell. Eddie Flynn was a con artist before he was a lawyer. He’s a great main character, full of observant remarks about everyone else, sharp as hell, able to see connections that others miss. And Kane is one creepy villain. He can’t feel, in either the real or figurative sense. This moves at a quick pace. I had sussed out one of the big reveals but several others caught me off guard, especially the ending. As I said, this is a fun read and I recommend it to everyone who likes legal and police procedural. My thanks to netgalley and Flatiron Books for an advance copy of this book.
Anonymous 19 days ago
What a book could not put it down Fast Wild Scary and just plain good
72BRUIN 19 days ago
There’s no shortage of legal thrillers to get you attention, but Steve Cavanagh has come up with an interesting twist that makes “THIRTE3N” a good choice. Lawyer Eddie Flynn tells the story from his point of view, but we also hear from one of the jurors, who just happens to be the murderer. An excellent “hook” in this fast-paced story.
Kaceeey 20 days ago
The premise for this book was absolutely ingenious! A typical murder trial is getting underway. Did I say typical? Only if you think that having a certified serial killer on the jury is normal! Are you kidding me! Gimme, Gimme! I had to read this one! Bobby Solomon is Hollywood’s latest and greatest heartthrob who finds himself on trial for the murder of his wife and security man. And of course he swears he’s innocent! Eddie Flynn is an independent lawyer with a reputation for thinking outside the box. His courtroom theatrics are legendary! (Well...let’s just say he’s good at what he does!). He’s been asked to sit second-chair at Bobby’s trial. Like any defense attorney, he believes in Bobby’s innocence and agrees to help. But before long he finds himself sitting in the lead chair at the trial. So what happens when you find you have a rogue juror!? One whose own agenda takes precedence over the actual evidence being presented? Perhaps even more disturbing…that juror is a serial killer! If you like clever courtroom antics... Perry Mason moments if you will, then you’ll love this book! The courtrooms scenes were my absolute favorite! You’ll need to suspend your believability! If you can....then I think you’ll walk away loving the new favorite summer thriller! A fabulous buddy read with Susanne! Thank you to NetGalley, Flatiron Books and Steve Cavanagh for an ARC to read and review.
MaryND 22 days ago
What if a killer is able to get on the jury in the trial of the man wrongly accused for his crime in order to make sure that innocent man is convicted? This is the unusual premise of Steve Cavanagh’s new thriller “Thirteen,” the latest in his Eddie Flynn series. Told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of the killer, Joshua Kane, and Flynn, the lawyer representing the man Kane wants to ensure is convicted, “Thirteen” manages to keep ratcheting up the tension even though we know from the very first chapter who the real killer is. Having said that, this foreknowledge does make the moment in the book when Flynn figures out exactly who is on his jury a bit anticlimactic, and the graphic depictions of the crimes throughout made getting to this point a bit difficult for me, since I’m not really a fan of violent crime fiction. However, Flynn, a former petty criminal now working on the other side of the law, is an interesting protagonist with lots of room for development as this series continues, so readers who aren’t bothered by the graphic violence should enjoy “Thirteen” and future Eddie Flynn books. Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.
HollyLovesBooks4Us 22 days ago
Although this is book 4 in the Eddie Flynn series (he is the lawyer for the defense), this is easily readable as a standalone thriller/suspense book. Steve Cavanagh does a fantastic job of weaving several intricate plots together to an unexpected conclusion, even with all the hype and blurbs about this book out there. The initial storyline is straightforward in that Flynn is going through a rough patch in his private life due to his work and gets drafted into this case involving a Hollywood star that is accused of murdering his wife and a male friend. The trial is due to start and his defense is in need of an attorney like Flynn, someone who can be tough in the right places or take the fall if need be. He takes the job because he believes in the client's innocence and sets out to prove it. The remainder of the story is intricate weaving of the killer's moves and countermoves to continue his spree of murder and escape capture. Will he be caught? Will the correct guy be found guilty? How do you do that when the real killer is on the jury in his own trial? This is an interesting and thought-provoking story that is a thriller and legal drama simultaneously. Really well done and enjoyable. Highly recommended. #Thirteen #NetGalley #Flatiron
RICHandNANCY 23 days ago
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – 5 Stars Publisher: Flatiron Books ISBN: 9781250297600 The book blurb says enough to introduce this novel about a serial killer Kane who cleverly inserts himself onto a jury so he can pronounce his guilty verdict on a movie star for a murder he, Kane, committed. Eddie, an ex-con, now lawyer, even more cleverly not only displays a brilliant defense, but also orchestrates the discovery, hunt, and end of Kane’s evilness. Both Eddie and Kane have a team of players stacking the odds in their favor and it’s not until the surprising end that all hands are. We loved this book which was captivating throughout and we relished each and every turn and twist. We would love more Eddie books. Reviewer: Rich and Nancy
MargitS 23 days ago
.. This is the best legal thriller I have ever read. I finished it in two days because I just couldn't put it down. I loved all the twists and turns and how the main characters were portrayed. As a retired nurse I love looking for clues and making predictions in mysteries. I belong to two book clubs and have told them as well as my social media friends that this is a terrific book and very well written. Within 15 minutes of finishing it I started reading the first in this series even though this makes a good stand alone story.
ariannamclaughlin 25 days ago
This was such a fun thriller! I loved it from page one. I requested this as I saw it all over #bookstagram and it sounded like my kind of read. There is a complex plot, a terrifying villain and a well constructed protagonist. Kane, the serial killer, is particularly well-written and was properly creepy and kept me wanting to learn more. This is my first Steve Cavanagh book and can't wait to read more! Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review 4.5 stars
JFArteche 28 days ago
Book Review: Thirteen, Eddie Flynn, Book #4, by Steve Cavanagh By the prologue, you sense the unusual, never before read, morbid bête noire but curiously - very curiously, not horrific. Before the first chapter concludes, you're sold! There's just that Eddie guy and the straw and the McD bag gotcha that gets 'ya. Can't put it down. This book has you at "hello"! "Dollar Bill", the unsub. Diagnosed with congenital analgesia, he feels no pain. An evil genius with such high ideals he wants it clear in no uncertain terms that the "American Dream" is a lie. And to this end, leaves a trail of death and utter destruction in thirteen states. For years, with no one the wiser. Not the FBI. Not the cops. No one. Thirteen states. No more; no less. Why? Eddie Flynn, divorced, the protagonist. "Con man at law", decidedly unsuccessful but arguably brilliant and clearly the best - in a brawling street fighter sense. The defense attorney finds himself struggling in the mother of all fights and needs all that he can muster. All the sleighs of hand. And his very own inside knowledge of killing. "I knew two things: I knew how to deceive. And I knew about killing. When I was a con artist, I'd dealt with trigger men on almost a daily basis. Some were in it for the money. Most were in it for the sport..." The defendant: A movie superstar with many deep secrets, accused of double murder with a preponderance of evidence. And who really hasn't changed much from the farm boy who left home... A prosecutor who dreams of fame, fortune, and big, bold headlines above the fold. Cops who detest Flynn, - no, who detest Flynn and would like to finish him off! All out for justice - of one kind or the other. But "Dollar Bill" wants more. He wants his targets to suffer massive financial and personal shifts in life. Losses of the unrecoverable kind. Humiliation, mental anguish. And conviction. And he has an insurance policy to exact extreme measures. Infiltrate the jury. Be a juror. And he does. But which one? You'd never guess - through the end of the book. Everyone's going to guess wrong! And that isn't even the finale! Review based on an Advance Reader's Copy provided by NetGalley, Flatiron Books and the author.
Tomasitoreads 28 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary e-copy of THIRTEEN by Steve Cavanagh in exchange for my honest review Eddie Flynn, an ex con man, is a defense lawyer in NYC. His new case has been swept up by the media because his client, Bobby Solman, is a movie star that is charged with killing his wife and head security. The evidence they have on Bobby is incredible but Eddie believes him. The other POV we hear is of Joshua Kane. He is an intelligent serial killer and has managed to get a seat on the jury! I haven’t read too many courtroom dramas and now I am a fan! I love the back to back arguments between the lawyers! The suspense that is built up in the court room scenes is electric and I had real difficulty putting this book down. I don’t think I’ve ever come across this concept before, and that’s a rarity these days. But as strange as the concept may seem the story is very believable, and completely engrossing. Definitely a MUST read.
Amanda_Dickens 28 days ago
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. I could not put it down. I finished it in one day and would have completed it in one sitting if I did not have somewhere I had to be. This is a dual narrative psychological thriller. You follow a lawyer and a serial killer. You don't really know how everything goes together but you know that it does. If gives you lots of things to guess at which really kept me captivated. The red herrings are thrown around as well but just enough to make it fun. The characters are unlikeable in the best way. I don't want to say too much because it is best to go into this one blind. I 100% recommend this as a must read thriller.
OneThriftyReader 28 days ago
One of the best books of the summer! I'm a big fan of the Eddie Flynn series of legal thrillers by Steve Cavanagh. He's an Irish writer whose books are published much earlier in the UK than in the US. I've been waiting impatiently for what seems like forever for THIRTEEN to be available in the US because I know Mr. Cavanagh is an original thinker and the premise of this book fascinates me. I just received a free e-book copy of this book from Netgalley (in exchange for my honest review) and THIRTEEN is terrific! The book opens with a murder in the prologue and keeps up the momentum all the way to the end. It's a twisty read, with the originality I expect from this writer. Highly recommended!
casey710 29 days ago
Oh my gosh.....what a brilliant mystery! I loved the set up with the “bad guy” and the crime itself. Very well plotted with characters that were all really interesting. The story itself is clever and gives new meaning to the phrase hiding in plain sight. Lots of twists and turns right up until the end. Once I picked this up I could not put it down! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book is the fourth in the Eddie Flynn series and there are references to previous books but I didn't find it a problem to follow as the story is a standalone. Eddie is a former con-man turned lawyer who is hired to defend a famous movie star accused of killing his wife and security officer. Meanwhile a dangerous man is making plans to infiltrate the jury for the trial for his own purposes. A slow start soon builds into an interesting exploration of the legal system, especially jury selection. Eddie makes a great hero, a reformed man who wants to make sure an innocent man isn't sent to jail. He also made enemies of corrupt cops and his wife has left him, so he's not having a great life. But his mission remains the same. There's also Joshua Kane, a man who doesn't feel pain and has his own agenda. Watching him dispatch people to get to his objectives is morbidly entertaining. There are a few moments that strained credulity but I was willling to let it go. The paths of Eddie and Kane is on course collision and I was really pulled into the story. This is my first book by the author but I'm looking forward to reading more!
CLynnT 3 months ago
Many of us have a secret desire to be that lawyer who captivates the courtroom and flushes out the pure and evil facts, protecting the lives of the humans around us that we respect and love; to be instinctive, intuitive, working from the heart. Steve Cavanagh taps into that desire and allows us to step into that role, wade through the deceit, sense the misconceptions and expose the true evil that lives among us. This is a captivating yet dangerously evil read about a repulsive and heartless being who, by deception and sheer cunning continues to reign for years, until he meets his match: a rogue lawyer. The battleground is the courtroom; the pressure and risks are palpable. You can’t help but relate to Eddie Flynn; his heart is in the right place but his social skills are severely lacking. I must read more of Eddie and live vicariously through his antics. What an entertaining yet tense and unpredictable read! (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks so much to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for making it available.)