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Orion, 19 May 2016. ISBN:
If I’m ever unjustly accused of murder, especially with a mountain of
evidence against me, I want Eddie Flynn to be my lawyer. He’s a member of a
rare breed; he believes in getting justice, not just winning his case.
In The Plea, Steve
Cavanagh’s second legal thriller featuring the incomparable Eddie, a theme
seems to be developing. In The Defence, the first in the series, Eddie’s
daughter was being threatened by the Mob. This time it’s his wife – more
accurately his almost-ex-wife – whose career, freedom and ultimately life are
Eddie is offered a huge
amount of money by an undercover task force to persuade a man accused of
murdering his girlfriend to plead guilty. There’s a deal on the table for him,
offered as a quid pro quo for giving them some information which will bring
down a major crime syndicate masquerading as a respected law firm. Eddie’s wife
is unwittingly and innocently involved with the syndicate (she works for the
supposed law firm), which adds a layer of persuasion to the task force’s
The only problem is that the
man insists he is innocent of the murder despite apparently damning evidence
against him – and Eddie believes him.
The good news for the accused
man is that as well as a lawyer with the right attitude, Eddie Flynn is also an
ex-hustler, ex-conman and ex-grifter. Which means he has a gift for spotting
the tiniest flaws in other people’s nefarious plans. And that’s what he sets
out to do, in order to get his client off a very sharp hook, save his wife’s
bacon and take down all the bad guys, not just the obvious ones, while he’s
The novel is a glorious
page-turning romp through the deeply flawed American legal system, with a few
pops taken at social media and a lot of tips about how to spot a con. It’s
peopled with highly coloured, memorable characters: bad guys, worse guys, and
quite a few unlikely guys on the side of the angels. For me, the best measure
of its success was that I read an uncorrected proof copy absolutely littered
with errors, and still galloped through it with hardly a wince.
The Plea is explosive, nail-bitingly tense and hilarious by
turns; once I started, I just kept reading, and could hardly bear to put it
down. Eddie Flynn has the potential to become one of the stars of courtroom
drama, and I for one can’t wait to see what he will get up to next.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Steve Cavanaghwas born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At 18 he moved to
Dublin and studied Law, by mistake. Steve had a choice of degree courses at
College, either Business & Marketing or Law. He decided to enrol for
Business & Marketing, but he got the course timetables mixed up and ended
up registering for Law.
“Essentially, I became a lawyer because I joined the wrong queue that
day. I suppose it was fate, if you believe in that kind of thing.”
After completing his degree in Dublin, he moved to Cardiff where he
undertook a post-graduate studies in Law. Around this time, when Steve was in
his early twenties he began to write Screenplays, but after a short while he
decided to give up writing completely and focus on his legal career. He then
returned to Belfast where he landed a job as an investigator for a large law
firm. During his time at the firm Steve worked on a wide range of cases –
everything from road traffic collisions and accidents at work to catastrophic
He went on to qualify as a solicitor at the firm and gained valuable
experience as a litigator representing some of the largest insurance companies
in the world.
Steve currently practices in the fields of Discrimination Law,
Employment Law, Personal Injury Law and Judicial Review. He holds a certificate
in Advanced Advocacy jointly awarded by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and
the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in Boulder, Colorado. In 2011 Steve
was appointed to the Labour Relations Agency’s panel of Arbitrators and
Independent Appeal Chairmen by the Northern Ireland Department of Employment
and Learning. As well as practicing law, he often lectures on various legal
subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes).
In 2011, he began writing again in the hope of fulfilling a life-long
ambition to publish a novel. His debut novel, The Defence, is the first in a new, US-based legal thriller series
featuring Eddie Flynn, former con-artist turned trial lawyer.
Steve is married to Tracy, they live in Northern Ireland with their two
young children and a rescue dog, called Lolly, who keeps Steve company during
those long nights at the writing desk.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.