Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love this series of books! Thirteen did not disappoint. Cavanaugh's style is similar to James Patterson when he first started writing - in other words, before he used "ghost" or "co-writers. It's a compliment.
There is non-stop action in this book. Eddie Flynn, former con-man, current defense attorney gets involved in a case that's bigger than any he has ever argued before. Movie star Robert Solomon is accused of murdering his beautiful wife and one of their friends. It appears to be an open-and-shut case. Flynn is brought aboard the defense team so Solomon's high-priced attorney won't have to get on the wrong side of law-enforcement. Flynn won't hesitate to put the police on trial, so to speak.
When the production company, who has paid for his attorney, suddenly backs out, taking the attorney they paid for, Flynn steps in for his entire defense. He is convinced of Bobby's innocence, and he's right. The killer is sitting on the jury, and the steps he took to get there are diabolical.
The question is whether or not Flynn can convince at least one juror to believe there is reasonable doubt as a mistrial will ensue in the hopes of being able to investigate further. He enlists the help of a former FBI Agent, and they begin to develop an alternate theory of the crime. But can they prove it? And will the killer get to them before they get to the killer?
There are twists and turns, ups and downs, highs and lows throughout the entire book. There are also subplots relating to Flynn's personal life interspersed with the crime drama. Cavanagh drops hints and clues throughout, some that will send you in the wrong direction which is a great plot technique, so when you think you have it figure out, chances are, you don't. This book kept me on the edge of my seat!
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