- Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (27 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250105986
- ISBN-13: 978-1250105981
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.6 x 18.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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"Nasty, vicious, ruthless. That's the way we like our legal mysteries, so The Plea fits the bill...The impressive legal maneuvering pays off in a centerpiece courtroom drama."
--New York Times Book Review
"Cavanagh's fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller is bound to grip John Grisham and Michael Connelly fans with its unexpected turns." --Library Journal, starred review
"A terrific new voice... Cavanagh's blend of courtroom twists and out-of-court action shakes up standard tropes and has real freshness...Cavanagh has a particular talent for escalating tension, and Eddie Flynn is a terrific creation well worth following. There are shades of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller, but Flynn is also a unique character all his own. The Plea is a propulsive read that'll have you soldered to your seat as the pages whir by." --Mystery Scene
"Criminally entertaining...Perfect for anyone who likes a locked-room mystery wrapped inside a legal thriller on steroids." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"As Cavanagh develops his plot, it's not clear who's conning whom... [The] setup produces some stunning moments, like a car chase directed by cell phone. Plus delicious locked-room and what-the-police-missed detection... The action sequences and the courtroom hijinks make this worth a look." --Booklist
"You can beat him up, arrest his wife, try to acid bomb him, but you can't hustle a hustler... Good courtroom sequences, engaging minor characters, an ornately twisted plot, a repentant but hopeful hero--what could go wrong?...A worthwhile caper." --Kirkus
"Rip-roaring legal thriller...Twisty, bloody, and convincing."
"The Plea is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast."
"Fast-moving, low-punching, street-hustling adventure... Seriously superior airport read."
--Times Crime Book Club
"If you don't normally read courtroom dramas, you must make an exception. These books are just full of intelligent wheeling and dealing. Top notch storytelling... Superb, in a 'I must not move a muscle til I have finished this book' way." --Northern Crime
"Lively, clever and enjoyable . . . The constant action is interrupted only by absorbing courtroom scenes." --The Times (UK)
"The Plea reads like an idiosyncratic cross between Elmore Leonard and John Grisham, but bursts with its own individual flavour." --The Financial Times (UK)
Praise for Steve Cavanagh's Eddie Flynn series:
"Cavanagh's stellar debut provides everything a reader could ask for in a thriller--nail-biting suspense, a Russian nesting doll of a plot, and an original and compelling lead." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"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
"This guy is the real deal. Trust me."
--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache."
--Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Expertly combines his authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride."
--Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation."
--Sarah Pinborough, #1 internationally bestselling author
"Smart and original. This is a belter of a book."
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Why should Eddie help? Unfortunately, those agencies have information that, despite her pristine legal record, will put his estranged wife, Christine behind bars for many years. A mere 48 hours (and several dead bodies) later, Eddie’s involved in a deadly shootout and facing the same gun as killed the first murder victim.
Eddie Flynn: realist or cynic? “Lawyers don’t usually question whether or not a client is telling the truth. That way lies madness. You do what you have to and trust the system. So, the guilty plead guilty. The innocent fight their case and the jury decides. If a by-product of that process is the emergence of truth, then so be it, but the truth is not the aim of the process. The verdict is the aim. Truth has no place in the trial because no one is concerned with finding it, least of all the lawyers or the judge.” This time, though, he’s fairly certain his client is telling the truth.
Cavanagh’s second Eddie Flynn novel matches the first as a fast-paced legal thriller. He again gives the reader a plot with twists, surprises and not a few red herrings. It’s a rollercoaster ride of car chases, cons and tricks, and clever court-room scenes, culminating in a dramatic climax. His smart and talented protagonist is a flawed character with a good heart. Eddie is able to think on the run, and is fortunate to have a network of skilled and reliable people he can call on to help. Another page-turner that will have fans keen for The Liar.
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The book starts with the scene of a shooting and you don't actually know if Flynn survives but then rewind and find out what led up to the shooting. The story starts with Flynn receiving an ultimatum in which he has to secure a high profile client who is accused of murdering his girlfriend. The evidence appears overwhelming so he is told to get the client to plea bargain. If Flynn doesn't agree then his wife will suffer. Throughout the book Flynn tries to steer a course that will get the right result for everybody. The situation is often tense as he seriously upsets the law firm who were originally representing his client and which is itself the subject of a FBI investigation.
The pace of the book is good. There's times when it is quite fast and has to be the thriller parts, but then other times it's more moderately paced giving a more realistic feel and a chance to instant the character's. However it is never slow. I really liked the courtroom drama and you get a real sense of how lawyers can spring surprises to get the right result. For Flynn the right result is more about truth and genuine justice rather than defending his client.
Definitely recommended especially if you like thrillers with some good courtroom drama.
In this outing, Eddie is blackmailed into getting his client to plead guilty as a device to expose a money-laundering operation. But when Eddie realises that his client is innocent, he has to find a way to overturn seemingly overwhelming evidence. The courthouse scenes that ensue are utterly gripping and, of course, it got right to the end before the plot twists all came together. As always, there's plenty of action too and it's this, if anything, that's the weakest part of the plot; Eddie seems to live of jeopardy not equaled by James Bond.
I haven't seen such consistently clever plotting as this since the very best of Jeffery Deaver and the result is enthralling. It's all the more enjoyable that, at the end, the reader doesn't feel cheated; all of the pieces were there all along for an astute reader to see the plot twists coming. But, of course, no reader does!
I can't wait to begin the next in the series now!
In this book Eddie is engaged by a high ranking CIA officer to persuade a young billionaire, David Childs, to take a deal for a murder he is alleged to have committed, in order that Eddie’s wife escapes justice for her ‘involvement’ in money laundering at the lawyers’ office where she works.
The plot is convoluted and gripping; involving killings, corruption, blackmail and digital money laundering.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book. The author has a knack of leaving the end of each chapter with a cliffhanger, which made me want to turn the page and continue reading. However, I drop a star from a top mark as I thought the storyline was a little drawn out and maybe too many threads involved.
Eddie Flynn is coerced by CIA agent Lester Dell into getting himself hired by David Child, billionaire owner of a massive social media network, as his lawyer. Child is accused of first degree murder and Dell wants him to make a deal—testify against a prestigious law firm for a lesser sentence or risk a much longer incarceration. If Eddie and Child don’t cooperate, Dell has information that will not bode well for Eddie’s wife. Christine works for Harland and Sinton, a front for a huge money laundering operation. David Child designed an algorithm that tracks the firm’s funds, but that seems to have been tampered with, and Christine witnessed a document with no idea it would implicate her in fraud. Add to the mix a district attorney who just wants a quick conviction to further his career and Eddie is in a very tricky situation.
Even though the evidence against Child seems to be watertight, after speaking with him, Eddie doesn’t believe he’s guilty.
'With my experience I could normally spot a lie a mile away. I expected Child to be an excellent liar, a man I would have to study before I would be able to spot his tells. I’d underestimated him. He was a mass of nerves, shock, and guilt. That made him damn near impossible to read. So I had to rely on my gut instead.
My first impression—this guy was no killer. But I’d been wrong before.’
After a surprising opening the tension begins to build as Eddie is on a forty-eight hour countdown, via the chapter headings, to the gun shot that opens the story. With the help of his unconventional and interesting group of friends, Eddie works under pressure to get Child’s case thrown out and find out who the real villains are.
A fast paced, well constructed courtroom drama, with an engaging protagonist it would be hard not to like—well defined, multi layered and with a strong moral code but not without flaws. Con man turned lawyer, Eddie needs every one of his skills, legal or otherwise, to save his family, himself and David Child. He has no intention of letting an innocent man, or his wife, go to prison.
'“I saw through Dell’s game. It was a familiar one. It’s a game the justice system plays every single day in America–because sometimes it simply doesn’t matter if you’re innocent of the crime; the only smart move is to plead guilty and make a deal for a lesser sentence.”’
The story covers tense courtroom scenes and Eddie’s attempts to find out the truth in a non stop, fast paced narrative. Yes, reality has to be suspended up to a point, it doesn’t really seem feasible that all this took place over two days but…I enjoyed the first book very much, the first person perspective drew me in, getting into Eddie’s mind and being privy to his thoughts. The drama in the courtroom is a delight to read, and the whole thing is intricately plotted. The ‘con’ tricks Eddie learned from his father adds another unusual dimension. It has everything a good thriller should—murder, fraud, double-dealing, twists and flashes of humour.
Billionaire David Child refuses to plead guilty to killing his girlfriend Clara when all the evidence points towards his guilt. The facts on the table are that the murder weapon was found in Davids car, the home security video shows no break in which all suggests David is the murderer but he swears otherwise. The FBI want David to help them prove the guilt of a large money laundering team and his lawyer Eddie Flynn is going to try and get him a plea bargain. But David still refuses to plead guilty.
The FBI are keen to secure the guilt plea but Davids denial convinces Eddie that David is telling the truth and he was framed of the murder.
This series is fast paced and full of action but the big plus for me is the very likeable main character Eddie Flynn. Well written and great entertainment.
It's difficult to express just how exciting these books are until you've read one. Eddie Flynn is a brilliant character - an ex-conman/hustler now hotshot lawyer in New York who sees angles and opportunities everywhere. He's clever, charming and if I ever get indicted for a felony - I will be calling Eddie for help. With a fascinating backstory, some really dodgy friends and the ability to spot a con from 50 feet away Eddie Flynn really is one of my favourite legal characters around.
Highly recommended for readers who enjoy intelligent thrillers.
Eddie is usually in the dog house when it comes to his wife but for once he is given the opportunity to redeem himself when it’s his wife that is in hot water. Well both of them are for that matter as Eddie is forced into taking on a client in the hope of getting his wife off.
Well this story pretty much has it all. Violence, murder, corruption, car chases, I could go on but I think you get the picture. I was holding on for dear life while I was sent hurdling through the pages to see how things were going to turn out for Eddie. As with other books by the author, I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
The Plea has to be one of the most thrilling books in the Eddie Flynn series that I have read so far. Lots of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. An adrenaline fuelled read that will send your pulse soaring.
very neat twist at the end too
Once again, Cavanagh crafts a story that romps along with perfect pace, using just enough misdirection that I naively thought I had it figured out early on. This author has the talent and the control of delivery that I really should have known better.
In just two novels and one novella, Eddie Flynn has become a character I just can't get enough of - I can't wait until the next one!
You have, in your two novels, The Defence and The Plea, have been totally accountable for the demise of my caring for my family, home and work.
I simply cannot put down your novels and as a consequence my normal responsibilities have ceased.
I have been a recluse, not communicated with anyone and in danger of becoming a reading couch potato.
Congratulations. The novels are totally absorbing, realistic and take me on a roller coaster of emotion, especially having death wishes for the 'baddies' that really should know better, but are just powered by their greed and lack of moral compass.
My one complaint is you really need to write faster. The Plea published Spring this year means I now have to wait. Please hurry up with your next book.
I am recommending your books to ever will listen, even strangers in the street.
Please get a move on. I need my fix.