Thirteen #BookReview

Steve Cavanagh | January 2018

Summary from Amazon:

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?

MY REVIEW

Hey guys! Just pushing these reviews out at year end. Certainly, my goal for 2020 will be to write reviews more frequently and not allow them to pile up!

Anyway- I loved this book! It was sleeper on my tbr list for awhile because, frankly, I’m not into courtroom dramas. I read John Grisham’s A Time To Kill back in the 90’s and I’ve had PTSD ever since. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Anything more than Law and Order and I zone out. 😖 Thirteen is NOT just a courtroom drama, thank goodness!

Eddie Flynn is more like a grittier, slightly more melodramatic (probably because he’s a New Yorker), version of Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger. Eddie is a con artist turned lawyer. In Thirteen, he’s just landed a spot in a high profile firm, working a higher profile celebrity murder case. The celebrity is accused of killing two people and everyone and all the evidence leads to that conclusion – but Eddie still has connections to his seedy friends and he leverages those relationships to gain better intel.

As readers, we know theres a serial killer on the jury. It’s interesting following Eddie as he figures it out and then, as he finds out that others aren’t what they seem. Again, not just a courtroom drama! Definitely a thriller with a murder mystery twist.

Pros: Nonstop action, very interesting story, plenty of twist and turns.

Cons: Eddie’s a bit overdrawn, initially. Maybe like a movie version of a New York lawyer? It either evens out or you warm up to it, I’m not sure which. Give it 2 chapters.

Great book. It’s fourth in a series about the character Eddie Flynn. I will definitely go back and read the first three. They must be stand alone because I didn’t feel slighted like I was missing some data by starting at the third book. GoodBook 33 of 36!

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