EXCERPT: At ten after five on a raw December afternoon, Joshua Kane lay on a cardboard bed outside the Criminal Courts Building in Manhattan and thought about killing a man. Not just any man. he was thinking about someone in particular. it was true that Kane had, at times, while on the subway or watching passers-by, occasionally thought about killing a nameless, random New Yorker who happened to fall into his line of vision. It could be the blonde secretary reading a romance novel on the K train, a Wall Street banker swinging an umbrella as he ignored Kane’s please for change, or even a child holding its mother’s hand on a crosswalk.
How would it feel to kill them? What would they say with their final breaths? Would their eyes change in that moment of passing from this world? Kane felt a ripple of pleasure feed heat into his body as he explored these thoughts.
He checked his watch.
Eleven after five.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.
HE’S ON THE JURY…
They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.
This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.
All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.
What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?
What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?
MY THOUGHTS: Oh boy! I have never been a fan of the legal thriller, but Th1rt3en?…..this may have just converted me.
I was intrigued by the plot…a killer on the jury. and not just any killer, but the one they are seeking. And no, that’s not a spoiler. It is clear from almost the very beginning.
The story is told from two points of view; that of the killer Joshua Kane, and lawyer Eddie Flynn.
There is plenty of action, and lots of twists and turns. I had a zillion questions bouncing around in my brain as I read…who? how? why? what? how? how? how? And they were all answered.
I like the character of Eddie. I like the way his mind works. Having been a conman prior to becoming a lawyer, his mind works a little differently to most lawyers. He thinks outside the box. And he does not use orthodox methods in the courtroom. And yet, he is fully believable.
Even though I haven’t read any of the previous three books in this series, I had no problem with continuity or the backstories of any of the characters. Superbly written Mr Cavanagh.
And there was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, hadn’t even entertained the idea of….nice work Mr Cavanagh.
There is much to appeal to the readers of many genres in this one.
THE AUTHOR: Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He currently practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases. Selected for the Amazon Rising Stars programme 2015. ACES award winner 2015 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He is the award-winning, international-bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn series. His third novel, The Liar, won the CWA Gold Dagger for crime novel of the year 2018. He is also one half of the popular Two Crime Writers And A Microphone Podcast. Steve lives in Northern Ireland.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Flatiron Books via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my personal opinions.
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