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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (12 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409152308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409152309
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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THE DEFENCE is everything a great thriller should be and I can't wait to see more of Eddie Flynn (Mark Billingham)

Part classic courtroom drama in the John Grisham tradition and part Bruce Willis-like action hero fiction straight out of the Die Hard franchise, this is a rip-roaring action-packed and highly entertaining debut (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

[It] reads a lot like a courtroom drama that Lee Child might write about Jack Reacher's younger, hotter-headed brother . . . This is afoot-to-the-floor thriller that pulls out with tyres smoking and takes no prisoners until it judders to a halt 400 pages later (IRISH TIMES)

'Puts the "thrill" back in "legal thriller". Non-stop action, unexpected and totally cool plot twists, a sympathetic genius of a con-man/attorney, and a clock that never ever ever stops ticking -- this isn't narrative drive, it's rocket-like narrative propulsion! Hop aboard and enjoy the ride!' (John Lescroart, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author)

'Imagine THE VERDICT's Frank Galvin crossed with THE FIRM's Mitch McDeere and you'd get something like Eddie Flynn, the quick thinking, troubled, kinetic lead of Steve Cavanagh's debut thriller . . . A deliriously fast and enjoyable ride from the next big Irish crime fiction star. Highly recommended' (Adrian McKinty, author of the Sean Duffy series)

Get ready for a legal thriller that'll grab you by the throat . . . Eddie Flynn makes his explosive debut (Gerard Brennan)

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)

A full-on thrill-ride that hits the gas on page one and doesn't let up until the end. Steve blends a taut legal thriller with a ticking-clock suspense plot and throws in a great protagonist in the form of Eddie Flynn that readers will want to see again and again. A terrific debut (Stuart Neville)

Like Mickey Haller and Mitch McDeere before him, readers will love lawyer Eddie Flynn, the star of this high-octane, hugely entertaining legal thriller. On the evidence of this blistering debut, we'll be hearing much more of Steve Cavanagh (Brian McGilloway, author of LITTLE GIRL LOST and HURT)

Steve Cavanagh manages to pull off not only a terrific courtroom drama, but also a bit of an edge of the seat thriller, some witty and darkly humorous moments and a character you will fall in love with (LIZ LOVES BOOKS)

Thriller readers, Michael Connelly readers, book readers, pick up THE DEFENCE, I almost guarantee you won't regret it. An addictive read from start to finish and one that I have no hesitation in recommending (BOOK ADDICT SHAUN)

It's a book you're not going to want to miss. I finished this last night and ended up dreaming of kidnapped children. That's how good this book is (REBECCA BRADLEY CRIME)

It's sharp, clever and a brilliantly executed thriller. And it's not often I write those words. THE DEFENCE is a great debut, and here's hoping there's more of Eddie Flynn to come (RAVEN CRIME READS)

I was entertained from the turn of the first page until its frenetic ending. It was never a case of will he or won't he succeed it was how. It's the strength of this how that makes the book so engaging and clever . . . a fast paced courtroom thriller that is so much more than a prosecutor, a defence lawyer and a ruthless defendant. This is one book I'd love to see made into a film (MILORAMBLES)

'If anything the reviews were giving faint praise - this is a really really impressive debut novel.' (MF Bailey)

A fantastic summer-read, hours lost as the pages turned freely. Steve Cavanagh and Eddie Flynn are names to keep an eye out for. I'll be around for the next one. Guaranteed. (Written by Sime)

'From the first paragraph to the last, this is a legal thriller you will not want to put down.' (WOMAN'S WAY)

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Nail-biting tension and exhilarating action - a brilliant debut legal thriller that fans of John Grisham, Lee Child and Michael Connelly will love.

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Steve Cavanagh sent me a signed copy of The Defence about 18 months ago for my signed bookshelf and my husband (who doesn't read) opened the post and saw the cover. Now I'm not judging my husband - after all he married me so he must have good taste - but I think the words "Con Artist, Lawyer, Liar, Husband, Drunk, Father" obviously appealed to Mr F - so he asked me if he could read it! Now, I'm all for sharing the love of reading, but NO ONE touches my signed book collection, so I downloaded a copy instead onto his dusty, unused kindle - and boy did he LOVE it. So thank you Mr Cavanagh for that. 18 months later I have taken part in a reading challenge on THE Book Club and one of the categories is to read a debut book by a TBC author. Therefore The Defence was my obvious choice (especially as the author keeps dropping hints!). I am so glad I did.

The Defence is a fast paced action legal thriller with an emphasis on thrilling. Eddie Flynn is our hero - flawed but loveable who finds himself defending the head of the Russian Mafia in a murder trial whilst they are holding his 10 year old daughter hostage. The Defence is the book that John Grisham, Lee Child and Bruce Willis might have written if they ever penned a novel. Absolutely loved it and will be looking forward to the next in the series.
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I've given this book a five star rating as it delivered everything the author promised. Fast paced, exciting well written and kept me guessing until the end. Looking forward to the next book in the Eddie Flynn series. Would definitely recommend.
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I usually read John Grisham books but he didn't have one out that I like the look of so took a punt with this one. From the very start it got me hooked and I couldn't put it down very enjoyable read. Would be interesting if the author carried on with this character in a new story.
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Brilliant book couldn't leave it down .Can't wait till The Liar comes out in May.
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Nail biting. Kept you in suspense. Great court drama and a terrific hero.
This was recommended to me by a family member and I was hooked from page one - will be reading all the rest in the series.
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Wow!!!! I’m on a roll with great books this year and The Defence is another one that’s blown me away!!!

I love manly books. You know, the kinds of books that are full of action, conspiracies, violence and so on (Jack Reacher and the like basically)! The Defence was definitely up there as regards a thrill-a-minute read!

I start books at night when I go to bed as it’s the longest uninterrupted reading time for me so I know when I get to some 30-odd percent that I’m well hooked by a book. I went to sleep thinking ‘I can’t wait to pick this up again tomorrow!’ which is definitely a good sign.

The Defence is character-driven and I found myself instantly rooting for Eddie and this didn’t waver at any stage throughout the book.

Flynn is a brilliant character. Intelligent and cocky, but full of the street smarts needed when his daughter is kidnapped by the Russian Mafia. I really enjoyed the parts in the book when Flynn is in the courtroom, as his presence is commanding enough to jump off the page.

I loved this book and as usual I’m struggling to get my thoughts out of my brain and into this review!!! 😁

The Defence is a brilliant thriller! Superbly plotted with excellent characters and an engaging story. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Steve Cavanagh has gained a new fan, and I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Eddie Flynn series!

I gave The Defence an easy 5⭐️ rating on Goodreads!
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I couldn't believe that I'd found an author / character that could please me so much. After years of reading all the current thrillers, I was bored and looking for someone new. Cavanagh fills that position and then some. I have read The Plea, The Defence and the short one, The Cross. I cannot wait for the next one and the ones thereafter. Highly, HIGHLY, recommended.
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Ridiculous drivel. Premise seemed ok, which is why I purchased it but the delivery was poor and plot was nonsense. Pity, as this had promise.
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