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Thirteen: The Serial Killer Isn't on Trial. He's on the Jury. (Eddie Flynn, 3) Hardcover – August 13, 2019
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Thirteen is the legal thriller Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and Ruth Ware are raving about and readers can’t put down.
“Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.” ―Lee Child
“A dead bang BEAST of a book that expertly combines Cavanagh’s authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.” ―Michael Connelly
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?
“A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.” ―Ruth Ware
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Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Reads of 2019
Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Best Books of the Summer
“Wickedly clever courtroom drama.”
―New York Times Book Review
“A superb action-packed story that melds the legal thriller with the serial killer subgenre…Sharp dialogue, court scenes that crackle, well-devised red herrings and deeply sculpted characters make Thirteen an outstanding thriller.”
“A terrific hook, a thoroughly likable protagonist and more twists than a tornado… A genuine, read-in-one-sitting page-turner.” ―The Guardian
“Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.” ―Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Courtroom drama at its finest…Thirteen is an outstanding legal thriller, so original, clever and accomplished that it should not be missed. It marks out Cavanagh as the heir apparent to John Grisham.” ―Express (UK)
“A dead bang BEAST of a book that expertly combines his authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.” ―Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Dazzling…One of the most accomplished legal dramas I have read this year, it reminds me of Scott Turow’s stunning Presumed Innocent.” ―Daily Mail
“A knockout legal thriller with a doozy of a twist.”
―Booklist, starred review
“Pulse-pounding...This tightly plotted page-turner delivers as both a legal thriller and serial killer investigation.”
―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.” ―Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Any reader's sheer delight.... Thirteen is a thrilling blitz of a novel, for new readers or old fans. Even as the driving question is less who and more how, there is no shortage of plot twists.”
“A blisteringly exciting ingenious thriller with an utterly chilling killer.” ―The People (UK)
“An oh so clever hook for an oh so clever, gripping book. Thirteen is courtroom drama at its finest, blended with page-turning twists and characters you can't get enough of. Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation. Slick, thrilling and unique, Thirteen is my favorite read of the year.” ―Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author
“Steve Cavanagh delivers Grisham-on-steroids courtroom drama.” ―Irish Independent
“Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.” ―Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author
“A great hook and the book lives up to it!” ―Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
- Publisher : Flatiron Books (August 13, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250297605
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250297600
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.65 x 1.12 x 8.24 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #455,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bobby’s attorney for his defense is Eddie Flynn, a fellow that I’ve seen before in other novels by Cavanagh. Flynn has a checkered history. He was once a professional con man before getting his life straightened out and winning a law degree. Flynn’s experience as a con man works to his advantage at times when dealing with the prosecution and witnesses who are not favorable to his client’s case. Flynn is also an old friend of the judge in this case and, in several incidents during the trial, I thought the judge’s actions crossed the line of judicial prudence.
Bobby’s trial moves ahead slowly while other incidents make Flynn realize there is a person on the jury with an ulterior motive. Unfortunately, for at least this reader, I came to a different conclusion than what was revealed in the book’s ending. I’ll admit it was a surprise but I also felt that the most readers will feel tricked, not by an unreliable narrator but by an unreliable author.
This book could have been much better and I’m disappointed in having to wade through the entire novel only to feel a huge letdown at the end.
I adored both main characters, the inimitable former con artist and now defence lawyer, Eddie Flynn, and the devious, clever and utterly evil serial killer Joshua Kane. I also enjoyed Cavanagh’s great writing style, the wit, the punchy dialogue and the roller coaster of a story.
Thirteen is utterly compulsive reading and is a book I’ll recommend to friends again and again.
Take a really great book and screw it up royally in the last 10%. Wow. That is hard to do but Cavanagh did it.
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The author reveals early on that the actual perpetrator is a long-time serial killer whose MO is killing individuals, framing someone for their murders and then finding a way to insert himself on to the jury in the subsequent trial of the wrongly accused persons to help insure they receive a guilty verdict.
As was the case with the earlier Flynn novels, Thirteen’s plot zips along, the dialogue is masterful, the court scenes are brilliant and Flynn continues to be an irresistible character. Cavanagh is a wonderful author. I hope that this series has a long run.
So as the book suggests...… The serial killer isn't on trial - HE'S ON THE JURY
This was brilliantly written, the storyline just weaved and flowed easily with the picture of what had really happened building clue by clue. Kane is our criminal who has literally killed to get his seat on the jury, can he see the man convicted though?
Once again the star of the book is Eddie Flynn who ends up getting involved despite him not wanting too, once he realises that the client is innocent he takes matters into his own hands to help try and prove his innocence.
I don't want to give too much away about the rest of the storyline as I really think that everyone needs to read it themselves to find out. There were points when I was reading that I literally shouted out 'yes!, I'd forgotten about that' and 'oh my god' my friends who were with me told me that I couldn't tell them anymore as they wanted to read it!!
It’s important to start all positive reviews with the phrase ‘I loved this book’ and it’s important for all aspiring writers to only write positive reviews. I don’t know whether that is true but I do know that I really did love TH1RT3EN by Steve Cavanagh.
It manages to be both inventive and traditional at the same time, but more importantly it’s a wildly enjoyable read and it speeds along at a very satisfying pace. With the writing and the reading and the redrafting of my own work, it is rare pleasure at the moment for me to find a book that I struggle to put down.
The first few chapters of TH1RT3EN have the feel of a Chandler or a John D MacDonald. The full noir atmosphere, damaged hero and troubled circumstances are evoked magnificently. After that the book settles into a more modern feeling thriller, but that is far from a criticism. The court room scenes dominate but don’t drown the book. There’s plenty of genuine peril to balance the theoretical.
The main characters are well drawn and likeable, except where they are intended not to be, and the supporting cast are carefully sketched without the necessity of pages of flowery prose. In an age of slow moving thrillers with relatively few characters all painstakingly described in page after page of thoughtful detail, this is a serious point of recommendation in my view.
The ending might be a little fussy for me. There are a few too many twists, a few too many ‘he’s not dead yet’ moments. That puts some pressure on the plot and pacing and I felt rendered some of the later violence slightly cartoonish, but all of that is a genuinely minor criticism and did not temper my enjoyment of the book.
TH1RT3EN is a great thriller and a pleasure to read.
The book is just over 350 pages, split into 73 chapters.
The first person narrative is very immediate and seems to put the reader straight into the centre of the action. This narrative alternates with chapters where we can observe the killer.
The story is very extreme and escapist (which is probably a good thing in the awful world we seem to live in at the moment) - it is exciting to read and gives a high level of fantasy along with some nightmarish scenarios.
I know very little about criminal trials in the US and it is slightly horrifying to read some of the details in this novel. The author is a lawyer who practises in Ireland so I am guessing that he has done a significant amount of research.
From the start, we follow the murderer and get to understand his methods, gradually coming to appreciate his intelligence levels as well as what sets him apart from the crowd.
The alternating narratives show the perspectives of the hunter and the hunted, although the reader is often unsure who is playing which role. The urgent pace and the detail of the crimes give the book the feeling of a classic "crime noir" novel allowing the reader to abandon belief in reality and let themselves go with the plot.
Eddie Flynn's personal life is an important part of his novels. I wish I had read the books in order as relationships with his ex and his daughter would fit more easily into place (Fifty Fifty is after this book).
The "reveal" at the end happens very quickly and I found it difficult to slow down from the fast pace in which I had read the rest of the novel. It's a good ending though and I particularly like the contemplative last chapter