by Steve Cavanagh


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250297600
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Series: Eddie Flynn Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 592
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steve Cavanagh is the international award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn novels. His debut novel, The Defense, was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Thriller of the Year, and The Plea won the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel. Steve is still a practicing lawyer (someday he’ll get the hang of it) and co-host of the chart-topping podcast Two Crime Writers And A Microphone. He has been involved in several high-profile civil rights cases, his Eddie Flynn novels have been published in over twenty countries, he’s married with two young children, and in his spare time he is mostly asleep.

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Thirteen: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
cloggiedownunder 1 days ago
4.5 ★s Thirteen is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn series by Irish lawyer and author, Steve Cavanagh. Eddie Flynn had been approached by high-profile lawyer Rudy Carp, but was reluctant to join his team for Bobby Solomon’s trial. Bobby was charged with the murder of his wife, Ariel Bloom and his head of security, Carl Tozer. On meeting Bobby, however, Eddie became convinced of his innocence. Eddie’s role would be to discredit the NYPD’s handling of evidence. The case looked almost hopeless but there was a piece of evidence that had Eddie puzzled, so he called on his ex-FBI friend, Harper, to do some digging. His good friend Judge Harry Ford would be on the bench and the prosecution had a hired gun to put their case. Art Pryor had a reputation for getting convictions, and doing so quickly. But then the unexpected happened, and suddenly Eddie was defending Bobby by himself. Cavanagh sets up his story with chapters that alternate between Eddie’s narrative and the perspective of the murderer. So the reader is immediately aware of what this man has done to get onto the jury, and why, if not the full extent of his actions. Eddie is smart, but is this serial killer smarter? Cavanagh’s tale is full of twists and turns and red herrings to mislead and distract the reader. Eddie indulges in some clever courtroom antics and also mixes it with the bad guys in a physical sense. There’s plenty of action leading to a heart-stopping climax in this gripping page-turner.
casey710 1 hours ago
Oh my gosh.....what a brilliant mystery! I loved the set up with the “bad guy” and the crime itself. Very well plotted with characters that were all really interesting. The story itself is clever and gives new meaning to the phrase hiding in plain sight. Lots of twists and turns right up until the end. Once I picked this up I could not put it down! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
Anonymous 2 days ago
This book is the fourth in the Eddie Flynn series and there are references to previous books but I didn't find it a problem to follow as the story is a standalone. Eddie is a former con-man turned lawyer who is hired to defend a famous movie star accused of killing his wife and security officer. Meanwhile a dangerous man is making plans to infiltrate the jury for the trial for his own purposes. A slow start soon builds into an interesting exploration of the legal system, especially jury selection. Eddie makes a great hero, a reformed man who wants to make sure an innocent man isn't sent to jail. He also made enemies of corrupt cops and his wife has left him, so he's not having a great life. But his mission remains the same. There's also Joshua Kane, a man who doesn't feel pain and has his own agenda. Watching him dispatch people to get to his objectives is morbidly entertaining. There are a few moments that strained credulity but I was willling to let it go. The paths of Eddie and Kane is on course collision and I was really pulled into the story. This is my first book by the author but I'm looking forward to reading more!
CLynnT 2 days ago
Many of us have a secret desire to be that lawyer who captivates the courtroom and flushes out the pure and evil facts, protecting the lives of the humans around us that we respect and love; to be instinctive, intuitive, working from the heart. Steve Cavanagh taps into that desire and allows us to step into that role, wade through the deceit, sense the misconceptions and expose the true evil that lives among us. This is a captivating yet dangerously evil read about a repulsive and heartless being who, by deception and sheer cunning continues to reign for years, until he meets his match: a rogue lawyer. The battleground is the courtroom; the pressure and risks are palpable. You can’t help but relate to Eddie Flynn; his heart is in the right place but his social skills are severely lacking. I must read more of Eddie and live vicariously through his antics. What an entertaining yet tense and unpredictable read! (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks so much to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for making it available.)
diane92345 2 days ago
What a great hook for a thriller! A serial killer is one of the Thirteen people on a jury and a former con man is working for the defense team. Luke is a killer. Today, he is killing a lookalike so he can become a juror on a high profile murder case. Famous movie star Bobby is accused of murdering his movie star wife and her security guard while they were together in bed mostly unclothed. Bobby is a great actor but he is also the only person seen entering the home on the security camera footage. He also appears to have waited three hours to call 911. How will former con man Eddie help powerhouse defense attorney Rudy Carp prove Bobby’s innocent? How does a one-dollar bill folded into a butterfly found in the security guard’s mouth fit in? Talk about perfect timing. I read this while waiting to be selected for a jury on a murder trial. (I was kicked off by the defense on the second day of voir dire.) It did make me think more about my fellow jurors than I usually do. The next best thing to being a juror in real life is reading this book. Thirteen makes you the fourteenth member of the jury and the fourth member of the defense team. The plot is engrossing and compels you to read late into the night. I highly recommend this book for both thriller readers and mystery solvers. Even though the who is known from the beginning, the why is the intriguing mystery to solve here. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars! Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 3 days ago
Who will I kill today? Joshua Kane is a born killer that hides in plain sight and he has no fear of being caught. But is that about to change? Eddie knows that this case is going to be huge but he knows that if anything goes wrong that he could lose his family forever. But he knows that he has to at least look over the case before he turns it down. Eddie just knows that this could be huge as the accuser is a well-known actor who is accused of murdering his wife & bodyguard and Eddie knows that it is going to take a lot to convince the jury that he is innocent. But things start going wrong during the jury selection as juries land up dead and Eddie just knows that the killer is involved somehow but how can he prove it. Joshua knows that Eddie is getting too close to finding out the truth but he can't allow that. So Eddie might just have to disappear for good. But can Eddie figure out who he really is? A good interesting read. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.
3no7 4 days ago
“TH1RT3EN” By Steve Cavanagh is a mystery that starts on the cover. The title is not the number thirteen, but a cryptic representation of that number, suggesting a password, a code, or a hidden meaning, and readers soon find out that this is exactly what it is. The book opens with Joshua Kane sitting, waiting, disguised as a homeless person, and readers learn a little about him. He is not like other people; his mother told him that. He is special; he is different. Readers soon learn how correct his mother was; there was no one like him. He collected names and addresses, and then he killed the mail carrier. The narrative changes to a first person account by Eddie Flynn, lawyer in Manhattan Criminal Courts. Hotshot lawyer Rudy Carp offers him the opportunity to take the second chair in the biggest murder trial the city has ever seen; Robert Solomon, the movie star, is on trial for murdering his wife and an associate. Carp declares that Flynn is the one person who can prove that Solomon is innocent. “See, Bobby Solomon is innocent. The NYPD framed him for the murders,” said Rudy. “Really? Can you prove that?” I said. Rudy paused. “No,” he said, “But I think you can.” Despite Flynn’s misgivings about the defendant, he agrees to look at the case. The story continues with the point of view changing in alternating chapters. Readers see what Flynn sees; “We both looked at the bloodstain on the bed.” Hear what he says; “How do I believe anything you say, now?” Know how he feels; “I felt sick. Like I’d swallowed a fully inflated balloon that I couldn’t bring back up.” Discover the clues as he finds them; “This hadn’t been in the papers.” And, follow his thinking “What’s the best way to get away with murder? Make sure the cops aren’t looking for you.” Kane, meanwhile, continues on his path of murder, destruction, and deception. Readers know what lawyers do not know ….yet. While Flynn struggles to put together his case, Kane prepares to be part of the jury; the living breathing beast that he is preparing to tame. The tension is palpable as the trial continues. Readers know what the defense has learned and what it has planned, but readers also know about Kane, the unidentified factor, cryptic code, the enigmatic message…for a while at least. Just as readers approach insight and information, the narrative changes to the alternate point of view, leaving questions, and only hinting at answers. “TH1RTE3N” is fast-paced and intense. Chapters identify the day and heighten the apprehension. Cavanagh takes readers down unexpected paths, cultivates tension, and brings danger bubbling to the surface. He expertly creates a sense of urgency through methodical planning. Readers know something is coming but are not sure exactly what it will be until the shocking and unexpected finish. I received a review copy of” TH1RT3EN” from Steve Cavanagh, Flatiron Books, and Macmillan Publishing. It is powerful, compelling, and exciting. The structure of alternating chapters increases the tension page by page. This is a book that readers will find hard to put down.
BlondeswithBooks 4 days ago
How could you not want to read this book after reading the teaser on the cover? I was definitely pulled in by this story and it did not disappoint! Very creative plot, equally fascinating characters and a perfect read for those that love court room dramas/murder mysteries. I didn’t even realize this book is the fourth in a series because it definitely stands alone on its own. Such an adrenaline rush- loved every minute of it! Thanks Netgalley and Orion for my copy.
Carolrnjd 4 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley; I received this as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Some time ago I read Eddie Flynn #1, and I liked it, but not very much because I couldn't seem to really care about Flynn. What a difference now! The author has made Flynn more than just likable. He is easy to root for, and I was really rooting for him! This was the best legal thriller I've read in a long time. The plot was a bit complicated but very well executed. The chapters alternated between Flynn (in first person) and the bad guy (in 3rd person as "Kane"), and it was easy to follow and know who was telling the story. I'm a civil trial attorney but I love reading the legal thrillers that are in the criminal arena. The courtroom scenes here (and there are plenty!) are spot-on and I can just see the players in my mind as the trial progresses. It was loads of fun, but also pretty tense at times. There was a bit of a surprise twist at the end....the bad guy wasn't the guy I imagined him to be after all. I absolutely loved it. This was #4 in the series, but it didn't seem to matter that I had not read #2 or #3. It was full and complete just as is, and I really appreciate that the ending wrapped everything up. I absolutely hate cliffhangers; there's NO cliffhanger here. This author obviously respects his readers. Highly recommended for lovers of thrillers and especially legal thrillers.
TJReads 5 days ago
What a legal thriller this is, one of those hard to put down books that just keeps getting better and better the farther you get into it. Eddie Flynn is quite the character; the story grabs you in the first few chapters and doesn’t let you go until the fat lady sings at the end. The story has it all, humor, suspense, mystery, good storyline, likeable characters, and lots of action. A fast read, even when I set it down to actually do something else, I was still thinking about it. What a concept, the killer sitting on the jury and the author pulled it off with charm. So well done. Mr. Kane was quite the spooky sort of fellow, quite calculating and fully evil. This wasn’t the first Steve Cavanagh book I’ve read, and it certainly will not be the last. Well done. Easy 5****** stars. I thank Flatiron Books and Net Galley for allowing me the privilege of reading this book for my honest review. High five stars on this one.
Alfoster 5 days ago
Have I been living under a rock?? How have I not discovered Steve Cavanagh before this? I adore legal thrillers and this one is brilliant! What a premise: a serial killer manages to get on the juries to sway the other jurors in his favor. There are so many twists and turns in this book that my head was spinning! Told from the perspectives of the defense attorney, former con-man Eddie Flynn and Kane, the killer, the novel moves at a break-neck pace as we witness Flynn attempting to defend the accused of murdering his wife and her lover in bed. The evidence appears to be solid for the prosecution as there is video, the murder weapon, blood, and DNA. But don't even try to figure this one out; Cavanagh will outsmart you every time! I may have even squealed a little! But then I immediately ordered his newest one, Twisted, that I will wait for with baited breath! Also amazing is this is book 4 of a 4-part series but can stand alone very easily (I will be ordering those as well). If you are a fan of courtroom drama, murder mysteries, serial killer scenarios, dirty cops, or just great thrillers, run to the bookstore immediately! Out August 13. Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
Karen_Benson 5 days ago
This legal thriller kept me up until the wee hours because I couldn't put it down until I read The End! I read the last 80% in one sitting and could not turn the pages fast enough. Attorney Eddie Flynn finds himself defending an A list actor who is charged with the murder of his wife and her lover. But the thing is, the real murderer is actually one of the jurors. How could a premise like this fail to catch your attention?! I was completely intrigued. And wow, I was not disappointed. Kane's character made for an incredible villain and we get half the book told from his point of view so we can get inside his warped psyche. I loved getting to know Eddie Flynn and need to go grab the first 3 books as this one is actually book 4 of the Eddie Flynn series. *Thank you so much to FlatIron Books for the beautiful finished copy of Thirteen!*
TarrahMarie 5 days ago
Love when you take a chance on a book and it turns out being spectacular. The characters in this book are insane, in every form of the word; crazy, unpredictable, mad, mentally unstable, shocking, outrageous. I don’t know if Steve Cavanagh is a genius or a little mad, himself. The rollercoaster narrative that he has created is brilliantly put together. The staggering of POVs and the creativity of his character development sets the plot twists up perfectly. The story throws everything in your face from the prologue forward.
Christine_QueenofBooks 5 days ago
Highly recommend! Thank you to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for a free e-arc of this title for review. Great, fast-moving plot, and well-constructed characters. This was my first in the Eddie Flynn series and I definitely want to start at the beginning and read them all. Thirteen's been on my To Be Read list since last fall - the synopsis sold me on this one, so I was really excited to have the chance to read it early. From the very beginning, I was pulled into this story. It kept me engaged throughout. The choice to feature both Flynn and Kane's perspectives isn't a unique one, and while I felt it necessary in places, I do wonder if perhaps we could have done with a little less from Kane. I especially appreciated that there was a full cast of characters - not only the hero and the villain, but all the people required to mount a high-profile court case. I felt like I got a good handle on all of them except perhaps the jury. At times, it was difficult for me to distinguish between jury members (though I recognize that that may have been purposeful. And I was tickled to read their bios as constructed by Arnold. Their voter status felt so true to life!). I highly recommend Thirteen if you like fast-paced mysteries and/or legal thrillers. This one worked well for me without having read others in the series.
Katie__B 5 days ago
I normally wouldn't jump into the middle of a series but I had been hearing such good things about this one I decided to take the plunge without reading the previous novels first. Thankfully, this book can easily be read as a standalone novel. I was quite impressed with this legal thriller and wouldn't mind going back and reading the other books as Eddie Flynn is an intriguing character. The rave reviews and the premise for this one are really what sold me. Instead of the killer being on trial, he has managed to work his way onto the jury. A hotshot movie star has been accused of murdering two people, including his wife and lawyer Eddie Flynn has been hired as part of the defense team. The story goes back and forth between Eddie and the killer, Joshua Kane. The story is kinda brilliant because you think you know what's going on but just about everything you thought was fact ends up getting tweaked a bit. The last quarter or so of the book, it was one thing after another that kept catching me off guard. The pacing was excellent and was probably helped by both Eddie and Joshua moving the story along with their perspectives. Definitely recommend if you enjoy legal thrillers. I'm not surprised to see author Michael Connelly has endorsed this novel and I think if you like his books, you'll probably enjoy this series as well. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
bamcooks 5 days ago
This author and series are new to me. I accepted an offer of a hardcover copy from Christopher Smith, marketing manager @Flatiron Books, thinking the premise sounded pretty intriguing: that a diabolical serial killer has managed to kill his way onto the jury for the trial of a murder he himself has committed! If you love courtroom drama as I do, this one is for you! The story is very cleverly plotted with twists and turns you won't see coming, right up to the exciting conclusion. Eddie Flynn is an ex con-artist turned defense attorney. He reluctantly accepts the offer to be second chair in a high-profile case involving a Hollywood star accused of murdering his beautiful wife and her lover. Right from the start, Eddie wonders if someone has tampered with the evidence. NYPD detectives want to blithely ignore whatever doesn't fit their theory of the crime. And it doesn't help that the accused himself seems to be hiding something. Eddie Flynn is a flawed but likable guy with some personal problems: He's struggling to control his drinking with the help of his friend and mentor, Judge Harry Ford. His wife and daughter live apart from him for their own safety. Would it save his marriage if he took a less risky job? This character has been compared to Lee Child's Jack Reacher, able to hold his own in a fight--well, almost. Good thing he has friends. When I finished this thriller, I realized how totally immersed I was in the story. I had no trouble whatsoever picturing these characters--Steve Cavanagh definitely has a gift. Joshua Kane is one the scariest villains you'll ever meet in the pages of a thriller. 'The American Dream' is an important theme that runs through this story. Is it still possible to achieve that dream with lots of hard work and a bit of luck or is it just a fantasy? Note: It was not a problem at all to jump into this series with book #4. This definitely can be read as a standalone. Any details the reader might need about the backstory are filled in as the story progresses. Many thanks to Chris @Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy of the book for an honest review. I am thrilled to have been introduced to this author and look forward to reading more of his work.
RowingRabbit 5 days ago
A lot of thrillers have covers that warn you about the “shocking twist” contained inside. Never let it be said this author does things in half measures. He delivers a fast paced legal thriller with so many twists I lost count. The plot in a nutshell: former conman turned lawyer Eddie Flynn takes on the case of a lifetime when he agrees to represent a disgraced movie star on trial for murder, unaware the real killer is on the jury. Dual story lines mean we spend equal time with Eddie & Joshua Kane, a clever & resourceful psychopath. It all begins when Eddie is offered second chair for the trial of Robert Solomon. Through a series of circumstances, he ends up trying the case alone. He’s used to dealing with less illustrious clientele & the spotlight created by the media feeding frenzy is not helping his personal life. Although this is book #4 in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. We get plenty of background on Eddie as well as Joshua as they work the case from opposite sides. Most of the first half is taken up by introducing the players & setting the scene for what follows. Then it becomes a full on thriller packed with action, reveals & suspense. It took me a little while to get into the story. Eddie is a likeable guy, burdened by guilt for the life he used to lead. He’s trying to make a difference but alcoholism & a tendency to attract trouble has ended up costing him his family. As for the killer, he too is trying to right past wrongs but that’s where any similarity ends. We meet him through this case but gradually learn the breathtaking scope of his crimes. This is a great book to pack with you for the beach or any travelling you have planned this summer. You will have to suspend your disbelief in places but my advice is just go with it & enjoy the roller coaster ride.
CathyGeha 5 days ago
TH1RTE3N by Steve Cavanagh Eddie Flynn #4 Suspend belief here and there while enjoying the twists and turns provided in this legal thriller as you watch Eddie Flynn, once conman now lawyer, defend an innocent man while the true killer sits on the jury. Told from the viewpoint of both Eddie Flynn and Joshua Kane, the serial killer, this story gives you insight into the thinking of both men as they play a deadly game. Kane’s game is always lethal and one should NEVER trust him while Eddie is a man with a moral compass that points true north. As a person who often reads the end of the book before the middle I was still surprised a few times in this book. I kind of liked that aspect although I couldn’t quite believe that a serial killer would be quite as highly evolved and capable as Kane was in this book...even an intelligent killer would not be able to accomplish all he did in his twisted killing, maneuvering and all the rest. That said, the story was well written and kept me reading as I waited to see what would happen next. Not having read the first three books in the series wasn’t a huge problem but I did wonder at times what had happened to separate Eddie from his wife and daughter, what his conman past was and whether or not he would end up in a relationship with someone in the future. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series/by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Flat Iron Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars