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The Plea

by Steve Cavanagh

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The Plea by Steve Cavanagh
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2018
    368 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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An innocent client. A wife in jeopardy. A locked room mystery. Who will take The Plea?

Billionaire David Child swears he didn't murder his girlfriend, Clara. But the evidence overwhelmingly shows that David killed her: the security video showed no one else entering their apartment, the murder weapon was in his car, and he was covered in gunshot residue he can't explain.

The FBI believes David's arrest and obvious guiltc ould help them take down a huge money laundering scheme - if they can get him to testify.

Con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn is given the job: persuade David to plead guilty and give the agents the evidence they need. If Eddie can't get David to take a plea bargain, the FBI has incriminating files on Eddie's wife – and will send her to jail. But David insists that he didn't murder anyone.

As the FBI pressures Eddie to secure the guilty plea, Eddie becomes increasingly convinced that David is telling the truth. With adversaries threatening, Eddie has to find a way to prove David's innocence and find out if there's any way he might have been framed. But the stakes are high: Eddie's wife is in danger. And not just from the FBI…

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"Starred Review. Criminally entertaining…Perfect for anyone who likes a locked-room mystery wrapped inside a legal thriller on steroids." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Cavanagh's fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller is bound to grip John Grisham and Michael Connelly fans with its unexpected turns." - Library Journal

"As Cavanagh develops his plot, it's not clear who's conning whom... [The] setup produces some stunning moments, like a car chase directed by cell phone. Plus delicious locked-room and what-the-police-missed detection... The action sequences and the courtroom hijinks make this worth a look." - Booklist

"You can beat him up, arrest his wife, try to acid bomb him, but you can't hustle a hustler… Good courtroom sequences, engaging minor characters, an ornately twisted plot, a repentant but hopeful hero - what could go wrong?...A worthwhile caper." - Kirkus

"Lively, clever and enjoyable ... The constant action is interrupted only by absorbing courtroom scenes." - The Times (UK)

"The Plea reads like an idiosyncratic cross between Elmore Leonard and John Grisham, but bursts with its own individual flavour." - The Financial Times (UK)

"Fast-moving, low-punching, street-hustling adventure... Seriously superior airport read." - Times Crime Book Club

"If you don't normally read courtroom dramas, you must make an exception. These books are just full of intelligent wheeling and dealing. Top notch storytelling... Superb, in a 'I must not move a muscle til I have finished this book' way." - Northern Crime

"Rip-roaring legal thriller…Twisty, bloody, and convincing." - Ian Rankin

"The Plea is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast." - John Connolly

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Cloggie Downunder

Another page-turner
The Plea is the second book in the Eddie Flynn series by American author, Steve Cavanagh. Eddie Flynn is a former conman turned lawyer. He was, formerly, not too choosy about whom he defended. On Sunday March 15th, Eddie Flynn arrives at his office to find the FBI and the CIA rummaging through his files. They want him to steal a client from a prestigious law firm, convince him to plead guilty and then do a deal with the DA. David Child, wealthy social media developer, is the defendant in a murder trial, but he has something the CIA wants.

Why should Eddie help? Unfortunately, those agencies have information that, despite her pristine legal record, will put his estranged wife, Christine behind bars for many years. A mere 48 hours (and several dead bodies) later, Eddie’s involved in a deadly shootout and facing the same gun as killed the first murder victim.

Eddie Flynn: realist or cynic? “Lawyers don’t usually question whether or not a client is telling the truth. That way lies madness. You do what you have to and trust the system. So, the guilty plead guilty. The innocent fight their case and the jury decides. If a by-product of that process is the emergence of truth, then so be it, but the truth is not the aim of the process. The verdict is the aim. Truth has no place in the trial because no one is concerned with finding it, least of all the lawyers or the judge.” This time, though, he’s fairly certain his client is telling the truth.

Cavanagh’s second Eddie Flynn novel matches the first as a fast-paced legal thriller. He again gives the reader a plot with twists, surprises and not a few red herrings. It’s a rollercoaster ride of car chases, cons and tricks, and clever court-room scenes, culminating in a dramatic climax. His smart and talented protagonist is a flawed character with a good heart. Eddie is able to think on the run, and is fortunate to have a network of skilled and reliable people he can call on to help. Another page-turner that will have fans keen for The Liar.

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Steve Cavanagh is a leading civil rights lawyer from Belfast, Northern Ireland. His debut novel, The Defense, was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Thriller of the Year. In 2010 Cavanagh represented a factory worker who suffered racial discrimination in the workplace, and won the largest award of damages in Northern Ireland's legal history. Cavanagh continues to write and practice law. He is married and has two young children.

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