Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh (Eddie Flynn #4)


Published by Orion

3 stars





‘THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.’ Sarah Pinborough

‘Outstanding.’ Lee Child

‘Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.’ Clare Mackintosh


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?


An ingenious plot, gripping action and characters who leap off the page: discover why readers love Steve Cavanagh:

‘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 favourite read of the year.’ Sarah Pinborough, author of the number one bestseller, Behind Her Eyes

‘Outstanding – an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.’ Lee Child

‘Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.’ Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You

‘Great hook. Great plot. Great book. Thirteen is a real page turner and one you won’t want to put down.’ Simon Kernick

Picking this book was an error on my part – if I’d have actually done my homework, I would never have chosen this book to read.

  1. The synopsis is mostly quotes from other authors telling me how good it is. That’s weird and a bit annoying.
  2. This is the 4th book in a series, not a stand alone.
  3. Gritty recovering alcoholic lawyer/sleuth with family issues. This is not a cliche I enjoy…

So, with those caveats in place, on to my review:

The premise for this book was what drew in my attention: a murderer is fitting someone else up for his crimes and then has the audacity to place himself on the jury for the trial. It’s evil, manipulative and simply delicious!

What I didn’t realise was that this book is essentially a courtroom drama with some detective work and a bit of murdering rather than a long hard look into the twisted mind of a killer that I was expecting. So if you’re into courtroom and legal dramas – this is going to rock your world! It’s 100% unbelievable and a bit daft, but if you can suspend your disbelief then it’s a good read.

The chapters alternate between the perspectives of Eddie Flynn, tortured conman turned defense attourney and Kane, sadistic murderer who can’t feel physical pain. There’s no particular importance to that fact, but I suppose it’s handy if you’re in a stabby kind of mood. I found Flynn’s chapters to be much more engaging than Kane’s, as he was very much the driving force behind the story – the first half of which was a slow burn that I struggled to get through.

To me, this book had a deviously brilliant concept and wrapped it up in a load of old tropes that have never really done anything for me, from a killer with some kind of physical anomaly to incompetent police detectives that need the FBI and attourneys to run their investigations for them.

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