‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’
Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.
Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.
This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.
But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.
Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.
Thirteen is published by Orion on the 14th June 2018. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton of THE Book Club on Facebook and the publisher for inviting me onto this tour and for my copy of the book via NetGalley for review.
Wow! What a book!! There has been a lot of publicity around this book for weeks, especially on Twitter and it certainly lives up to all the hype and more – it is a fantastically complex and cleverly plotted read.
Thirteen is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn series however this most definitely can be read as a standalone as I did – although I did feel disappointed that I’d not discovered this series earlier and will be going back to the first three (my poor TBR!).
Eddie Flynn is a brilliant character, the ex-con turned lawyer is part of Bobby Solomon’s defence team. He is fighting his own personal battle in attempting to win back his wife but he is also a man of integrity (ironic huh!) and is determined that the correct justice is served for Bobby. Bobby is a successful actor about to really hit the big time but his wife and head of security were found dead in his bed and he is the prime suspect. However, Bobby is maintaining his innocence and Flynn is recruited to the defence team to help prove this in court.
Thirteen has the best tagline I’ve seen on a book in a long time so I was instantly intrigued from the start however what I wasn’t expecting was the inside scoop into the mind and motives of the killer! In the main, the book is told from Eddie’s perspective with regards to the defence and their thought processes in respect of Soloman’s innocence however interwoven into this narrative is the perspective of Kane. His actions are incredibly clever and devious – he will literally do anything to get his place on the jury and ensure that a conviction is achieved.
This book is gripping and intense right from the start – the only reason I didn’t get this read in one or two sittings was the fact we were moving out of our house the day I started it. As such, throughout the move, all I could think about was getting back to it….and when I did of an evening, I was so exhausted I fell asleep (I’m not one of those people who can read into the night, if I’m tired it sends me asleep….very annoying indeed for this book!) therefore for such a fabulous read, it took me a while to read it!
Thirteen is a massive 5 star read – this is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2018! Highly recommended – especially to those who enjoy crime novels as this being a legal thriller gives it a different edge and perspective.
Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and lawyer. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. His latest novel, Thirteen, is out in ebook now and paperback in June.