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Steve Cavanagh Books In Order

Publication Order of Eddie Flynn Books

The Cross (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Defence (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Plea (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Liar (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Group Fifteen Files Books

Scorpion (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Thirteen (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Steve Cavanagh is an Irish lawyer and author born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He got into law entirely by mistake when he was accepted by university for two choices; Law or Business & Marketing. He had already decided to undertake a business studies degree but a night of binge drinking and he found himself in the Law queue. By the time he realized his mistake it was too late and his fees was already paid. He would later undertake a Master in law while living in Cardiff which was also the time he began dabbling in the writing of screenplays. He never made anything of his screenplays and decided to return to Belfast where he became an investigator with a reputable law firm working on anything from catastrophic incidents, accidents at work, to road traffic collisions. He soon got his solicitor qualifications gaining valuable experience in the process and becoming one of the best young lawyers in the country. In 2009 he moved into civil rights law and made a name for himself when in 2010 he represented a factory worker in a historic racial abuse case that resulted in a landmark damages ruling. Steve currently works in the fields of Personal Injury Law, Employment Law, Discrimination Law, and Judicial Review. In addition to practicing law, he also lectures on a variety of legal subjects pertinent in the UK and Ireland.

As a teenager, Steve Cavanagh had been a voracious reader but it was not until his mother gave him a copy of Thomas Harris’s “The Silence of Lambs” that everything changed. After reading another recommendation in “Red Dragon” he was hooked onto thriller and crime novels and later legal novels from the likes of John Grisham and John Mortimer. Cavanagh was perhaps more influenced by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and John Connolly who wrote some of the most exhilarating thrillers he ever read. Similar to the likes of Lee Child who is British yet sets his Reacher novels in the US or John Connolly who lives in Belfast yet sets his Charlie Parker novels in Maine, he set out to do the same. Once he began writing he quickly realized just how good the likes of Child and Connolly were as compared to him. However he never gave up and continued reading every Child or Connelly book that came out looking to become a better writer. With his love for the thriller and US crime, he always knew that hard as it was, his future lay in writing US based legal thrillers. Furthermore, even though he had a better understanding of UK law, setting his novels in the UK was out of the question given the dual system of representation that would have necessitated two lead characters.

In 2011 his mother passed away suddenly and the event made Steve decide that life was too short not to go after his dreams. After a hiatus of more than 15 years he got back to writing determined to become a published author. Working through his evenings when his family went to sleep, he finished his first draft within a year. He got between 30 and 40 rejections for the draft with many of the agencies telling him the book was good, but that it was not what readers wanted. But things suddenly changed when two agencies called in one day asking him to sign up with them. He signed up with AM Heath of London and was surprised when within a week he heard that four of the largest publishing houses in Britain were interested in the book. The publishers would have to win the rights through auction and needless to say, Steve was stoked. What followed were more auctions in Germany and the selling of the translation rights across the globe that made the novel a phenomenon. As it turned out, he decided to publish with Orion who publish some of his literary heroes such as Ian Rankin, Harlan Coben, and Michael Connelly.

Steve Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn is something of a cross between John Grisham’s Mitch McDeere of The Firm and Frank Galvin of The Verdict. Eddie came about when Cavanagh was doing a cross examination in a trial when he tricked the witness into telling the truth using an age old trick. That was when it hit Steve that just like the wily con artists on the street, good trial lawyers depended on distraction, manipulation, misdirection and persuasion. As suc,h it was no brainer that when he wrote his first novel, he defaulted to the legal thriller with a character that showed the reader the lawyer tricks that take place behind the scenes. Eddie lives in two worlds but Steve takes the reader by the hand to show that the two worlds are not so much different. The novels draw a lot from the legal experiences of the author though they are not based on any real cases. Many of them are drawn from Cavanagh’s imagination as he likes to think that truth is strange than fiction, which may make the reader incredulous were he to base his narratives on true stories. However, similar to his creator, Eddie sees trial is two sides with a different perspective on a story with whoever having the best story emerging victorius.

“The Defence” is the thrilling debut by Steve Cavanagh that shows that the truth may not matter in a trial and that in some instance it may not even have a place in the courtroom. In the eyes of the law, all that matters is what one can prove. Eddie Flynn was a con artist turned lawyer that just found out that the two careers may not be that different. He has never set foot in court in over a year having sworn off the legal process. But now he is forced by the infamous Russian mafia godfather to do so if he wants his daughter to live. The Russian has strapped a bomb on his daughter and will only let her go if he defends him in an impossible to win murder trial that he learned of only 48 hours earlier. Under the watch of the FBI and the media, Eddie needs to put every con artist trick and razor sharp wit to use to get the Russian mobster off the hook and save his daughter. Lose the case and he will never forgive himself.

“The Plea” is the excellent second novel in the Eddie Flynn series of novel by Steve Cavanagh. It combines ingenious plotting and gripping action full of murder, blackmail, and fraud in the life of Eddie Flynn. For years, Harland & Sinton one of the largest law firms in the world has been operating as an undercover global fraud. The FBI has finally uncovered their murky dealings but they cannot do anything without any credible witnesses top prop up their case. When David Child, one of the firm’s biggest clients is arrested on suspicion of murder, the FBI turn to Eddie Flynn a con artist turned lawyer to get Child as a client, and in the process turn him witness against Harland & Sinton. Eddie has never been one to be coerced into doing anything but with the FBI threatening to arrest his wife with some incriminating evidence he has no choice but to oblige. But now that he has met the client, he is convinced that he is innocent despite the mountain of incriminating evidence. He needs to keep his wife out of danger from the FBI who are pressurizing him for a plea bargain while trying to get his client off the hook and keep away from the clutches of the firm.

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