Author: Steve Cavanagh
Published: March 2015 by Orion
Category: Legal Thriller, Courtroom Drama, Book Review
The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn’t matter in a trial.
The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove.
Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren’t that different.
Set In New York City, The Defence is an action packed courtroom drama. Although quite a lot of the story takes place in the court building it’s a full on, non stop rollercoaster which takes place over forty-eight hours. No conventional legal thriller here.
Eddie Flynn, ex con-man and hustler turned lawyer, hasn’t set foot in a courtroom for more than a year, after a case he won turned into a tragedy. But now, Eddie’s life is about to spiral completely out of control. Hijacked in his favourite diner, his coat doctored to include a bomb in the lining, Eddie is forced into a car at gunpoint.
Eddie’s former partner, Jack Halloran, was supposed to be representing Russian mob boss Olek Volchek, as he awaited trial for murder. It seems Jack is off the case–permanently. Volchek wants Eddie as his lawyer. The Russians have kidnapped his daughter. After scenarios flash through his mind, Eddie knows he has no choice. The trial starts that morning. He has two days to convince the jury to find Volchek not guilty and plant the bomb which will kill the main witness. Eddie is certain, whatever the outcome, he and his daughter won’t be allowed to live. Some quick thinking is required to stay ahead of the game, even as he realises there are things about the case that just doesn’t add up.
I stayed on the deck and felt the pain roaring into my head. It was my first pocket dip in fifteen years. It was instinct; it just happened because that’s who I was.
No–it’s who I am.
The skill sand techniques that I’d developed and used as a successful con artist–distraction, misdirection, persuasion, suggestion, the load, the switch, the drop–I’d used these methods just as much on the street all those years ago as I has for the past nine years in the courtroom. I hadn’t really changed. I’d just changed the con.