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The Plea-His client is innocent. His wife is guilty.

The Plea-His client is innocent. His wife is guilty.

Cavanagh, Steve
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'Highly intelligent, twist-laden and absolutely unputdownable' Eva Dolan

'My life, what a thriller! Breathlessly brilliant and fiendishly clever.' Miranda Dickinson



When David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure the case and force him to testify against the firm.

Eddie is not someone who is easily coerced, but when the FBI reveal that they have incriminating files on his wife, he knows he has no choice.

But Eddie is convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the deal, Eddie must find a way to prove his client's innocence.

But the stakes are high - his wife is in danger.And not just from the FBI . . .

'One of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast' John Connolly

'Steve is a fantastic thriller writer' Mark Billingham

A gripping, twisty thriller

THE PLEA is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast

THE DEFENCE is everything a great thriller should be and I can't wait to see more of Eddie Flynn

Lively, clever and enjoyable . . . Cavanagh writes vividly about American injustice . . . The constant action is interrupted only by absorbing courtroom scenes - THE TIMES

Part classic courtroom drama in the John Grisham tradition and part Bruce Willis-like action hero fiction straight out of the DIE HARD franchise, this is a rip-roaring action-packed and highly entertaining debut - IRISH INDEPENDENT

Reads a lot like a courtroom drama that Lee Child might write about Jack Reacher's younger, hotter-headed brother - IRISH TIMES

Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He practiced civil rights law and was involved in several high-profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history.

He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). His novel The Liar won the CWA Gold Dagger award while his follow-up novel Thirteen won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2019. Twisted was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller. He is married with two young children.

Follow Steve on Facebook at and Twitter @SSCav