Monday, February 29, 2016
Book Review: The Defense: A Novel by Steve Cavanagh
Eddie Flynn used to be a con artists. But after he was arrested, a judge saw something special in him--and the way he argued and won his case--and Eddie ended up going to law school and becoming a lawyer. But he quit practicing last year when he finally tried to quit drinking after his wife left him. And now his law partner has left him holding the bag on a big case, defending the head of the New York Russian mob in a murder trial.
The book went rollicking along and the pacing was spot-on with every chapter ending on a cliffhanger and the reader never really getting a chance to catch their breath. I usually read right before bed when when I tried that with this book, I found it was too thrilling and it wasn't good for bedtime reading. But stuck in an airport all day? Perfect.
I do wish that Cavanagh would have used fewer of the usual tropes. Did his wife, who he still really loved, have to recently divorce him? And he had a drinking problem? And his innocent daughter in trouble? I really started to feel like I was rereading The Lincoln Lawyer with some of this set-up. More originality would have been appreciated. That said, the case itself was interesting, even if there were a couple of spots where things happened that were a tad hard to believe. One thing I was impressed with was the language and the New York City setting--considering the author is Irish. It all rang true for me (but without any exaggerated accents, thank you!) This is a great book for legal thriller fans, with enough threat and danger to keep you on the edge of your seat, but within the realm of believability.
I got this ARC for free at Winter Institute. It was provided by the publisher.