Book Review: Steve Cavanagh’s ‘Thirteen’ (Eddie Flynn novels)

61AF829A-0607-43D1-995A-DD94045A1245You know a book is great when it’s the fourth (third, in the U.S.) in a series in which each title is written to stand alone, and immediately after finishing it, you go on line and order the prior ones. (The only other time I’ve done that is with Michael Robotham’s Joe O’Loughlin, whose family life parallels Eddie Flynn‘s.)

I used to read a lot of legal thrillers before forsaking them for psychological thrillers, but Imma sucker for jury-tampering stories (The Juror and The Runaway Jury are particularly memorable), and “TH1RT3EN” is the ultimate:

The serial killer isn’t on trial
He’s on the jury

Although the prologue didn’t hook me, mere pages later I was unable to put the book down. The plot, the pacing, the characterizations, the wit and insight — all of it combine to make a smart read that any fiction lover willing to suspend disbelief (as I ordinarily am not) is sure to enjoy.

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Release date: August 13, 2019
Thank you to Flatiron Books for the giveaway. What a winner!