Eddie Flynn has an impossible choice.
He has damning evidence against a corrupt NYPD detective who stands accused of killing a suspect.
But if he uses this evidence in court, both he and his client – the dead man’s widow – will be in mortal danger.
Should he risk their lives to win the case? Or keep quiet and let a murderer go free.
So The Defence was one of my absolute favourite books I read during 2015 and is probably the novel I bought for and / or recommended to the most number of people too.
Eddie Flynn is BACK! And I could not have been more excited at this news – even though on this occasion he’s back for a novella. But what a novella it is!
I was initially feeling anxious at the thought of reading about Eddie Flynn in a novella format, as I’ve found that often novellas feel too brief and frequently meticulous details that are crucial in stories involving strong protagonists like Eddie are omitted. But I’m so happy to say this wasn’t the case and, in fact, The Cross didn’t really feel like a novella at all. No detail was lost and it didn’t feel at all shallower than a full length novel. I specifically enjoyed the detailed stories included throughout such as the hot plate story (although this sent chills up my spine!) and the con story involving a frog. It is these particulars that really bring Eddie Flynn to life and I’m so glad the author still managed to include them alongside the main story of The Cross despite its shorter length.
Each chapter was packed full of action and the end of every single chapter was a brilliant twist or cliff hanger. If I vowed to pop to the toilet or to get a drink, each chapter ending made this practically impossible! A very clever technique employed by the author meant that putting the book down was so, so difficult. I literally couldn’t stop reading as I had to know what happened next.
It’s safe to say I just love Eddie Flynn and as I’ve said before he has so much potential as a series protagonist. There were so many occasions during this novella that I thought to myself “there is just no way this can be resolved now AT ALL” but Eddie is so clever and so manipulative, I kept whooping with delight whenever he managed to turn things around. He is a character that the reader fully invests in which is so crucial as you end up really caring about what happens to both him and those around him.
The Cross acts as a perfect introduction to Eddie Flynn if you haven’t already discovered him, and if you have, it is a fantastic addition to getting-to-know, understand a bit more and love him (if you don’t already!).
Now I cannot wait to get my mitts on a copy of The Plea in May and I’m counting down the days!
The Defence is out now and available to purchase here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Defence-Steve-Cavanagh/dp/1409152308/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452085447&sr=8-1&keywords=the+defence
The Cross is available on eBook here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cross-Eddie-Flynn-Novella-ebook/dp/B017RKCDNM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1452085501&sr=8-2&keywords=the+cross and it’s currently FREE so I would urge you to take advantage of that NOW!