Book Review: Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh

3 Stars


Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4)Blurb: They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?


Okay, firstly this book has possible THE best tag live ever…. ‘The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury’.

The plot of this book has some real originality and I was SO excited to read it. I’ve read tonnes of crime books and none of them are centred around the killer being on the jury. This is probably because it’s massively far fetched, as I found out when reading ‘Thirteen’.

Eddie Flynn is an ex conman turned lawyer who has been approached by a high-flying lawyer to help them defend Bobby Solomon, a movie star who has been charged with the murder of his wife and head of security. When Eddie meets Bobby, he believes he’s innocent, so he agrees to join the defence team. However, due to unexpected events, the defence team collapses, and Eddie is faced with defending Bobby by himself.

I think the character of Eddie Flynn is what holds this story line together. He has an interesting personal story and he’s good at what he does and his performances in the courtroom where the highlight of the book for me.

Joshua Kane, the serial killer, has every personality trait that I usually like in villains. He can change his personality in a second, he’s ruthless and sadistic. But for some reason, I found his character to be a bit…..meh. It just seemed like everything was a bit too convenient. He’s managed to escape the FBI for years, he has insider contacts, he’s able to take on other people’s identity (even to the extent of looking like them) and he’s managed to get on the jury for every murder he’s committed. Sorry, what!? Come on…. That’s a bit far fetched.

I’m not saying that it was all bad. The concept of this book seemed so original, but to me, it was all a bit too over the top.

Lesson: Don’t judge a book by its tagline!!

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