The Lisburn Waterstones Reading Group Book of the Month for July, written by local crime writer Steve Cavanagh, was 'Thirteen' - his fourth book in a series featuring Eddie Flynn, a lawyer with a history as a con man and with a drink problem and a failing marriage.
The story begins with Eddie as a member of the defence team for a Hollywood actor - Robert Solomon - on trial for murder, and as the pretrial evidence stacks up against him, the main defence lawyer drops out and Eddie decides to carry on, with help, much of it irregular, from old friends in the police.
As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that Solomon has been ‘set up’ by a serial killer who manages to get himself elected on to the jury trying the case.
The plot takes clever twists and turns at a prodigious rate with one or two ‘red herrings’ thrown in for good measure. and, for those who are forensic fans, there is plenty to keep you happy!
It is quite some time since I enjoyed a crime novel as much as this one. It was a great choice for the monthly group, and I’m eager to discover what the rest of them thought of it.
Oh, by the way, Steve Cavanagh will be signing copies of ‘Thirteen’ in Waterstones Lisburn on Saturday 28th July at 2.00pm