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The Plea

(Eddie Flynn #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,737 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
A must-read for fans of Lee Child, John Grisham and Michael Connelly. Combining gripping action and ingenious plotting, THE PLEA is the brilliant new legal thriller from the author of THE DEFENCE.

Fraud. Blackmail. Murder. It's all in a day's work for Eddie Flynn.

For years, major New York law firm Harland & Sinton has operated a massive global fraud. The FBI are on to t
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Flatiron Books (first published May 2016)
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Susan My husband read this one first, as did I, and we weren't at all confused.

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Liz Barnsley
The Plea is Steve Cavanagh’s follow up to the (entirely brilliant) The Defence, featuring once more the indomitable Eddie Flynn – one of those characters you completely fall in love with (just me? No I don’t think it is you know) and a fast paced, edge of the seat thrill ride of a story that is utterly addictive.

From the killer opening to the intensely exciting ending The Plea doesn’t let up and fairly bombs along, with Eddie flung into a situation that tests his mettle once more and the same he
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
The Plea’s opening chapter is bang on!!! I started reading it as soon as it arrived in the door, and I honestly couldn’t put it down! I read it at every opportunity, which included reading it aloud to my 16 month old daughter because I had gotten to another great bit and didn’t want to stop reading it!
Eddie Flynn is fast becoming one of my favourite characters in books, he’s just, I don’t know, so hangdog yet loveable!
The Plea is an utterly brilliant thriller! I’m a sucker for a good courtroom d
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year it was The Defense: This year it is The Plea. Steve Cavanagh has brought his delightful Eddie Flynn back for another fast paced courtroom adventure and I’m not complaining! Eddie Flynn is not your average suited and booted dull lawyer. He has special skills from his grifter background. He is clever, used to thinking out of the box and he’s so very engaging. No wonder I’m developing a massive soft spot for him

Things get tricky for our Eddie, this time. There is someone with a gun pointi
Book Addict Shaun
The Plea is book 120 of 2018 which marks the completion of my Goodreads challenge, though I think I’ll be reading at least another hundred books before the year is out. I can hardly believe I have left this book on my TBR for so long after loving The Defence, but I now have the others in the series ready to read.

Steve Cavanagh is a fantastic author and I love the character he has created in Eddie Flynn. In my mind I am seeing Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) as Eddie, and that’s not a bad thing to
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Plea – Eddie Flynn is the Lawyer

Eddie Flynn in The Plea once again proves that he has more lives than the average cat, just as cunning and one hell of a survivor. You can creep and go like a lawyer going to heaven, but someone upstairs is looking down on Eddie Flynn and turning him in to the ultimate survivor, even better than Mick Haller.

Steve Cavanagh is going from strength to strength with his creation of Eddie Flynn, he has once again created a legal thriller that gets better on every ou
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller, arc

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I've never heard of the author before and I've read some good legal thrillers (e.g. The Lincoln Lawyer series) so I was unsure if this would impress me but a combination of an intriguing plot and fast writing made for an overall entertaining read but with a few flaws.

The plot isn't particularly complicated but has enough strands to keep the pace up from the start. A conman turned lawyer (we'll skirt over this bit with a dose of stupidity medicine) is f
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tend to avoid legal thrillers but Mr. Cavanagh acquits (sorry!) himself well. The legal stuff is riveting, the con man stuff is fascinating, and add that to a likeable, smart hero and you have a very winning combination. I loved this book.

This book ratchets up the tension very quickly and does not let up until the very last page. The hero, Eddie Flynn, is defending a client on trial for murder and at the same time trying to secure immunity for his wife. I learned some interesting forensics t
Tracy Fenton
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like clever, legal thrillers with action, humour and fast paced twists and turns then you really, really, really need to read The Plea - but first you must read The Defence which is book 1 in the Eddie Flynn series.

It's difficult to express just how exciting these books are until you've read one.  Eddie Flynn is a brilliant character - an ex-conman/hustler now hotshot lawyer in New York who sees angles and opportunities everywhere.  He's clever, charming and if I ever get indicted for a f
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My first Eddie Flynn/Steve Cavanagh and a good read. Fast paced legal crime thriller with a twisty plot. Flynn has history (some from the first story of course) and is a dyed-in-the-wool con-man with a hard heart but a conscience to do right for people especially his family.

I particularly liked and enjoyed the courtroom scenes and the author's use of legal means, protocol and discussion to make and tell the story. Outside the courtroom lots is also going on. There's a good mix of characters and
Ciska Bokhorst
Op zich geen slecht boek, maar een tikkie over de top. En op sommige punten daardoor ongeloofwaardig. En Eddie "vertelt" iets te vaak hoe veel hij van zijn vrouw en dochter houd... Come on man up please!
📚 Sam 📚
It was a good second novel to read.
The only thing is that few steps in the story were not needed as in a few chapters in the book were not really adding much to the story
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Orion, the author and his lovely wife Tracy, as well as Liz Barnsley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So this is what happened #bookjunkies. The fabulous Kate Moloney of Bibliophile Book Club raved….yes, I mean RAVED about how great this author…Steve something or other book The Defence was. I had never heard of Steve Cavanagh but downloaded the book any way. And it sat on my TBR. Then the wonderful Liz Barnsley of Liz Loves Books messaged me and asked if I
This novel kept me from doing anything else until I had finished! It is one of the best legal thrillers I have ever read. Eddie Flynn, con man and hustler, is a lawyer extraordinaire. He is at the point of dying and facing a killer who is going to shoot him when we meet him. We then travel back in time to discover how the hell he ended up in this position.

Eddie is forced to defend David Child, a tech billionaire, on a murder charge where the evidence against him is overwhelming. He does so to pr
Dick Reynolds
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I should start with a warning to the prospective reader: You may not be able to put this book down until you finish it at some ungodly hour of the morning. Author Steve Cavanagh has a real talent when ending each chapter, a hook that makes you want to go on to the next chapter.
The many characters are compelling and fascinating. Attorney Eddie Flynn is trying his best to defend his client, billionaire David Child, while his own wife and daughter are in jeopardy. It certainly appears tha
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those "stop what you're currently reading" and jump all over Steve Cavanaugh's "The Plea". This runaway train of a legal thriller will glue you to the chair with it's complex plot, compelling characters and relentless pace. Protagonist Eddie Flynn is a tough NY con man turned attorney who wants only to protect his estranged family and billionaire client, accused of murdering his girlfriend. It's gets complicated when he's leveraged by a CIA/FBI task force threatening his wife with ...more
Laura Rash
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Once again I’m glad I’m a lil late to the party so I can binge read them! So many comparisons to great characters in other great books like Reacher & Mickey Haller. Like a fab Grisham with a few more shady resolutions.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un legal thriller atipico e pirotecnico. Atipico perché c'è molta più azione (e colpi di scena) rispetto ai corrispettivi del genere. Il che non guasta.
I’ve read reviews which compare The Plea’s style to a mash-up of the fast paced action packed books by adventure/action author Matthew Reilly with the tense thrills and courtroom twists of John Grisham’s legal thrillers and can’t think of anything more fitting to describe the Eddie Flynn books by Steve Cavanagh.

The Plea hits hard and fast. The opening pages see the former conman turned lawyer Eddie Flynn dodging bullets and fighting for his life before the story takes a breath and moves back in
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Plea is the second book in the Eddie Flynn series by American author, Steve Cavanagh. Eddie Flynn is a former conman turned lawyer. He was, formerly, not too choosy about whom he defended. On Sunday March 15th, Eddie Flynn arrives at his office to find the FBI and the CIA rummaging through his files. They want him to steal a client from a prestigious law firm, convince him to plead guilty and then do a deal with the DA. David Child, wealthy social media developer, is the defendant in a murde ...more
Alan Taylor
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Cavanagh's second Eddie Flynn novel builds and improves on a decent debut. A twisty, tightly plotted legal thriller, 'The Plea' can stand with 'The Firm' or 'The Lincoln Lawyer'. While there are still a few unlikely developments and a couple of cases where Eddie, the first person narrator, withholds crucial information, Cavanagh maintains the fast, exciting pace throughout. The author has mastered the technique of using short chapters which finish on mini-cliffhangers that make you want to ...more
Tina Woodbury
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I cannot express how happy I am that I started this series! I am thrilled to announce that book two is just as addicting as book one.

The CIA has come to Eddie Flynn seeking his help in taking down the law firm Harland & Sinton. Seeking may not be the right word – demanding and not taking no for an answer is more accurate. Flynn agrees to help, but only on his terms. He doesn’t play well with others and has no plans of starting an
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A gripping fast moving conspiracy where lawyer/ con-man is forced to defend a young techie billionaire against a framed up murder charge. The maturation of the author from the first Eddie Flynn story ('The Defense') to this story is remarkable- Flynn still accomplishes the near impossible however his capabilities are far more plausible. I am adding Cavanagh's Eddie Flynn to accompany the likes of Lucas Davenport, Dave Robicheaux, Harry Bosch, etc. to my list of must read characters.
Cathy Ryan
Eddie Flynn is coerced by CIA agent Lester Dell into getting himself hired by David Child, billionaire owner of a massive social media network, as his lawyer. Child is accused of first degree murder and Dell wants him to make a deal—testify against a prestigious law firm for a lesser sentence or risk a much longer incarceration. If Eddie and Child don’t cooperate, Dell has information that will not bode well for Eddie’s wife. Christine works for Harland and Sinton, a front for a huge money l
Tracey the Lizard Queen
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A break from my usual reading. Truth is, I can't even remember requesting this from NetGalley. I so glad I did! After my request was approved, I discovered rather annoyingly that it was the second in the series. So I hopped over to my local library and picked up book 1.

The Defence didn't have me quite convinced. But this has completed changed that! I was totally sucked in by it all. Eddie is one of the most real characters I've ever had the
E.M. Powell
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer series, so when I was offered an ARC of THE PLEA via Netgalley I was prepared for an inferior version of a Haller novel. Happy to report that I was completely wrong.

THE PLEA is a smart, fast-moving read that presents a seemingly open-and-shut case that the protagonist (conman turned lawyer Eddie Flynn) has to solve. It's not only his client's liberty at risk: Flynn's wife's freedom is also on the line.

And when I say the pace is f
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na de ijzersterke rechtbankthriller “De verdediging” (eerder uitgebracht als “Geen tijd om te sterven“) is “Het pleidooi” het tweede deel in de serie rond strafrechtadvocaat Eddie Flynn. De mensen die “De verdediging” hebben gelezen, weten wat ze te wachten staat: Een ijzersterke “legal thriller” in de stijl van John Grisham, maar dan beter. In het vorige boek moest Eddie Flynn het opnemen tegen de Russische maffia en had hij twee dagen de tijd om daarmee het leven zijn dochtertje te redden. In ...more
Craig Sisterson
An excellent legal thriller that brings a freshness to the genre, shaking up standard tropes while delivering everything long-time fans of courtroom dramas will enjoy. Cavanagh has a particular talent for escalating tension, and Eddie Flynn, hustler and con-man turned defense attorney, is a terrific creation well worth following. Shades of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer), while also being a unique character all of this own. A propulsive read that'll have you soldered to you ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great legal thriller, with an element of a long con!

A fan of this author!
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Cavanagh proves that his excellent debut novel The Defense was no fluke with this follow-up starring his ex-con man lawyer Eddie Flynn. The plot is plausible and the characters are believable and well drawn. There is a fair amount of actual courtroom drama in this entry and it is reminiscent of early Grisham and Turow. I will be looking forward to more Eddie Flynn stories.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
An excellent sequel to the brilliant 'Defence'. Fast paced and smart with fantastic twists. This is not just a legal thriller, it's a good versus evil die hard of a book.
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Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He currently practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases. Selected for the Amazon Rising Stars programme 2015. ACES award winner 2015 from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The Defence is his debut novel.

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