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Publisher's Summary

Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turns out the two aren't that different.

Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie's 10-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case whether he likes it or not.

Using his razor-sharp wit and every con, bluff, grift, and trick in the book, Eddie has only 48 hours to defend an impossible murder trial. And if he loses this case, he loses everything.

©2016 Steve Cavanagh (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"If you're a fan of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Brad Meltzer, then you will be a fan of Steve Cavanagh's The Defense." (Nelson DeMille, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Radiant Angel)
"This audiobook goes from zero to ninety out of the box and doesn't flag until The End, so fasten your seat belt.... [Narrator] Adam Sims gives a bravura performance so at one with the text that you hardly notice he's there beside you on the edge of your seat." (AudioFile)

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Hard to read because of poor grammar!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If the reader enjoys intelligent writing that challenges the mind, I would not recommend this book. The story was good enough, but the author's constant use of poor grammar and other errors (that were not caught by the editor) was a big problem. I cringed every time I heard things like "the group are..." (does Cavanagh not understand what collective nouns are?) and "Federal Bureau of Investigations" (it's not plural). It made the book very hard to listen to and I'll never read/listen to anything from this author again.

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This is a page turner!

This is a fun read if you like Grisham and that genre'!! It's face paced there are bad guys and good guys and a hero that is totally likable! Hope Steve Cavanagh writes another soon!

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Thrilling and upbeat.... sometimes just too much

This book has you hooked from the very forest sentence until the last chapter which was good and made it easy to finish within a skirt time. My only issue with that is I wish there had been more character development... which of course doesn't really happen within 24 hours.... regardless, a great book. Very fun read.

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Wonderful storytelling, the author is a true talen

The craftsmanship of the story and creativity displayed is a rare thing. Can't wait for more books to read here in the US.

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OK but not great

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe

What about Adam Sims’s performance did you like?

He does great accents. His style doesn't distract from the narrative.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

It's a good enough listen for the gym. YOu kind of have to suspend credibility as there are many implausible moments. The excellent reader brought it up to pretty good.

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