The Plea

A Novel
Narrated by: Adam Sims
Series: Eddie Flynn, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From crime writer Steve Cavanagh comes another gripping audiobook featuring lawyer Eddie Flynn. This is the legal thriller listeners have been waiting for. 

An innocent client. A wife in jeopardy. Who will take The Plea?

Billionaire David Child swears he didn’t murder his girlfriend, Clara. But the evidence overwhelmingly shows that David killed her: the security video showed no one else entering their apartment, the murder weapon was in his car, and he was covered in gunshot residue he can’t explain.

The FBI believes David’s arrest and obvious guilt could help them take down a huge money-laundering scheme - if they can get him to testify.

Con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn is given the job: persuade David to plead guilty and give the agents the evidence they need. If Eddie can’t get David to take a plea bargain, the FBI has incriminating files on Eddie’s wife - and will send her to jail. But David insists that he didn’t murder anyone.

As the FBI pressures Eddie to secure the guilty plea, Eddie becomes increasingly convinced that David is telling the truth. With adversaries threatening, Eddie has to find a way to prove David’s innocence and find out if there’s any way he might have been framed. But the stakes are high: Eddie’s wife is in danger. And not just from the FBI....

©2016, 2017, 2018 Steve Cavanagh (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Rip-roaring legal thriller.... Twisty, bloody, and convincing." (Ian Rankin)

"The Plea is one of the most purely entertaining books you'll read this year. It's a blast." (John Connolly, best-selling author of the Charlie Parker novels)

"Cavanagh's fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller is bound to grip John Grisham and Michael Connelly fans with its unexpected turns." (Library Journal)

"This guy is the real deal. Trust me." (Lee Child) 

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Best courtroom thriller in years

I put this this right up there with The Firm, The Verdict and Presumed Innocent. Eddie Flynn is a fascinating character and tge plot actually seemed plausible. The current news lent even more credence to the story, with corruption that's been uncovered at the top tier of the Justice Department the last few months.

I loved every minute of the narrator's reading, which seemed natural and New York through and through . Was very sad to see that The Liar and Thirteen are not available in Audible format. And I was shocked to read that Cavanaugh is an Irish barrister. Go figure.

It's my first Steve Cavanaugh book, and now I have to read the first Eddie Flynn Book. This is one fantastic Courtroom roller coaster of a ride, and I'm not ready to get off!

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My Favorite Book This Year

I’m an avid reader and listener and it’s always great to find an exciting new author. I read outstanding reviews on Steve Cavanagh’s new book Thirteen but wanted to read the 1st in the Eddy Flynn series. The Plea is the best legal thriller I’ve read or listened to in years. Can’t wait to read the other book in the series. And Adam Sims is an outstanding narrator.

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Better than the first

Kept me guessing til almost the end. I really enjoyed this book. can't wait for the next one.

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Fast-paced thriller

Fast-paced thriller. Legal scenes are a mixture of fantasy and authenticity. A hint of Dashiell Hammitt mixed with a lot of Law & Order.

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Susan ....UES

You will. Love this book.I could not stop listening to it.One of the best I have recently heard.Enjoy!!

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BEST "NEW" AUTHOR I'VE FOUND IN A WHILE!

New to me, that is. Great everything. Had trouble turning it off to go to work. Highly recommend it. Intricate plot, but author never loses you. Very creative. Loved it!

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new favorite author

This is my second Steve Cavanaugh - Eddie Flynn book. I wish other writers would learn from Steve Cavanaugh that good wiring does not require excessive profanity. Steve Cavanaugh relies on his talents as a writer to captivate his readers. And WOW did he succeed! There was so much suspense and complexity that I could not set my sleep timer with this book because my heart was always beating a little too fast. I can't wait for the third book in the series.

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Amazing book!

Author Steve Cavanagh does well with narrating so that the reader follows along. The story line is great, and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I am definitely getting the two books that follow this one.

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Solid fan now

This book really just pulls you in. A well thought out thriller. As in the last book, the transition from scene to scene was not quite seamless causing me to have to rewind and figure out how I got from one place to another. Other than that, great read (or listen).

Solid narrator. Brought the character to life!

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Great across the board - story and performance!

I originally downloaded his 3rd book, 13, and absolutely loved it! It's suspenseful and riveting, and its read remarkably well! I thought Adam Sims did a fantastic job with all the characters and he really plays the parts well! The story had me on the edge of my seat - I didnt want to stop the car because I wanted to keep listening lol! I've listened to all 3 of the Flynn series now, and each is equally good. Highly recommend this author and performer.