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Publisher's Summary

2019 Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year

The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury. 

It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house - and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.  

But there’s someone on his tail. Former conman turned criminal-defense attorney Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects the real killer is closer than they think - but who would guess just how close?   

Praise for Thirteen:

“A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.” (Ruth Ware)    

“Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.” (Lee Child)

“A dead bang BEAST of a book that expertly combines Cavanagh’s authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don’t come along very often.” (Michael Connelly)

©2018 Steve Cavanagh (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Sims portrays the lawyer’s first-person narrative with a hint of a New York accent, while giving the other characters slight distinctions as well. The killer’s chapters are written in third person and underscored with boredom, suggesting someone who’s killed many times and lost the thrill. Passing references are made to characters and situations in the previous books, but this installment stands well on its own. Suggest this title both to those who love a legal thriller where the lawyer does more than practice law and to those who like a solid, twisted serial killer tale without the gory details." (Booklist)

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You don't have to read the previous books

***Just to address this to start off, i have not read/listened to the two previous books in this series. I was assured by the publishers on a Facebook post that this can be read as a standalone. I never once felt like i was missing out on something.

This book was so good!!! What a clever bad guy this was! Very smart so that makes this book even better. I am definitely going to read the other two in this series because I like Eddie Flynn and I'd like to know more of his story! I have a feeling by the way it ended, that another book will be coming up.
I highly recommend this one! Whether you have read the previous two or not!

Narrator: Adam Sims was PERFECT for this book!!!!!! Great job!!

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Best book I’ve ever listened to on audible.

Hands down the best book I’ve listened to or read in years. I can’t even think of a close second. It’s that good.

If you’re anything like me and you look for hours trying to find something worth listening to, look no further - this is it. I’ve listened to all types of thrillers, mysteries, suspense, legal, psychological, etc. Some of the best books have slow parts, or pointless filler, but not this one. It is crazy good.

The narrator is even stellar. Nothing forced, or obnoxious accents poorly done (you know those when you hear them), this is just right.

Be warned - don’t start listening to this if you have anything important to do in the near future that won’t allow you to listen.

You’re welcome.

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I hate legal mysteries

There is a vast wasteland of mysteries released during the last few months. This was a welcome reprieve. This is well worth a credit. Buy it enjoy it, spend the whole day and night listening to it. Thank me later.

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This is a great listen!

Love the character Eddie Flynn, intriguing plot, great performance. Look forward to to the next Eddie Flynn.

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Excellent!

love this author. PLEASE BRING HIS other books to the us!! Although I did guess the bad guy, I loved every minute of this

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Best series character since Harry Bosch

Steve Cavanaugh/Adam Sim are brilliant. Eddie Flynn is such a strong, likeable, heroic, tragically flawed, street-wise attorney, and Adam Sims has brought him to life as no one else could. Listened to Audible Books 1 and 2 and was so disappointed you can't get Book 3, THE LIAR, in the U. S. Did not put Th|rt3en down, listened all the way to the end. Unbelievably talented author and narrator. What a plot, what a ride!

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4 + 4 = 5

Slow start but soon it was lightening fast. There are so many moving pieces, but Cavanagh's technique of using two different story tellers at once kept the plot and the characters clear.

First the reasons for 4 stars. There was something about the reader that grated on me (and so the 4), especially in the beginning, but ultimately his skill at voice differences and pace made him almost become lost in the story. As to the story, I am a trial lawyer and usually don't like legal fiction. The flaws in the trial portions of this tale were sometimes just too much for me to ignore. This book was no exception, so 4 stars.

But somehow, even with these flaws (or maybe because of them) this book really stood out. The premise, the killer on the jury rather than as the defendant or even a witness, is pure genius. His method for getting on the jury was methodical in its approach and complex in its performance. All the time while I was saying to myself "that could never happen" I never really quite convinced myself. And some of the events of the trial were so far fetched they never really could have happened. But I found myself setting these defects aside in favor of just enjoying the ride, and oh my, what a ride. Bad cops, grizzly murders, dazzling prosecutor, wizened old judge, and a star defense attorney with a checkered past. We've heard it all before. But never blended so skillfully into such a captivating yarn.

And so, defects aside, this is one of the best books I have ever listened to. So 4 + 4 equals a 5 star book.

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Terrific

Very suspenseful, well developed characters, had me from the beginning. I found a new favorite author. Naration was well done also and brought it alive.

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very different and captivating

unpredictable with a great twist i did not see coming. kept me wanting to hear more.

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This is a really terrific book

This was my first Steve Cavanagh book and I am hooked. Eddie Flynn is a most enjoyable protagonist and the bad guy is , let’s just say, a really horrific individual. This was also the first book I had listened to by Adam Sims and all I can say is that he was perfect for the story.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book and, as I have said in other reviews, my taste is excellent and my opinions are infallible.
Get this book!!

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