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The Defence

by Steve Cavanagh

Why we love it:

For those of you who know me, you will know that crime fiction for me is like having chips in the pantry – I absolutely can’t do anything else while knowing that it’s there.

With the chips, they have to be eaten and with a crime thriller it has to be read. The night I came home with The Defence by Steve Cavanagh, I was powerless – it had to be read.

It came recommended by a friend, and initially I was reluctant to read a debut courtroom drama (to tell you the truth, I thought that genre was now passé and had lost its edge).

However, my friend insisted that it’s a great read: “It’s like Lee Child and Michael Connelly.”

I devoured it in one sitting, with its nail-biting tension and intelligent storytelling. It’s a truly suspenseful legal thriller, well written and addictive. Eddie Flynn, the main character, is a straight-talker and razor sharp.

The Defence has to be one of the best debut crime fiction novels I’ve read for a while. It’s courtroom drama with an edge and it’s authentic because Steve Cavanagh himself is a practising lawyer. He’s certainly a lawyer who can tell a story. If you like Michael Connelly, Lee Child and John Grisham, you’ll love The Defence.


24 March, 2015

About Steve Cavanagh

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; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). He is married with two young children.


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