With The Satan’s Advocate, we’ve reached e book six in Steve Cavanagh’s extremely acclaimed collection that includes New York-based con man-turned-attorney Eddie Flynn. And maintain onto your hats of us, as a result of this time Eddie has left the Huge Apple behind!
This can be a man who can rise above most conditions, whether or not by guile, good luck or a mixture of the 2. However when an surprising customer sends Eddie to Alabama, he’s a fish out of water and shortly gasping for air.
The customer to Eddie’s New York workplace is Alexander Berlin, somebody we met earlier than in The Liar, the place he was working as a clandestine fixer for the State Division. Now Berlin is doing extra categorised work, transferring round authorities departments, fixing issues, and he has a proposition for Eddie. Though the lawyer is adamant that he doesn’t need to hear, quickly he’s totally on board.
Berlin’s story entails a 19-year-old black man falsely accused of murdering a younger white lady in Sunville County, Alabama. The place is residence to a corrupt police pressure and District Legal professional Randal Korn holds the doubtful report of getting had extra prisoners put to dying than anybody else in the entire of the USA. All of the sudden Eddie is all ears, and that’s why we quickly discover him and his crew within the Deep South, the place they’re made to really feel something however welcome.
In just some meaty chapters, Cavanagh has set the scene for an intriguing, and totally engrossing, narrative – and it simply will get higher and higher. Because the drama develops, so the strain ratchets up too. Don’t anticipate to see a lot of your mattress till you’ve reached the ultimate full cease of this one.
Eddie is likely to be the primary man right here, however he can be nothing with out the disparate band that helps him. There’s Harry Ford, a retired New York Justice, who acts as his advisor and wingman, Kate Brooks, Eddie’s sharp-as-a-tack regulation companion, and Bloch, the enigmatic, principally silent, arduous as nails investigator who would make an excellent love-match for Jack Reacher. Collectively they make an ideal crew, and Eddie goes to want each one among their expertise earlier than this factor is over.
However again to Sunville County, the place Korn guidelines the roost and isn’t about to get knocked off the perch he has commanded for 17 years. He’s a superbly rendered dangerous man, pale as a corpse, unsmiling and eternally carrying with him an insidious scent of dying and decay. The man is dangerous to his very core – and he’s about to turn into Eddie Flynn’s most formidable opponent but.
In Buckstown, Eddie makes an attempt to see his new consumer, Andy Dubois and is thwarted at each finish and switch. This case goes to be no simple experience, and it takes a number of the lawyer’s trademark skulduggery earlier than he can truly lay eyes on the harmless younger man. Andy has been arrange for the autumn. From the off it’s clear that everybody believes he’s responsible and nobody goes to assist his defence crew.
What follows is gilt-edged Cavanagh, and also you’ll end up groaning in frustration, laughing out loud, crying out in shock and even often cheering as the story unfolds. The courtroom scenes are intelligent and satisfyingly unpredictable. When you love Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer or the work of John Grisham, you then’re going to really feel proper at residence.
Generally it’s a harmful transfer to take your protagonist out of his common environs however it actually works right here, and the Deep South setting provides additional layers to the narrative. All the characters are meticulously drawn – love them or hate them, they bounce off the web page, and it’s nice to see Bloch specifically getting her second within the highlight.
I devoured this e book in a few sittings, decided to savour every intelligent twist and switch. It’s a kind of particular reads the place you desperately need to get to the tip but in addition need to make it final so long as doable. I take my hat off to you Mr Cavanagh, The Satan’s Advocate is your greatest Eddie Flynn e book but!
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CFL Ranking: 5 Stars