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Steve Cavanagh, Thirteen, and his buddy Adrian McKinty, The Chain

Saturday, August 17   |   2:00 pm

Steve Cavanagh is an Irish author from Belfast and at the age eighteen he studied law by mistake. He is now the international award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn novels. His debut novel, The Defense, was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Thriller of the Year, and The Plea won the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel. Steve is still a practicing lawyer (someday he’ll get the hang of it) and co-host of the chart-topping podcast Two Crime Writers And A Microphone. He has been involved in several high-profile civil rights cases, his Eddie Flynn novels have been published in over twenty countries, he’s married with two young children, and in his spare time he is mostly asleep.  

Steve Cavanagh, one of Ireland’s leading civil-rights attorneys, is the thriller writer that the biggest thriller writers are reading. From Lee Child to Michael Connelly, Ruth Ware to Ian Rankin, the genre’s most recognizable names have raved about Cavanagh’s rip-roaring, wildly-clever novels that star Eddie Flynn, the con-man-turned defense lawyer, who the Irish Times described as “Jack Reacher’s younger, hotter-headed brother.” Not only are Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn novels bestsellers in Ireland and the UK, they are critically acclaimed and award-winning—The Defense was nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Thriller of the Year, and The Plea won the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel. But THIRTEEN, which features a truly sinister serial killer akin to Ted Bundy, is, quite simply, Cavanagh’s finest yet. But don’t take my word for it, perhaps Michael Connelly put it best when he said: “[THIRTEEN is] 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.”

Set in bustling Manhattan, and told with prose as visceral and gritty as New York City’s dark criminal underbelly, THIRTEEN begins with what appears to be a senseless act of violence. It’s anything but. Disguised as a homeless man, serial killer Joshua Kane murders a postal worker in order to steal a jury summons for a court case dubbed The Trial of the Century in which movie star Bobby Solomon is accused of brutally murdering his beloved actress wife and their security guard. But this open-and-shut case of a love affair gone wrong isn’t so cut and dry to Eddie Flynn. As the trial begins, and with the evidence strong against his innocent client, Flynn and a quirky cast of P.I.s and FBI agents urgently set out to uncover the real killer. As it turns out, he’s hiding in plain sight as juror number thirteen. And he killed to be there.

Combining jaw-dropping action, ingenious, brain-scrambling plot twists, and heart-palpitating courtroom drama that only a lawyer could pen, THIRTEEN has all the hallmarks of a bestselling thriller, which is why Sarah Pinborough decreed Cavanagh “the John Grisham for a new generation.”

*****

VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.“This nightmarish story is incredibly propulsive and original. You won’t shake it for a long time.”
STEPHEN KING


“McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don’t give in: this writing – sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor – should be savored.”
TANA FRENCH

“A masterpiece. You have never read anything quite like THE CHAIN and you will never be able to forget it.”
DON WINSLOW
* * * * *YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

* * * * *

“Diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word “relentless”. Adrian McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He’s the real deal.”

DENNIS LEHANE

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship’s engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Irish Times and The Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.