• The Plea

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (336 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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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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Refreshingly different - enthrolled!

I listened to all three of Cavanagh's book featuring Eddie Flynn in one week! This character is a cross between Harry Anderson in TV's Night Court and The Lincoln Lawyer with a little bit extra throw in. Each book is a stand alone story that thrills. Can't wait for another.

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Edge of Your Seat Legal Thriller

It has become progressively more difficult to find new authors to read since Audible discontinued the feature of allowing subscribers to follow readers we like with similar tastes. However, after hunting around for a while, I stumbled across Steve Cavanagh and the Eddie Flynn series.

Fast paced, solid character development and an interesting story combine to make for a nail biting page turner that is tough to put down. Although the book follows the tried and true “defending the client with no hope of acquittal” formula, Cavanagh puts his own creative spin on the genre with a few good twists thrown in for good measure, to make for an interesting and fun ride. Adam Sims also does an excellent job of narrating the action.

If you enjoy the early Grisham novels then you may want to give Eddie a try.

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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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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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great legal detail, twist and turns

one of the better books to which I've listened. takes place in a very short time frame so the pace is very very quick. however good character development and extremely interesting.