“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

First Look: THE PLEA by Steve Cavanagh

Steve Cavanagh’s debut THE DEFENCE was published last year to universal acclaim, with yours truly describing it in the Irish Times as “a lot like a courtroom drama Lee Child might write about Jack Reacher’s younger, hotter-headed brother . . . a foot-to-the-floor thriller that pulls out with tyres smoking and takes no prisoners until it judders to a halt 400 pages later.” The follow-up, THE PLEA (Orion), also features that novel’s protagonist, New York lawyer Eddie Flynn, and the set-up reads a lot like this:
Fraud. Blackmail. Murder. It’s all in a day’s work for Eddie Flynn.
  For years, major New York law firm Harland & Sinton has operated a massive global fraud. When a client of the firm, David Child, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure Child as his client and force him to testify against the firm.
  Eddie’s not a man to be coerced into representing a guilty client, but the FBI have incriminating files on Eddie’s wife, and if Eddie won’t play ball, she’ll pay the price.
  When Eddie meets Child he’s convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the plea, Eddie must find a way to prove Child’s innocence while keeping his wife out of danger - not just from the FBI, but from the firm itself.
  THE PLEA will be published on May 19. For more, clickety-click here

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