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The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial.
The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove.
Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different.It's been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter Amy. Eddie only has 48 hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial - and win - if wants to save his daughter. Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his 'client' and ensure Amy's safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?
Lose this case and he loses everything.
©2015 Steve Cavanagh (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
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By Rollin on 04-17-15

Over the top but very entertaining

What did you love best about The Defence?

The complex court maneuvers by a savvy lawyer and the extremely fast pace and unpredictability of the plot.

What does Adam Sims bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration is very well paced and he's able to use different accents and voices.

Any additional comments?

I'll certainly look for more books by Cavanagh, but I would recommend he make his hero a bit more real and not a superman (smart lawyer, good boxer, friend to judges and mafiosi). The main character is great for a first novel but a bit much all the same.

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By Big jim Picotto on 03-14-15

Novel=No Screenplay=Maybe

There are some novels that lack the depth to bring you within its clutches. Shallow dialogue, no character development, unrealistic story, etc.. This is one of those. This is Cavanagh's first book, and it shows. The author is a Lawyer in Norther Ireland, and practices law there. Why he doesn't set the story there i cannot understand. The legal portion of the story is slight, and unrealistic. You would never guess the writer does this for a living. I have to imagine that setting the story in Brooklyn NY has something to do with this. Trying to extract the feel of NY when you grew up and reside in Ireland may be the issue with the depth of the story. Beyond this, for a mystery and not a Sci-fi, i cannot suspend my disbelief this much. Maybe it would work as a movie, maybe not, but it definitely does not work as a novel. Unfortunately, not worth the credit.

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By anne on 02-25-16

Fast and furious.

This was a very enjoyable thriller, it moved quickly and kept me listening all the way through. The narrator was very good and brought the characters to life. I suspect we'll see more of him! There were a few times that disbelief had to be suspended and a couple of loose ends but what is an enjoyable story stood up to that.

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By Practical Lady on 12-15-15

Really good yarn!

I like a good story when I am dog walking, hours s day as I have a spaniel. Monty had more than his usual as I wanted to hear the next chapter. Do nt expect accurate court stuff, suspend belief and just enjoy the tale!

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