The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh

A DEADLY PROSECUTOR

They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States.

A TWISTED RITUALISTIC KILLING

When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff arrests the last person to see her alive, Andy Dubois. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that Andy is innocent.

A SMALL TOWN BOILING WITH RAGE

Everyone in Buckstown believes Andy is guilty. He has no hope of a fair trial. And the local defense attorney assigned to represent him has disappeared.

A FORMER CON-ARTIST

Hot shot New York lawyer Eddie Flynn travels south to fight fire with fire. He plans to destroy the prosecutors case, find the real killer and save Andy from the electric chair.

But the murders are just beginning.

Is Eddie Flynn next?

I must confess from the outset that Steve Cavanagh is one of my favourite writers and that I’m a huge fan of the Eddie Flynn series. This is Cavanagh’s sixth Eddie Flynn book and, in my opinion, the series gets better each time. For the first time, Eddie is taken out of New York as he travels to Buckstown, a remote Alabama town, to represent Andy Dubois, a seemingly innocent man who has been accused of murder and who is destined for the electric chair. Flynn knows this will be the toughest case yet but nothing can prepare him for what he’s up against. The book’s villain, Randal Korn, the district attorney who has sentenced more people to death than any other in the US, is reminiscent of Thomas Harris’ villains because of his particularly inhumane and brutal nastiness. Eddie is accompanied by a formidable team that has grown with the series: Harry, his friend and mentor, Kate, his new partner, and Bloch, an ex-cop with a tough, emotionless exterior but who is also incredibly sympathetic.

Taking Eddie out of New York and putting him in the South allows Cavanagh to challenge Eddie and explore his character. Eddie is largely a creature of habit and is most at home in an urban setting. The setting shift also makes the book more reminiscent of John Grisham’s books. However, Cavanagh’s books are far superior because of his focus on characterisation.

As with all of Cavanagh’s books, nothing is as simple as it seems and the climax of the novel is more complex than we first expected. Once again, Cavanagh proves that he is one of the best writers out there at the moment and I’m sure The Devil’s Advocate will bring even more readers to the Eddie Flynn series.

Orion, 5 August, 2021

About the author

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, Sunday Times best-selling author of the Eddie Flynn series which has sold a million copies in the UK. His third novel, The Liar, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the year 2018. Thirteen won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime novel of the year 2019. FIFTY FIFTY was a Richard and Judy Book club choice, and the BBC Between The Covers book club choice. His latest novel, The Devil’s Advocate was released in August 2021. 

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