Review: The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh


Title: The Devil’s Advocate {Eddie Flynn #6}

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Published: 27th July 2021, Orion

Status: Read August 2021 courtesy Hachette Australia


My Thoughts:


Conman turned lawyer Eddie Flynn and his team find themselves in Alabama fighting for the life of a young man facing the death penalty in The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh.

When the body of college student/bar waitress Skylar Edwards is found partially buried in a lot behind a truck stop, the corrupt local sheriff is quick to arrest her young colleague, Andy Dubois, and the sadistic county District Attorney to guarantee the death penalty. Despite damning evidence to the contrary, it’s clear to Eddie that Andy has been framed, and he has no chance of a fair trial in Buckstown.

Always one to side with the underdog, Eddie is really up against it the small minded town harbouring corrupt officials, racists, extremists, and more than one killer. No one is interested in justice, just vengeance and power. The conspiracy, and it’s extent, is terrifying, with a vein of plausibility I found very disturbing. Cavanagh seems to draw some inspiration from the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as current events. The plot is layered, offering some plenty of tense moments and surprises, and unfolds at a good pace.

Eddie’s nemesis in the case is Randal Korn, who presents as a diligent, successful  District Attorney, but is a sadist who revels in having the power over life and death and will do anything to keep it. A great legal defence isn’t going to be enough to ensure justice for Andy against such a man, and Eddie and his team, which includes fellow lawyer Kate, investigator Bloch, and mentor Harry, have to play smart and dirty if they are going to save their clients life. Eddie doesn’t mind taking risks when he needs to, but is reluctant for his colleagues to do so. I really enjoyed the team dynamic in this instalment, and that they each have a crucial role to play in the story.

Despite this being the sixth instalment of the Eddie Flynn series, I think it can work as a stand alone. A great read, The Devil’s Advocate is a gripping, dramatic and disturbing legal thriller.


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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Aug 06, 2021 @ 12:56:51

    Great review, Shelleyrae. This is on my reading list.



  2. sandysbookaday
    Aug 06, 2021 @ 18:03:33

    Excellent review Shelleyrae. I need to catch up on this series. Love this author. ❤📚

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 07, 2021 @ 12:57:00

    Sounds like a good mix of nasty characters/people and a good old fashioned fight for the underdog book!

    Liked by 1 person


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  5. sydneyeditor1
    Aug 09, 2021 @ 21:26:36

    I read one of the early books in this series, and recently discovered this was out too — and am devouring all reviews! I feel though from what you said, i need to be in the right frame of mind for a trial so devastating.

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  6. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Sep 04, 2021 @ 00:54:07

    Enjoyed your review, I can’t remember the last legal thriller I read.

    Liked by 1 person


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