*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: ‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’
Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.
Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.
This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.
But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.
Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.
Thirteen is a masterclass in crime-thriller writing and courtroom suspense.
Kane, the antagonist, is one of the most intelligent, prepared and downright chilling serial killers I have come across. Add in his special physiological advantages and he seems almost invincible, and yet the scariest element is that he is not the least bit unbelievable.
With the story told in alternating sections, the reader gets to see events from Kane’s third-person perspective, but from the first-person narrative of lawyer Eddie Flynn, the main protagonist. This technique is very effective at giving the reader special insight and advance knowledge from both sides of the story, whilst keeping us intimate with the hero and creating a (safe!) distance from the human monster he is facing.
The storyline is tight and pacy, with plenty of action and numerous twists and turns. Some I spotted, as the author played very fair with his clues and foreshadowing, but some hit me from behind as I followed where the sneaky narrative led me to look!
Whilst Thirteen is the fourth in the Eddie Flynn series of books, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone book (which is what I did), as any pertinent background is fed in through the current action and character development naturally, with no extraneous passages of exposition to slow the pace.
I loved the concept of having a con expert on both sides of the fence and it made for thrillingly tense entertainment to see them go up against each other on similar terms. I would definitely recommend this to fans of legal suspense and fast-paced crime: it’s more action-packed than a Grisham courtroom drama and more twistily intricate than a Patterson killer-chase!
Given the speed at which Elton slammed the door, and the sheer weight of the thing, there was little doubt that Kane’s arm should’ve been broken. And a messy break at that. Multiple fractures. Massive trauma.
But Kane was special. That’s what his mama always told him. He cried out again. Kane felt it was important to put on a good show: the least he could do was pretend to be hurt.
– Steve Cavanagh, Thirteen
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