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Serial killers tend to fit a certain profile. But Joshua Kane doesn’t even come close. He meticulously chooses his victim. Then, he frames someone else for the murder. Finally, he makes sure that the accused is found guilty. And he can do that because he sits on the jury. Kane has been at it for a while, and he has a mission. He’s almost done. Nothing can stop him now. Or so he believes. But Kane never came up against Eddie Flynn before.

Defense attorney Flynn has landed himself a famous client. Reluctantly. Flynn didn’t want to defend Bobby Solomon, one of the hottest stars around, but he liked the young man. And, to his surprise, he believed Bobby when he said he didn’t kill his wife and that man. The case, though, looks like a slam-dunk for the prosecution. And the prosecutor is Art Pryor, brought in specifically to try this case. He’s never lost one yet. Well, there’s always a first time, and Flynn plans to ruin Pryor’s record.

"THIRTEEN earns five stars for its gripping premise, page-turning pace and ability to thrill. It truly is a game-changer in legal suspense."

It will be an uphill battle, though. Bobby’s wife was as beloved by the public as Bobby himself, and the circumstances of her death point directly at him. So now the fans want justice. The prosecution feels confident, with video evidence, fingerprints, the 911 audio and an age-old motive. The defendant has little in the way of a defense, with no alibi except to say that he can’t remember where he was. Work with that, Flynn.

To top it off, Flynn has made enemies of several New York City cops, which makes the streets dangerous for him. And not just the streets, for the NYPD has a long arm, and the officers he crossed have shady ethics. But he hasn’t been left entirely high and dry without help, and it’s help from surprising places. Will it be enough? His adversary, Pryor, knows his way around a courtroom with his eyes closed, and wants to win at all costs.

What neither attorney is aware of, though, is that they have a rogue juror. Kane knows his way around a courtroom, too. He has learned exactly what lawyers want to hear, how to act when serving on a jury, and ways to sway the others on the panel. In fact, he’s become an expert at it. So it looks like Bobby might be doomed. But Kane has a worthy opponent in Flynn, and he’s becoming all too aware of it, which makes him so much more dangerous.

Joshua Kane is one of the most unique serial killers ever created. He is highly intelligent, has a personal agenda, and knows precisely how to manipulate things in his favor. Plus, he has a unique physical trait that makes him special. It will take someone who can think outside the box to catch him. Following Flynn as he works out the solution to this case shows how fiendishly clever he is.

THIRTEEN earns five stars for its gripping premise, page-turning pace and ability to thrill. It truly is a game-changer in legal suspense.

Reviewed by Kate Ayers on August 16, 2019

by Steve Cavanagh

  • Publication Date: April 28, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • ISBN-10: 1250297621
  • ISBN-13: 9781250297624