The Defense was a great legal thriller! What a whirlwind of a story. The entire story took place in just over 24 hours and was not stop. Eddie Flynn was eating breakfast and minding his own business when he was approached by some Russian mobsters (believe me, I know how ridiculous that sounds) with a unique threat- get to a witness and kill him by acting as their trial attorney. Eddie easily agreed to do their bidding once they explained they held his daughter hostage. Through the heart-pounding chaos, Eddie’s personal life and legal experience was revealed. Eddie was once a successful lawyer, although he was anything but prominent or respected. He ran cons against insurance agencies and took on shady clients. Rebounding from the disgrace of alcoholism, Eddie took the opportunity to prove to himself that he could be a good attorney and a better man. Although the con artist tricks his father taught him came in extremely handy when he accepted the proposition to blow up a witness who could take down the mob.
Within just a few chapters, the author’s own legal background made this a believable courtroom drama. Eddie hastily put together a strategy to cross-examine witnesses and discuss exhibits he didn’t know existed only a few short hours before. His stellar trial skills allowed him to excel as the story moved between courtroom scenes and scenes where he interacted with his captors.
The plot had a huge potential to be corny, and it was in some parts. But generally, it worked due in large part to the constant twists. Eddie sought out to destroy the men and alert the police, but as he learned things about the men and their plan, his objectives changed. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and a lot of double-crossing. Everything in the story was explained very well which made for a thrilling and enjoyable read. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!