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Thirteen: The serial killer isn't on trial. He's on the jury

Steve Cavanagh

7 Reviews

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Thriller / suspense, Political / legal thriller

'An oh so clever hook for an oh so clever,gripping book, my favourite read of the year.' Sarah Pinborough

'Books this ingenious don't come along very often' Michael Connelly

'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.

For the only way to guarantee a guilty verdict is to get a seat on the jury.

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Praise for Thirteen: The serial killer isn't on trial. He's on the jury

  • Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense,gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. - Lee Child

  • Smart and original. A belter of a book. - Clare Mackintosh

  • A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle. - Ruth Ware

  • Great hook. Great plot. Great book. - Simon Kernick

  • If you read a thriller as good, it's only because you've read this one twice. - Mark Billingham

  • An oh so clever hook for an oh so clever, gripping book ... my favourite read of the year. - Sarah Pinborough

  • Books this ingenious don't come along very often. - Michael Connelly

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Steve Cavanagh

Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He practiced civil rights law and was involved in several high-profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history.

He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). His novel The Liar won the CWA Gold Dagger award while his follow-up novel Thirteen won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2019. Twisted was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller. He is married with two young children.

Follow Steve on Facebook at and Twitter @SSCav

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