Monday 24 August 2020

Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav BLOG TOUR #FiftyFifty @orionbooks @orion_crime #BookReview

Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other. 
Who do YOU believe?

'911 what's your emergency?'

'My dad's dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.'

'My dad's dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.'

One of them is a liar and a killer.

But which one?

Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh is published on 3 September 2020 by Orion Books. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and invited me to take part on this blog tour.

Welcome back Eddie Flynn! Fifty Fifty is the newest instalment in the fabulous Eddie Flynn series from Steve Cavanagh. His last book; Twisted, was a standalone story, so it's been a while since we've heard from Eddie .... he is back with a BANG!

Ex NYC Mayor and well-known public figure Frank Avellino has been brutally murdered. Stabbed over fifty times in a frenzied knife attack that took place in his own bedroom

911 received two desperate emergency calls within minutes of each other on the night that Frank died. Those calls were made by Frank's daughters; Sofia and Alexandra, and both claim that Frank was killed by their sister.

Sofia and Alexandra hate each other. They cannot bear to be in the same room and never speak to one another. Both of them were in Frank's house that night, both of them would gain from Frank's death, and both of them claim that they are innocent.

Ex con-man, now lawyer Eddie Flint refuses to represent anyone who he thinks is guilty. It goes against everything that he believes in, and past experience has taught him that he just doesn't have it in him. He is sure that Sofia is innocent, and so agrees to represent her. All he has to do now is convince the jury and the public prosecutor.

Once more, Steve Cavanagh has produced a story that is totally and utterly unpredictable. The reader is led on a path made up of twists and turns that could leave you feeling dizzy. This is not only the complex and incredibly cleverly woven tale of a murder, this is also Eddie's own journey. This is a case that has him doubting himself many times, and as he and his team get caught up further and further in the case, they will face their own tragedies and heartbreak too.

It's incredibly difficult to say anything about the plot and where it goes. Suffice to say that it's gripping, deeply satisfying and very ambitious. The author deals with some dark and serious issues within his story; there are hints of white supremacy and corruption of power; of cruelty to children and how mental health issues can sometimes jeopardise perceptions.

An intense and powerful crime thriller, populated by characters who are totally believable and who the reader will invest in. Yet another tense and inventive story from one of the most talented crime authors around. Highly recommended by me.

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn series. His third novel, The Liar, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the year 2018. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. His latest novel, Twisted, is out now and is a Sunday Times Bestseller.

The Eddie Flynn series can be read in any order, but the list in full in order of publication is as follows:
The Defence
The Cross (ebook exclusive novella)
The Plea
The Liar

Standalone books - Twisted.

Find out more at or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav


A terrific writer. He has talent to burn., Don Winslow

Unpredictable, daring and completely compelling. Top notch writing. If you thought Thirteen was good - and it really was - this is somehow even better., Alex North, author of The Whisper Man

Very clever, darkly funny, moving, fast-paced, and Eddie Flynn is a terrific character., Jane Casey

Eddie's back! Steve Cavanagh writes the best hooks in the business., Mick Herron

A great read., Martina Cole

What a great read - an absolute page turner., Shari Lapena

Cavanagh/Flynn is the best legal tag-team since Connelly/Haller., Craig Sisterson

Brilliant - a characteristically twisty courtroom puzzle with some thrilling setpieces., Mason Cross

Absolutely brilliant. Addictive, clever, pacy. Eddie Flynn is one of my heroes., Jo Spain

Steve Cavanagh's writing is intelligent, sophisticated and tense, his plots executed with forensic attention to detail. I can't get enough of Eddie Flynn., Mari Hannah

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