Steve Cavanagh was born in a working class home in Belfast in 1976 and went on to study law in Dublin and Cardiff before returning to Queen’s University in Northern Ireland where he qualified as a lawyer. He practiced criminal law and litigation but focused most of his career in the area of civil rights law. In 2010 he represented a factory worker in a case against a former employer, an international manufacturing firm, and won the largest award of damages for Race Discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He went on to win landmark, high-profile cases for workers in the areas of sex discrimination and disability discrimination.
He writes the Eddie Flynn series and standalone novels. A consistent Sunday Times Bestseller, he has sold over a million copies in the UK alone, and his novels are international bestsellers in multiple territories. Most recently, his novel Thirteen spent eight months on the Spiegel Bestseller list, reaching #2. His novel Fifty Fifty was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice, and was selected for the BBC Between The Covers book club. He is a #1 Amazon bestseller, #1 Times Bestseller, and has won multiple awards. These include the CWA Gold Dagger, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, the Prix de Polar, The Northern Ireland Arts Council ACES award, and the Dead Good Readers award. Nominated for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger multiple times, along with the Irish Crime Novel of the year, he has also been nominated for the Barry Award and features regularly on Waterstones, The Times, the Observer and the Guardian best books of the year lists.
Steve is married with two children and lives in Northern Ireland where he now writes full time.
Books in order of publication:
The Defence (2015)
The Plea (2016)
The Liar (2017)
The Devil's Advocate (2021)
The Accomplice (2022)