Publication date: 20 Apr 2017
Publisher: Sandstone Press
Really pleased to be on the blog tour for this hugely enjoyable book.
*** The most anticipated Legal Thriller of the year! ***
#8 in The Best Defence Series
Life’s full of good news and bad news for defence lawyer Robbie Munro. The good news is he’s in work, representing Antionia Brechin on a drugs charge. The bad news is that she’s the granddaughter of notorious Sheriff Brechin.
Meanwhile, another of Robbie’s clients, Ellen Fletcher, has won the lottery and asked Robbie to find her husband Freddy, who disappeared having swindled the evil Jake Turpie. Unfortunately, Jake’s not willing to bury the hatchet – not unless it’s in Freddy’s head.
Robbie juggles cases and private life with his usual dexterity, but the more he tries to fix things the more trouble everyone’s in.
I really enjoyed reading this one and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.I do enjoy a good courtroom legal drama, especially one where the defence lawyer frees the wrongly accused or the prosecutor puts a nasty villain away for a long stretch running rings around their opposite number in the process. This novel set in Edinburgh wasn’t quite like that and the main character defence lawyer Robbie Munro is definitely not a heroic courtroom character. He’s a character all right but an endearingly funny one trying to cope with the often mundane cases that come his way while having to cope with pedantic old school judges such as the notorious Sheriff Brechin. When Brechin’s granddaughter, bright young trainee solicitor Antonia is charged with possession of drugs and facing the prospect of losing her future career, it becomes Munro’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Other characters take up his time too, such as former client and serial shoplifter Ellen, now claiming to be dying and a lottery winner who wants to track down her errant husband Freddie to leave him some money and save him from local villain Jake who seems intent on revenge for Freddie cheating him out of a large sum of money.
A really cleverly written, funny book that kept me absorbed until the final pages. Some laugh out loud moments and a lot of quiet humour. My other half told me I read this with a constant smile on my face. Will definitely read more from this author.
With thanks to publisher Sandstone Press for my ARC that I chose to review.
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William McIntyre is a partner in Scotland’s oldest law firm Russel + Aitken, specialising in criminal defence. William has been instructed in many interesting and high-profile cases over the years and now turns fact into fiction with his string of legal thrillers, The Best Defence Series, featuring defence lawyer, Robbie Munro.
Based in Scotland and drawing on William’s thirty years as a criminal defence lawyer, there is a rich vein of dry-humour running through the series, which he describes as an antidote to crime fiction that features maverick cops chasing a serial killers, and in it he emphasises that justice is not only about convicting the guilty, but also about acquitting the innocent.
William writes from the heart and from his own experiences. Robbie Munro, is very much a real life lawyer, juggling a host of cases, dealing with awkward clients and battling an at times Kafkaesque legal system, all while trying to retain some form of personal life. Notwithstanding their relatively light-hearted approach, the books deal with some very serious issues, each story raising an interesting philosophical or ethical issue. Though the plots are often complex, they are never confusing such is William’s deftness of touch.
The books, which are stand alone or can be read in series, have been well received by many fellow professionals, on both sides of the Bar, due to their accuracy in law and procedure and Robbie’s frank, if sardonic, view on the idiosyncrasies of the Scots criminal justice system.
William is married with four sons.