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Present Tense

A Best Defence Mystery, #2

William McIntyre

Present Tense by William McIntyre

Robbie Munro’s back home, living with his dad and his new-found daughter. Life as a criminal lawyer isn’t going well, and neither is his love life. While he’s preparing to defend the accused in a rape case, it all becomes suddenly more complicated when one of his more dubious clients leaves a mysterious box for him to look after. What’s in the box is going to change Robbie’s life – forever.

The Best Defence Series of legal thrillers is a fictional account of the trials and tribulations of defence lawyer, Robbie Munro, set in Willie’s home town of Linlithgow in Central Scotland and loosely based on some of the characters and unusual cases he has come across over many years in practice.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910985250
Publication Date: 15/09/2016
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William McIntyre
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...


‘Crime with an edge of dark humour. The Best Defence series could only come out of Scotland.’

Tommy Flanagan, Braveheart, SOA, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

‘Present Tense is a wickedly readable and darkly humorous novel...’

Sergio Casco, Director of American Cousins

‘Page-turning read, all helped by a clear and crisp writing style.The depiction of the criminal justice system from the perspective of the legal personnel, rather than cops or criminals, is a fresh take for the Tartan Noir scene and I look forward to seeing where McIntyre takes Robbie next.’

Louise Fairbairn, The Scotsman

‘McIntyre writes snappy prose and there are light-hearted nods to the hard-boiled classics of the genre.’

The Herald

‘Filled with the healthy cynicism and witty asides which one tends to find in the criminal courts, this is great stuff.’

The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

‘You will not be disappointed and will wonder why no one else has written such an accurate and humorous account of the Scottish criminal system from the lawyer’s perspective.’

Scottish Legal News

‘Based on his own real life cases, and punctuated by classic Scottish humour, McIntyre’s realism, created by the his experience in the field, ensures a gripping and plot-twisting read...’

Edinburgh Evening News

‘...what makes it most enjoyable is the totally authentic way in which the Scottish criminal justice system is portrayed and especially the interaction between the lawyers, the police and others involved in the legal process.’

Live and Deadly

‘This is dark humour, ironic humour, the kind you need when dealing with the things lawyers deal with.’

Liz Loves Books

‘This is an entertaining novel with enough of a mystery threaded through it to keep crime fans gripped, and characters well rounded enough to carry a series.’

Shots Magazine

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