Bad Debt by William McIntyre #bookreview @best_defence @sandstonepress

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blogtour for the latest Robbie Munro thriller from William McIntyre. Bad Debt sees our hero in serious trouble and in dire need of help from his friends – and perhaps his enemies. His wife is being stalked by a witness in a trial where she has been drafted in at the last minute to prosecute and Robbie is on the defence team. When this witness disappears and is presumed dead, Robbie is charged with his murder.

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Robbie’s latest escapades. For a man supposed to be upholding the law, he sails rather close to the wind when it come to bending it. And this sees him in some rather interesting situations where he needs help from some rather shady characters. It proves something of a dilemma that to prove his innocence in the case, he really needs to give the police a certain name, and yet he can’t because then his life would be endangered in another way!

William McIntyre uses his own extensive knowledge of the Scottish criminal justice system to great effect. The mutual mistrust between the lawyers and the police amused me. At the end of the book, the author explains how some cases inspired this book and that was rather eye-opening to say the least!

One thing I particularly enjoy about the Robbie Munro books is the dry Scottish wit running throughout them. Perhaps unusually for thrillers, I spent a lot of the book with a broad grin on my face (her royal bamishness Stephanie Meek comes to mind, and Robbie’s brother’s intellect or lack of it!). Yet equally there were times when the sticky situations Robbie finds himself in had my heart in my mouth.

Bad Debt is a really entertaining read, fast paced with plenty of twists and suspense along the way. I think the Best Defence series would make a brilliant tv adaptation. Now who would I cast as Robbie…?

My thanks to Ceris at Sandstone Press for inviting me to take part in the tour and my review copy of the book. Bad Debt will be published this Thursday 22nd October in paperback and audiobook formats. You will find buying options for various retailers on the Sandstone website here: Bad Debt

From the back of the book

Defence Lawyer Robbie Munro’s wife  has been stalked by a witness in a trial she is prosecuting. When the stalker is killed and Robbie is charged with murder his friends are only too willing to come up with schemes to prove his innocence. In the end though, will it be his enemies who make the difference?

About the series

Defence lawyer Robbie Munro has a habit of getting too involved with  the criminals he represents. Forever flying by the seat of his pants, Robbie juggles a host of difficult clients, rubs shoulders with dodgy acquaintances and battles the legal system, all while trying to figure out fatherhood.

Tightly plotted, funny and fast-paced, these thrillers can be read alone  or in series.

About the Author

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 featuring defence lawyer, Robbie Munro.


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