Publication Date: Available Now from Sandstone Press
Source: Review Copy
Criminal lawyer Robbie Munro is back home, living with his widowed, ex-policeman dad and his new found daughter, Tina. Life at the practice isn’t going well, neither is the love life he regularly confesses to his junior, Joanna. Then again, on the subject of Joanna, Robbie may be the last to know… When one of his more dubious clients leaves a mysterious box for him to look after, and a helicopter comes down with two fatalities, events take a much more sinister turn, and all of this is complicated by the rape case he has to defend.
Present Tense was glorious. Loved it. I’m a fan of legal drama/thrillers and there has been a distinct lack of good ones around lately. Then here is Present Tense..
So Robbie Munro then. Going to be firmly on my list of favourite fictional characters for sure. He’s funny, a little bit dark, a gorgeous amount of realistic and so readable I barely put this down. Add in some great plotting, a perfect mix of legal, mystery and family shenanigans and really whats not to love?
The setting is great, the background obviously authentic (unsurprising considering the authors background) I loved the vagaries of law and the ironic dual sense William McIntyre brings to proceedings. He also throws a terrifically intriguing mystery into the mix and manages to make the whole thing a whole load of fun. Which is not to say it doesnt have its serious side – it does. This is dark humour, ironic humour, the kind you need when dealing with the things lawyers deal with.
The crime elements aside I also got totally caught up in Robbie’s life and interpersonal relationships. Grace his secretary (brilliant) his Dad (double brilliant) his brother (made me smile every time he appeared) and the rest (we’ll talk about Joanna when I’ve stopped laughing at the last few paragraphs you might have to wait for that) it was all so so enticing. Fatherhood is also a narrative strand here and all parents everywhere will completely empathise with the whole Christmas present drama.
Overall utterly enthralling. Banging as I like to say. More soon please.
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