Publication Date: November 16th from Sandstone Press
Source: Review Copy
Blood is thicker than water – but it’s not as hard as cash. The trial of Robbie Munro’s life: one month to prove he’s fit to be a father. No problem. Apart, that is, from the small matter of a double-murder in which Robbie’s landlord, Jake Turpie, is implicated. Psycho-Jake demands Robbie’s undivided attention and is prepared to throw money at the defence – along with some decidedly dodgy evidence.
Robbie has a choice: look after his daughter or look after his client. Can the two be combined to give the best of both worlds? Robbie aims to find out, and his attempts lead him into the alien worlds of high fashion, drug-dealing and civil-litigation. It’s what being a father/lawyer is all about. Isn’t it?
I’m a HUGE fan of this series based on the last couple I’ve read so I was excited enough when I received this prequel through the door to pick it up straight away. Then I read it fast because seriously, these characters are SO engaging you just want to go and live with them…
In Last Will we are finding out how Robbie’s daughter came to live with him – it is funny, intelligent and realistic on the parenting front – at the same time he is embroiled with Jake, a murder and dealing with people’s “help” creating some hilarious situational moments as well as some edge of the seat ones…
What I love about the Best Defence series is the dynamic, edgy and immersive writing, the vividly drawn and full of life characters and the deft plotting that incorporates family drama, legal drama and thriller to an absolutely addictive degree. I love Robbie’s family (especially his ex-footballer brother), his staff (it was great to see Joanne in retrospect knowing what was coming later) and the authors ability to write a totally non annoying and brilliantly authentic child character really puts the icing on the cake.
The mystery element is also excellent – Robbie’s path to the truth is hilariously twisted and keeps the reader guessing. The dialogue sparks, the personal relationships built between our main protagonist and the supporting cast is hugely compelling and overall I really can’t recommend this highly enough.
Loved it. Loved loved. When can I have more?
That is all.