Stitch Up

By Wil­liam Mcin­tyre £8.99 SAND­STONE PRESS

The Scots Magazine - - Outdoor Scotland -

DE­FENCE lawyer Rob­bie Munro has a happy enough life. His only com­plaint is that business is slow. He reck­ons ei­ther the coun­try is be­com­ing more law-abid­ing or a cash-strapped po­lice force just isn’t catch­ing crim­i­nals any more. But at least his fam­ily life is good.

Then an old friend asks for ad­vice, a man dies and another is re­leased on bail. Ev­ery­day stuff. Ex­cept the friend wants to know how to com­mit mur­der, the dead man is the mil­lion­aire Rob­bie’s ex dumped him for and the bailed pris­oner is a man his fa­ther put away for stran­gling chil­dren.

The friend doesn’t like his ad­vice and vows to get even. His ex-wife wants him to in­ves­ti­gate her fi­ancé’s death, no mat­ter how that might dam­age his year-old mar­riage. And his fa­ther, an old-school cop, may just have stitched the child-killer up.

A lesser man would strug­gle to find light­ness in such a string of calami­ties, but Rob­bie’s main de­fences in a ca­reer spent largely “in­vent­ing al­ter­na­tive sce­nar­ios” for the ac­cused are his off-beat hu­mour and will­ing­ness to go to lengths other lawyers would never con­sider.

Wil­liam Mcin­tyre, as a part­ner in Scot­land’s old­est law firm, is the kind of con­tact other crime writ­ers hope to cul­ti­vate, us­ing de­tails only ex­perts can pro­vide. In this book and the three oth­ers in his The Best De­fence se­ries he cuts out the mid­dle man, com­bin­ing le­gal ex­pe­ri­ence with un­doubted writ­ing tal­ent.

Stitch Up takes mur­der, per­ver­sion of jus­tice, big pharma, church pol­i­tics, the eter­nal strug­gle be­tween the right thing and the law­ful thing and a bull­headed fa­ther-son re­la­tion­ship and wraps them up as rapid-fire en­ter­tain­ment. Right up to the last few pages, no one – not the lawyer, not the po­lice, and not the mur­derer – has any idea how the sep­a­rate cases will work out. Or come to­gether!

For a wry in­sight into the Scot­tish le­gal sys­tem and those who oc­cupy its cor­ri­dors, cells and loop­holes, Mcin­tyre is your man. This is a book you could read in one sit­ting and be con­tent that when you paid your money to be en­ter­tained, jus­tice was done! David Mclaugh­lan

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