So nice to have a detective, actually a lawyer, who is not down and out although having the problems connected with setting up his own office after leaving a well known law firm. The author plays fair in introducing characters and giving hints before revealing the "who done it" and then clearing up all the loose ends. I look forward to reading the next in this series.
Another plus is that while there is violence, after all it is a murder mystery, it doesn't have graphic sex or violence to get in the way of the flow of the plot. The Scottish legal system is a bit confusing since it is different from the English or USA legal systems.
I found that changing my default dictionary on my Kindle from the New Oxford American to the Oxford English was very helpful since many words were not familiar such as Y-fronts. It really wouldn't spoil the story not knowing that they are men and boys underpants but it adds to the flavor. A really good book about a lawyer who seems to trip along with his associates and has a damning case against a female client who is charged with murder.
It held my interest and after the first few chapters, I was engrossed in the complications that this lawyer has. Lots of coffee and a likeable office staff who seem to have the interests of their boss at heart. I immediately bought the next book in the series.
Well written and interesting Scottish humor which I enjoyed. Plenty of characters who are either despicable or simply devious.
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Defense attorney Robbie Munro is a well-written character as are all the other people in the novel - albeit occasionally they tend to become caricatures. The tale is made up of multiple parallel plot elements - the murder trial of a young woman who allegedly killed her husband, Robbie's wayward brother who is being hunted by an assassin, and Robbie's landlord who slips in and out of the plot but turns it upside down with each appearance - all carried to fruition and tied up more or less neatly. However, this book is not a page-turner.
It is interesting but not particularly exciting. And fire up your dictionaries unless you are well-versed in Scottish vernacular and know the meaning of kip, croft and the like. This was a good mystery set in Scotland and using Scotland's turn of phrase. That may be annoying to some but I found it very interesting to try to guess at the words I didn't understand and there is a listing at the end of the book. I think it made the book better. Overall the book was fast paced and kept my interest. Excellent book, liberally sprinkled with dry wit, the story is good, believable and the characters are strong.
The sort of people one would like to meet again, I am hoping to do just that! Take my advice and read it, it is worth it. As an american trial lawyer, we tend to think we have a monopoly on good trial work and good writing.
That was until I read this book. Its funny and fast paced. Detailed without being overwrought. Its everything you want in a legal thriller.
I have read in so many other so called legal thrillers that are written by people who have no understanding of how the criminal justice system really works. McIntyre clearly does and gets my trial lawyer stamp of approval. See all 19 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 day ago.
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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. To me it is amazing that a practicing lawyer can produce such a steady stream of high quality novels, over such a short period of time, while pursuing his day job? Where the hell does he find the time? I enjoyed Sharp Practice even more than McIntyre's previous novels.
It has the same cast of highly amusing and quirky, yet believable, characters but the plot is more front and center. I won't go into details because they are outline in the summary. The only reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars is because it has a corny literary device that has become standard in this series of novels.
At one point Robbie Munro is captured by a band of hostile Indians that carry him off to their village, tie him to stake, lay dry wood at his feet, and set it alight with burning brands. Then, just as he is about to be consumed, the U. Yes, I am speaking metaphorically but the actually "saved at the last minute" scenarios to which Bill McIntyre has become addicted are equally credible.