Tartan Noir from WHS McIntyre in the present tense

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WILLIAM McIntyre draws on his real life experiences as a defence lawyer for Scotland’s oldest legal firm in an exciting new Tartan Noir series, launched this week with the publication of Present Tense, set in Edinburgh, Linlithgow and Glasgow.

Present Tense, a Best Defence Mystery, involves two cases: a rape charge involving a 16-year-old girl and her neighbour, and a helicopter crash in suspicious circumstances.

Meet 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, and 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…

While he’s tackling the defence in a rape case, his life becomes suddenly more complicated when one of his more dubious clients leaves a mysterious box for him to look after.

Then, when he’s asked to find out more about a helicopter crash, events take a much more sinister turn.

Based on his own real life cases, and punctuated by classic Scottish humour, McIntyre’s realism, created by the his experience in the field, ensures a gripping and plot-twisting read and the author already has a high profile fan.

Sergio Casco, director of the 2003 romantic comedy American Cousins commented: “Present Tense is a wickedly readable and darkly humorous novel from a writer whose first-hand knowledge of the legal system and the characters who inhabit it shines through on every page.”

A partner in Russel + Aitken, specialising in criminal defence, McIntyre 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 with a rich vein of dry-humour.

He describes the Best Defence Series as “an antidote to crime fiction featuring maverick cops chasing a serial killers, emphasising that justice is not only about convicting the guilty, but also about acquitting the innocent.”

Present Tense by WHS McIntyre, is published in paperback by Sandstone Press, on Thursday, £8.99. Two more books in the series will follow during 2017.