Falkirk lawyer’s secret criminal tendencies

Legal author Willie McIntyre
Legal author Willie McIntyre

A Falkirk legal eagle has been inspired by his courtroom experiences to write crime novels which have become best sellers on Amazon.

But while most crime writers opt for big city grit and grime to colour their novels, defence solicitor Willie McIntyre - who normally features on The Falkirk Herald’s court pages defending the accused - has brought his hero to the comfortable, leafy town he was born in, just a few miles to out east.

The 51-year-old is on to his fourth book in a series featuring lawyer Robbie Munro who works in the Sheriff Court system on the ‘mean streets’ of Linlithgow where the author was brought up.

Relatively Guilty, Duty Man and Sharp Practice, which include humorous anecdotes from his 30 years in the law profession, have been performing well on download charts since their releases on the Kindle and have been described as “pacy, funny and genuinely readable gambols” by readers, .

Mr McIntyre, who works at Denny’s Russel + Aitken firm, said: “The stories centre around a criminal defence lawyer and, while the characters are fictional, most of the cases are very true and ones I have been linked with during my career.

“There are a number of plots in each book which are interwoven and come together nicely. The style is similar to Christopher Brookmyre’s, who deals with dark subjects with a wry Scottish sense of humour.”

Father-of-four Willie and wife Gillian have lived in Falkirk for the past 25 years and in between his courtroom work and writing he also runs youth football team Young Falkirk FC.

The first three books have been top 20 mainstays in the legal thriller section on Amazon Kindle since they were published and Relatively Guilty has been shortlisted in the prestigious 2012 Dundee International Book Festival

His fourth book is still unnamed and could take a while to reach the online shelf so the author is giving away 10 free downloads of Relatively Guilty to help people get up to speed with the trials of Robbie Munro.