Scots Honor

A Sam McKay Novel

Fiction - Crime
284 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2020
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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite

Scots Honor by KM Hardy is a crime novel that begins with the hero, Sam McKay, negotiating a hostage situation in a bank that goes horribly wrong as the most important captive is shot dead. Having recently received divorce papers, and lost custody of his teenage son, Sam is deported back to his native Scotland. He takes the only job available as a mechanic and meets and is attracted to an American girl called Liz, working in the local bar. After a series of events, Sam re-enters the United States on false papers, and with his team employed by the FBI, continues to investigate the bank holdup and in the aftermath when new evidence comes to light. To his surprise, the same American girl appears, only now she is known by the name of Erin.

KM Hardy’s Scots Honor moves at a fast pace, with many twists and turns. It’s complex with quite a large number of characters and events that eventually fit together in the conclusion. In places, it stretches the imagination and contains several amazing coincidences. Sam is a likable character despite his flaws which make him very human, and the reader is drawn to Liz/Erin who is fighting appalling odds while ready to protect her secret at all costs. The novel has everything; a bank holdup, a pedophile, several fights, a divorce, a child falling foul of the law, previously unknown familial relationships, and drug running. One of the nice touches was Ronald, the strawberry plant who had two bad accidents but lived to flower another day.