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Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: “Peter May is a writer I’d follow to the ends of the earth.” Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May’s acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards. 

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind ...

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Overview

Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: “Peter May is a writer I’d follow to the ends of the earth.” Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May’s acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards. 

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh—including his wife and his career in the police force—the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents’ derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald—the father of Fin’s childhood sweetheart, Marsaili—a man who has claimed throughout his life to be an only child, practically an orphan. Reluctantly drawn into the investigation, Fin uncovers deep family secrets even as he draws closer to the killer who wishes to keep them hidden. 

Already an international bestseller and winner of numerous awards, including France's Prix des Lecteurs du Télégramme, The Lewis Man has the lyrical verve of Ian Rankin and the gutsy risk-taking of Benjamin Black. As fascinating and forbidding as the Hebridean landscape, the book (according to The Times) “throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog.”

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“As good as its superb predecessor . . . not only a good mystery, but also a moving and evocative portrayal of a place where the unforgiving weather is matched only by the church's harsh patronage.” —Laura Wilson, The Guardian
 
"The depiction of the island atmosphere is as impressive as the action." —Julia Handford, The Sunday Telegraph
 
“In mood and texture, Peter May’s novels, set on the Isle of Lewis, are essentially Nordic, and he bears comparison with some of the best writers from those cold desolate climes . . . the plot throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog.” —Marcel Berlins, The Times
 
“May is a masterful story-teller. He skillfully combines pathos and the themes of identity, lost love and family ties to create an exciting, page-turning thriller." —Laura Wurzal, The Irish Examiner
 
“The strength and beauty of this book lies in the exploration of the relationships between people. The characters are beautifully drawn and so true to life . . . The plot is intricate and cleverly fitted together . . . I absolutely loved this second book in the series and can safely state that May is currently unveiling a cracking series.” —CrimeSquad
 
“Every bit as excellent as The Blackhouse . . . Peter May weaves his wonderful magic and the story unfolds before you in vivid detail.” —Amanda C M Gillies, Eurocrime
 
“Spell-binding . . . the book’s a delight: bringing people and place alive in equal measure.” —Jim Kelly, ShotsMag
 
“Like all the best crime fiction its interest is not restricted to the investigation . . . the scenes set in the orphanage in the Dean Village are moving . . . crime novels may be primarily entertainments, but the best ones always offer something more. Fin’s investigation of this long-buried crime forces him to make a reassessment of his own life.” —Allan Massie, The Scotsman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857382207
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012

Meet the Author

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell; the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France; and Entry Island. One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than a thousand credits in fifteen years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama.  He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels. 

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

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    Did you like The Blackhouse? Denise Mina? You¿ll enjoy this.  T

    Did you like The Blackhouse? Denise Mina? You’ll enjoy this. 

    The second in a trilogy set in the outer Hebrides, this is a gripping read, well-written with believable characters.  Being something of a rolling stone myself, I liked the idea of an isolated, close-knit community where people are connected by family, friendships and past mistakes. 

    Like its predecessor, The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man has the theme of long-ago decisions touching multiple lives years later.  There’s an agreeable (to me) air of melancholy, regret and damaged lives that works well with the grim Isle of Lewis setting. I was also very glad to find the same romantic tension between Fin MacLeod and childhood sweetheart Marsaili that made The Blackhouse so enjoyable. The author has seen something of life and understands people. 

    To be balanced, I must say that compared to The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man seemed to lack something. It felt formulaic, and at times over-written with too many clichés – the island is “storm-lashed;” the wind “whips” characters twice in five pages; dialogue occasionally becomes unnaturally encyclopedic, reminding me of Dan Brown. Still, it’s much better written than I’ve come to expect from crime fiction, and well worth your time. 

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