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The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy #1)
     

The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy #1)

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by Peter May
 

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From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes the Barry award-winning The Blackhouse, the first book in the Lewis Trilogy—a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and

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From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes the Barry award-winning The Blackhouse, the first book in the Lewis Trilogy—a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past.

As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the desolate but beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a dangerous confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped—and nearly destroyed—his life.

From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes the Barry Award-winning The Blackhouse, the first book in the Lewis Trilogy-a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past.

As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the desolate but beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a dangerous confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped—and nearly destroyed—his life.

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"The Blackhouse shines with intrigue and superb plotting."—Carol Memmet, USA Today"

A chilling setting for a gripping novel... impressive writing."—Marcel Berlins, The Times"

A gripping plot, pitch-perfect characterization, and an appropriately bleak setting drive this outstanding series debut."—Connie Fletcher, Booklist (starred review)"

Order, read, and pass it on! May brings the story to a breathtaking conclusion with an astonishing twist at the end. Compare to Simon Beckett's Written in Bone for locale and Tana French for tone."—Teresa L. Jacobsen, Library Journal (Starred Review)"

A writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth... intricately plotted."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review"

Abundant local color... matches Macleod's tormented emotional landscape. The struggles of such multidimensional characters... add depth."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

A thriller with an intensity that never slackens, chilling and igneous at the same time, like the great country that serves as its setting. A masterpiece indeed."—L'Humanite

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623659998
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Lewis Trilogy Series , #1
Pages:
501
Sales rank:
72,066
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane 15 years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time TV drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.

His passion for detailed research for his books has taken him behind the closed doors of the Chinese Police force, to the kitchen of a 3-star Michelin chef, and down the Paris catacombs; he has worked as an online private detective, was inducted as a Chevalier of the Grand Order of Gaillac wines and earned honorary membership of the Chinese Crime Writers' Association.

He has won several literature awards in France and received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy.

He now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.

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The Blackhouse 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Arthur_Coombe More than 1 year ago
Seldom does a book grab and hold me like this one. Once the story got going, I couldn't put it down. On one memorable night I read straight through until midnight, and finished it the next day. The murder mystery aspect of the plot was secondary to me. Far more appealing were the Outer Hebrides setting, great local color and most of all, the subplot between involving the detective and his childhood girlfriend. Anyone who knows regret, missed opportunities and the pull of past relationships will love that aspect of it. I was really glad to learn that a sequel, The Lewis Man, will feature some of the same characters.
LioneC More than 1 year ago
I really love reading murder mysteries located in northern Scotland, Iceland and the Scandanavia area. First the descriptions of Lewis and the surrounding islands were rich in history and the local characters were beautifully written. The development of the murder mystery was beautifully done and the ending was believable and satisfying. One item of note. I usually refuse to read any mystery written in the first person. I find that style limiting. This mystery goes back and forth between first person and third person narrators and it worked nicelely, and was necessary for plot development. One disappointment is not with the book, but Barnes and Noble. This book is book one in a trilogy. Book Two has been published, but not in the US. Book three will be published in February of 2013. I had to go online to get the second book (also very well written). Barnes and Noble needs get the 2nd and 3rd book write away. I am also reading another trilogy by the same author and it also is wonderfully written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May is an incredibly gifted writer who possesses the ability to convey the terrible and visceral pain of regretted choices. Without resorting to sentimentality or triteness, he delves into Fin Macloud's complicated, torturous past, and how his actions (and inaction) spun the web of loss and torment in which he is currently caught. Rarely has a book simultaneously captivated and repulsed me; perhaps it is because I reluctantly recognize echoes of my own past self in this excellent novel.
Shawn_Gordon More than 1 year ago
This is the second Peter May book that I have read. The first, The Firemaker, was written in 1999. That book showed promise, but the plot became somewhat ludicrous in the third act, devolving into a Michael Crichton type end-of-the-world scenario that the first part of the book simply hadn't set you up for. This book shows how the author has matured since that time. It is a fairly simple plot, a police procedural set in the Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland. The main character, Fin Macleod, is returning home to the Hebrides after leaving many years before. He is brought in to investigate the murder of a man who had been the class bully many years before, and Fin must confront many people and events from his past (a past he has tried to avoid for 20 years) to solve the crime. What sets this apart from the run-of-the-mill detective novel is the author's skill with language, and dialogue, and description. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book - I was sorry to reach the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard book to put down makes you pull up buried memories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really Amazing read!
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
GREAT MYSTERY!!! Want to read more of his books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, Peter May is one if the best and most satisfying mystery writers I've ever come across.
Abilene333 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book.  The characters were very real and am looking forward to more from this author.  Please do not miss this great read.  Very few books do I give a 5 star rating to, but this book deserves  o less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books that I have read in a long time.I am horrified that his other books are not available on Nook!
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
I read somewhere once that, at the very best, a reader can be devastated that a novel has ended. This is that kind of novel.
mairbear66 More than 1 year ago
Peter May is a very talented writer. Be aware that this story is written by a Scot and set in Scotland. The story is a bit dark but well worth the time to read this remarkable book.  May's dialogue is remarkable as are his descriptions of the land and people who live on the wind-swept islands in the far north of the North Sea. Regret is the central theme of the book and the people in the book have regret to spare. Much of the spiritual and emotional pain is alleviated for the inhabitants of the village but there are no nice neat, clean, happy endings here. After I finished the book I did not think I liked it but the more I think about it the more I can say it is amazing. 
Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
A very gifted writer pens a great thriller. Very well-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished The Black House and am ordering more Peter May books.  I love his writing style!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A multi-layered story, not so much about a grisly murder as it is about the complicated world and people our detective left behind on an isolated Scottish island. A world to which he has now returned because of the murder investigation. A very satisfying read and can't wait for his next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written but sometimes as dark as the weather on the out Hebrides. I can't imagine why anyone would want to live there, although that enters the story. Again very well written, a thriller to the end, and educational about on area you don't hear much about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this books starts painstakingly slow and complicated as far as who is who and what indeed is happening,the author picks up speed and tells us two stories about one man and his village, and another side to him as a police officer out of Edinburg. I have not finished the book, but I'm at the point where I really don't want to put it down. I suspect I'm going to have to read the rest of the trilogy. My curiosity is piked.
Peggyherself More than 1 year ago
Vivid, gorgeous descriptions of the Isle of Lewis. Wonderful sense of place. Interesting complicated relationships. The story moves flawlessly between current day and his memories of his youth on Lewis. His memories are told in first person and present day in the third person. Almost like two stories weaving in and out of each other and coming together in one superb, climatic ending I was not expecting! This is a book that will stay with you and might possibly be my favorite book read this year! I can't wait to get onto the next one in the series! You just have to go to the author's website click on The Lewis Trilogy to the left and check out all the extra's on this series available there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A grim brooding story - two stories in one actually. A great portrayal of the Island and its people. I enjoyed this immensely, although it got a little too introspective at times. The author really makes you feel as if you are there.
Icanread24 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in a very long time. Great Character depiction, great plot, drawn out in a perfect way to lead you right where the author wants you to go. Excellent rea.
NanNL More than 1 year ago
Once you can really get into this book, it's very good.. Well done characters that you will find yourself either rooting for or despising completely. Surprising end also that you wouldn't expect. I enjoyed this book alot.
RedHen43 More than 1 year ago
I don't like this book. Difficult to follow. Bounces around too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written story! The characters so well developed you feel like you know them. I can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This complicated story, told the curent days and flashbacks, will draw you in an hold your attention. The author controls and drives the mood, taking the reader to another place and time.