The Blackhouse: The Lewis Trilogy [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people?s fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge.

When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod ...
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The Blackhouse: The Lewis Trilogy

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Overview

The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people’s fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge.

When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past.

Each year the island’s men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality. For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice.

The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision. Peter May has crafted a page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls, and just how difficult it is to escape the past.
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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623653422
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 3,459
  • File size: 948 KB

Meet the Author

An award-winning journalist at twenty-one in his native Scotland, Peter May left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series, and accruing more than 1000 television credits before moving to France to concentrate on writing novels. He is the author of fifteen novels including two series: The Enzo Files and The China Thillers. May won the French Prix Intramuros in 2007 for Cadavres Chinois à Houston (Snakehead) and is the only Westerner to become an honorary member of the Chinese Crime Writers’ Association.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Brooding (Review by R.P. Abbey - "Boswells - Rom")

    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.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    A VERY GOOD READ

    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.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    No

    I don't like this book. Difficult to follow. Bounces around too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Drama/murder In Scotland

    Very well written story! The characters so well developed you feel like you know them. I can't wait to read the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Deeply emotional complex tale

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Kept my interest till the end

    This is a good "who-dunit" set in the bleak Scottish Highlands

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

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    Fabulous and not finished as yet!

    Still reading this really fabulous book. Mesmerizing detail. Great characters. Real life problems.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    A solid reader's hook, attention-grabbing as a punch to the jaw,

    A solid reader's hook, attention-grabbing as a punch to the jaw, leads into a solid backdrop of real-life issues and tribulations. An Edinburgh police detective, who had recently lost his young son and whose marriage is subsequently likely to crumble, is sent to his childhood locale, the Isle of Lewis, off the coast of Scotland. A brutal murder has been committed there, nearly matching an earlier murder in Edinburgh. Author Peter May neatly balances the present-day investigation against Fin Macleod' s formative years.In this case, the adage "you can't go home again" doesn't seem to apply.  Apt descriptive imagery and local characterizations make for a fine journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Plaese tap this

    Yes yes and yes do you know why i said yes three times is because my sister is coming today

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    Wonderful description of location and culture. 

    Wonderful description of location and culture. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    A great Celtic book!

    This book is very rich in the background of the culture of Northern Scotland. It is superbly written and is a real page turner. It is dark and tragic, but spellbinding in its detail. Give it a try.

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