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From acclaimed author and television dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis Trilogy--a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a formidable and forbidding world where tradition rules and people adhere to ancient ways of life.
 
When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that has the hallmarks of a killing he's investigating on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to see if the two deaths are connected. His return after nearly two decades not only represents a police investigation, but a voyage into his own troubled past. As Fin reconnects with the places and people of his tortured childhood, he feels the island once again asserting its grip on his psyche. And every step forward in solving the murder takes him closer to a dangerous confrontation with the tragic events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--Fin's life.

 

The Blackhouse is a thriller of rare power and vision that explores the darkest recesses of the soul.

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"Television dramatist May's brilliant first in a trilogy set on the Gaelic-speaking Isle of Lewis, northernmost of Scotland's Outer Hebrides, introduces Fin Macleod, a Lewis native and Edinburgh CID detective sergeant. While grieving over the accidental death of his only child, Fin investigates a grisly homicide nearly identical to a previous case in Edinburgh. Back in Macleod's home village of Crobost, first-person flashbacks gradually unveil contradictory episodes of horror and compassion in his youth, counterpointing the third-person account of the present-day murder case. Abundant local color — much of it physically and psychologically wrenching, like the islanders' annual culling of seabirds, a primitive rite of passage — matches Macleod's tormented emotional landscape. The struggles of such multidimensional characters as Artair, Macleod's boyhood friend, and Marsaili, the girl they both loved and Artair married, add depth. In the acknowledgments, May (Blowback) reveals that he drew much of his inspiration from five years filming on the island." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes 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, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to investigate. As he unravels the murder, Fin is forced to confront the tragic events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--his life.

About the Author

Scottish author Peter May has written several stand-alone novels and two series: the award-winning China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell, and the critically acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo Macleod, set in France. One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, May has garnered more than 1,000 credits in 15 years as a scriptwriter and editor on prime-time British television. He is the creator of three major TV series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting TV to concentrate on writing novels. May lives and writes in France.

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JBev, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by JBev)
I learned so much about life in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Peter May has written about a world that almost seems impossible to believe could exist but I do not doubt his depiction of people living on the edge of the world. This is the first in his "Lewis Trilogy" and I had read the second not knowing this. Now I need to re-read it and go on to the third because I want to know how life turns out for Fin, Marsaili, and the other people of the Isle of Lewis. Even though their world is so very different from mine, their hopes, fears, dreams, and beliefs are like all of humanity. This is a "mystery" series but goes far and beyond a "whodunnit." Now I will look at what else Mr. May has written since he is much more than a mystery writer.
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cindystraw, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by cindystraw)
Peter May does a good job of placing the reader accurately among the people and terrain of Lewis Island. This is a good lead in as the first of a trilogy of murder mysteries set in the Outer Hebrides Islands.
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Sarah S. Eller, January 29, 2013 (view all comments by Sarah S. Eller)
The most absorbing and unusual character study I've found since "Kite Runner," and a twisty yarn that builds to a thrilling end. As an added bonus, the descriptions of the chill rain and blowing winds of Scotland become almost a character in themselves.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781454901273
Author:
May, Peter
Publisher:
Silveroak
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Television dramatist May's brilliant first in a trilogy set on the Gaelic-speaking Isle of Lewis, northernmost of Scotland's Outer Hebrides, introduces Fin Macleod, a Lewis native and Edinburgh CID detective sergeant. While grieving over the accidental death of his only child, Fin investigates a grisly homicide nearly identical to a previous case in Edinburgh. Back in Macleod's home village of Crobost, first-person flashbacks gradually unveil contradictory episodes of horror and compassion in his youth, counterpointing the third-person account of the present-day murder case. Abundant local color — much of it physically and psychologically wrenching, like the islanders' annual culling of seabirds, a primitive rite of passage — matches Macleod's tormented emotional landscape. The struggles of such multidimensional characters as Artair, Macleod's boyhood friend, and Marsaili, the girl they both loved and Artair married, add depth. In the acknowledgments, May (Blowback) reveals that he drew much of his inspiration from five years filming on the island." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes 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, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to investigate. As he unravels the murder, Fin is forced to confront the tragic events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--his life.

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