Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.
"Order, read, and pass it on! Well known for novels and television dramas, Scottish author May (Backlight Blue; Chinese Whispers) has written a mesmerizing new trilogy opener. 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.” --Library Journal (Starred Review)
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.