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What it’s about:
When a brutal murder on the Isle of Lewis 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.
The Blackhouse by Peter May is not a run-of-the-mill police thriller.
The author, who lived in Northern Scotland for several years, uses his experiences to paint an authentic picture of the bleak life on the Isle of Lewis. The land is beautiful and rugged to view, yet challenging as place to live. The islanders’ tough lives are steeped in tradition.
In alternating time periods, May tells the story of young Fin growing up on the island and his return home as a detective to investigate the murder of one of the most hated men on the island. There are many twists in the story as repressed memories come to light. Secrets abound, and the tension built as those secrets are slowly revealed is incredible. May paints a vivid picture of the harsh landscape and spartan life on the islands.
If you can find it, the audiobook is fantastically narrated, and you don’t have to stumble over the Gaelic name pronunciations.
About the author: Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:
– The award-winning Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
– The China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
– The Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
– The Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK) the latest of several standalone books.
One of Scotland’s most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 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.