Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved, "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May's acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards.
Now, with The Chessmen, Peter May gives us a dramatic conclusion to his award-winning Lewis trilogy.
Living again of the Isle of Lewis, the ex-detective inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate, Fin encounters elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill.
But while Fin catches up with Whistler, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon - a "bog burst" - that spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.
Both men immediately know that they will find inside: the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than 17 years before. But when Whistler's face appears to register something other than shock, an icy chill of apprehension overtakes Fin. What secret has Whistler been hiding from him and everyone else on the island? Fin is unprepared for how the truth about the past will alter the course of the future.
©2015 Peter May (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"This intriguing story alternates between the present, the past, and the distant past, skillfully introducing all of the characters and motives that will play an integral part in the solution of the mysteries. It is powerfully written, both in the descriptions of the barren landscape and the complicated and constantly changing relationships of the primary people involved." (Mystery Scene Magazine)
"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)
"Poetic...the atmosphere is altogether magical." (Kirkus Reviews)
I have only red 2 books in the trilogy because audible, inexplicably, only has 2 and 3 in English. The first book is only available if German (WTH?). That said, the 2 books I have read are utterly engaging and impossible to stop listening to. You will be okay not listening to the first book and diving right into book 2.
The mosaic of past and present coming together.
EVERYTHING!!! You heart breaks right along with each and every character. A masterpiece.
If you have known anyone with dementia, it will make you sad during those parts of the book.
WHERE IS BOOK NUMBER 1? Why do you only have it in German??
Chessmen was well worth the wait. Peter May writes so you feel like you are on the island and that you have known the characters all your life. He interweaves the childhoods of his characters with their "present day" adult lives allowing you to feel like these are people you grew up with. He is a fantastic story teller. The characters are flawed and yet likeable. Very worth the time to listen. I could not tun it off. Will listen to all three books again
Yet another excellent book. The continuing story of a group of Shetland Island men , from children into adulthood. this is the 3rd book in the series. I could not stop listening. The reader is terrific. I certainly would recommend this writer to anyone who enjoys mystery thrillers.
The quality of this story was a big letdown after the wonderful book, The Lewis Man. The resolution / ending was particularly unsatisfying, especially after a book that was simply too long to merit the story being told. I loved The Lewis Man, and really wanted to like this. But it is far below that standard.
Peter May tells a wonderful story and the descriptions of the locations are so vivid. His characters and plots are always intriguing. I liked the Enzo files and wish he would write more of them. Hope there wiil be more of the Lewis stories, too. Peter Forbes and Simon Vance are fine readers for these books.
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