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The Lewis Man | [Peter May]

The Lewis Man

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.
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Publisher's Summary

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

©2012 Quercus Publishing PLC (P)2012 Quercus Publishing PLC

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    Diane Challenor Australia 02-10-15
    Diane Challenor Australia 02-10-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent story, perfect narration"

    This is the second book of Peter May's Lewis trilogy. Excellent story and perfect narration.i'm looking forward to the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 11-25-14
    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 11-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "As good as the first."

    The Lewis Man is the second book in a trilogy and is every bit as entertaining as the first. There is no real benefit to reading them in order except for a few details but I love to follow characters. Peter Forbes is wonderful. The Isle of Lewis is definitely on my travel wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Burnie, Australia 04-09-14
    Danny Burnie, Australia 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cannot Fault This"
    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally go in for reviewing stuff online, but feel compelled in this instance. Peter May's evocative character portraits and empathetic storytelling, coupled with Peter Forbes' gentle and thoughtful interpretation of it, make this the finest book I have ever listened to.

    An old man with dementia is my new literary hero!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan eversdal, South Africa 05-14-13
    Susan eversdal, South Africa 05-14-13 Member Since 2014

    Curious lover of books

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    "Best trilogy since Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

    Best trilogy since Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - I was addicted and listened to all three in a week.

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    Angela White Peak, Australia 05-11-13
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    "Murder seen through the tragic world of dementia"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lewis Man the most enjoyable?

    The wonderful reader; each character was so real


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer tells the tale through two different people. Fin who is trying to solve the mystery with no knowledge of the past. And Tormod MacDonald who is losing his memory to dementia. The story is told in two parts cleverly intertwined. Fin's investigation and Tormod's tale of the past through his erratic and emotional memory . It is incredibly moving - you are part of this person's deterioration but you are also so aware of his life and all that he felt as a young man. Peter May has nailed this and I wonder if he has had some personal experience of the disease.


    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Each character he portrays is believable and I was particularly impressed with his rendition of Tormod - he was a confused old man. It was an excellent performance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Where you fill feel compassion for a murderous past......


    Any additional comments?

    You will see and almost smell the places May describes and you will be transported to the Islands he writes about - read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "A masterpiece"

    The second of the The Lewis Trilogy. The third story The Chessmen will be out in a couple of months. Must be enjoyed in order.

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    John Townsville, Australia 07-09-12
    John Townsville, Australia 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "superb read"
    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Peter Forbes read of this Peter May book is "superb". The pronunciation of the very difficult Gaelic words throughout the book are delivered perfectly. His performance makes this complex story line live.

    Excellent.


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  • Ann-Marie
    Gavle, Sweden
    9/27/14
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    "how the past makes us the ones we are"

    This is a wonderful novel! So much more than "only" a crime novel. The portrait of the old man with dementia is fantastic. And the story of the young orphan boys becoming "homers". The search for what really happened all those years ago makes it unputdownable. I have listened to it read wonderfully by Peter Fforbes with a slightly scottish accent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    3/20/13
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    "Superb"

    I really do like Peter May's writing, He has such 'in depth' characters, and I also like the way that he splits the story by giving the tale from one person's viewpoint ... then another, so we can often see the same event from different perspectives.



    I was moved by his 'ramblings' from the elderly man with alzheimers, and was impressed that Mr May seemed to be able to get inside his thoughts, and understand his feelings.



    All in all, a well deserved 5 stars - I couldn't put it down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mr alan mc fadyen
    12/14/12
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    "The Lewis Man"

    Couldn't make up my mind if this was a book with a story, or a travel book or a Weather forecast. What is for sure I would hate to visit any of the places named in this book. The whole book is just filled in with wind, rain and grass with rocks.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    10/14/12
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    "Fantastic"

    This was in my opinion even of higher quality than the first book in the trilogy. I was so sad to come to the end really looking forward to book 3. Well read by Peter Forbes I felt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    dunshaughlinIreland
    10/9/12
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    "Excelent"

    what an excellent book and narated most superbly by Peter Forbes, the best i have enjoyed in a long time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stanley
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    10/7/12
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    "One of the Best"

    This book is one of the best i had and i have had a lot i would tell anyone to get this One.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret Saunders
    7/3/15
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    "Excellent"

    I would recommend this book to all ... The second in the trilogy and cannot wait to listen to The Chessmen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flint
    6/22/15
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    "Very Good"

    I only bought this because it was on offer but I really enjoyed it. The narration was excellent and I enjoyed all the twists and turns of the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bernadette
    Wealdstone, United Kingdom
    6/17/15
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    "Fascinating insight into the Isles"
    What did you like most about The Lewis Man?

    I really got the feel of the Scottish Isles. The plot was excellent .I liked the way it unfolded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all interesting but Kate was the most memorable


    Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What lies beneath?


    Any additional comments?

    The author conveyed his passion for the isles along with a rattling good story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ROSALIND BUCK
    CONDOM
    6/13/15
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    "Thrilling, original, realistic."
    What did you like most about The Lewis Man?

    Very believable characters and settings.


    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Voices were very natural.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened straight through and it stayed with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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