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Publisher's Summary

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald - the father of Fin's childhood sweetheart, Marsaili - a man who has claimed throughout his life to be an only child, practically an orphan. Reluctantly drawn into the investigation, Fin uncovers deep family secrets even as he draws closer to the killer who wishes to keep them hidden. 

Already an international bestseller and winner of numerous awards, including France's Prix des Lecteurs du Telegramme, The Lewis Man has the lyrical verve of Ian Rankin and the gutsy risk-taking of Benjamin Black. As fascinating and forbidding as the Hebridean landscape, the book (according to The Times) "throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog."

©2014 Peter May (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"As good as its superb predecessor...not only a good mystery, but also a moving and evocative portrayal of a place where the unforgiving weather is matched only by the church's harsh patronage." (Laura Wilson, The Guardian)

"May is a masterful story-teller. He skillfully combines pathos and the themes of identity, lost love and family ties to create an exciting, page-turning thriller." (Laura Wurzal, The Irish Examiner

"In mood and texture, Peter May's novels, set on the Isle of Lewis, are essentially Nordic, and he bears comparison with some of the best writers from those cold desolate climes...the plot throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog." (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

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Fabulous!

It’s not the cleverest of mysteries, but a beautifully told story. The narrator is wonderful. It’s so atmospheric, I felt like I was on those Scottish islands, with the wind and the rain.
A great audiobook!

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Didn’t think The Lewis Man could be any more depressing than The Black House ... wrong again!

Not exactly a light-hearted detective mystery. Seriously debating whether or not I want to attempt the last book in this series. This could have been a really good story series along the lines of “Shetland”, sadly it just drags the reader into a progressively downward spiral of misery with no light at the end of the tunnel to offer a modicum of relief.

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Classic excellence in a modern story

Peter May's style is exceptional. I read or listen to on avg 5-8 books a week and Mr. May is in a league all his own. I've read many classics , proclaimed to be " The Greats" and I find this series to be better than many of those. This story offers " stay up WAY past your bedtime" mystery and excitement and a heart rending look into the past life of a father with dementia that had me grabbing tissues .

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Compelling series!

Book 2 in a series that I can’t stop listening to. Amazing writing, A very unique setting and plot, and one of the best narrators in the business!

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Just Excellent

This is book 2 of a trilogy. Complex interwoven plot. Excellent fully developed characters with detailed view of rural of Scotland. And of course murder.
I’m ordering book 3.

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the best

I loved every second of this story, the book well written, the story teller was captivating.from beginning to end.

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Fabulous

What a gem, they don’t get much better! Loved it! I can’t wait to start book 3!!!

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loved it!

great story, great narration, will definitely look for more Peter May. excellent writer. you won't be disapponted

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Sad, but wonderfully written

I’m really glad I did not pay any attention to some of the negative reviews of this book. This is the second book of the trilogy, and I loved both of them.
Yes, one of the main characters suffers from advanced dementia, and that is one of life’s tragedies. But it is a real thing and the book describes it well. The narrator does a phenomenal job switching back-and-forth between today and yesteryear. Tormod is trying so hard to remember but his brain just will not cooperate...And then there is a really great mystery in the bargain!
My only negative comment is I did not like the way the narrator pronounced the word URINAL with a long i - but that is such a small criticism, LOL.

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Brilliant writing

Tha Peadar May cho sgoinneil! Is fhear leam an foi-chèumnaichadh Taigh-Dhubh. Glè mhath! Peter May 8s so brilliant! I really like the Black House Series. Very good!