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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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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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Not what I expected

A decent book that actually had me in tears regarding the results of dementia. My mother suffers from it and shares a lot of the same symptoms. Hit quite close to home. I often wonder what she thinks.

The story itself was okay. The narration was delightful. I didn't care for the ending. To be honest, I thought this series was going to be a Scottish police procedural but it's more Fin's journey to discovering where he fits in. That's not a bad thing really just not what I expected. I will read the next book to see where this goes.

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Great Narrator

Narrator had exceptional command of the language. Story very depressing. Islanders had a miserable life.

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