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THE LEWIS MAN
2nd book in The Lewis Trilogy

*13 weeks in UK hardback bestsellers list*

"The Blackhouse was an extremely good book; The Lewis Man is a superb book."
Bookgeeks.com

The Lewis Man Peter May A MAN WITH NO NAME
An unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog; the only clue to its identity being a DNA sibling match to a local farmer.

A MAN WITH NO MEMORY
But this islander, Tormod Macdonald - now an elderly man suffering from dementia - has always claimed to be an only child.

A MAN WITH NO CHOICE
When Tormod's family approach Fin Macleod for help, Fin feels duty-bound to solve the mystery.

A perfectly preserved body is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis.

The male Caucasian corpse – marked by several horrific stab wounds – is initially believed by its finders to be over two-thousand years old. Until they spot the Elvis tattoo on his right arm. The body, it transpires, is not evidence of an ancient ritual killing, but of a murder committed during the latter half of the twentieth century.

Meanwhile, Fin Macleod has returned to the island of his birth. Having left his wife, his life in Edinburgh and his career in the police force, the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents’ derelict croft.

But when DNA tests flag a familial match between the bog body and the father of Fin’s childhood sweetheart, Marsaili Macdonald, Fin finds his homecoming more turbulent than expected. Tormod Macdonald, now an elderly man in the grip of dementia, had always claimed to be an only child without close family.

A lie, Fin will soon discover, Tormod has had very good reason to hide behind.

The Lewis Man is the follow-up to The Blackhouse,
which was an international bestseller in both hardback and paperback.
It is the second novel in the Lewis trilogy.

The Lewis Man has been shortlisted for the following awards in France:



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THE BLACKHOUSE
1st book in The Lewis Trilogy

Quercus publishers
present the UK edition of the first book in Peter May's brand new Lewis Trilogy,
"fast becoming one of our biggest books of the season"

The BlackhousereviewsThe Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people’s fear of God.
But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge.

When a brutal murder on the island 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.

Each year the island’s men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality.

For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice.

The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision.

A page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls,
and just how difficult it is to escape the past.


The French daily newspaper, L'Humanité, reviewed the book describing it as:
"A thriller with an intensity that never slackens,
chilling and igneous at the same time,
like the great country that serves as its setting.
 A masterpiece indeed."
 

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The Story Behind the Publication of The Blackhouse

Peter May's The Blackhouse, was first published in France, Scotsman May's adopted home. 
It will be published in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany in 2011. 
Here is Peter's account of the story behind the publication...



Inspiration

Peter also recounts a moving story concerning the inspiration
behind one of the characters for The Blackhouse, on his new blog, here.

UK Launch



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French Accolades

Peter May's The Blackhouse was first published in France, Scotsman May's adopted home, and has been acclaimed as "a masterpiece" by national newspaper L'Humanité as well as winning several awards...

The Lewis Man has been shortlisted for the following awards in France:

Prix Litteraire Cezam Inter-CE, (a National French Literature Prize, Strasbourg October 2011

View images from the Prix Litteraire Cezan Inter-CE award ceremony in Strasbourg







Prix de Lecteurs, Le Havre's 2010 Les Ancres Noires book festival

Read the press release below and view the video taken from Peter's research material for the book.



Peter May winning the 2010 Prix de Lecteurs at Le Havre's Les Ancres Noires book festival.
Prix des Lecteurs
Peter May receiving his prize, a sculpture by artist Jean-Paul Carnet.
With Peter in the picture is the Mayor of Le Havre, Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Paul Carnet and organisers of Les Ancres Noires.



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"The Blackhouse" Lands Peter May in Jail... Again





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Richard and Judy Book Club Choice for Autumn

The Black house was chosen by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan for their Book Club's Autumn list.

The Uk's equivalent of the Oprah Book Club, the Richard and Judy Book Club, run in conjunction with WH Smith has been responsible for over two million book sales in The last year alone.
Watch Richard and Judy's interview with Peter May about The Blackhouse...






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Reviews of The Blackhouse

"Just when we think we’ve seen it all, along comes Peter May’s Blackhouse to remind us that
terms like unique and cutting edge still belong in the crime novel lexicon. 
In addition to being a great story, this book is probably like nothing you have read before."

The Big Thrill
(read the full article)

"A thriller with an intensity that never slackens, chilling and igneous at the same time,
like the great country that serves as its setting.  A masterpiece indeed."
L'Humanité  (French daily newspaper)
(read a translation of the full article)

"His [the hero’s] gradual enlightenment is conveyed with subtle, tragic conviction
…. melancholy … brilliant"

The Literary Review

"[May's] finest work... an impeccably written murder thriller"
Daily Express

"A chilling setting for a gripping novel... impressive writing"
The Times (London)
(read the full review)

"Award-winning Glasgow-born author Peter May is no stranger to the Isle of Lewis,
and it shows in every thrilling chapter of this bleak, wild, atmospheric novel.
(...)
400 pages of pitch-perfect dialogue and creepy, spine-tingling storytelling."
The Scotsman
(read the full review)

"While
The Blackhouse contains many feature-filled pages, life-changing events and
revelations of major consequence, they are beautifully played here,
orchestrated by a writer in full command of his material, perfectly judged and paced,
and so the whole story is utterly compelling and it carries the reader to the very last word.
This book shows how the dramatic
should be done."
Cornflower Books
(read the full review)

"This is a novel of subtlety and horror.
Award-winning author Peter May has deftly constructed a story that gets into
the heart of human darkness while presenting an intriguing thriller you won’t be able to put down."

CityAM
(read the full review)

"Peter May handles the psychological depths of the story with a deft touch and great insight."
(...)
"This is a magnificent and gripping story of murder and long held resentment that
grabs the attention from the very first word."

(...)
"This is much, much more than a murder mystery,
revealing the depths to which human beings are driven by passion and jealousy.
Fin is a complex and attractive character plunged into an emotional whirlpool"

Crime Squad
(read the full review)

"a story which, remarkably in 21st century Britain, could not have worked anywhere else...
Atmosphere and character are the main things here...
Thanks to May, Lewis is firmly on Scotland’s crime map"
Shots
(read the full review)

"What a truly fantastic book this is! ...a truly delightful feast for the soul... 
The nature of the story gets into your mind and won't leave you alone.
It haunts you... beautifully rich vocabulary... excellent."

Eurocrime
(read the full article)


"The first of three books to be set on Lewis, The Blackhouse is a good example of
Peter May’s talent for sharing a place and unravelling a story that keeps you guessing as the pages fly by.
Highland News
(read the full article)

"...brilliant!  One of the best books (crime et al.) I've read in a very long time."
Alanna Knight
(The Times '100 Masters of Crime')

"The Blackhouse... poses as a crime novel but, like the best of its genre, is much more.
May’s rich characters and his attention to detail breathe life into the story, which haunts you past the final page."
The Skinny magazine
(read the full review)

"an outstanding thriller that is as dark and chilling as the stormy Scottish seas on a winter's night"
The Daily Record
(read the full review)

"May handles the plot, pace and characterization with a freshness and fluidity that make it a delight to read"
The Big Issue

"Easily May’s best work to date... his greatest success thus far as a novelist.
...a highly pleasurable mix of mystery and literary fiction"
The LitWitch
(read the full review)

"genuinely exciting and unexpected climax...
an outstanding and unusual piece of crime fiction told by someone with a deep understanding of the setting he has placed it in"
Undiscovered Scotland Magazine
(read the full review)

"...atmospheric passages of reflection and recollection, played out in the dramatic dénouement, but always interpreted skilfully and with balance, making an intense, involving piece of work to appeal to lovers of sophisticated crime and psychological thrillers."
A Broad Scot
(read the full review)

"a dark, evocative tale (...) beautifully-observed "
The Scots Magazine (Book of the Month June 2011)
(read the full review)

"A beautifully written, haunting and powerful examination of the darkness of men's souls
and how hard it can be to bury the past, The Blackhouse is also an outstanding page-turning murder mystery"
The Independent (Ireland)
(read the full review)

"Award-winning Glasgow-born author Peter May is
no stranger to the Isle of Lewis, and
it shows in every thrilling chapter of this bleak, wild, atmospheric novel."
The Sunday Journal (Ireland)
(read the full review)

“All the accolades are deserved.

(...)
the best book I’ve read all year
(...)
It’s an intense, psychological drama that’s all about atmosphere and character,
a book that clings to you long after you’ve put it down.
(...)
a study of tragedy, resentment and even redemption
(...)
a powerful, beautifully paced story that drips with malice.”
The Chronicle (Australia)
(read the full review)


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Reviews of The Lewis Man

"The strength and beauty of this book lies in the exploration of the relationships between people. The characters are beautifully drawn and so true to life."
(...)
"The plot is intricate and cleverly fitted together."
(...)
"Having previously read ‘The Blackhouse’ which I thoroughly enjoyed I was concerned the next instalment would not be so enthralling.
However, I absolutely loved this second book in the series and can safely state that May is currently unveiling a cracking series."

CrimeSquad
(read the full review)

"deeply tragic… heart-rending"
(...)
"Peter May is the [crime] genre’s fine wine; his writing is refined and complex, offering pleasure on many levels."
(...)
"The Blackhouse was an extremely good book; The Lewis Man is a superb book."

Bookgeeks
(read the full review)

"another fantastic book and every bit as excellent as The Blackhouse"
(...)
"Peter May weaves his wonderful magic and the story unfolds before you in vivid detail"
(...)
"...so well written that it absorbs you completely"
(...)
"Very highly recommended"

Eurocrime
(read the full review)

"if anything, an even more compelling read than its predecessor"
(...)
"an outstanding example of the storyteller's art
"
Undiscovered Scotland
(read the full review)

"story-telling at its primordial best"
(...)
"spell-binding"
(...)
"May is very clever here ... he tells a brilliant story but with the sparest of language"
(...)
"The book’s a delight: bringing people and place alive in equal measure."
ShotsMag
(read the full review)

"the second novel in May's Isle of Lewis trilogy is 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."

The Guardian
(read the full review)

"The depiction of the island atmosphere is as impressive as the action."
The Telegraph
(read the full review)

"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
."
The Times
(read the full review)

"like all the best crime fiction its interest is not restricted to the investigation"
(...)
"the scenes set in the orphanage in the Dean Village are moving"
(...)
"Crime novels may be primarily entertainments, but the best ones always offer something more.
Fin’s investigation of this long-buried crime forces him to make a reassessment of his own life."

The Scotsman
(read the full review)

"All of us who have been eagerly awaiting the sequel to that very dramatic first book
will have been wondering whether the author would pull off a second story with the aplomb shown in the earlier one;
I'm so glad to tell you that he does."
(...)
"Peter May shows his skill with an intricate plot and with the unfolding narrative"
(...)
"it's a neat tale he tells and one which will have you on the very edge of your seat"
Cornflower Books
(read the full review)

"How do I convey the moody sense of tragedy and heartbreak in this stunning follow-up to The Blackhouse?"
(...)
"this book made me want to cry time and again"
(...)
"Peter May has struck creative gold with the Lewis Trilogy."
(...)
"
I can’t wait for the final installment in this series"
The LitWitch
(read the full review)

"This is terrific stuff and a reminder that when a crime novelist of authority sets his sights high
the results can be as persuasive as the best writing in any genre."

(...)
"utterly compelling"
(...)
"
Fin is something special in the field of fictional policemen and The Lewis Man will have readers impatient for the third part of this trilogy."
The Express
(read the full review)

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


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VIDEO & AUDIO


Here is Peter's account of the story behind the publication...



Peter's research video from the Isle of Lewis


The music is Capercaillie's "An Gille Ban" from the album, "The Blood is Strong"
Find out more about Capercaillie and the album here

  Peter's Research video for The Lewis Man



Book trailer for The Lewis Man



Watch Richard and Judy's interview with Peter May about The Blackhouse...




View images from the Prix Litteraire Cezan Inter-CE award ceremony in Strasbourg




Radio Interview on Isles FM



Isles FM Radio's Iain X Maciver interviews Peter about the Blackhouse.


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Award-winning author, Peter May has two critically-acclaimed series of books currently being published in the USA and worldwide.  The China Thrillers, a series of six books featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and Margaret Campbell, forensic pathologist from Chicago; and The Enzo Files, a series of seven books featuring Scottish forensic scientist, Enzo MacLeod, who lives in France, teaches at a universtity in Toulouse, and is working on solving seven of France's most famous cold cases by applying the latest scientific techniques. 
May's latest project is a trilogy of books set in the Outer Hebrides of his native Scotland.  The first of the trilogy is The Blackhouse which won Prix Litteraire Cezam Inter-CE and the Prix des Lecteurs at France's Les Ancres Noires book festival in Le Havre. The second in the trilogy is The Lewis Man.