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The Lewis Man Paperback – September 1, 2012
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'The Lewis Man shone like a bright star out of this year's book lists. Lyrical, empathetic and moving' Alex Gray. Alex Gray 'as good as its superb predecessor, The Blackhouse' Guardian. Guardian 'Dark, exciting and atmospheric ... it even surpasses the first tale' Scotland on Sunday. Scotland on Sunday 'In mood and texture, Peter May's novels [...] are essentially Nordic, and he bears comparison with some of the best writers from those cold desolate climes' The Times. The Times 'instantly struck by the beauty of the descriptions of the wild island terrain as well as by the roundedness and complexity of the characterisations' The Times. The Times 'powerful and authentic' Glasgow Sunday Herald. Glasgow Sunday Herald 'The depiction of the island atmosphere is as impressive as the action' The Sunday Telegraph. Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. He is the million-selling author of the Lewis trilogy, the Enzo Files and the China thrillers; and of the Sunday Times bestselling standalone novels Entry Island, Runaway and Coffin Road. Peter now lives in South-West france with his wife, writer Janice Hally.
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One again much of the story is told in back story by one of the characters told in the first person while the main story is conducted in the third.
Its a good solid murder mystery with only the authors true ability to set a brilliant atmospheric scene stopping it from being humdrum. The domestic side issues are a bit tedious and feel like filler rather than being an integral part of the story.
In my opinion this isn't as strong a story as'The Black House', its solid without out being brilliant.
With a maiden name of MacLeod, and a love of Scottish thriller/mysteries, this trilogy was meant for me. Unable to find the first book of the trilogy in the US, I am awaiting the book from the U.K. In the meantime, I read the second book in the trilogy, and I found that missing the first book was OK. It would have filled in some of the missing pieces, but I got along.
The Isle of Lewis is the largest island of the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides (an archipelago) of Scotland. It is here that Finn MacLeod returns after his time as a detective in Edinburgh is complete. His personal life is a mess, and he has returned to his homeland to find his way. He has left a lot of memories and people he once loved in this land. He is almost immediately drawn into a mystery, a body, dead 50 years or so has been found in the peat bogs. Through DNA, it appears that the man is related to Tormod Macdonald, a man who finds confusion is his middle name. He has dementia and his daughter has placed him in an Alheizmer's unit. This is not a simple mystery, Fin was once in love with Tormod's daughter, Marsaili, and that relationship may complicate his life and the mystery of the dead man. Everyone is either related to someone else or knows everyone on this island. The mystery deepens as clues are unveiled, and several of Fin's friends are involved. Many secrets were kept and hidden for decades, and the difficulty is trying to discover who Tormod really is and then revealing the real mystery. At the same time, Fin is trying to discover what this land means to him. Fin MacLeod is very clever, as you would expect with a name like his. The eventual discoveries have many twists and turns, and we go along willingly, as the characters are so well defined. We know what they look like and how they think. What we don't really know is how they feel. Emotions are kept in check as is the Scottish wont. When the time comes for reality and discovery, we are still unsure how all will be resolved.
The Isles of Lewis can be a bleak, cold place. The sun comes out every once in a while, and when it does it is time for celebration. It is almost always raining, and a hard enough rain that your risk a drench whenever you go out. It is also difficult to drive in this rain. Unlike Seattle, where the rain is a mist, in the Isle of Lewis, it rains rivulets. This gives us a feel for the novel, and we become wrapped in the feel of the dark, misty enviornment. This is a book so finely wrought that we are drawn in, immediately. This is a compelling story of secrets, relationships and protecting those we love. I am hoping the trilogy turns into a longer series.
The author, Peter May, worked on films and television in Scotland for many years, and then left to start writing. He feels this trilogy is his best efforts.
Recommended. prisrob 12-25-13
A story line develops which captures the history of a movement to disperse orphaned and abandoned children throughout the islands. Although heartbreaking, this history lesson is extremely interesting and moving. The island vista, the sadness and isolation of the inhabitants along with the murder creates an overall bleakness to the novel.
The primary story line of the novel is on a quest to solve the murder of the body discovered in the bog. This storyline takes the reader on a journey into the past. The journey is interesting but not compelling.
I would not call this book a thriller or a page turner. I will read the third book in the trilogy in hopes that at least one character finds some happiness.