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A note from the author
There was a time around fifteen years ago when I could not find a publisher for anything I wrote. One book was set in a London, which was at the epicentre of a global pandemic. It was a city in total lockdown. A virus was claiming thousands of lives. The scenario I described wasn’t drawn from my imagination. It was based on detailed pandemic planning done by both the British and the Americans in the early 2000s.
The literary establishment was highly sceptical. It was unrealistic. A lockdown could never happen in modern day Britain. No-one would publish it.
I had forgotten about my book. It wasn’t until a reader suggested that I write a thriller set against the backdrop of a Coronavirus lockdown that I realised that I had already done just that. Suddenly what I had written in 2005 was no longer ‘OTT’. It was actually happening.
When I originally wrote Lockdown no-one could identify with it. Now everyone can. It is our common experience. And isn’t that what writers are meant to do – describe and explore the human condition, the world we experience as a human race? – Peter May, March 2020.
About the Author
He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. Peter now lives in South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
"What would a crime thriller set in the middle of a devastating pandemic look like? May provides a grim but plausible answer in this superior effort."
"[Lockdown] is a trip to London with the Grim Reaper as your tour guide...it is unpleasant, harrowing, repulsive and worth every moment spent on it."
―King's River Life Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B086WNRJMT
- Publisher : Quercus Publishing (April 1, 2020)
- Publication date : April 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1602 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,715 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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A little backstory here... The author wrote this book over 15 years ago and never published it. For whatever reason, it was released this month. In the middle of a worldwide pandemic. In the middle of half of the world being in a stay at home order and wearing masks. Why is this so important?...
This isn't something I usually do, but I am going to lightly set the book up for you...
There's a killer flu. Like a super killer flu. The death rate is around 50%. London isn't in a stay at home order, but a military lockdown. No one is allowed to travel through the city without permission. People have literally locked themselves in their homes. Not one business is open. Looters have ravaged the city. And cue in a child killer...
I still don't know if it was a smart idea to read this book right now, but nonetheless, I did. I think the scariest part of the book is the thought of what could be if governments decided to hold too much power over us in our current times. This idea really had my blood pumping and heart racing.
This book is so well-written, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It's full of twists and excitement that had me turning the pages. I had connected some dots, but the real mystery was revealed early. Some might balk at that, but it was for a reason. Everything that happened after that was like a racing countdown. The hunt was on.
I highly recommend this book for all the thriller and suspense readers. However, depending on where your head is right now, I might hold off. It was a bit difficult to separate real life and the book given the current crisis the world is experiencing. It's definitely a book to download.
Then, something caught my eye.
Some fifteen years ago, a Scottish author, Peter May, wrote a crime thriller called ‘Lockdown’. It was set in London during a pandemic, though not COVID-19, and involved a Detective Inspector investigating a gruesome murder after a body was discovered on a site being prepared for victims of the virus. Something, the originality of the idea as summarized in the blurb, other reader reviews lauding the author’s precognitive prowess; something, though I’m still not quite sure what it was, had me buying the novel and jumping it to the start of my reading list on the Kindle.
If I were given to writing shorter reviews, I could easily sum this one up in two words: ‘Terrifyingly intense!’
Author May’s tale had me hooked from the start and preparing for an all-nighter. The backcloth, essentially a London under siege, was very convincingly portrayed, especially in the quickly overlooked sensory details that led so much authenticity to the setting. The characters were credible and fully formed. From the protagonist detective in his last few hours of work as a police officer, through the forensic specialist who wove her special scientific magic to help identify the victim, to Pinkie, a glorious villain whose deadly skills create tension in every scene where he appears. Together with a cast of secondary characters, solid in their roles, built from reality, all made this easily one of the most disquieting novels I have read in a long time. From where we all are in real life, to the tale so expertly crafted by author May, it was just a few staggering steps – and once again, as a testament to the writer’s skill both in his research and its subsequent presentation in this nail-biting tale, ‘Lockdown’ was penned fifteen years ago!
I highly recommend this crime thriller.
Top reviews from other countries
Let's hope our current action on dealing with Coronavirus/Covid 29 in 2020 doesn't more than spoil it for all of us.
Yes , the background to this story is about a virus and people being in Lockdown but as Peter mentioned on his fb page chat to his readers, the proceeds of the books will go to charity. Something he had to mention because of a negitive comment . Peter comes across as a Gentleman and once again, for me, has made the isolation for a week bearable because of his book. I loved his character Dr C and her witty remarks.
Also, how he describes the area of London and gives you some historic facts about buildings and places , I enjoy learning new things and Peter does this with all his stories .. In all this is a another brilliant book , cannot wait for more of his work .😃