The Blackhouse (Paperback)

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Blackhouse, Peter May

This book is a two-fer: a terrific mystery, and a deeply atmospheric visit to the Scottish island of Lewis. The mystery revolves around  family relationships which are gradually revealed as we follow police detective Fin Macleod upon his return home from Edinburgh. You'll feel the claustrophobia of the place that drove him away as well as the stark beauty of it. And be riveted by the revelations as the layers peel away.

— Lee


The first book in an enthralling mystery series from award-winning author Peter May.

"A WRITER I WOULD FOLLOW TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Every step toward solving the case brings Scottish detective Fin Macleod closer to a dangerous confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--his life.

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on mainland Scotland, Edinburgh detective and native of the Isle of Lewis Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past.

As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the desolate but beautiful island and its ancient customs assert their grip on his psyche.

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. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels. 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 southwest France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.

Praise For…

“A writer I’d follow to the ends of the earth . . . intricately plotted.” — Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
The Blackhouse shines with intrigue and superb plotting.” — Carol Memmet, USA Today
“Order, read, and pass it on! May brings the story to a breathtaking conclusion with an astonishing twist at the end. Compare to Simon Beckett's Written in Bone for locale and Tana French for tone.” — Teresa L. Jacobsen, Library Journal (Starred Review)
“A gripping plot, pitch-perfect characterization, and an appropriately bleak setting drive this outstanding series debut.” — Connie Fletcher, Booklist (starred review)
“Abundant local color . . . matches Macleod’s tormented emotional landscape. The struggles of such multidimensional characters . . . add depth.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A chilling setting for a gripping novel . . . impressive writing.” — Marcel Berlins, The Times
“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781623659998
ISBN-10: 162365999X
Publisher: Quercus Books
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pages: 430
Language: English