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The Lewis Man (Lewis Trilogy) (edition 2011)

by Peter May

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Title:The Lewis Man (Lewis Trilogy)
Authors:Peter May
Info:Quercus (2011), Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Collections:Your library, Crime
Rating:*****
Tags:audio, 2013, Scotland

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A great sequel. Lewis and the islands a evocative as ever and sympathetic voices. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
The best features of this book were Peter May's beautiful writing and his description which made you feel like you were right there on the island witnessing everything that was happening. Also, I found the island and the people very interesting. It was a brilliant story with just enough mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |

The Lewis man is the second novel in Peter May's Lewis Trilogy. I think it is every bit as excellent as the first one, The Blackhouse. Fin McLeod is once again the central character. He has resigned from his job as a detective inspector in Edinburgh and returned to Lewis, in an attempt to rebuild his life, as well as his parents' old croft.

Meanwhile, a body has been discovered in the peat. It is originally thought to be one of the prehistoric bog men but the Elvis Presley tattoo on its arm dates it as being rather more recent. DNA testing of the body and comparison with a DNA database indicate that the body is closely related to Tormod Macdonald, the father of Fin's first love, Marsaili. Tormod is now old and and suffers advanced dementia. He has always said that he is an only child with no close family, so this find shocks everyone. Fin steps in to find out what is going on and the truth behind the man that his loved ones think they know, and that he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.

The story unfolds before you in vivid detail, with chapters alternately detailing the present with Fin and Marsaili, and Tormod's distressing childhood in the past. The author does a wonderful job is taking you into the cold and bleak environment of the Hebrides. The story is so well written that it absorbs you completely. Very often the second book in a trilogy seems to be a the worst, acting as a link between the first and third and usually can't stand on its own. This is very definitely not the case with this one. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to reading the final book in the series, The Chessmen. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Fin Macleod return to his native Lewis island and leaves behind his life as policeman and a divorced wife, with whom he has no common ground after the death of their son. At loose ends, he starts the restoration of his parent's croft, the only real home he has ever known, and reconnects with the people of his childhood, he gets first among them his old love Marsaili and their son Fionnlagh. When a bog body is found with an Elvis tattoo, it's clear that this is no centuries old corpse and when a relationship with Tormod, Marsaili's father comes to light, Fin is pulled into the search for the truth as Tormod is no help due to dementia.

The second installment in Peter May's Lewis trilogy is just as good, or even more so than the first one. He tackles difficult and emotional topics (orphanage, dementia) in a realistic and emotionally engaging way. Again the sense of place is excellent, you feel the sea salt on your tongue and the wind in your hair. More of this, please.
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  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
Like another reviewer I inadvertently started at book 2 in this trilogy, but I am very happy to say it did not matter one bit. Nothing in this book will spoil what I expect to be my enjoyment of "The Blackhouse", or indded book 23 - "The Chess Men". I am really glad I gave Peter May another try after the slightly disappointing "The Firemaker" because this is an excellent thriller, full of complex plotting, well drawn characters from the major ones to more minor players [the priest with the weaving] and a wonderful sense of place. It painted the pictures of the different islands beautifully which really set the plot firmly in its context. Towards the end the location moved briefly to Dean Village in Edinburgh where I stayed for a few ddays last year, very evocative!.
I heartily recommend this book and look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
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  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0857382209, Hardcover)

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.

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A body is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis. The male Caucasian corpse is initially believed by its finders to be over 2000 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 20th century.… (more)

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