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The Lewis Man (Lewis Trilogy) by Peter May

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
Tags:audio, 2013, Scotland

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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 |
Peter May's second entry in his successful Lewis Trilogy is another intricately plotted and taut mystery that begins when the body of a young man is unearthed by peat cutters on the Isle of Lewis. Initially thought to be prehistoric, evidence instead reveals the body was buried in the 1950s. Former Detective Inspector Fin Macleod, the hero of The Blackhouse, has quit the Edinburgh police force and, at something of a loose end, returned to Lewis to see if he can make his dilapidated childhood home livable. George Gunn is the officer in charge of the case, and Fin is drawn in when DNA testing further reveals that the body is someone related Tormod Macdonald, father of Fin's former lover Marsaili Macdonald, to whom Fin is once again growing close (he is very interested in making up for previous mistakes, particularly where Marsaili and her son Fionnlagh are concerned). The investigation is complicated by Tormod's advanced dementia, which makes it impossible to extract information from him regarding the identity of the body. Like The Blackhouse, the plot of The Lewis Man sends Fin digging into the past and drawing into the light of day events and personal histories that are perhaps better left buried. It makes for a story of delightful intrigue and a layered mystery whose solution is revealed piece by piece, the weight of evidence finally pointing in only one direction. May follows a structure similar to the first novel in the series, with some chapters narrated in the third person from Fin’s perspective and others narrated by the addled Tormod, who might not understand much of what’s happening to him in the present day but whose memories of his hardscrabble early life are razor sharp. Throughout, the writing makes generous use of the beautiful and wildly inhospitable islands off Scotland’s northwest coast to create an atmosphere of intense foreboding. ( )
  icolford | Aug 7, 2015 |
A body is found in the peat bog on the isle of Lewis. The only clue to the body's identity is that he was related to a local farmer. But the local farmer Tormed Macdonald is a man with dementia and he has always claimed to be the only child.

It strange that the hardest reviews to write are actually for the books that I love. It's sometimes so hard to put into words how great a book is that I just want to say read it and you will see why it is so good.

The Lewis Man is such a book, just like the first book in the series; The Blackhouse. There is something so appealing with the story, the characters, the setting and, of course, the writing that I couldn't stop reading the book.

The case in this book is interesting, this is what I can remember the first book I have read when the suspect in a murder case has dementia and what makes the case even tougher is that the suspect is Tormod Macdonald, ex-police Fin Macleod's first loves father. He may not be a police anymore, but he needs to try to find out the truth, even if it would mean hurting his relationship with Marsaili Macdonald.

It was a great read from the beginning to the end. The ending wasn't that intense as in the last book, but it was still very good and I'm looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Apr 21, 2015 |
A retired police officer moves back to the island he grew up on and gets pulled into identifying a body found in the peat. He ventures through old friends and lovers as he tries to identify the body and the story has lots of unsuspected developments. Mr. May does a great job of conveying how difficult life sounds on the Isle of Lewis. These are very tough people... ( )
  tinkermn | Mar 27, 2015 |
Grim story of life on Lewis and other Hebridean islands seen through the eyes of an old man with dementia. Fin Mcleod has retuned home after leaving the police in Edinburgh and finds himself embroiled in an old murder mystery after a young man's body is recovered from a peat bog. Throws a light on the cruel practice of sending mainland orphans to the islands where they were often mistreated, sometimes abused but at the very least had extremely harsh lives. ( )
  edwardsgt | Mar 15, 2015 |
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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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