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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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The Lewis Man by Peter May



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Much more than a detective story. ( )
1 vote | MunichBookGroup | Jul 4, 2016 |
Finally off and running for the New Year. Finished The Lewis Man. A cracking book and a cracking trilogy, 5 stars. Can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy but will be sorry to say goodbye to this Hebridean Community and the characters. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 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." ( )
1 vote Olivermagnus | Jun 16, 2016 |
A body found in a peat bog. Fin begins chasing the past in a hunt for long buried secrets. A mystery that flows with suspense, the sense of time past and of past relationships. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jun 6, 2016 |
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The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebrides island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh--including his wife and his career in the police force--the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald--the father of Fin's childhood sweetheart, Marsaili--a man who has claimed throughout his life to be an only child, practically an orphan. Reluctantly drawn into the investigation, Fin uncovers deep family secrets even as he draws closer to the killer who wishes to keep them hidden.

My Thoughts:

The thing that allows Peter May's novel to stand out from other crime novels and police procedurals, is the landscape. Both the physical setting and the unique culture of the islands off Scotland's coast make for a fascinating read. Peter May is a superb writer... his narrative is a web of tangled strands that are gently pulled to create suspense and intrigue and yet the characters remain real and slightly flawed. The back story is a chronicle of life, death and love in a difficult environment and a not-so-proud time in British history. 5 well earned stars Mr. May ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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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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