The Lewis Man
The Lewis Man by Peter May.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Quercus;(September 2, 2014)
In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean 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.
I read Peter Mays first book of this trilogy in October of 2013. I loved the book. I really liked the main character, Fin, and the authors descriptions of the Isle of Lewis and surroundings made you feel like you stepped into a third world and put you smack dab in the middle.
Due to rising prices of hardback books I thought I would go no farther. It seemed his second book, The Lewis Man was more then I have come to spend on a single book anymore. In order to stretch finances I buy mostly used books and find that many people take excellent care and they are like new.
Anyway... along comes my birthday and my girlfriend Michelle sends me two books. New books! And one of them is: The Lewis Man!
My first thoughts were, utoh... it's been a looooong time since I read the Blackhouse I wonder if I can read this without rereading The Blackhouse? Peter May put me at ease quickly. He put just enough small reminders that I didn't feel like it was that long ago that I read book one. I was right back there on the Isle of Lewis with Fin! In this book there is a "cold case", a mystery, and a budding romance of the past.
Peter May puts very original twists on his mysteries. He's so descriptive that you have no doubt you can "see" what is happening and the sights around you. I had no choice but to send for the last book!
Since I always include the Amazon review I don't like to say much more other than saying.. they are a compelling set of books that I am more then happy I have read. (can't wait for delivery of book 3!)
I will leave this post with a small quote from the book that I found very profound, both to the book and to me personally...
"It's strange.. you think you know who you are, because you think you know who your parents are.."