The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people’s fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge.
When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past.
Each year the island’s men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality. For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice.
The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision. Peter May has crafted a page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls, and just how difficult it is to escape the past.
About Peter May
An award-winning journalist at twenty-one in his native Scotland, Peter May left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series, and accruing more than 1000 television credits before moving to France to concentrate on writing novels. He is the author of fifteen novels including two series: The Enzo Files and The China Thillers. May won the French Prix Intramuros in 2007 for Cadavres Chinois à Houston (Snakehead) and is the only Westerner to become an honorary member of the Chinese Crime Writers’ Association.
“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