Praise for Dry Bones "Clever and interesting people on a chase around Europe, following a series of mysterious clues through ancient and modern history...." -San Jose Mercury-News What has happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher who trained some of France's best and brightest at the École Nationale d'Administration vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. The mystery inspires a bet, one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse instead of pursuing a career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose. The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to an old case. Enzo comes to Paris to meet journalist Roger Raffin, the author of a book on seven celebrated unsolved murders. Armed with Raffin's notes, Enzo begins his quest, touring landmarks like the Paris catacombs. Then Enzo finds Jacques Gaillard's head. The artifacts buried with the skull lead Enzo on a chase after the killer...and the rest of Gaillard. Peter May won the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award at 21, and had his first novel published at 26. He then left journalism and became one of Scotland's most successful and prolific television dramatists. Dry Bones is the first novel in his Enzo MacLeod series. Peter May is married to writer Janice Hally and lives in France. www.enzomacleod.com
Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:
- the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
- the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
- the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
and several standalone books, the latest of which is Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK).
He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.
One of Scotland's most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.
Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.
After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy - The Blackhouse - was published in France as L'Ile des Chasseurs d'Oiseaux where it was hailed as "a masterpiece" by the French national newspaper L'Humanité. His novels have a large following in France. The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world's largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.
The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.
The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013.