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5.0 out of 5 stars The past casts long shadows..., 1 Jan 2012
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This review is from: The Lewis Man: Book Two of the Lewis Trilogy (Hardcover)
With this second part of his Lewis trilogy (the first being The Blackhouse), Peter May has again shown that he is up there in the top rank of the current crop of Scottish crime writers.

When a preserved body is discovered in a peat bog, DNA testing shows that the victim is related to Tormod Macdonald, the father of Marsaili, Fin Macleod's childhood love. Fin has now left the police force in Edinburgh and returned to Lewis to restore his parents' house and soon gets sucked into the investigation. Tormod is suffering from dementia and although he still has flashes of memory about the events of his youth he is unable to tell the story of what happened in words. However, the reader is allowed into Tormod's mind and through a combination of his fragmentary recollections and Fin's investigations a grim and moving picture gradually develops of Tormod's childhood experiences first in an orphanage and then shipped as a 'homer' to a family in the islands. May's story-telling skills bring this shameful and little known part of Scotland's recent past vividly to life. And again, as in the first novel in the series, the long shadows of the past loom threateningly over the present day.

As always, May's research is meticulous and the picture he creates has an air of complete authenticity. For me, the Lewis novels are shaping up to be his best - it seems he has an affinity with the life and natural world of the islands which makes his descriptive writing compelling. His recurring characters are likeable and their story is further developed in this book. May's handling of Tormod's difficult childhood and present dementia is sensitive and sympathetic. However, he also manages to inject some humour into the story to lighten the otherwise dark and bleak tone. I enjoyed The Blackhouse very much, but I believe this one is even better. I am only sorry that it seems there will only be one more in the Lewis series. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2012 14:35:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2012 14:36:08 GMT
JCD says:
I am looking forward to reading The Lewis Man (Part 2 of the Lewis Trilogy)] having enjoyed [[ASIN:1849163863 The Blackhouse (Lewis Trilogy 1) very much indeed. I only hope that The Lewis Man is available on Kindle soon. Thank you for an excellent review.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2012 15:06:13 GMT
FictionFan says:
Yes, I couldn't wait for the Kindle version this time. I wish they all came out on Kindle at the same time as the hardback. Thanks for your kind comment, JCD:-)

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 19:50:27 GMT
The Lewis Man is Brilliant with acapital B.a super read I could not put it down

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 18:03:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2012 18:04:26 GMT
Katychef says:
The other side of the haggis and heather. Great exhausting read (The Black House) Off to buy The Lewis Man now

Posted on 16 Jul 2012 00:59:10 BDT
bagmad says:
Hoping someone will get me this for my birthday, loved the Blackhouse.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013 09:56:01 BDT
I will be ordering this now. I enjoyed the Black House immensly and am hoping this one will be as good.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2013 15:39:23 BDT
FictionFan says:
Having read all three, I think The Lewis Man is the best of them all. I hope you enjoy it! :-)
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