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    • Publication date:05 Jan 2011
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The Blackhouse

Book One of the Lewis Trilogy

By Peter May
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The Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, and the first novel in the Peter May's internationally acclaimed and million-selling Lewis trilogy.

READ THE SUNDAY TIMES AND RICHARD AND JUDY BESTSELLER, AND THE FIRST INSTALMENT IN PETER MAY'S SENSATIONAL, MILLION-SELLING LEWIS TRILOGY.


A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith.

A MURDER

Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past.

A SECRET

Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister.

A TRAP

As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

Biographical Notes

Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. He is the million-selling author of the Lewis trilogy, the Enzo Files and the China thrillers; and of the Sunday Times bestselling standalone novels Entry Island, Runaway and Coffin Road. Peter now lives in South-West france with his wife, writer Janice Hally.

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  • ISBN: 9781849163866
  • Publication date: 01 Sep 2011
  • Page count: 512
  • Imprint: riverrun
'excellent plotting with some beautiful descriptions of the Isle of Lewis ... The story is wonderful' crime pieces. — crime pieces
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