Peter May

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    Peter May

    Peter May was an award-winning journalist at the age of just twenty-one. He left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series and accruing more than 1,000 television credits. Peter lives in France and has published three separate crime series and several standalone novels. "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" New York Times
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    Peter May is an award-winning crime author, and a former writer for classic soap opera Take the High Road. The Blackhouse, the first novel in his best-selling Lewis Trilogy, was famously rejected by UK publishers before being picked up in France and published in translation. His latest standalone novel, Runaway, swivels between 1965 – when Jack and his band leave Glasgow to make it big in London – and 2015, when they return to London to discover the truth behind a 50-year-old murder. May tells Yasmin Sulaiman about the real-life inspiration (minus the murder) behind the novel
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    There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.
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    Entry Island

    By Peter May

    Praise for Peter May:

    He is a terrific writer doing something different.

    From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.A true pleasure to read.Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth.One of the best regarded crime series of recent years.Lyrical, empathetic and moving.A wonderfully complex book.May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships.Will have the reader relishing every tendency of description and characterization.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.Powerful and authentic.
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    Extraordinary People

    By Peter May

    MEET ENZO MACLEOD, AND BEGIN THE ADDICTIVE COLD-CASE SERIES FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE LEWIS TRILOGY AND COFFIN ROAD.

    PARIS.

    An old mystery.
    As midnight strikes, a man desperately seeking sanctuary flees into a church. The next day, his sudden disappearance will make him famous throughout France.

    A new science.
    Forensic expert Enzo Macleod takes a wager to solve the seven most notorious French murders, armed with modern technology and a total disregard for the justice system.

    A fresh trail.
    Deep in the catacombs below the city, he unearths dark clues deliberately set - and as he draws closer to the killer, discovers that he is to be the next victim.

    He is a terrific writer doing something different.From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.The first book of the Enzo Files series, in which ex forensic scientist Enzo Macleod is employed to solve the ten-year-old case of a missing Frenchman.The first of Peter May's Enzo Files featuring Scottish-Italian forensic sleuth Enzo Macleod, reissued with a new series style.Since being published by Quercus for the first time in the UK, the Enzo thrillers have sold over 325,000 copies across all editions.The first five Enzo thrillers - Extraordinary People, The Critic, Blacklight Blue, Freeze Frame and Blowback - repackaged ahead of the January 2017 publication of the sixth and final instalment in the series, Cast Iron.Since the January 2011 publication of The Blackhouse, Peter May's titles - which include Entry Island, Runaway, Coffin Road and the China thrillers - have sold in excess of two millions copies.
    The book is beautifully written, funny and poignant, and very different from any I have previously read by the versatile Peter May.

    Jessica Mann

    Reviewed in the Literary Review

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      The Critic

      By Peter May

      THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE BLACKHOUSE AND COFFIN ROAD HANDS FORENSIC SLEUTH ENZO MACLEOD A NEW COLD CASE.


      GAILLAC, SOUTH-WEST FRANCE.

      An unsolved case.

      Gil Petty, America's most celebrated wine critic, is found strung up in a vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine.

      An un-cracked code.

      For forensic expert Enzo Macleod, the key to this unsolved murder lies in decoding Petty's mysterious reviews - which could make or break a vineyard's reputation.

      An uncorked criminal.

      Enzo finds that beneath the tranquil façade of French viticulture lurks a back-stabbing community riddled with rivalry - and someone who is ready to stop him even if they have to kill again.

      He is a terrific writer doing something different.From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.In the second of the cold-case series, a murder mystery in a vineyard serves Enzo Macleod a perfectly chilled conundrum.

      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 and the China thrillers; standalone novels including Entry Island, Runaway and Coffin Road; and the Enzo Files - which were first published in the UK by Quercus across 2014 and 2015.

      The sixth and final instalment in the Enzo series, Cast Iron, will be published in hardcover by riverrun in January 2017.

      The second of Peter May's Enzo Files featuring Scottish-Italian forensic sleuth Enzo Macleod, reissued with a new series style.Since being published by Quercus for the first time in paperback in the UK, the Enzo thrillers have sold over 325,000 copies across all editions.The first five Enzo thrillers - Extraordinary People, The Critic, Blacklight Blue, Freeze Frame and Blowback - repackaged ahead of the January 2017 publication of the sixth and final instalment in the series, Cast Iron.Since the January 2011 publication of The Blackhouse, Peter May's titles - which include Entry Island, Runaway, Coffin Road and the China thrillers - have sold in excess of two millions copies.
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      The Sunday Times bestseller

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      Freeze Frame

      By Peter May

      ENZO MACLEOD TACKLES ONE OF FRANCE'S MOST NOTORIOUS UNSOLVED CASES, IN THE FOURTH OFFERING FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING MASTER OF CRIME.

      ILE DE GROIX, FRANCE.

      A Frozen Island.

      This tiny isle off the coast of Brittany is the scene of a murder left shrouded in mystery and grief.

      A Frozen Crime.

      Adam Killian's study has been left intact since his death - the perfect state for Enzo Macleod's forensic investigation.

      A Frozen Heart.

      Killian's daughter-in-law is still hoping; the first suspect is still hiding; and the treacherous island itself still has a revelation for Enzo.

      He is a terrific writer doing something different.From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.One tiny island, many hidden secrets - the fourth of Peter May's Enzo Files.

      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 and the China thrillers; standalone novels including Entry Island, Runaway and Coffin Road; and the Enzo Files - which were first published in the UK by Quercus across 2014 and 2015.

      The sixth and final instalment in the Enzo series, Cast Iron, will be published in hardcover by riverrun in January 2017.

      The fourth of Peter May's Enzo Files featuring Scottish-Italian forensic sleuth Enzo Macleod, reissued with new series style.Since being published by Quercus for the first time in the UK, the Enzo thrillers have sold over 325,000 copies across all editions.The first five Enzo thrillers - Extraordinary People, The Critic, Blacklight Blue, Freeze Frame and Blowback - repackaged ahead of the January 2017 publication of the sixth and final instalment in the series, Cast Iron.Since the January 2011 publication of The Blackhouse, Peter May's titles - which include Entry Island, Runaway, Coffin Road and the China thrillers - have sold in excess of two millions copies.
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      Blacklight Blue

      By Peter May

      THE THIRD COLD-CASE INVESTIGATION FOR ENZO MACLEOD, FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY MEGASELLER THE BLACKHOUSE.


      FRANCE.

      A death sentence.

      Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Enzo Macleod is running out of time to crack the most confounding of unsolved French murders.

      A death threat.

      His daughter is nearly killed, Enzo is mugged - and then he is arrested. Someone is trying to destroy his character. Someone is framing him for murder.

      A deathly enemy.

      Killers from the past will stop at nothing to halt Enzo, who must use all his forensic skills to solve the case - before they succeed.

      He is a terrific writer doing something different.From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.In the third thrilling instalment of the series, Enzo is running out of time in more ways than one.

      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 and the China thrillers; standalone novels including Entry Island, Runaway and Coffin Road; and the Enzo Files - which were first published in the UK by Quercus across 2014 and 2015.

      The sixth and final instalment in the Enzo series, Cast Iron, will be published in hardcover by riverrun in January 2017.

      The third of Peter May's Enzo Files, featuring Scottish-Italian forensic sleuth Enzo Macleod.Since being published by Quercus for the first time in the UK, the Enzo thrillers have sold over 325,000 copies across all editions.The first five Enzo thrillers - Extraordinary People, The Critic, Blacklight Blue, Freeze Frame and Blowback - repackaged ahead of the January 2017 publication of the sixth and final instalment in the series, Cast Iron.Since the January 2011 publication of The Blackhouse, Peter May's titles - which include Entry Island, Runaway, Coffin Road and the China thrillers - have sold in excess of two millions copies.
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      Blowback

      By Peter May

      THE FIFTH ENZO THRILLER, FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF COFFIN ROAD, ENTRY ISLAND AND THE LEWIS TRILOGY.


      PUY-DE-DÔME, FRANCE.

      A Silenced Man.

      Footprints in the snow lead to the murder scene of Marc Fraysse, France's most celebrated chef - brutally shot before he could make the revelation of his career.

      A Determined Man.

      Seven years on and the mystery still raw, Enzo Macleod, forensic investigator, forays into the heated world of haute cuisine to uncover bitter feuds and a burning secret.

      A Hunted Man.

      The Fraysse family history is as twisted as Enzo's own. And in his pursuit of truth, the depths of deceit threaten to consume Enzo - and that which he cherishes most.

      He is a terrific writer doing something different.From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.The fifth Enzo File: set in the volatile and - now, it appears - murderous world of haute cuisine.

      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 and the China thrillers; standalone novels including Entry Island, Runaway and Coffin Road; and the Enzo Files - which were first published in the UK by Quercus across 2014 and 2015.


      The sixth and final instalment in the Enzo series, Cast Iron, will be published in hardcover by riverrun in January 2017.

      The fifth of Peter May's Enzo Files featuring Scottish-Italian forensic sleuth Enzo Macleod, reissued with a new series style.Since being published by Quercus for the first time in the UK, the Enzo thrillers have sold over 325,000 copies across all editions.The first five Enzo thrillers - Extraordinary People, The Critic, Blacklight Blue, Freeze Frame and Blowback - repackaged ahead of the January 2017 publication of the sixth and final instalment in the series, Cast Iron.Since the January 2011 publication of The Blackhouse, Peter May's titles - which include Entry Island, Runaway, Coffin Road and the China thrillers - have sold in excess of two millions copies.
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      The Blackhouse

      By Peter May, Peter Forbes

      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.

      'excellent plotting with some beautiful descriptions of the Isle of Lewis ... The story is wonderful' crime pieces.'vivid ... fascinating' Literary Review.The Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, and the first novel in the Peter May's internationally acclaimed and million-selling Lewis trilogy.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.The first novel in Peter May's Lewis trilogy, which has sold over a million copies across all formats in the UK.The Blackhouse was a Sunday Times paperback bestseller, and was selected for Richard and Judy Autumn 2011 Book Club, within which it was voted as consumers' 'Favourite Read'.The Blackhouse won the 2011 Cezam Prix Litteraire Inter CE in France, and was awarded the USA's 2013 Barry Award for Best Novel of the Year.
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      Runaway

      By Peter May

      FIVE DREAMS OF FAME

      Glasgow, 1965. Jack Mackay dares not imagine a life of predictability and routine. The headstrong seventeen-year-old has one thing on his mind - London - and successfully convinces his four friends, and fellow band mates, to join him in abandoning their homes to pursue a goal of musical stardom.

      FIVE DECADES OF FEAR

      Glasgow, 2015. Jack Mackay dares not look back on a life of failure and mediocrity. The heavy-hearted sixty-seven-year old is still haunted by the cruel fate that befell him and his friends some fifty years before, and how he did and did not act when it mattered most - a memory he has run from all his adult life.

      London, 2015. A man lies dead in a bedsit. His killer looks on, remorseless. What started with five teenagers five decades before will now be finished.

      The two time streams are woven together skilfully and the book ends with an intensely moving glimmer of renewed hopeThe new must-read from the million copy bestsellerRunaway was a top 5 Sunday Times bestseller in hardback.

      Peter May's previous novel, Entry Island, was a top 3 Sunday Times bestseller and was
      awarded the 2014 ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award.

      The Lewis trilogy has sold over 1.2 million copies in print and ebook.

      In 2014, Quercus brought into print May's Enzo Files, which have since sold over 150,000
      copies.

      From January 2016, Quercus will be re-issuing Peter May's award-winning China thrillers.
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      The Lewis Man

      By Peter May

      LOVED THE BLACKHOUSE? THE TRILOGY CONTINUES WITH THE LEWIS MAN: AS FIN MACLEOD RETURNS IN AN INGENIOUS CRIME THRILLER ABOUT MEMORY AND MURDER.

      A MAN WITH NO NAME

      An unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog; the only clue to its identity being a DNA sibling match to a local farmer.

      A MAN WITH NO MEMORY

      But this islander, Tormod Macdonald - now an elderly man suffering from dementia - has always claimed to be an only child.

      A MAN WITH NO CHOICE

      When Tormod's family approach Fin Macleod for help, Fin feels duty-bound to solve the mystery.

      'The Lewis Man shone like a bright star out of this year's book lists. Lyrical, empathetic and moving' Alex Gray.'as good as its superb predecessor, The Blackhouse' Guardian.'Dark, exciting and atmospheric ... it even surpasses the first tale' Scotland on Sunday.'In mood and texture, Peter May's novels [...] are essentially Nordic, and he bears comparison with some of the best writers from those cold desolate climes' The Times.'instantly struck by the beauty of the descriptions of the wild island terrain as well as by the roundedness and complexity of the characterisations' The Times.'powerful and authentic' Glasgow Sunday Herald.'The depiction of the island atmosphere is as impressive as the action' The Sunday Telegraph.The second instalment in the Lewis trilogy.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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      The Chessmen

      By Peter May

      THE NAIL-BITING FINAL CHAPTER IN THE LEWIS TRILOGY, FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF COFFIN ROAD.

      THE NEW START

      Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island.

      THE OLD FRIEND

      This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret.

      THE FINAL CHAPTER

      But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

      'Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth' New York Times.The third and final part of the internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy.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.