The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy : The Lewis Trilogy

  • by Peter May
  • Narrated by Peter Forbes
  • Series: The Lewis Trilogy
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved, "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May's acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards.
Now, with The Chessmen, Peter May gives us a dramatic conclusion to his award-winning Lewis trilogy.
Living again of the Isle of Lewis, the ex-detective inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate, Fin encounters elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill.
But while Fin catches up with Whistler, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon - a "bog burst" - that spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.
Both men immediately know that they will find inside: the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than 17 years before. But when Whistler's face appears to register something other than shock, an icy chill of apprehension overtakes Fin. What secret has Whistler been hiding from him and everyone else on the island? Fin is unprepared for how the truth about the past will alter the course of the future.

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What the Critics Say

"This intriguing story alternates between the present, the past, and the distant past, skillfully introducing all of the characters and motives that will play an integral part in the solution of the mysteries. It is powerfully written, both in the descriptions of the barren landscape and the complicated and constantly changing relationships of the primary people involved." (Mystery Scene Magazine)
"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)
"Poetic...the atmosphere is altogether magical." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Fanastic-but where is the first book?

If you could sum up The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy in three words, what would they be?

I have only red 2 books in the trilogy because audible, inexplicably, only has 2 and 3 in English. The first book is only available if German (WTH?). That said, the 2 books I have read are utterly engaging and impossible to stop listening to. You will be okay not listening to the first book and diving right into book 2.


What did you like best about this story?

The mosaic of past and present coming together.


What does Peter Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

EVERYTHING!!! You heart breaks right along with each and every character. A masterpiece.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If you have known anyone with dementia, it will make you sad during those parts of the book.


Any additional comments?

WHERE IS BOOK NUMBER 1? Why do you only have it in German??

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- Alysha Ann Olsen

What a fantastic trilogy

Chessmen was well worth the wait. Peter May writes so you feel like you are on the island and that you have known the characters all your life. He interweaves the childhoods of his characters with their "present day" adult lives allowing you to feel like these are people you grew up with. He is a fantastic story teller. The characters are flawed and yet likeable. Very worth the time to listen. I could not tun it off. Will listen to all three books again
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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: Quercus