The Lewis Man : The Lewis Trilogy

  • by Peter May
  • Narrated by Peter Forbes
  • Series: The Lewis Trilogy
  • 10 hrs and 54 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.
In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald - the father of Fin's childhood sweetheart, Marsaili - a man who has claimed throughout his life to be an only child, practically an orphan. Reluctantly drawn into the investigation, Fin uncovers deep family secrets even as he draws closer to the killer who wishes to keep them hidden.
Already an international best-seller and winner of numerous awards, including France's Prix des Lecteurs du Telegramme, The Lewis Man has the lyrical verve of Ian Rankin and the gutsy risk-taking of Benjamin Black. As fascinating and forbidding as the Hebridean landscape, the book (according to The Times) "throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog."


What the Critics Say

"May is a masterful story-teller. He skillfully combines pathos and the themes of identity, lost love and family ties to create an exciting, page-turning thriller." (Laura Wurzal, The Irish Examiner)
"In mood and texture, Peter May's novels, set on the Isle of Lewis, are essentially Nordic, and he bears comparison with some of the best writers from those cold desolate climes... the plot throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog." (Marcel Berlins, The Times)
"Spell-binding... the book's a delight: bringing people and place alive in equal measure." (Jim Kelly, ShotsMag)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

What Trilogy???

Where does The Lewis Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my top 5

What other book might you compare The Lewis Man to and why?

Can't think of any quite like it.

Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My first and he is outstanding.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

John and Peter's treatment as children.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it so very much that before I even finished the book I began for the other two thirds of the Trilogy only to find out they they are not carried by Audible. The Lewis Man is the second in the series and was made available by Audible knowing they did not have the rights to Parts 1 and 3. Who's decision was that? When I went online to 'chat' I was told it was the publisher's fault for not making the other two books available to them but the bottom line is that Audible chose to release the second book only. Go figure. Last I looked a Trilogy was to be read in order and best to be read back to back to back. Now, getting back to my initial comment, EXCELLENT STORY AND NARRATION! Just be fore warned.

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- Thomas

Outstanding Book! Even better than The Blackhouse

This book is a sequel to The Blackhouse which introduces the characters also in The Lewis Man. Each book has a mystery at its heart but the characters are as important as the plot. Both books are love letters to the Hebrides and Peter May lavishes beautiful writing on the wild landscape. I cared very much about the characters and found them believable. Peter Forbes is a marvelous narrator, equally good with men, women, old, and young characters. His Irish accent (the pathologist) is as authentic as his Scottish one.
An earlier review of The Blackhouse erroneously stated that the recording is abridged; I looked into the question and the recording is actually unabridged.
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- lesley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2014
  • Publisher: Quercus