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The Lewis Man: The Lewis Trilogy af Peter…
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The Lewis Man: The Lewis Trilogy (udgave 2014)

af Peter May

Serier: The Lewis Trilogy (2)

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Fin Macleod returns to the outer Hebridean island of his youth to make amends and restore his parents' cottage before investigating a death involving family secrets and a sinister adversary.
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Titel:The Lewis Man: The Lewis Trilogy
Forfattere:Peter May
Info:Quercus, Kindle Edition, 386 pages
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Didn't enjoy it as much as 'The Black House' - maybe I just wasn't in the mood. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Peter May does it again! This is book two in the Lewis trilogy and once again I'm drawn to the magnificent landscape of the Hebrides and May's amazing writing in this crime mystery novel. There is a light police procedural.

A well preserved body was found in a nearby peat bog. DNA shows the victim is related to Fin McLeod's childhood love Marsaili's father, Tormund who is suffering from dementia. We can hear Tormund's thoughts in first person in alternating chapters as he recollects old memories.

I was better prepared this time as I borrowed audiobook on Libby and also got a hard copy from the library to immerse myself with Scottish accent and can see the words in print. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
The Lewis Man is the second installment of a trilogy featuring Fin MacLeod, a one-time Edinburg detective. This book opens with an omniscient narrator telling the reader that the body of a man has been found buried in the peat on the Isle of Lewis, the northernmost of the Outer Hebrides. Several other bodies like these have been discovered in Northern Europe where there are large peat bogs. The bogs have the unusual property of preserving bodies remarkably well, for hundreds if not thousands of years. Even the skin is preserved although it is darkened by the peat. Sites where “bog bodies” have been found have become popular tourist stops.

One of the characters looking at the dead body asks, “What shall we call him?” Having been discovered on the Isle of Lewis, he becomes “the Lewis Man.” A preliminary examination indicates that he was probably murdered by several stab wounds to the chest and by a vicious slitting of the throat. At least one other peat body nearby had shown signs of murder, but since carbon dating ascertained it was several hundred years old, the police had no interest in it. But in this case, an autopsy on the body revealed a tattoo of Elvis Presley, indicating that the murder was relatively recent, and the culprit, or culprits, may still be alive.

The narration of the book switches abruptly from omniscience to the first person ramblings of a man named Tormod with Alzheimer’s disease.

The omniscient narrator returns and we are introduced (reintroduced if you read The Blackhouse, the first book of the trilogy), to Detective Sergeant Finlay (Fin) Macleod of the Edinburgh police force. He grew up on Lewis but left it 18 years before. Now his marriage is breaking up after 16 years, largely because of tensions arising from the hit and run death of his son Robbie. Fin returns to his boyhood home of the Isle of Lewis, which just happens to be where the bog body was discovered. Because of Fin's background as a big city detective, he gets involved in the investigation of the murder of the Lewis Man.

The author continues to alternate the stories of Tormod and Fin. Tormod is quite confused about the present, but his recollections of his past are lucid. We gradually learn that Tormod was a Catholic orphan from the mainland who was sent with his brother to the islands to become virtual slaves to dour and uncaring foster parents. During Fin's investigation of the murder, we find out how Fin and Tormod are connected, as their lives now intersect once again.

Both Fin’s and Tormod’s stories are interesting in themselves, involving as they do the very quirky background of the outer islands. As was true of The Blackhouse, the book moves along through the power of excellent writing and an interesting resolution of the crime under investigation. But as was also the case with The Blackhouse,, the author has a surprise in the concluding chapters where the genre shifts from detective police procedure to thriller. The denouement provides not only a satisfactory solution to the murder, but a heart-pounding culmination to some unexpected dangers.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Sep 14, 2020 |
The Lewis man is the second novel in Peter May's Lewis Trilogy. I think it is every bit as excellent as the first one, The Blackhouse. Fin McLeod is once again the central character. He has resigned from his job as a detective inspector in Edinburgh and returned to Lewis, in an attempt to rebuild his life, as well as his parents' old croft.

Meanwhile, a body has been discovered in the peat. It is originally thought to be one of the prehistoric bog men but the Elvis Presley tattoo on its arm dates it as being rather more recent. DNA testing of the body and comparison with a DNA database indicate that the body is closely related to Tormod Macdonald, the father of Fin's first love, Marsaili. Tormod is now old and and suffers advanced dementia. He has always said that he is an only child with no close family, so this find shocks everyone. Fin steps in to find out what is going on and the truth behind the man that his loved ones think they know, and that he has spent a lifetime trying to forget.

The story unfolds before you in vivid detail, with chapters alternately detailing the present with Fin and Marsaili, and Tormod's distressing childhood in the past. The author does a wonderful job is taking you into the cold and bleak environment of the Hebrides. The story is so well written that it absorbs you completely. Very often the second book in a trilogy seems to be a the worst, acting as a link between the first and third and usually can't stand on its own. This is very definitely not the case with this one. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to reading the final book in the series, The Chessmen. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Much more than run-of-the-mill 'tartan noir' pulp fiction, this is certainly page-turning, unputdownable, plot-driven etc., but, more than all that, it is also a novel of real sensitivity and subtlety.

The landscape of the western isles is evoked with love, and their geography, physical and psychological, more integral to characters and action than the usual bolt-on pathetic fallacy stuff we find so often elsewhere.

The central character, Fin Macleod, lives for the reader, a hard yet sympathetic ex-cop driven more now by family and his own broken past than by mere professional duty.

Peter May's finest achievement, though, and it is very fine, is his portrait of Tormod Macdonald, through whom much of the novel is filtered, the past with pin-sharp clarity, the present more faultingly, as he descends into dementia. His embodiment of the book's wider themes of memory, loss, eternity and the corrosive quality of time itself I found deeply moving.

Sometimes I feel like claiming my 20p back; on this occasion I feel guilty for not having paid the full £7-99.

I haven't yet read the others in the Lewis Trilogy, but by the time you've seen this, I will have done! ( )
  jtck121166 | Jun 9, 2020 |
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