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    The Blackhouse (Hardback) By (author) Peter May

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    DescriptionThe Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people's fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge. When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past. Each year the island's men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality. For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice. The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision. Peter May has crafted a page-turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls, and just how difficult it is to escape the past.


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    Title
    The Blackhouse
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter May
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849163842
    ISBN 10: 1849163847
    Classifications

    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    BISAC V2.8: FIC050000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022000
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    Thema V1.0: FF
    Publisher
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Imprint name
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Publication date
    03 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    An award-winning journalist at twenty-one in his native Scotland, Peter May left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series, and accruing more than 1000 television credits before moving to France to concentrate on writing novels. He is the author of fifteen novels including two series: The Enzo Files and The China Thillers. May won the French Prix Intramuros in 2007 for Cadavres Chinois a Houston (Snakehead) and is the only Westerner to become an honorary member of the Chinese Crime Writers' Association. The Blackhouse was published in French as L'Ile des Chasseurs D'Oiseaux before publication in English, and won the prestigious 'Prix des Lecteurs' (readers' prize) at the Le Havre festival of crime writing.
    Review quote
    'vivid ... fascinating' Literary Review.