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Peter May

Crime writer Peter May was born on 20 December, 1951 in Glasgow, Scotland and is well-known for being the author of the Lewis Trilogy and the Enzo Macleod books. He has also written the stand-alone novels Runaway and Coffin Road.

He published his first book, The Reporter, in 1978 and helped adapt it into a 13-part TV series called The Standard the following year. With over 1,000 TV credits to his name, Peter now lives in France.



Peter May Books

  • The China Thrillers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781787477353 - Peter May
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    Peter May's China Thriller series follows Chicago forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell as she is invited by the Chinese government to teach at the Beijing police university. Suffering from a broken heart, she accepts the assignment but it gets off to a bad start when her car knocks over senior detective Li Yan...

    Despite this audacious meeting, the pair are thrown together and forced to work through their personal and cultural differences when they're tasked with identifying a horribly burned corpse. And then they make a discovery that soon leads to a major conspiracy...

    Full of style and suspense, these captivating detective novels evoke a fascinating picture of modern China.

    For fans of authors like: Elly Griffiths, Val McDermid, Tess Gerritsen

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Peter May's China thriller series.
    Format: paperback
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    Peter May, the bestselling author of Coffin Road, heads back to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in this chilling stand-alone thriller.

    Husband and wife Niamh and Ruaridh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed, a company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth. When Niamh learns of Ruaridh's affair with the Russian designer Irina Vetriv and witnesses the pair be blown up by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins.

    She returns to the Isle of Lewis with her husband's remains and finds herself the prime suspect in her murder case. A French detective is sent to the Hebrides to look into her past and soon Niamh and the detective are working together to discover the truth.
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    A MURDER: A brutal killing has taken place on Scotland's most remote island. Detective 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 beneath the close-knit, God-fearing facade of the Lewis community. Something primal. As Fin investigates, old secrets are unearthed, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted. 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 soul, and just how difficult it is to escape the past.
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    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. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. 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.
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    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. But this islander, Tormod Macdonald - now an elderly man suffering from dementia - has always claimed to be an only child. When Tormod's family approach Fin Macleod for help, Fin feels duty-bound to solve the mystery.
  • AOKZR
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    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.
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    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 widow is still hoping; the first suspect is still hiding; and the treacherous island itself still has a revelation for Enzo.
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    Puy-de-Dome, 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 Enzo's own. And in his pursuit of truth, the depths of deceit threaten to consume Enzo - and that which he cherishes most.
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    THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHINA SERIES, FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY BESTSELLER THE BLACKHOUSE. THE SECOND OPINION The Chinese police have once more been forced to enlist the services of American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell: this time to investigate a series of four horrific ritual executions that have taken place in Beijing. THE THIRD DEGREE Detective Li Yan is determined to discover just how one of the victims in particular, an American diplomat, became caught up in the slaying. And he is arguably even more determined to have nothing to do with Campbell. THE FOURTH SACRIFICE The polarity that once attracted Yan and Campbell eventually pulls them back into partnership. Yet the closer they are drawn to the truth, the nearer they come to a killer prepared to use extreme force to conceal it.
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    Ten years ago, Jacques Gaillard disappeared from Paris. No investigation has yet led to any clue as to whether he is missing - or murdered. Challenged to decipher the mystery once and for all, Enzo Macleod must use new science to crack a cold case. Once a forensics expert in his native Scotland, he's taken on a bet to solve seven murders listed in a cult book by an embittered Parisian journalist. Deep in the catacombs below Paris, a skull is discovered that could be Gaillard's. But it is the peculiar items embedded within the bone that give him the most intriguing clues - and send him on a trail after the rest of the missing man. Unaware that he's also following in the footsteps of their murderer...
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    IF YOU FLEE FATE...When Detective Sime Mackenzie is sent from Montreal to investigate a murder on the remote Entry Island, 850 miles from the Canadian mainland, he leaves behind him a life of sleeplessness and regret. FATE WILL FIND YOU...But what had initially seemed an open-and-shut case takes on a disturbing dimension when he meets the prime suspect, the victim's wife, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met. And when his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant Scottish past in another century, this murder in the Gulf of St. Lawrence leads him down a path he could never have foreseen, forcing him to face a conflict between his professional duty and his personal destiny.
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    THE FIRST OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHINA NOVELS, FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY BESTSELLER THE BLACKHOUSE. LI YAN A grotesquely burned corpse found in a city park is a troubling mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan. Yan, devoted to his career as a means of restoring the respect his family lost during the Cultural Revolution, needs outside help if he is to break the case. MARGARET CAMPBELL The unidentified cadaver in turn provides a welcome distraction for forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Campbell, married to her work and having left America and her broken past behind, throws herself into the investigation, and before long uncovers a bizarre anomaly. THE FIREMAKER An unlikely partnership develops between Li and Campbell as they follow the resulting lead. A fiery and volatile chemistry ignites: exposing not only their individual demons, but an even greater evil - a conspiracy that threatens their lives, as well as those of millions of others.
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    THE THIRD CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHINA THRILLER, FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY BESTSELLER THE BLACKHOUSE. THE NEW CASE When a mass grave containing eighteen mutilated female corpses is discovered in Shanghai, detective Li Yan is sent from Beijing to establish if the bodies are linked to an unsolved murder in the capital. Here, Li will be working with Mei Ling, deputy head of Shanghai's serious crime squad. THE NEW COLLEAGUE Mei Ling is a formidable woman: a fact that is not lost on Li's on-off lover, forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. But when Campbell, vulnerable and still grieving the loss of her father, learns that the victims were subjected to 'live' autopsies, she knows the case is bigger than her pride. THE KILLING ROOM Li, Campbell and Mei Ling are now entering the arena of a sickening nemesis, and opening a door behind which lies each of their very worst nightmares.
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    Presented in keepsake hardback, Cast Iron is the sixth and final page-turner in Peter May's bestselling series following the life of half-Scottish, half-Italian forensic scientist Enzo Macleod.

    In 1989 a killer dumped the body of a 23-year-old called Lucie Martin into a lake in France. Fourteen years later, her remains were exposed by a drought. No one was ever convicted of her murder, but now Enzo is on the case...

    Already the toughest challenge he's ever faced, Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence that brings up old ghosts and will endanger everyone he holds dear...

    A fitting finale for this captivating series.
  • The Lewis Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786488930 - Peter May
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    This gripping collection of ingenious crime fiction brings together all three novels in Peter May's internationally acclaimed and million-selling Lewis trilogy.

    The series starts with The Blackhouse, a book that finds a brutal killing taking place on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. It's a beautiful place but it's laced with danger and darkness. Born in the area, Detective Fin Macleod has been sent from Edinburgh to investigate a murder and he quickly realises that something terrible is lurking within the close-knit island community...

    The Lewis Man finds Macleod dealing with the case of an unidentified corpse that has a DNA sibling match to a local farmer who suffers from dementia; and The Chessmen finds a spate of illegal game-hunting activities taking place on the island.

    Violent, brutal and compelling, this is a series for anyone who enjoys reading the likes of Tess Gerritsen and Elly Griffiths.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Peter May's Lewis Trilogy.

    Format: Paperback
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    THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF COFFIN ROAD AND THE BLACKHOUSETHE GIRL IN THE LAKEIn 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heatwave, a drought exposed her remains - bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.THE MAN ON THE CASENo one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case - the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve.THE SKELETON IN THE CLOSETYet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie's murder, he opens a Pandora's box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.
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    THE PENULTIMATE NOVEL IN THE CHINA SERIES, FROM THE RICHARD AND JUDY MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OFTHE BLACKHOUSE. THE SUFFERER A prodigious Chinese swimmer kills himself on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. Days later, a champion weightlifter suffers a fatal heart attack prior to competition. THE LISTENER Detective Li Yan senses a conspiracy surrounding the fatalities, and finds a female athlete willing to talk. But she will only trust one person: Li's fiancee, Margaret Campbell. THE RUNNER When Campbell's contact herself vanishes, the gun is fired on a race against time. And Li must now outrun, and outwit, an enemy bent on pushing him beyond endurance.
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    In a culture that seeks to privatise and relativise truth in matters of faith, Peter May makes a robust case for the role of persuasive evangelism. Grounded in a lifetime of biblical study and practical experience, The Search for God provides a challenge to enthusiastically engage in reaching Twenty First Century men and women with a reasoned faith that helps answer the difficult questions. Does life have a meaning? Does it matter what I do? Is there any real evidence for God? Are the New Testament documents authentic? Why and how did Christianity spread so rapidly in the ancient world? And most urgently, how should it be communicated today?
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    THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF CAST IRON, COFFIN ROAD AND THE BLACKHOUSE WHATEVER HAPPENS Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft. I'LL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder - and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh. I'LL KEEP YOU SAFE, NO MATTER WHAT As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs. 'Peter May is a writer I would follow to the ends of the earth' New York Times
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    ** FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CAST IRON, COFFIN ROAD AND THE BLACKHOUSE **** AN EXPLOSIVE NEW THRILLER SET IN THE OUTER HEBRIDES**'Peter May is an author I'd follow to the ends of the earth' New York TimesHusband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis, bereft.The Paris police have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder - making Niamh the prime suspect, along with Irina's missing husband, Georgy. And so French Detective Sylvie Braque is sent to the island to look into Niamh's past, unaware of the dangers that await her.As Braque digs deeper into the couple's history, Niamh herself replays her life with Ruiairidh, searching her memory for those whose grievances might have led to murder. And with each layer revealed, and every unexpected twist uncovered, the two women find themselves drawn inexorably closer to a killer who will not turn back.
  • AGBBZ
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    In Search of the Winning System charts Dr Peter May's obsession with betting on horseracing. In this book the author of the acclaimed Forecasting Methods For Horseracing presents the story of his search for profitable methods, the mistakes he has made, the valuable lessons he has learned and the knowledge he has gained from like-minded racing enthusiasts who have contributed to his 40-year betting apprenticeship. Add to that a range of amusing anecdotes, a detailed analysis of the key race types, and a list of the betting systems he currently employs and you have a book that will make you smile, make you think and possibly make you money.
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    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. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn, Fin realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.
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    Unlike form study, race profiling does not attempt to quantify the ability of a horse. Instead it extracts the key characteristics of each race and uses these features to generate a profile of the most likely race winner. These profiles can have few or many attributes depending on the significance of the features and the depth of data supporting each one, and whilst some races do not lend themselves to profiling, many races have very exact profiles and are won on a regular basis by horses that exhibit a specific set of qualities. In "Race Profiles: Flat 2011", May presents race profiles for the three main race subdivisions: juveniles, three-year-olds, and all age races. Within each of these key categories the profiles are given for the different race types such as group races, listed races, conditions stakes, maidens, claimers, sellers and handicaps. With a wealth of detail, this guide will ensure that you have all the facts at your fingertips to inform your betting in 2011.
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    Eighteen mutilated women in a Shanghai mass grave. But this is only the beginning of a horrific case for Investigator Li Yan and Mei Ling, Head of Shanghai's Serious Crime squad. Ling is a formidable woman, and she appears to threaten Li Yan's relationship with pathologist Margaret Campbell. But when Campbell discovers that the victims were subjected to live autopsies, she knows she'll need all the help she can get.