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The Blackhouse


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Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed, became one of Scotland's most successful television dramatists. He created three prime-time drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1,000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.

He has won several literature awards in France, received the USA's Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award for Entry Island. Peter now lives in southwest France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.


"The Blackhouse shines with intrigue and superb plotting."--Carol Memmet, USA Today
"A thriller with an intensity that never slackens, chilling and igneous at the same time, like the great country that serves as its setting. A masterpiece indeed."--L'Humanite
"A chilling setting for a gripping novel . . . Impressive writing."--Marcel Berlins, The Times
"A gripping plot, pitch-perfect characterization, and an appropriately bleak setting drive this outstanding series debut."--Connie Fletcher, Booklist (Starred Review)
"Order, read, and pass it on! May brings the story to a breathtaking conclusion with an astonishing twist at the end. Compare to Simon Beckett's Written in Bone for locale and Tana French for tone."--Teresa L. Jacobsen, Library Journal (Starred Review)
"A writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth . . . Intricately plotted."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Abundant local color . . . Matches Macleod's tormented emotional landscape. The struggles of such multidimensional characters . . . add depth."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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