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Peter May

Scotland (b.1951)

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 South-West France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.

Genres: Mystery, General Fiction, Thriller
New and upcoming books
September 2024

The Black Loch
(Lewis Trilogy, book 4)
Yan & Campbell
   1. The Firemaker (1999)
   2. The Fourth Sacrifice (2000)
   3. The Killing Room (2000)
   4. Snakehead (2002)
   5. The Runner (2003)
   6. Chinese Whispers (2004)
   7. The Ghost Marriage (2017)
Enzo Macleod Investigation
   1. Extraordinary People (2006)
     aka Dry Bones
   2. The Critic (2007)
     aka A Vintage Corpse
   3. Blacklight Blue (2008)
   4. Freeze Frame (2010)
   5. Blowback (2011)
   6. Cast Iron (2017)
   7. The Night Gate (2021)
Lewis Trilogy
   1. The Blackhouse (2011)
   2. The Lewis Man (2011)
   3. The Chessmen (2012)
   4. The Black Loch (2024)
   The Reporter (1978)
   Fallen Hero (1979) (with Brian Finch)
   The Man With No Face (1981)
     aka Hidden Faces
   The Noble Path (1992)
   Virtually Dead (2010)
   Entry Island (2013)
   Runaway (2015)
   Coffin Road (2016)
   I'll Keep You Safe (2018)
   A Silent Death (2020)
   Lockdown (2020)
   A Winter Grave (2023)
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Non fiction show
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Peter May recommends
To Die In June (2023)
(Harry McCoy, book 6)
Alan Parks
"1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood."
Resurrection (2023)
(Englishman , book 3)
David Gilman
"The pulse-pounding pace never lets up."
The Tick and the Tock of the Crocodile Clock (2022)
Kenny Boyle
"Very different and engagingly unique. Kenny Boyle is bristling with talent, and this may well be the best book I've read in years."

More recommendations 

Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2013) : The Blackhouse
McIlvanney Prize Best Novel winner (2014) : Entry Island
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : The Lewis Man

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