** AUTHOR OF CAST IRON, COFFIN ROAD AND THE BLACKHOUSE **
** OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD **
** AN EXPLOSIVE NEW THRILLER SET IN THE OUTER HEBRIDES **
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
This competent standalone from May (Coffin Road) takes Niamh and Ruaridh, a married couple who own a small cloth business on the Isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, to Paris, where they plan to exhibit their woven tweed fabric at a high-fashion trade show. At their Paris hotel, Niamh confronts Ruaridh over what she thinks is his affair with Irina Vetrov, a Russian fashion designer. In the wake of their argument, Ruaridh storms out of their room and goes downstairs, where he meets Irina. The pair drive off in Irina's car, which explodes in a ball of flame a short time later. Initially a prime suspect in Ruaridh's murder, Niamh returns to the Hebrides, while the Paris police and their local Scottish counterparts pursue the killer. After an attempt on her life back home, Niamh parses her sometimes terrible memories of life on the Isle of Lewis and Harris to figure out the source of this threat. Vibrant details of the weaving trade, the Gaelic language, and Hebrides culture help compensate for a murder mystery with few surprises and a closing twist that's telegraphed for miles.