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Entry Island

Peter May.
Publisher Quercus  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.35 inches
ISBN 9781623656638
Pages/Publication Date 452/2014
Daedalus Item Code 64295
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(Named the ITV3 Crime Thriller Best Read of 2014, and the winner of both the 2014 Deanston Scottish Crime Novel of the Year Award and France's Trophée 813 for Best Foreign Crime Novel of 2015) Following his stunning, multiple award-winning trilogy of suspense novels set on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, Peter May takes us to a tiny island off the coast of Quebec in this standalone novel. Just two kilometers wide and three long, Entry Island is home to barely more than 100 inhabitants, the wealthiest of whom has been found murdered in his home. Insomniac homicide detective Sime Mackenzie is flown in as part of an eight-man investigation team from Montreal. Still covered in her husband's blood, the dead man's melancholy wife Kirsty spins a tale for the police about a masked intruder armed with a knife. The evidence points to a crime of passion, implicating her, but Sime is electrified by the widow during his interview and unable to shake the feeling that he has met her before, even though this is clearly impossible. Haunted by this strange certainty, Sime's insomnia is punctuated by vivid, hallucinatory dreams of Kirsty, and himself, in a distant past on a Scottish island. Sime's conviction soon becomes an obsession, and despite mounting evidence of her guilt, he finds himself convinced of Kirsty's innocence, leading to a conflict between his professional duty and the destiny he is increasingly sure awaits him.

"Mackenzie's dreams of 19th-century Scottish crofters (farmers) and their doomed struggle with powerful landowners, a conflict known as the Highland Clearances, which directly affected his ancestors and perhaps Kirsty's too, provide a powerful counterpoint to the present-day story line."—Publishers Weekly

"A Gordian-knotted plot.... The final result is a fascinating glimpse into a shameful and frequently overlooked aspect of British history. The author has followed the ties that spread out from the Hebrides to the strong Scottish Gaelic-speaking communities on North America's eastern seaboard and used them to embellish a modern murder mystery."—Independent (London)

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