The Chessmen

The Chessmen

Book - 2015
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Living again of the Isle of Lewis, ex-Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate Fin encounters the elusive poacher and former childhood friend, and bandmate, Whistler Macaskill.
When Fin catches up with Whistler among the windswept hills of the estate, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon--a bog burst--which drains a loch of all its water in a flash, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.
Both men immediately know what they will find inside: the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than seventeen years before. But when Whistler's face appears to register something other than shock, an icy chill of apprehension overtakes Fin. What secret has Whistler been hiding from him, and everyone else on the island? Fin is unprepared for how the truth about the past will alter the course of the future.
Alternative Title: Chess men
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2015.
ISBN: 9781623656041
1623656044
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm.

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jazpur
May 23, 2016

An impressive conclusion to the trilogy.Questions answered and further depths probed.As a trivial aside, not so trivial in the circumstances, Donald Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod emigrated to USA as a young woman seeking a better life. She was born at Tong on Lewis in 1912. The past always has a bearing on the future.

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coriroed
Feb 10, 2016

I totally agree with "Dub"... of the three books I enjoyed this least but perhaps that is because I knew the story was at an end?

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talktimereader
Jan 07, 2016

The third and last of the series is interesting. I think the first 2 were outstanding.

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Dub
Jul 08, 2015

A quote from Aristotle seems fitting here...'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.' Each of the three books can stand alone as a very enjoyable read but taken together they are a masterpiece. Character development and sense of place stand out while the stories are complex and satisfying. Do yourself a favour and read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen and enjoy a rare treat. 10 out of 10.

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akmarti
Oct 07, 2014

I really liked the first 2 mysteries in this series. May's characters are interesting and his sense of place is first-rate. However, this story is a let-down. I feel like he recycled some of the plot devices from the previous stories. Definitely read the first two (The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man). The depictions of the Scottish islands and the lives of the on those islands will remain long after the details of the mysteries fade.

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westiegrrl
Mar 17, 2015

Third book in the Lewis trilogy.

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