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The Chessmen por Peter May
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The Chessmen (2013)

por Peter May (Autor)

Séries: The Lewis Trilogy (3)

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THE NEW START Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. THE OLD FRIEND This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. THE FINAL CHAPTER But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.… (mais)
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Título:The Chessmen
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I read [The Blackhouse] (2009), the first book in Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy a few years ago, and I thought it was a solid police procedural whose main attraction was the setting: The beautiful but desolate Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The detective, Fin Macleod, is currently stationed in Edinburgh, but the return to his hometown is complicated by tragedies both past and present. I made a mental note to check back in with the trilogy at some point.

Last year, I read the second novel (2012’s [The Lewis Man]) which finds Fin having quit the Edinburgh police force and moved back to the Isle of Lewis to fix up his parents’ old home and try to come to terms with his past and present troubles. He winds up assisting with an investigation into the discovery of a bog body that turns out to be not as ancient as first thought (an Elvis tattoo being as effective as carbon dating) and also to have been a murder victim. The mystery mummy turns out to be connected to the family of Fin’s childhood sweetheart Marsaili, and solving the mystery could put Fin and everyone he cares about in danger. I liked this one a bit more than the first, more than enough to look forward to finishing off the series with the final book, which I did earlier this year.

[The Chessmen] (2014) brings some closure to Fin’s story, while leaving the reader enough hints to project into the future for the people on the Isle of Lewis. May once again pulls past mysteries together with the present to create a web of memory and danger that doesn’t seem to care who it ensnares. In this case, Fin takes a job investigating a privately owned hunting estate’s poaching problem. His task is complicated when he learns that a childhood friend may be the responsible party, and another childhood friend, long missing, turns up quite definitely dead and murdered to boot. I found the by-now-familiar melding of past and present storylines to be well-paced, though there’s a bit more jumping back and forth in time than is my usual taste.

Ultimately, I finished The Chessmen feeling satisfied with the story that May had told across all three books. They fit together beautifully, managing to advance the storyline without too much rehashing previous events. The only unanswered question I was left with was when I’ll be able to make my own visit to what sounds like a beautiful part of the world. ( )
  rosalita | Jul 20, 2021 |
Better than the second, still not as memorable as the first. A little implausible toward the end, but a solid trilogy. Probably weakest of the three in its flashbacks, which no longer serve to unpack Hebridean living so much as provide character background that seems a little forced. Odd that this new central character had not been mentioned previously (unless I missed it). ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
Well written, keeps the reader engaged. Another good mystery and best to start with first of the trilogy. Enjoyed reading about the island, Gaelic culture, the environment and culture. A good story! ( )
  kheders | Jun 13, 2021 |
This very nearly got 4 stars. Up until the last few chapters it was so well written I didn't even notice how the memories of times gone by were all written in the first person, while the ongoing action is third person, giving a very intimate portrait of Fin Macleod. Endings are difficult and it didn't quite work for me - the last few chapters felt like a bit of a blood bath although now I look back there was a lot less killing than it felt like. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
This is the third book I've read by this author. I liked one and disliked the other and this one is in between. Mysteries are usually laid out and then put back together. Mysteries where a character prominent to the solution is hidden are not really mysteries. I think I've had enough of this author. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Oct 23, 2020 |
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“Remember that beach party we had the summer before we left for university On that wee island somewhere off the coast of Great Bearnaraigh.” It had seemed idyllic. Campfires and barbecues on the beach, drinking beer and smoking dope beneath a firmament filled with bright stars shining like the hopes they’d all had for themselves. “Our whole lives ahead of us, and nothing to lose but our virginity.”
The return of all seventy-eight Lewis chessmen to their last resting place for just one day. Sixty-seven of the chess pieces were permanently housed in the British Museum in London, that repository of stolen artefacts from around the world. The remaining eleven were kept in Edinburgh, but still a long way from home.
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THE NEW START Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. THE OLD FRIEND This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. THE FINAL CHAPTER But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

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