Coffin Road

Category: Book
By (author): May, Peter
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
  FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Quercus
Published: November 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*In his latest mystery set in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, award-winning author Peter May spins a tale about three disparate cases that may or may not be linked...

On the remote Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a man washes up on a deserted beach, hypothermic and completely disoriented. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his condition is a map of the island showing a desolate, ancient path called the Coffin Road. With a sense of dread and no clear idea what lies at the other end, he knows he must follow the trail if he has any hope of discovering his identity.

Meanwhile, homicide detective George Gunn makes the rough ocean crossing to a remote, sea-battered lighthouse on a rock in the northern Atlantic, twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides, to investigate a brutal murder. Despite its isolation, the tiny island has seen its share of tragedy: more than a century earlier, three lighthouse keepers disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. And now there is a new tragedy, and Gunn must figure out what happened.

At the same time, a teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that her father would willingly abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that suicide had nothing to do with it.
Review Quote*"Shades of The Bourne Identity abound... A horrific murder at a remote lighthouse and a young teen pursing the truth behind her father's research add heft to a headily complex tale that's part eco-thriller, part ode to familial love."- Seattle Review of Books
Review Quote*"a well-paced atmospheric story that catches the reader's attention from the opening scene"-Deadly Pleasures Magazine
Review Quote*"Like Peter May's other Outer Hebridean mysteries, Coffin Road is a tense, intriguing mystery set against a broody backdrop that lends an otherworldly eeriness to the story at hand."
-Bloggin' Bout Books
Review Quote*"May's lyrical prose brings full color to the scenery, and the narrative intrigues from start to finish as the three arcs intertwine and race to a final showdown. Coffin Road is an atmospheric thriller that delves into issues of identity, sacrifice and the greater good."-Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
Review Quote*"May keeps the stories clear and the pace fast, with the Hebrides atmosphere serving as a wild, unpredictable fourth character. Flat-out fantastic."
-Booklist (Starred Review)
Review Quote*"This intense, complex mystery will satisfy especially those who are environmentally conscious, but overall, this is one bang-up read."
-Library Journal (Starred Review)
Review Quote*"May evokes his native Scotland as ruggedly dangerous, his well-drawn characters equally so."-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"An eminently satisfying, multilayered mystery populated with sharply drawn characters . . . The many threads of the story play out against a landscape that May, a native Scot, renders vividly. His images capture the capricious play of light and weather across the sea and the moors, matching the surprises in his tale."-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"An extremely chilling tale. From a man with memory loss, to a young girl dealing with the loss of her father, to a tale of a policeman unmasking the past, readers will have to pay close attention so they don't lose track of the amazing web May has created."-Suspense Magazine