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The Chessmen [Format Kindle]

Peter May
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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.

This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret.

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 547 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 383 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0857382233
  • Editeur : Quercus (19 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0093LRP0K
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 La fin d'une excellente trilogie 5 novembre 2013
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Troisième et dernier volet d'une série mettant en scène Fin McLeod qui, revenu dans son île, est encore confronté à une mort suspecte. Le volume se lit d'un trait, et contrairement à d'autres trilogies qui finissent de façon décevante, l'histoire est tendue de bout en bout. Il est vivement recommandé de connaître les deux premiers (The Black House, The Lewis Man) pour apprécier une oeuvre magistrale.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une trilogie très réussie 22 mai 2013
Par Claire
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J'ai beaucoup apprécié cette trilogie, le personnage principal est très attachant, et j'ai particulièrement apprécié les descriptions des hébrides et de la vie dans cette région particulière de l'Écosse... J'aimerais qu'il y ait une suite !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 passionnant 23 mai 2013
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Immersion dans le monde des Hébrides occidentales... Paysage, accents, parfums.... Tout y est pour nous entraîner dans une histoire aux ressorts multiples.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shadows of the past... 20 novembre 2012
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This third part of Peter May's Lewis trilogy is stunningly good. As a long-standing enthusiast for May's work, I believe these three books are by far his best work, and this last one may even be the best of the three.

May's descriptive prose and sense of place are, as always, wonderful. The bleakness and yet beauty of this harsh weather-beaten landscape, the way of life and traditions of the islanders, the still strong grip of the ultra-conservative Church - all of these are woven seamlessly through the story. And the story once again is focused on shadows of the past coming back to haunt the present.

Roddy Mackenzie, an old friend of Fin's, has been presumed dead since his plane went missing 17 years ago but his body was never recovered. Until now...and with the discovery, old memories are dragged up, old friendships and enmities re-evaluated and old crimes lead to new ones. From the start, the landscape and weather of Lewis play a vital role in a story that feels as if it couldn't be set anywhere else. The story then cuts from past to present as Fin remembers his school and student days when he worked as a roadie for Roddy's band. Despite the different timelines and the fact that the book changes from first to third person and back, the story never loses momentum on its way to a climax that is as shocking as it is unexpected.

For anyone who is new to the series, I would urge you to read them in order starting with The Blackhouse, then The Lewis Man, since there are aspects of this book that could give away the plots of the previous ones. My only disappointment is that this is billed as the last of the Lewis books. I hope Peter May can be convinced to reconsider - I believe there's more mileage in these characters and this setting yet. But if not, then this is a thrilling ending to what has been a truly great series - highly recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great finale... 11 décembre 2012
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The third instalment of the Lewis trilogy preceeded by `The Blackhouse' and `The Lewis Man' and to my mind, the most enjoyable of the series. Ex Edinburgh DI Fin MacLeod has severed ties from the mainland and his former life, and taken up permanent residence on the Isle of Lewis, working as head of security for a private estate. After the discovery of a plane and body in a drained loch, and an illegal spate of poaching, Fin is thrust into an uneasy relationship with his friend Whistler Macaskill as the secrets of their shared past resonates into the present, culminating in suspicion and murder.

Although essentially a murder mystery I think this actually plays second fiddle to May's adroit mapping of human relationships and the study of old friendships and enmities that colour the central investigation. The book moves effortlessly between past and present, charting Fin's experiences as a younger man employed as a roadie for a local band, finding himself enmeshed in the central creative and personal tensions of his friends and bandmates. With the disappearance of one of them in a suspected plane crash, we discover that all is not as it seems and these relationships all have a part to play in the central mystery and impact strongly on the present set aspect of the novel. The most important friendship is that of Fin and Whistler and in the depiction of their relationship May introduces moments of extreme poignancy, particularly as Fin's aunt, who raises Fin after his parent's death, takes Whistler and his alcoholic bully of a father to task over Whistler's upbringing thus sealing the strength of Fin and Whistler's friendship for years to come. The mercurial Whistler is revealed throughout the book as a volatile character who causes no end of grief to Fin, and plays an integral part to the central plot that at times pulls on the heartstrings, particularly in Whistler's relationship with his feisty estranged teenage daughter. As a number of Fin's professional and personal relationships are woven into the plot with the dark secrets of the past coming to light, this adds layers of interest to the story and makes us wonder exactly who Fin can trust and where his future lies.

As in the other two books, the natural and, at times, harsh beauty of the Outer Hebrides is perfectly captured throughout, drawing on the history of the island and the way of life of its inhabitants, coloured by its staunchly religious traditions. The portrayal of landscape takes on the mantle of another character in the book and the textures and hues of this largely unspoilt wilderness is beautifully portrayed. Having previously enjoyed May's China based thrillers featuring detective Li Yan, I'm also a firm fan of this trilogy and would certainly encourage other readers to seek them out, as May is a phenomenally good thriller writer with an innate skill in plotting, characterisation and sense of place. A great read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fate plays with lives 20 février 2013
Par Cathy - Publié sur
Again, in this conclusion to his Lewis Trilogy, Peter May brilliantly twists the lives of the islanders into pageturning entertainment. I couldn't put it down. Yes of course, the Viking chess pieces discovered on the Isle of Lewis enjoy a major role. They're a vital clue to the plot's central murder. However, the title refers more directly to the chequerboard of Life, where Fate plays its ruthless game.
This five-star read stands alone but references to its two predecessors are better appreciated if the earlier books are read first.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pawns 4 février 2013
Par prisrob - Publié sur
'Chessman' is the third in the trilogy written by Peter May. It is a fitting end.

The most impressive part of this trilogy is the island of Lewis. That cold, grey piece of land in the Outer Hebrides, that now seems like one of the best parts of Scotland. Fin MacLeod has come here to take a job as head of security on a local estate. It seems that poaching is taking its toll and along with it, big money. The plot revolves around a long lost plane that suddenly appears in a bog. Finn's childhood friend, Whistler is along and in the plane they find the body of an old schoolmate Roddy. Memories surface of school, college, the old band and all those who are left. Histories of many kinds are interwoven into this novel,and as the mysteries deepen, life becomes very complicated for Fin and his colleagues. MacLeod finds who he can trust and then opens old wounds that have never been faced.

All I really wanted to know about Fin MacLeod was told in books one and two. In the end, most of us cannot go home again, but Fin MacLeod seems to be fitting into the Island of Lewis.

Recommended. prisrob 02-04-13
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great read 27 décembre 2013
Par Dianne Copping - Publié sur
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the last in the trilogy did not disappoint absolute gem as were the first two stories will definitely read more peter may
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